The Weavers of Ban Saphai and Don Kho
The artisans in these villages on the banks of the Mekong and the island just a short boat ride from the mainland, are known for their silk weaving and textiles. You can see women weaving in the craft centre or, on Don Kho, in the shade of their wooden houses.
Traditionally, they use silk which nowadays is sometimes replaced by polyester thread. If you ask, you might even have a chance to get a weaving lesson yourself. It is also a good opportunity to directly purchase a souvenir from the weavers, knowing you have supported them and their families directly with your purchase. While you visit the island, you can walk through rice fields, see vegetable gardens and stand on beautiful sandy river beaches.
How to get there:
Ban Saphai is about 18km North of Pakse, while Ban Don Kho is about 10km north of Pakse on Route 13. From Pakse you can rent a car, a van, or a motorbike. You can also book an excursion with one of the travel agents in Pakse. If you prefer to be more active, you can hire a bicycle or book a tour and make it a one-day trip or even stay at the basic homestay on Don Kho Island or combine it with a visit to here.
You can also combine this trip with a visit to the Buddha stone carvers of Ban Don Kho and Vat Chompet temple.