Category Archive for "Friends of OPT"

The Luang Prabang Night Market

The idea Did you know the Luang Prabang Night Market was inspired by a trip to Paris? It just so happens that many years ago a local man flew over to France for a holiday and fell in love with…

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What makes a good partnership — and 5 social enterprises you should know

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller And thus opened the panel discussion on what makes successful partnerships at the Asian Women Social Entrepreneurs Network Conference in Bangkok. There were 30 (or so)…

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Faces of OPT: Chef Keo

Chef Keo was born just down the Mekong from here, in a small village outside of Luang Prabang. A natural born leader, she is the eldest of three. Like most Lao people, she is a serious foodie, understanding that life…

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Behind the Scenes: Nam Et-Phou Louey Village Weaver Project

From Marie Vahl, Ock Pop Tok Production Coordinator: As a new member of the Ock Pop Tok team, I jumped at the chance to join our co-founder and production assistant on my first  Village Weaver Project trip to the Nam…

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Faces of OPT: Mrs Bang

At Ock Pop Tok, we strive to empower weavers throughout Laos in order to promote economic stability and leadership opportunities for women. One way is by hosting trainings for village weavers at our Living Crafts Centre. Recently, we partnered with…

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A Cultural Adventure with Tiger Trail

Tiger Trail is a tour operator based in Luang Prabang, Laos. What separates them from their many competitors is the company’s commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism throughout Laos. Whether you are a hiker, biker, kayaker, or simply adventurous, you can easily…

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Around the World Adventure, with stopover at Mekong Villa

Two weeks ago, I pulled into the Ock Pop Tok parking lot to find an enormous green truck parked alongside small mopeds and scooters. What is this? Who does it belong to? How did it even make it down our…

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Mulling over mu-L-berries!

“Ok, now make your tongue touch the roof of your mouth when you say the “L” in mul-berry,” says Ajaan Michael. Sith, Eah, Doua, Mimi, Jen, Sengchan, Chan and Chanla, immediately erupt in a cacophony of “mulberry”-like sounds — after…

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Ock Pop Tok Team Heads to the U.S.

The Ock Pop Tok team prepares to go to the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico in mid July. This year marks Ock Pop Tok’s sixth year of attending the Market, and the excitement around the Living…

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Five Tips for Designers Visiting Luang Prabang

Earlier this month we had the pleasure of welcoming the delightful Niki Groom (AKA Miss Magpie Fashion Spy), a fashion designer for Nomads Fair Trade Clothing in the UK, to Luang Prabang. Niki joined us for a Natural Dyes class at…

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