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Ethnik Fashion Show
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Owner description: More than 49 different ethnic groups can be found living in Laos. Most of these groups continue to dress in traditional costumes passed down by their ancestors.To showcase these colorful creations, Hive Bar and Smokehouse, is presenting a live Ethnic Fashion Show in Luang Prabang.Twenty Lao models parade down the catwalk over 95 different outfits with intricate designs including traditional jewelry, headwear, and ceremonial outfits, basketry and baby carriers used by the different ethnicities. The show is held at Hive Bar & Restaurant starting at 7pm, Tuesday through Saturday, in a beautiful outdoor garden setting. On hand at the Hive Bar, the staff are ready to answer any questions you might have. Afterwards, guests are welcome to stay and soak up the atmosphere of the premier nightspot of Luang Prabang, Hive bar & Restaurant.
Reviewed 9 January 2015

Better call before planning this outing ideally with your hotel who speak the language. We showed up for dinner and event but they decided to cancel it that night so we did not attend it. a dozen + tourists showed up behind us and got the bad news also.

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Cristofre, Owner at Ethnik Fashion Show, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2015

We are sorry that you were not able to see the ETHNIK show the night you visited Hive. It is a number one attraction in Luang Prabang and its FREE. There are really two practical reasons why we might cancel a show. It doesn't happen very often. Obviously we want the show to go one if it can. The first reason is due to weather - usually rain. We have had quite a bit of that lately. If it starts to rain we have to cancel the show. If it had rained recently close to show time, we also have to cancel the show for safety reasons. The three stages involved in the show might be slippery, and we don't want the models to get hurt. The second reason we might cancel a show is if there are little or no customers at Hive around the 7pm show time. The ETHNIK Show employees about 20 university students as models, and we pay these students nearly a full days wage to support their studies for the short time they present the show. The students also rely on customer tips to support their education. The show is FREE so we really do need customers to support this great production. If we cancel a show the students still receive 50% pay for that day. Thankfully we usually do have plenty of customers to keep the show going, but every once in awhile a night will be slow or customers arrive late to hive. If there are only two customers at Hive at 7pm or the time we make the decision ... and then 10 minutes later 15 people show up - it is unfortunately too late. The students have gone home. I believe this is what happened on the night you visited. I hope you got to see it the following night as I am sure you will agree it does not warrant the two star rating you gave it.

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Reviewed 8 December 2014

The Hive Bar & Restaurant is located on one of the main shopping/restaurant streets in Luang Prabang. It is an establishment that caters to non-Lao, especially English-speaking visitors. The fashion show is very interesting! It is held on an outdoor platform. The models are university students (non-professionals). The ethnic costumes come from all over Laos and were very interesting to see. The platform and show style has a "runway" feel to it. My wife and I definitely enjoyed the experience so we would highly recommend it if you are Luang Prabang on the nights it is available. The food is decent, mostly bar food such as pizzas and hamburgers.

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Reviewed 28 November 2014

The female models are super cute and wear beautiful, traditional costumes. The outdoor setting in Hive as wonderful and laid-back as well. Fun way to spend an evening while eating and/or having a few drinks w/ friends.

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Reviewed 2 November 2014

Don't miss this! Be sure to try the pizza while you are there. This costumes are authentic and the best collection we found in Laos.

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Reviewed 22 October 2014

Don't be put off by the loud thumping music. The fashion show was much more than I expected and made me realize what a diverse and proud country this is. Drinks and food are a bit overpriced, so save you money and put it in the models and dancers tip jar. The models did a fantastic job and it wasn't cheesy at all.

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