Vientiane Shopping

  • The shop front of Finer Things Silk & Coffee
    The shop front of Finer Things Silk &...
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    The crowd at the Morning Market
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  • Morning Market, Vientiane
    Morning Market, Vientiane
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    Agroasie: organic and fair trade

    by picek Updated Mar 26, 2013

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    This is small shop in centre at Chao Anou rd. based on fair trade ethics. They specialize in organic products as well as they sell some handicraft, but the focus is on food. It's little bit more expensive but they are certified so maybe worth checking out for few things you'd want in better quality.

    Those who live in Vientaine can order here for the basket full of vegetables to be delivered to them weekly.

    What to buy: Rice, tea, coffee, vegetable, fruits and hand made toys from textile from Phongsaly.

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    Kua Din market: where locals go

    by picek Updated Mar 22, 2013

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    For locals place to buy clothes and houseware, for tourists good spot for taking photos... that's Kua Din market behind bus station in city centre, across the road from Morning Market.
    If you want to buy yourself pretty useful sarong you can find them here plentiful. Some imported from Thailand, other made in Laos.
    It's a lot of choice. Somebody can as well buy vintage mosquito nets made of cotton here, or brooms, bamboo baskets and kitchen utensils.
    A little bargaining can be practiced but to moderate extense.
    This is not the market where they gear for tourists, so mostly you'll find what average Lao desire to wear and that include both traditional clothes as modern ones. It's best to visit in mornings because it gets very hot under plastic roof here.

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    Talat Sao Mall: The morning market

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    Talat Sao (the morning market)

    Talat Sao (or the morning market) is a shopping mall located in the centre of Vientiane - at the corner of Thanon Lane Xang and Thanon Khu Vieng. The mall consists of many small shops and restaurants – and you can buy anything there: Clothes, electronics, watches, gold, jewellery, handicrafts and souvenirs... The mall opened in December 2007, and replaced some of the old Talat Sao buildings.

    Another shopping option is the Khouadin Market just behind the central bus station. To me it looked like a local market while the mall more a tourist place...

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  • Elégant Boutique or Elégant Laos: Fashion in Vientiane @ Elégant Boutique

    by Emile0867 Written Aug 13, 2011
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    For clothing, for women and men, I highly recommend "Elegant Boutique" or "Elegant Laos"
    This beautiful little boutique sells mainly clothes for fashion and Lao crafts. It is run by a young Laotian, stylist, designer, who mixed with the taste silk and / or cotton fabrics from Laos and Western fashion.
    It offers all sizes (small to large), also tailor-made and made-to-measure and she also sell by mail order or online.
    Do not miss it.

    What to buy: All type of clothings in silk, in silk-cotton blend and in cotton.
    Dressses, tops and tunics, skirts, pants etc... for women.
    Shirts, pants, suits etc... for men

    What to pay: Very good quality and high standard tailoring for your money

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    Talat Sao (tourists' name: morning market): The Morning Market - the only "mall" nationwide

    by matseb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    * at least 5000 shops!
    * ground floor and first floor in 3 connected buildings
    * crowded (especially in the 1st floor)
    * not too hot
    * guarded by civil and official security

    What to buy: everything incl. unauthorized copies of CDs of any kind - I haven't seen a book store though

    The most common articles are
    - gold and silver articles
    - electronical devices and media
    - clothes and shoes

    What to pay: 2000-3000 THB

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  • T'Shop Lai Gallery: Beautiful collection of gifts made in Laos

    by naniapril Updated Jan 26, 2011

    Great gift shop filled with authentic goods all handmade in Laos. They carry a variety of natural products including soap, mosquito repellent, and spices; as well as one of a kind handicrafts and custom furniture pieces. T'Shop Lai is careful to adhere to environmentally and socially responsible principles in its operations and production methods. Though located a little from the beaten path off of Chao Anou Road behind Vat Inpeng, T'Shop Lai is worth a visit!"

    What to buy: All natural soaps, virgin coconut oil, natural mosquito repellent, handicrafts and more.

    What to pay: Soaps range from 15,000 to 78,000 kip; pure body oils begin at 30,000 kip; handicrafts have a wide range from 30,000 kip over 1,000,000 kip. Custom furniture is more expensive.

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    Morning Market

    by tigertribal Updated Oct 1, 2010

    Did some shopping at the morning market which is actually open until 1600-1700.

    It is a big mall with loads of stalls selling pretty much everything; clothes, jewellery, mobile phones, even washing machines.

    The traders are easy to bargain with but dont forget that they are trying to make a living, so dont argue over a few thousand Kip, and bargain with a smile and you will get a smile in return.

    T-shirts for US$2.50 - $3.50 depending on size. Scarves x 2 for $5. Generally, prices are low and for local souvenirs, you should not pay more than $10 - $20 for pictures, paintings, ornaments etc.

