Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre is an exciting new tourist destination in Vientiane. In a beautiful garden setting, it is situated on the banks of the Mekong just down the road from the Friendship Bridge. Women with disability come from all over Laos to live and study here, gaining life skills and vocational training to empower them to set up an independent life. Visitors can learn about Lao culture, meet some inspiring women and support a fantastic cause. Funded almost entirely through donations, your tour will provide crucial support to help us continue enabling the disabled in Laos.
Bookings are required, please contact us by phone or email (+856-21) 812 282 or 820 489/ 020 5565 5353 firstname.lastname@example.org
We are open for visitors Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm and by appointment over the weekend. Individuals and groups are welcome. The #14 bus departs regularly from the Morning Market (Talat Sao) bus station, stops at the Friendship Bridge, and then passes by the Centre. and goes onto the Buddha Park. You can ask the driver to stop at the centre (“soon pee-kan” in Lao). At the centre you are welcome to visit the showroom and see our presentation for free, however if you would like a tour the following prices apply.
We are pleased to be able to offer the following tour packages:
Suksaa Tour (Basic Guided Tour) 50,000LAK per person – 30 minutes ‘Suksaa’ means ‘learn’ in Lao. Tour the Centre and gain a unique insight into life in Lao. Learn about the history of the Centre and see weaving, sewing and other handicraft demonstrations. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet some truly inspiring women and to see how these women live and study here at the Centre.
Surn Tour (Handicraft Class) 100,000LAK per person – 60 minutes ‘Surn’ is the Lao word for ‘invite’, we say this when inviting people to join us in meals, our homes, workplaces and other activities. In addition to a guided tour of the Centre, this package includes a handicraft workshop in which you can sit with our paper product team to learn how they turn recycled newspapers into beautiful handicrafts and make your own to take home.
Happa Than Ahan Tieng (Lunch) 100,000LAK per person – 30 minutes Taste a delicious traditional meal made fresh with vegetables from our garden. Feel free to relax in the garden and play pétanque before heading to your next destination. This option can be added to both tours but is subject to availability.
Baci Ceremony 100,000LAK per person – 20 minutes Partake in a short Baci ceremony, an ancient Lao custom involving the tying of holy cotton threads to bless the recipient and ensure good luck on your journey. This option can be added to both tours.