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villages along the Mekong and its tributaries; see for
more. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat & Sun 9am-4pm.
Monument Books Sathouyaithiao Rd 071 254954, ;
map . A great little bookshop stocking a good range of magazines, local and international
fiction and non-fiction, travel guides, maps and children's books. Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat
Yensabai Books & Art Wat Ban Aphay 071 260 1955; map . A small range of books
(largely secondhand) to buy and borrow, plus maps, coffee and art. Daily 8am-10pm.
Traditional textiles are practically Luang Prabang's signature product. Both antique and new
textiles can be bought here, and the city has many upscale boutiques specializing in high-
quality Lao textiles - look for the “Handmade in Luang Prabang” label (see luangpra- for more).
Anakha The Blue House, Sakkaline Rd 020 5875 4990; map . A classy and inviting
boutique selling a fine range of linen homeware and elegant silk women's clothing, ideal for
perfecting that Catherine Deneuve-in- Indochine look. Daily 9.30am-10pm.
Kōpnoï Ban Aphay 071 260248, ; map . This excellent shop sells a small
but select range of fair-trade Lao textiles from around the country, including beautiful silk
scarves. It also carries an eclectic range of other gift and household items, including Khmu-
made bamboo straws (80,000K for 12), cushions, lamps and jewellery. The exhibition space
upstairs, which showcases local art, is worth a quick browse. Daily 8am-9pm.
Mulberries Souliyavongsa Rd 071 254594, ; map . Beautiful fabric and
clothing from this fair-trade company, as well as mulberry tea and smellies. Also has a silk
farm and training centre in Phonsavan.
Ock Pop Tok Branches on Sakkaline Rd 071 254406 and Sathouyaithiao Rd 071
253219, ; map . Though the textiles here are a little pricey, there's no deny-
ing the quality of the work, which surpasses most of what's on offer elsewhere in town.
All of the products have been made in Laos - either in the shop's Living Crafts Centre or
through their Village Weaver Projects which support local communities. The Passa Paa range
( ) at the new Sakkaline Road branch is particularly worth a look. Colourful
Hmong toy animals from $5. Daily 8am-8pm.
TAEC Kitsalat Rd 071 253364, ; map . The excellent shop at the museum
sells a wonderful collection of reasonably priced handicrafts, with half of the shop's income
going back to village producers. Tues-Sun 9am-6pm.
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