Laos Tourism is pumping, there is so much to do and see, and it’s a traveler’s wonderland. On today’s Laos adventure I went to the Laos Pottery Village to check out the handicrafts. It’s only a short boat ride of 15 minutes from Luang Prabang on the opposite bank of the Mekong River.
On my arrival I learnt the history of this pottery village. Laos Tourism I feel has helped a great deal as many tourists come to visit and the ones that buy items help the local community greatly. They specialize in manufacturing pottery, bricks and terracotta tiles with many sold to Luang Prabang. It is quite interesting to watch them at work as even the kids jump on board creating small objects such as ashtrays and vases, all enjoying themselves tremendously. All the raw materials are taken from the surrounding areas and everything is done on site; the mixing, processing, handling and shaping are all done here. If you really enjoy watching and are intrigued to make your own, all you have to do is ask and you can try and create something yourself with a little help from the workers.
What is amazing is that they need 4 whole days to heat the ovens. This has been done for generations and I am sure will not change anytime in the near future. Once the ovens have reached the right temperature the items are placed into the fire. They are then left to settle and spend several days below ground. To me, this is definitely a Laos tour you need to see. No amount of Laos tourism is going to change the way they do things here. You can tell they are really passionate about their work.
This Laos tour was exciting to me as I really enjoyed meeting the local community and seeing how they operate. It is great to see a population that is not over taken by the hustle and bustle of the Western world. They are sticking to what they have been taught for generations and are happy to do so; it was such a humbling experience for me. I realized that you should not take things for granted.
The day was coming to an end so I said my goodbyes and walked away with a couple of small ashtrays as I could not exactly carry a big clay pot home in my luggage!! I headed back to the bus for the journey back to my hotel to rest up for the next day’s travel.