Ban Xang Hai (Whiskey Village)

Ban Xang Hai’s notoriety comes from producing Lao Lao whiskey. Undoubtedly, an integral part of Lao culture that the locals take pride in. Lao Lao is still being produced using traditional methods. The process begins with sticky rice going through a fermentation period. In due time, the concoction is boiled, filtered, and left to cool. Voila…Lao Lao whiskey!

Upon arrival to the village, guests are greeted by local whiskey makers happy to let you taste the different flavors. The villagers of Ban Xang Hai also sell textiles, handicrafts and small trinkets. Women can be seen at their looms throughout the village. The village boast an ornate temple worthy of a stroll.

Overall, Ban Xan Hai offers visitors a chance to witness the traditional methods of making Lao Lao whiskey while sampling product straight from the source.

Helpful Information

Departing from Luang Prabang: 1hr 30m upriver.

Returning to Luang Prabang: 1hr downriver.

Ban Xang Hai riverside.

Village exploration & sightseeing.

Lao Lao Whiskey making.

Weaving looms & textiles.

Local handicrafts.

Local homes/shops/toilets.

Beautifully hand-crafted textiles are made locally in villages throughout Laos and we support buying directly from the villagers whenever possible. However, be aware some products may not come from the village and can be manufactured elsewhere outside of Laos. Support local artisans!

Visitors will not miss the multitude of snakes, scorpions and other insects that are placed into many Lao Lao bottles being sold but nature does. Please be aware that the respect for wildlife in Laos is very low and we discourage buying products with any animal parts.

Laos still remains to have serious problems of poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking. Endangered wildlife parts can be seen in some store fronts in Ban Xang Hai village. We respectfully ask that you refrain from sampling or purchasing any products that encourage this behavior.