Laos Shopping

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  • The morning market, Luang Prabang.
    The morning market, Luang Prabang.
    by IreneMcKay
  • The morning market, Luang Prabang.
    The morning market, Luang Prabang.
    by IreneMcKay

Laos Shopping

  • books for local kids. and your kids

    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...

  • Textiles

    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.

  • Cigarettes & Beers

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

  • Special Whiskey Anyone ?

    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...

  • Market - One and Only Big Place to Shop

    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. Do not miss out the Laotian textiles and little ornyx...

  • When freshness is important

    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...

  • Cheapest Local Products

    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...

  • Silk

    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. They have amazing silk table runners too . I bought a gorgeous one with a...

  • Markets - "Just Looking, Thanks."

    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...

  • Hmong Appplique Stitching

    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.

  • Everywhere

    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 next to nothing

  • Vientiane Morning Market

    It is one huge market, we were seriously here every day. You can purchase clothing, food, knock off purses etc, shoes, jewlery, everything. It is not your typical mall in other countries. Go authentic. The silk is beautiful. We bought, scarfs, outfits, carvings, food, etc barter barter barter

  • Souvenirs from Luang Prabang

    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

  • Vang Vieng has more local color than you...

    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. 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. ;) Beats me about the frogs, I guess you could be nice and...

  • Loose Fit Style Shirts

    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...

  • buy silk in Laos

    You can buy traditional silk in laos in every market, silk tissue or silk traditional clothes in all colous and shapes, very cheap. The quality of the tissue and clothes is exceptional and the prices often ridiculous (except in Vientiane in the morning market, where they charge more but have a wider range of choice). The cheapest places to buy are...

  • Opium pipes

    I am not a shopping and souvenir orented person, I often come back from my travels with the escact stuffs I left with plus some cigaretts from duty free.Here I could not resist visiting shops as, they are full of original and never seen before handcrafts.I bought some not too big opium pipes and I am still thi nking of the wonderful big ones wich I...

  • Hand Made Paper

    Our guide took us to a small village about 15mins outside of town. There we saw a small workshop where they were making paper. It was fascinating. Some of the pages have leaves embedded in them. I bought some small notebooks. The quality was excellent and they were about 3$ for two. They were easy to carry and make a beautiful gift or to use as an...

  • paper and fabric

    I guess paper and fabric is the thing to buy here. Some time decoration has an astonishing similarity to the peruvian style.. usually you'd better trade. A few people is speaking english so you'll probably caught in the CALCULATOR TRADING. type your price, hand over the calculator, laugh, new price, your turn... your price, another laugh, the...

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