We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 97/1 Chao Anou Rd | Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Laos
Phone Number: 856-207-7839152
Website
Description: Saoban is a fair trade business and a retail outlet for more than 300...
Saoban is a fair trade business and a retail outlet for more than 300 village artisans. When you buy from Saoban, you provide employment and training for the artisan, and the profits stay in the village communities. Products include hand woven silk and cotton textiles using natural dyes, indigo ikat textiles, bamboo wares, silver jewellery, bags and accessories.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 31 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Not big on shopping but I did here - quality handmade goods

We were staying at Ansara hotel a few streets away and found this lovely shop on a stroll around the nearby streets. All the items are quality and you can spend a small amount or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
NotMolly
,
Canberra, Australia
Add Photo Write a Review

31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Canberra, Australia
Top Contributor
289 reviews 289 reviews
66 attraction reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We were staying at Ansara hotel a few streets away and found this lovely shop on a stroll around the nearby streets. All the items are quality and you can spend a small amount or thousands on the larger artworks. Unlike some places in Asia, there's time to browse without being pressured to buy. One of my favourite shopping experiences... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Vientiane, Laos
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Very worthwhile as the organisation supports artisan in village and reduce poverty. Bought few things there and very pleased with the quality

Was this review helpful? Yes
Metro Manila, Philippines
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Great for last minute shopping for Family and friends. The scarves were amazing and good price point as well. They have ipad holders and laptop holders made from hand sewn textiles. Cool place to shop.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Saoban can be found in the heart of downtown. It is a house for buying Lao hand crafted products - things that are so exquisite and tasteful, you will find it hard to resist them even if they are slightly expensive when compared to the little markets. Its the perfect place to shop for gifts to take home for friends... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
45 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I like to support shops that in turn support local people to make a better life and this shop is all about that. There are some beautiful hand made items to browse through, such as scarves, jewelry, bamboo bags and bowls. I particularly liked how they have made a range of items such as spoons and bangles from aluminium from... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Stocked with great range of fair trade, village-produced crafts from across the country. Friendly, knowledgable, English-speaking staff. The textiles are especially good. Saoban is backed by the rural development outfit founded by respected Lao social activist Sombath Somphone who was 'disappeared' in late 2012. Check it out.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Toronto, Canada
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

There are beautiful, elegant items in this shop - clearly high quality, handcrafted and one of a kind. Loved the bamboo bags, indigo laptop covers and scarves. Also so good to know they support women and villages. Treated myself to some jewelry. Definitely worth shopping here.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ottawa, Canada
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Went to Saoban after vising a few other shops. The items are made by different groups of villagers across Laos. I found the explanations of the origins of different natural dies very interesting. The woman in charge was very knowlegable and provided information when needed. Also a great selection of tea. Items of clothing were not really to be found,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Baltimore, Maryland
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is the best store in Vientiane for silk and cotton scarves. This was one of the first stores I visited and found it a tad pricey. I looked around and ended up coming back to this store to buy most of the gifts I needed. Certainly worth the few additional kip.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I love to support organisations and the people behind these stores and the quality is exceptional! Great bags, scarves and jewellery! Planning to go back to get some gold earrings I had my eye on :) check it out!

Was this review helpful? Yes 3

Travelers who viewed Saoban also viewed

Vientiane, Vientiane Province
Vientiane, Vientiane Province
 
Vientiane, Vientiane Province
Vientiane, Vientiane Province
 

Been to Saoban? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Saoban staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?