Lao Disabled Women's Development Centre

Cultural in Vientiane

Run by a collective of Lao disabled women, this centre challenges the prejudices that the disabled community in Laos sometimes faces. Concentrating on abilities, the centre offers training and education to empower disabled women. It is open to drop-in visitors for free, or you can sign up for a tour (from 50,000K) to learn about recycled-paper handicrafts and weaving.

Other interactive experiences include lunch (100,000K) from the organic garden at the centre, a handicraft class (100,000K) or the chance to take part in a traditional bąasǐi ceremony (string-tying ritual; 100,000K). There is a shop on-site where you can purchase handicrafts. Bus 14 passes this way en route to Xieng Khuan (Buddha Park; 8000K): ask the driver for 'soon pee kan' .