Project Kasjiab is a local initiative among the Lao-Huay community that helps people from the mountains improve their lives and well-being in positive, empowering ways.
Life among those living in the Lao mountains are not always the easiest — most of them are subject to abuse, slavery, illiteracy, poverty, and other traumatic experiences. Project Kasjiab offers a place for them to heal and overcome their past trauma. The project built a Women’s Workplace, Women Empowerment Shop, Shelter for Care and Informal Education, and restaurants and homestay managed by the local people. This isn’t an easy place to visit — learning about what they went through can be heartbreaking — but every visit boosts the people’s morale, and a purchase of their products helps sustain this noble project.
Project Kasjiab is located at Chomkao Road, Huay Xai, Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
The place can be accessed anytime.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance is free.
How to Get There
- Fly from Vientiane to Huay Xai via Lao Airlines.
- From Huay Xai Airport, take a tuk-tuk to the town centre.
- From the town centre, board a separate tuk-tuk to Project Kasjiab.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
You can spend a day or two learning about and volunteering for Project Kasjiab.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Start your visit early so you can join in the activities as early as possible.
A restaurant managed by local mountain women is famous for its tasty Lao dishes and woodfire pizza. Other nearby restaurants include Terrasse Restaurant and Chill Place, Dream Bakery, Muang Neur, Tavendeng Restaurant, and Bar How.
- Fort Carnot
- Gibbon Experience
- Wat Chomkeo Manilat
Project Kasjiab has its own guesthouse known as the Daauw Village. Accommodations should be booked in advance as the guesthouse is fully-booked most of the time. Other options in town include Sawadee Homestay, Oudomsin Hotel, Riverside Huay Xai, and Hompho. Rates range from USD 25 to USD 150.