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    Big Brother Mouse: books for local kids. and your kids

    by picek Updated Apr 4, 2010

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    Big Brother Mouse is Lao based and owned publisher and has few shops in Laos, mostly in tourist towns such as Luang Nam Tha, Vientiane, Savannakhet, Oudomxay and Luang Prabang. They publish stories for kids (but not just stories, as well other things that are interesting for youngsters) of young unknown Lao writers and students as well as some other, foreign names translated into Lao and they would like to increase literacy rates by the books; stories are related to local culture and ethics and others cover subjects from foreign places, such as history and animals and translations of books. It is non profit project and I believe you will notice their signs when visiting Laos.

    The whole story is described on their nice web page, I suggest you to visit it for more detailed info. It's real interesting and honest.

    What to buy: Books. Take a look and choose some for Lao kids, some for your kids or your friends kids. Or for yourself. Some stories are very short, other longer and it's always great if you can buy few different types of books with illustrations. Lao kids will love it, especially those who live in the remotest areas of the country. Keep that in mind if you're visiting local families.

    Some books are in both English and Lao.

    What to pay: The books are very cheap - for you, but most local parents cannot afford to buy them for the kids, nevertheless.
    If you want to, you can as well donate them to primary school and teachers will know what to do the beast about it.

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    Nightmarket Luang Prabang: Textiles

    by Boerresen Written Dec 6, 2009

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    You might be strolling the Nightmarket in Luang Prabang, and like me you might find the bedspreads, tablecloths and cussioncovers really nice. What you shouldn't do like me is think that you can get it everywhere else in Laos - this really is special to Luang Prabang not to mention the variation.

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    Cigarettes & Beers

    by yipsufen Written Jan 7, 2008

    What to buy: There are a variety of cigarettes produced locally or from Thailand or Myanmar. The tobacco taste might be stronger. Canned or bottled beers are on sale too. The noted ones are Singha & Chang beer (from Thailand) and Laos beer.

    What to pay: The prices are cheap. Not sure whether they are smuggled goods which have evaded tax or imitations.

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    Special Whiskey Anyone ?

    by yipsufen Updated Jan 7, 2008

    What to buy: Venomous animals and reptiles such as centipedes, snakes, scorpions, pangolins, cobras are cleaned and put into bottles or jars of crystal-clear locally brewed whiskey while still alive. The potions is basically an alcoholic & medicinal beverage. Among all the recognised benefits, it is also famous for their aphrodisiac property, ie. boosting sexual capacity, have been long existence before Viagra saw the light of day.

    The biggest shop (which is right in front of the jetty) offers free tasting. The taste & alcohol content might be strong for some. Sip it slowly and savour the taste.

    Caution: You might have problem passing them through the customs department.

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    Market - One and Only Big Place to Shop

    by iam3xxx Written Oct 24, 2007

    Going to the Day Market, added with a modern building next to the old, just this year in mid 2007 is a challenge. Vendors speak little English and the old building is extremely hot. I couldn't stop prespiring for a minute. All things are sold here though I think Thailand has more to offer.

    What to buy: Do not miss out the Laotian textiles and little ornyx jewellery sold here. Have fun.

    What to pay: US1 onwards

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    When freshness is important

    by stedeb Updated Oct 20, 2007

    Locla markets specialise in all things fresh some more than others!! It is fantastic to get out to the local markets and just wander around the store owners are quite happy to try and explain what varies things are and even let you taste. There are however some things we dont want to know what they are!! there were times when the store owners would laugh hysterically when they told us some things and saw our faces.

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    Night Market: Cheapest Local Products

    by mandybailey Written Oct 11, 2006

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    There's lots of fabric products at this market, handmade scarves, quilts, cushion covers, aprons, clothes....

    Luang Prabang is touristy but don't believe that it'll be more expensive than in other places in Asia. We saw the same scarves that we bought at this market selling for 3 times the price in Vietnam and Cambodia.

    Don't buy from the first stall, they all have the same products and you'll find the prices get cheaper the further down you go.

    What to buy: Handmade silk scarves.

    What to pay: We managed to get a handmade bag for $1 and a scarf for the same. Babies slippers (also handmade) were 50c!

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    Morning Market ( Talat Sao): Silk

    by easterntrekker Written Jun 15, 2006

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    The morning market is a must for great handmade silk . It's actually open all day. My daughter is getting married so I bought 6 hand woven ( no two alike) silk scarves for gifts . $5.00 each.

    Just get a tulk tuk. Our driver waited for us outside and took us to our next spot.

    What to buy: They have amazing silk table runners too . I bought a gorgeous one with a beutiful original pattern ( $30.00)

    What to pay: Don't forget to barter!!

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    Markets - "Just Looking, Thanks."

    by calcaf38 Written Mar 7, 2006

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    You won't buy much at the markets of Luang Prabang or Vientiane, yet what a profusion of odd items, strong smells, and unusual sights. Vendors are patiently waiting in cramped, tiny booths. The merchandise is strange. Buckets of loose batteries, shrink-wrapped TV sets, do-it-yourself temples. It is almost incomprehensible. The smell is like old-world hardware store (not Lowe's!) multiplied by ten: plastic and corrosive soap.

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    Hmong Appplique Stitching

    by calcaf38 Updated Mar 6, 2006

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    What to buy: Hmong ladies descend on Luang Prabang in incredibly crowded Toyota minivans to sell their crafts at the market. Their pillowcases are very inexpensive, and yet extremely elegant, in a Matisse / Hockney way.

    The ladies are extremely cute: tiny, old, and all business.

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    Everywhere

    by AshleeS Written Aug 8, 2005

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    Almost every family has some sort of shop outside there house depending on where you travel. In the main cities there are strips of resturants along with a few shops and internet cafes along with guest houses. Or on the side of a road in the main city we found these paintings that were absolutley beautiful

    What to pay: next to nothing

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    It's a market: Vientiane Morning Market

    by AshleeS Written Aug 8, 2005

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    It is one huge market, we were seriously here every day. You can purchase clothing, food, knock off purses etc, shoes, jewlery, everything.

    What to buy: It is not your typical mall in other countries. Go authentic. The silk is beautiful. We bought, scarfs, outfits, carvings, food, etc

    What to pay: barter barter barter

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    Daily Night Market: Souvenirs from Luang Prabang

    by bkoon Updated Jun 7, 2005

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    There is a daily night market along the street of the Royal Palace. It is an entire stretch where you can find all sorts of souvenirs which you can bring home. There are textiles, t-shirts, paintings, lamps, decorations, crafts, etc etc

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    Vang Vieng market: Vang Vieng has more local color than you think

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 9, 2004

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    This is a very local and authentic market and shows that even though the village is trying to become a backpacker mecca, it is still full of local color.

    What to buy: You can buy lots of weird stuff here. I saw two small kids selling frogs with their feet sewn together! That's the frogs, not the kids. ;)

    What to pay: Beats me about the frogs, I guess you could be nice and set them free for less than a dollar.

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    All over Luang Prabang: Loose Fit Style Shirts

    by squidchip Updated Feb 28, 2004

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    All over Luang Prabang you can find nice button up shirts with great designs. Some only have 1-3 buttons at the top some button all the way. Average price is 20000-60000Kip each. Loose fit style great for the climate there. I thought I would find these all over but after leaving Luang Prabang the price went higher and quality much lower. Different styles too.

    What to buy: Find these shirts in shops and all the markets. You could even have one had made to your specs on the fabric you pick.

    What to pay: Most run from the basic at 20,000K to more elaborate 80,000K

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