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Side Road To Spoons | Xieng Khouang

Side Road To Spoons

Side Road To Spoons

Setting your sights to see spoon production may sound eccen- tric, but Ban Napia, an ethnic Phuan village just south of Phon- savanh, moulds this tableware from war scrap. One day in the 1980s, eight families brainstormed over what to do with all the aluminium bits from downed aircraft. One person noted a lack spoons in the market and noodle shops, so they made wooden moulds, coated them in ash, and poured in the melted junk. And according to the ladle lady, they have an unending supply of de- bris. You can bookend your spoon tour with stops at nearby Lang waterfall and Jar Site 3.

Location: Turn right at the sign on Route 10 past the market just south of Phonsavanh, and travel 30 km to Jar Site 3 and the path Ban Napia.

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