Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women

Attraction 25 Manthalath Road , Ban Xieng Ngeun, Chanthabouly District Vientiane 01000 Laos Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
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1.90 USD

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Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women was established originally to provide training in the art of weaving for Lao women from poor backgrounds. Source: http://www.visit-mekong.com/laos/vientiane/women-training-centre.htm

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Why Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women is special ?

The Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women provides training and employment for Lao women from disadvantaged backgrounds in the areas of natural dyeing, traditional Lao weaving, tailoring and small business administration. The Centre is located seven kilometres east of Vientiane’s city centre in Houey Hong Village, Chanthabury District, in Laos Map.


The Centre was established in response to a growing awareness of the need to provide vocational training and employment opportunities to the disadvantaged sectors of the community, especially women, minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.


The Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Woman has three main objectives:


To provide training for various skill levels, in weaving, dyeing and tailoring for women from rural areas who are disadvantaged, poor and/or who have a disability


To revive and support Lao’s traditional crafts, such as natural dyeing and traditional weaving


To introduce other suitable skills, such as tailoring, to women who have little education


Source: http://www.houeyhongcentre.com/

What to explore at Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women?

You can learn how to dye textiles using natural pigments and then weave them on a traditional loom at this NGO group, run by a Lao-Japanese woman. It was established north of Vientiane to train disadvantaged rural women in the dying art of natural dyeing and traditional silk-weaving practices. Visitors can look for free or partake in the dyeing process (120,000K, two hours, two scarves) or weaving (200,000K, whole day). You keep the fruits of your labour. Transportation to and from the centre is provided for an additional 33,000K. The centre's contact point and commercial venture in Vientiane is True Colour .

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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
789.16 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
25 places

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25 Manthalath Road , Ban Xieng Ngeun, Chanthabouly District Vientiane 01000 Laos

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  • The shop has an excellent selection of beautiful silk and cotton weavings for purchase.
    Shopping
  • You get to keep whatever you make during your time at the Centre to show off to your friends back home.
    Things to do
  • If visitors would like to participate in the dyeing and weaving process, different tours are available ranging from 70,000 to 200,000kip ($9 – $25 USD).
    Things to do
  • You can get an impressive insight into traditional weaving techniques and take with you a few centimeters self-made weaving scarf with some typical laotien patterns.
    Things to do
  • They have a minivan pickup from the city center via their retail outlet
    Service
  • Monday through Saturday 08:30 – 12:00, 13:30 - 16:30
    Timming
  • Address: Lane 19, Houey Hong Village | Chanthabury District, Vientiane, Laos
    Location
  • If you want to make your own way to the centre, Houey Hong is also reachable by tuk tuks and local buses.
    Transportation
  • A visit to the center is free. Fifteen-minute guided tours are available for 15,000 kip
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If you take the public bus--which I really recommend b/c it's significantly cheaper than taking a tuk tuk, about a fifth of the price, and it's fun to do things the local/more adventurous way sometimes--it's a tad difficult to find once you're in the area due to lack of good signage, but it's definitely worth getting off the well-trodden tourist track. If you take a tuk tuk, you'll likely have no issue finding it, but easy usually means boring which usually means no good story. Anyway...You can learn how to dye and/or weave silk from Laos women (and a very friendly and sweet Japanese lady if she's still there) the traditional way, which is informative and a fun and unique way to spend a few hours or a full day just outside of Vientiane. I had time only for the dyeing of one scarf, which cost 100,000 kip, if I remember correctly, and took about an hour or an hour and a half. Not sure the other prices, but there's a shop in town a couple blocks back from the river and the staff can tell you more about it and arrange for your tuk tuk, or give you better info about how to take local transit out there.

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Half an hour from the city, almost no tourist go there. but it's really Worth going!You will be in the middle of nowhere! it means, a quiet and beautiful country side.scenery.Women from nearby villages, learn the weaving,the whole process of silk making in a friendly, peaceful environment. while learning & working,some have their babies taking a nap.The purpose is to give the ladies, the opportunity of beiing independant ,to be able to have a job, back in their villages.So, you learn, you share,and even rest for a while in a traditional community.If you feel like buying, one of the most beautiful silk, in South East Asia,go ahead!!!Enjoy it!!!

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If you take the public bus--which I really recommend b/c it's significantly cheaper than taking a tuk tuk, about a fifth of the price, and it's fun to do things the local/more adventurous way sometimes--it's a tad difficult to find once you're in the area due to lack of good signage, but it's definitely worth getting off the well-trodden tourist track. If you take a tuk tuk, you'll likely have no issue finding it, but easy usually means boring which usually means no good story. Anyway... You can learn how to dye and/or weave silk from Laos women (and a very friendly and sweet Japanese lady if she's still there) the traditional way, which is informative and a fun and unique way to spend a few hours or a full day just outside of Vientiane. I had time only for the dyeing of one scarf, which cost 100,000 kip, if I remember correctly, and took about an hour or an hour and a half. Not sure the other prices, but there's a shop in town a couple blocks back from the river and the staff can tell you more about it and arrange for your tuk tuk, or give you better info about how to take local transit out there.

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