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    Phimphone Market: Western supermarket food

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 25, 2010
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    This place will surprise you by the amount of western stock it carries, but it isn't cheap. The stock is displayed very neatly and some of it has been segregated into particular countries. Great place to have a browse around if nothing else.

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    Stalls by Talat Sao bus station: ...

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 25, 2010
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    If you're catching a bus from the Talat Sao bus station, then you can buy lunch in the form of tasty French baguettes from some stalls nearby. An elderly guy sat next to me on the Thai-Lao International Bus that goes to Nong Khai in Thailand with a whole bag of them so I guess Thais like them as well even though you don't normally seem them for sale there.

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    Talat Sao Mall: largest covered market in Vientiane

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 25, 2010

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    Comprised of two floors, this is the largest covered market in Vientiane. There is a vast selection of handicrafts, woven fabrics, jewellery, antique ornaments, electronic and household goods plus counterfeit CDs and DVDs/VCDs. There's also a food court here as well.

    Open: 7am-4pm every day.

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    Talat Sao: The Morning Market

    by Chuckaziz Written Mar 4, 2010

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    The crowd at the Morning Market
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    This is the place for real bargain in Vientiane. Many shops sell local made products. All sections of the Morning Market is covered and is located next to the newer shopping mall. Operating hour is from 7 am till 4 pm and opens daily. The crowd is larger on the weekends.

    What to buy: Laos Silk, Cotton, and there are a few outlets selling gem stones.

    What to pay: Prices are more competitive here.

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    Night Market: Mekong River Bank

    by Chuckaziz Written Feb 25, 2010

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    Night Market Along Mekong River Bank
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    One of the things one could do in Vientiane after sunset is to walk along the foot path of Mekong River Bank where many make-shift stalls are set-up selling local handicrafts and other indigenous products. But don't rush into buying anything because prices of most products will be quoted at an exorbitantly high price. Start to bargain only when you have decided to buy any of these products. The rule of thumb is to go down in excess of 50% of the price quoted by the traders. Haggling is the name of the game here and the first to blink will be the loser.

    What to buy: Silk scarves, T-Shirts, Lamp shades, begs etc-etc.

    What to pay: Pay only when you think you have been able to bargain for the right price.

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    Finer Things Silk & Coffee Shop: Lao Traditional Weaving & Organic Coffee

    by Chuckaziz Updated Feb 25, 2010

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    The shop front of Finer Things Silk & Coffee
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    If you are thinking of buying local made gifts and do not have the time to venture to other provinces I suggest that you pay a visit to this shop. Gifts from a number of ethnic groups are sold here. The shop, however, specializes in silk, cotton and coffee. Silk and cotton products are from various provinces. One can also observe the weaving process on traditional Lao looms as some of the silk products are woven in the premise. They are woven by girls from Sam Neaua Province, many of whom are students at the National University of Laos and are employed on a part-time basis by the shop owner. The shop also serves excellent freshly brewed coffee. Specially packed coffee beans and powder are also sold here. The owner claims that coffee sold here are super fresh because they are supplied daily to the shop from the mountainous area in the southern part of Laos. I spent many hours at the shop observing the weaving process while sipping on the hot Lao cafe.

    What to buy: Gifts and keepsakes from a number of ethnic groups and coffee.

    What to pay: Coffee is from 10,000 kips per cup, from 28,000 kips per pack and other products may vary in prices. Some keepsakes such as a small cotton purse could be priced as low as 15,000 kips.

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    lots of shops: The market behind the Mall

    by VolsUT Written Dec 5, 2009

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    Many shops are located in a huge semi outdoor shopping are located behing the shopping mall downtown. The prices are extreamly cheap and lots of good things to buy. Most common are Clothing, Bowls and other kitchenware, electric tools, local crafts and books.

    What to pay: not very much

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  • MORNING MARKET & NITE MARKET AT MEKONG: WHATS A LAOS PRODUCT ?

    by shariecheah Written Aug 25, 2009

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    The morning market is at Lanexang Avenue and nite market is along Mekong River.

    What to buy: I find it confusing between Laos and Thai products. They seem to be almost similar when I was in Bangkok.

    I managed to buy a beautiful sling bag at US$20 at the nite market after 2 days of bargaining ! Still I was not sure if it was really a product of Laos..looks more like it came from Tibet !

    Anyway I did not find any amazing products from Laos, even the silk did not amaze me. Like I said, its difficult to say which is Thai and which is Laos. Anyway it was interesting to see the locals and their way of life, their hard life, the children, foos,culture etc..should visit Laos !

    What to pay: I spent about US100 for shopping..bought a watch from a shop called Walkman Village along Mekong River. The shop has plenty of branded goods from clothes to shoes and what..u just name it !

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