Ban Xang Khong is a small, rural village about a mile outside of Luang Prabang.
What the town lacks in historical monuments and Buddhist iconography, it makes up for in stunning, hand-woven textiles. Ban Xang Khong's thriving silk weaving cottage industry has grown over the last few decades alongside Laos's tourism sector. Travelers can visit a veritable host of weaving shops in the small town. Most of the shops are small family businesses that continue to spin silk garments by hand using wooden looms.
Short tours of the larger silk weaving workshops are available. Visitors are treated to a short trip through the workshop facilities where they can see the entire silk garment making process from the harvesting of silkworm cocoons to the dying and weaving processes.
For the best weather, visit the province of Luang Prabang during the temperate season that runs from November to May. Warmer weather blows through Laos starting in June, and the heat continues through October alongside increased chances of rain in the mornings and afternoons.
Ban Xang Khong is about a mile from the city of Luang Prabang in North Central Laos. Travelers can reach the small town in a private vehicle leaving from their hotel in Luang Prabang. Alternatively, the town makes for an easy and pleasant bike ride destination.
Ban Xang Khong's beautiful hand crafted silk garments are well known throughout Laos. Exploring the small town's thriving silk weaving cottage industry is an intriguing experience that no luxury tour of Laos would be complete without.
Appropriate Attire :
Typical western style clothing choices are fine to wear while visiting Ban Xang Khong, but if you plan to visit any of the numerous Buddhist temples in the area, it's best to dress modestly in clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.