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What you need to know about shopping in Laos


Laos is such an ideal place for those who are interested in purchasing elaborate handicrafts. Dominating the market are arts, crafts, hill-tribe silks, jewellery, home-furnishings as well as couture quality textiles. You are invariably helping to support a still-growing and fragile economy by buying traditional crafts such as carvings and silks. You can see: Indochina tours Laos

Replica of Antiques

Replica of antiques

Replica of antiques- source: internet

Antiques are inevitably hot articles that collectors are chasing after since Laos is an ancient country with a long history. Littered around the bigger cities of Luang Prabang, Vientiane and Savannakhet are many antique stores, where jewellery, carvings, clothes, musical instruments, Asian pottery and coins can easily be found. Please note that those caught trying to leave the country with Buddhist artefacts or Lao antiques will be fined ruthlessly. Alternatively, you can buy the replica of antiques, such as carvings, potteries, clothes and coins.

Lao Silk

Handmade Lao silk, which can be tailor-made into traditional Lao dresses is one thing that is most worth buying in Laos. Other popular souvenirs with travelers are silk products like bedspread, scarf and table runner. They are beautiful yet cheap to get with the rate starting from only few dollars. Laos tour packages



Handicraft- source: internet

In Laos, most hill-tribe people earn their living by creating exceptional handicrafts that are sold not only in local but also imported to foreign markets. That is the reason why it is highly recommended to purchase their handmade works to support their life and family. Textiles, natural papers, handmade incense, baskets, wood and stone sculptures, all of which can be found either in the remote villages or the local markets you visit, are some famous handicrafts.


It is not difficult to notice the silver earrings, bracelets, silver belt worn by Lao women, including government officers and school students. In Laos, where produces genuine silver as Thailand does, it is common to see accessories made of silver. Animal images and figures are formed into big silver bowels, which were once used in these religious ceremonies. Now for travelers, they are delicate presents for friends, family members and relatives.


When you are doing Laos tours, don’t forget to buy these paintings made by local artists. They are often sold by the river and easy to pick up at night markets. Go to the local galleries, where works by more well known painters are on display if you wish to meet something of higher quality. Also, a good place to find talent’s paintings is the exhibition held at Art School of the National University.

Lao Coffee

Laos coffee

Laos coffee- source: internet

Lao is known as the best place to grow coffee in Southeast Asia. As Lao coffee is usually grown around the town of Paxong on the Boloven Plateau, it is often called Pakxong. Lao coffee goes a little different from the one can be found in Vietnam. The quality in flavor and consistency, the excellent quality of its coffee products can be found in both Lao robusta and arabica. Lao coffee is sold like hot cakes in streets and duty free shops. A number of stalls on main streets serve arabica with condensed milk in glasses while the duty free shop in Savannakhet offers a wide choice of Laotian beans. So why don’t you try it and take the flavor home?

Luang Prabang night market

Luang Prabang night market- source: internet

Tips for Shopping in Laos

  1. The daily night market along the street of the Royal Palace Museum in the center of town might be the best shopping place for visitors in Luang Prabang.

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