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Valerie Olla

Boung Bang Fai or the Rocket Festival in Laos! 

The Rocket Festival in Laos – centered around launching “rockets” – typically lasts two to three days and is packed with fun activities. The rockets are believed to carry prayers to Phaya Thaen, the god of rain. People hope that the higher the rocket goes, the more rain they will receive for a bountiful harvest.

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…
OPT Partners
Valerie Olla

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure… 

Although we aim to be a plastic-free company and have taken big steps towards this goal, we still find ourselves producing plastic waste on a daily basis. This is why, when Patihoub, a Luang Prabang-based company, which converts low-value plastic waste into durable, versatile and, premium products, launched, we decided to partner with them and give our plastic waste a second life. After all, one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure…

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Valerie Olla

Ock Pop Tok’s Green Initiatives

We often get asked in what ways does Ock Pop Tok contribute to sustainable tourism development in Laos. So, as we get ready to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, we thought we would share our “green” initiatives. Some we’ve been doing for some time now while others are more recent. Let’s have a look…

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Spotlight on Lao Artisans!
Friends of OPT
Valerie Olla

Lao Artisans in the Spotlight!

During our annual Village Market Fair a few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to collaborate with photographers Nicolas Henry and Floriane de Lassée to put some of the Lao artisans we work with – through our Village Weavers Project – in the spotlight. A beautiful opportunity for us to highlight these artisans, their ethnic groups and their crafts.

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How about a tour of our Living Crafts Centre?
Living Crafts Centre
Valerie Olla

How about a tour of our Living Crafts Centre?

If you’ve been following our journey for a while now, you know that nothing is static at Ock Pop Tok. Repeat visitors at our Living Crafts Centre are surprised by the changes (we like to think they’re improvements) visit after visit as we strive to always enhance our visitors’ discovery of Laos through textiles. Follow us for a tour of our updated (and upgraded) Living Crafts Centre experience!

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How is Khmu New Year Celebrated?
News & Events
Valerie Olla

How is Khmu New Year Celebrated?

In Laos, the different ethnic groups don’t all celebrate the new year at the same time. If Lao New Year is generally celebrated in April, the Khmu community celebrates the new year between December and January. We happily joined the celebrations in Ban Lak Pad a couple of weeks ago! Sum Mai Lur Pi Ham Me (Happy New Year in Khmu)!

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10 Things to Buy at Talad Phosy!
News & Events
Valerie Olla

10 Things to Buy at Talad Phosy!

Ock Pop Tok’s Living Crafts Centre is located opposite Talad Phosy, one of the biggest markets in Luang Prabang. However, navigating this maze of good deals can be a tad overwhelming… Don’t you worry, we’ve got your back! Follow our Retail Manager, Moonoy, while she shops her 10 favorite things in Talad Phosy!

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And there was light...
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Valerie Olla

And there was light…

The Festival of Lights, also known as “Boun Lai Heua Fai”, is a significant and colorful celebration in Laos. The importance of illuminations during this festival is multifaceted and deeply rooted in both religious and cultural significance. So much so that we thought it would be interesting to shed light on it…

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The Legend of Sam Neua
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

The Legend of Sam Neua!

We couldn’t think of a better double entendre than “The Legend of Sam Neua” to talk about Mrs. Phan Phoumaneevong, known as Mae Thao Linthong. The woman is a legend and she weaves… legends and stories using her unique skills. And when we say unique here, we mean it in a literal way, she’s the only one in Laos weaving these designs. Let’s learn more about this legend!

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Let’s celebrate Boun Suang Heua, the Boat Racing Festival
News & Events
Valerie Olla

Let’s celebrate Boun Suang Heua,
the Boat Racing Festival

Boun Suang Heua or the Boat Racing Festival, usually happens between August and September in Luang Prabang. This year, we followed the Phanluang team in their preparations for what is one of the most important and popular festivals in Luang Prabang, attracting visitors from all over the country.

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Maison & Objet: Paris, here we come again!
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Valerie Olla

Maison & Objet: Paris, here we come again!

From September 7th to 11th, we’ll be at the Maison & Objet trade show, in Paris! We will be showcasing our 2023/24 Home Decor Collection. Read on to learn more about how our home decor items have evolved over time and how this collection came to life…

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Don't Yuck my Yum
News & Events
Valerie Olla

Don’t Yuck my Yum!

On this balmy morning – bear in mind that it’s still 6 a.m. and the temperature is going to go way up later on during the day – we’re following Moonoy, our Retail Manager, through the morning market. A short stroll to get you acquainted with food that you might not be familiar with depending on where you live… A little introduction so you “don’t yuck (my) yum!” on your (next) visit to Laos!

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