Ban Xang Khong, Laos
Ban Xang Khong, or the 'Paper Village' as it is typically referred to by tourists, is either a long walk or a short bike ride from Luang Prabang in Laos.
During my month volunteering in Laos, I never made it to the village. However, during my time living in Laos, I spent a random Saturday wandering around the unpaved roads with two of my favourite people. Luke, Touk, and I rode around the village in the middle of the day in the boiling sun and sweated like absolute animals.
The 'Paper Village' is more than just delicate handmade paper. You know as soon as you arrive in Ban Xang Khong, because you will see a white building surrounded by weaving looms and baskets of natural elements used to dye Lao cotton and silk.
Don't worry, though. There is plenty of paper. Paper with flowers in it. Paper in the form of greeting cards and journals for purchase in shops all along the way.
My day in Ban Xang Khong might be one of my absolute favourites. The three of us on two bikes exploring the village without an agenda. I think of this day often, as I think of Laos often.
If you are in Luang Prabang and like souvenirs or keepsakes, Ban Xang Khong is the perfect place to pick up items made by local people at a much better price than what you'll find at the night market.