A simple, typical village located a mile away from Phon Phau Temple, Ban Phanom has gained popularity thanks to their locally made woven goods that are usually sold in night markets.
When a King still reigned over Laos, it was believed that he was so fascinated with the unique weave work of the people from Ban Phanom that he would always order large quantities of textile from them. Rows of colourful woven goods can be seen from one house to another while locals who weave seem to be everywhere, too — it is assumed that every family in the village owns one or more weaving looms. Visiting Ban Phanom is a great way to gain insight how people from small villages retain their culture and tradition through their work.
Ban Phanom is a small village located six kilometres east of Luang Prabang.
Opening Days and Hours
The village can be accessed anytime.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the village is free.
How to Get There
- Fly from Vientiane to Luang Prabang via Lao Airlines or Lao Skyways.
- From the airport, hail a taxi to Luang Prabang’s town centre.
- From the town centre, rent a tuk-tuk to take you to the village.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
You can spend an hour exploring the area.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Tourists don’t stay a lot in Ban Phanom so you can visit anytime without worrying about large crowds.
For food, guests can try the local and international dishes served by restaurants like L’Elephant Restaurant, Dyen Sabai Restaurant, Coconut Garden, Blue Lagoon Restaurant, and Cafe Toui.
- Elephant Village Sanctuary
- Royal Palace Museum
- Wat Long Khoun
The Apsara, Villa Santi Hotel, and The Belle Rive Boutique Hotel are just some of the nearby hotels that offer accommodations starting from USD 50 to USD 250.