You came to Laos because you wanted to see untouched Southeast Asia. You wanted to see untamed beauty. You wanted to see a place and people that can change the way you see the world. We believe you came to the right place and we know our pottery tour will help you walk away from Laos feeling like you found what you were looking for!
Our tours are divided into morning and afternoon half-day segments with both being led in English from the locals who know the village best. In addition to the pottery, we are able to offer an authentic Lao meal during your tour whether you choose the morning or afternoon time. We promise a truly Lao, laid-back experience and we hope you leave feeling like friends and family!
See Ancient lao pottery making
For over 400 years the families of our village have been making pottery. Ancient kings of Laos chose this village for their pottery making skills and it became the central way of life for the people. At first the pots were used to ferment fish and hold water but now families produce a large range of items from beautifully decorated planters to terra-cotta roof tiles, making them almost entirely by hand using the same techniques passed down through the centuries. We have started our company in part to help preserve this amazing history as it's slowly fading away with only six families still preserving these techniques.
On your tour, you not only get a behind-the-scenes look at these ancient techniques but will also have an opportunity to get hands-on with the clay yourself. Our skilled pottery makers will help guide you as you experience, up close and personal, a truly Lao cultural activity. How many people can say they've made Lao pottery using ancient techniques? You will!
Experience a traditional lao village
Most Lao people live in villages. Luang Prabang, though small compared to many cities in other countries, is considered a major population center by the people in Laos. Spending all of your time in cities like this means you might miss out on some of the most extraordinary parts of Laos.
Located just across the river from Luang Prabang, our village provides a convenient and authentic look into what most of Laos looks like. We will make sure you get to see Laos the way Lao people do! We have made sure that you will have access to modern ammenities such as western restrooms and clean drinking water but we guarantee you'll walk away with a different outlook on the world!
Eat Delicious Lao food
One of the highlights of Laos is the wonderfully delicious Lao food cooked (as always) with lots of love. If you decide to take our half day tour we will finish up our tour with a traditional Lao food cooked by our family! All the ingredients come from local sources and if the season is right might even come from our very own organic garden (just ask!). We will make sure you get a sampling of all of Luang Prabang traditional foods like khaipan (fried river weed), grilled fish, eggplant dipping sauce, and spicy papaya salad. We promise you that your stomach will thank us!
Sample Morning Itinerary
Pick up from hotel by 8:30AM
9:00AM-10:30AM: Tour village pottery center and our village while learning about traditional Lao life.
10:30AM-11:40AM: Private demonstration of Lao pottery techniques by local families followed by a hands-on opportunity for each guest. Kids have an opportunity to paint pre-made pots!
11:45AM: Enjoy an authentic Lao meal made from local ingredients
1:00PM: Return to Luang Prabang as friends!
Sample Afternoon Itinerary
Pick up from hotel by 1:30PM
2:00PM-3:30PM: Tour village pottery center and our village while learning about traditional Lao life.
3:30PM-5:00PM: Private demonstration of Lao pottery techniques by local families followed by a hands-on opportunity for each guest. Kids have an opportunity to paint pre-made pots!
5:30PM: Return to Luang Prabang as friends!