Lao Pottery House and Village Experience

Lao Pottery House is located in Ban Channuea, 5 km. downriver from Luang Prabang. This small village has been manufacturing pottery for over 400 years and provides a convenient and authentic look into village life in Laos.

The Lao Pottery House was recently started up by the Lamphet family and offers visitors a chance to learn about traditional Lao pottery making. Their desire is, in part, to help preserve this amazing history as it slowly fades away with only six families still practicing these pottery techniques. Their hope is to use these experiences to help preserve the tradition of their village and provide a sustainable way of life for families in the village.

In ancient times, pottery pots were used for purposes such as fermenting fish along with storing water and rice alcohol. Today, a large variety of beautifully handcrafted terra cotta pots, planters, lanterns, tiles and more are made using the same techniques passed down through centuries.

Pottery Making Experience – 1-Hour

 

Upon arrival to Ban Channuea, head up the stairs to meet the Lamphet family, owners of Lao Pottery House. On this one hour experience visitors get a chance to get hands-on with the clay. Skilled pottery makers will be close by to help guide you as you craft your own small masterpiece. Learn and ask questions as you go. It’s a great way to spend an hour.

Pottery Making Workshops – Morning or Afternoon

 

On this tour get a behind-the-scenes look at these ancient pottery techniques. Visitors enjoy a guided village tour and visit to the community kiln before heading back to Lao Pottery House to get hands-on with the clay. Skilled pottery makers will be close by to help guide you as you craft your own small masterpiece. Good luck.

Once your hands are all washed up, sit down and enjoy a delicious traditional Lao meal cooked by the Lamphet family themselves. All their ingredients come from local sources and if the season is right, they might even come from their very own organic garden. Visitors will get a chance to sample some of Luang Prabang’s favourite traditional foods such as; Khaipan (fried river weed), grilled fish, eggplant dipping sauce, and spicy papaya salad. You won’t be disappointed.

Morning Tour
3.5 hours (2.5hrs)
Lunch @ 11:00am

9:30am – 10:15am. Tour pottery center and village to learn about life in this unique village
10:15am – 11:00am. Hand-on pottery making lead by skilled Lao pottery makers.
11:00am – 12:00pm. Enjoy a delicious traditional Lao meal from fresh local ingredients.
12:00pm – 1:00pm. Visitors are welcome to stay and mingle after eating. However, with Bounmi’s private boat services you are free to head out after if you like.

Afternoon Tour
3.5 hours (3hrs)
Meal @ 4:00pm

Afternoon Tour
3.5 hours (3hrs)
Meal @ 4:00pm
2:00pm – 2:15pm. Tour pottery center and village to learn about life in this unique village
2:15pm – 3:00pm. Hand-on pottery making lead by skilled Lao pottery makers.
3:00pm – 4:00pm. Free time to relax and enjoy as you like.
4:00pm – 5:00pm. Enjoy a delicious traditional Lao meal from fresh local ingredients.
5:00pm – 5:30pm. Visitors are welcome to stay and mingle after eating. However, with
Bounmi’s private boat services you are free to head out after if you like.

Located

South of Luang Prabang.

Dock Location/Village

Ban Channuea

Hour of Operation

9am – 6pm daily.

Nearby Activities

Pha Tad Ke – Botanical Gardens
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm daily. Closed on Wednesdays.
Green Jungle Park – Zip-lining
Jungle Park: 7:00am – 6:00pm daily. Fridays hours may vary.
Jungle Flight: 9:00am – 4:00pm daily. Fridays hours may vary.
Mekong Eden Farm – Sustainable Organic Farm
Open Hours: Dawn till dusk daily.

Cruising Time

Departing LP: 15 minutes downriver.
Return to LP: 25 mins upriver.

Lao Pottery House Activities

Traditional Lao pottery making & local culinary experiences.
Morning & Afternoon Pottery Workshops

Facilities
  • 6 pottery wheel stations.
  • Small shop with locally made handicrafts. Supports local in the village.
  • Sitting and dining area.
  • Wash station to clean up.
  • Toilets.