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How is Khmu New Year Celebrated?
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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!
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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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Let’s celebrate Boun Suang Heua, the Boat Racing Festival
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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
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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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Tailor-Made Artisan Tours Available Soon
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Valerie Olla

Tailor-Made Artisan Tours Available Soon

If you’ve visited our Living Crafts Centre on the banks of the Mekong, you know it’s a wonderful place to learn about Lao textiles and handicrafts. But Luang Prabang (city AND district) has so much more to offer… This is why Tailor-Made Artisan Tours will be available soon!

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Sabaidee Pi Mai Lao!
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Valerie Olla

Sabaidee Pi Mai Lao! Happy New Year!

Sabaidee Pi Mai Lao! Happy New Year! Lao New Year is celebrated annually in mid-April and is known as “Pi Mai” in Lao. In Luang Prabang, the celebration usually lasts for three days, starting on April 14th and ending on April 16th. This year, it was the first full-fledged celebration since borders had closed in March 2020. So you can bet the town went all out!

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Hidden food gems of Luang Prabang
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Valerie Olla

Hidden Food Gems of Luang Prabang

A couple of months ago, we introduced a new series, “Hidden Food Gems of Luang Prabang” on our social media channels. Every 3 weeks we follow one of our team members to their favorite local food spot in town. You know, the ones you’ll never read about online but all the locals rave about…

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A stroll in Ban Donkeo, the Bamboo Village
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Valerie Olla

A Stroll in Ban Donkeo, the Bamboo Village

If you’re lucky enough to visit Luang Prabang, you’ll hear about (and probably visit) the Weavers Village, the Paper Village, the Pottery Village and even the Whisky Village. But a bit further out of town, on the banks of the Namkhan lies a village that less travelers venture to, Ban Donkeo, known as the Bamboo Village.

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Happy Hmong New Year!
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Valerie Olla

Let’s Celebrate Hmong New Year!

After Khmu New Year, it’s now time to celebrate Hmong New Year. As mentioned previously, in Laos the different ethnic groups don’t all celebrate the new year at the same time. If Lao New Year is celebrated in April, the Hmong community celebrates the new year between December and January. We joined the celebrations in Ban Vang Ngern last week! Nyob Zoo Xyoo Tshiab (Happy New Year in Hmong)!

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Happy Khmu New Year!
News & Events
Valerie Olla

Happy Khmu New Year!

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 last week! Sum Mai Lur Pi Ham Me (Happy New Year in Khmu)!

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