villages along the Mekong and its tributaries; see communitylearninginternational.org for
more. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat & Sun 9am-4pm.
Monument Books Sathouyaithiao Rd 071 254954, monument-books.com/laos.php ;
fiction and non-fiction, travel guides, maps and children's books. Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat
(largely secondhand) to buy and borrow, plus maps, coffee and art. Daily 8am-10pm.
CLOTHES, TEXTILES AND HANDICRAFTS
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-
banghandicraft.org for more).
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.
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.
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
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
( passa-paa.com ) at the new Sakkaline Road branch is particularly worth a look. Colourful
Hmong toy animals from $5. Daily 8am-8pm.
sells a wonderful collection of reasonably priced handicrafts, with half of the shop's income
going back to village producers. Tues-Sun 9am-6pm.