Ban Phanom is an artisan village near Phon Phau Temple in Luang Prabang. The villagers practise traditional textile making to provide goods for sale at Luang Prabang’s markets. The woven products are made with cotton and silk materials, together with intertwined threads to produce a shimmering effect.

Some of the families work from their own workshops, with the entire village operating as a co-operative supplying to manufacturers in town. Prices are open to negotiation and very affordable, though you can still bargain for a lower deal. The area around Ban Phanom Village makes for a good place for cycling and visiting ancient temples.

Ban Phanom Village highlights

Ban Phanom is similar to the villages of Luang Namtha and Sam Neua, as you can observe the (mostly female) artisans working on their looms, dyeing and then weaving the textiles with intricate patterns. Ban Phanom was the village of choice for royal textiles, with each reigning monarch continuing to use village weavers as their preferred suppliers.

The village itself is rich in history and offers a fantastic insight into an ancient art that’s still very much alive today. Many tourists visit the village year-round, so it can get quite busy, especially when tour buses arrive in the morning (usually 9am), so avoid these times if you prefer exploring the village without bumping into tourists. 


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