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Saoban

97/1 Chao Anou Rd | Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Laos
856-207-7839152
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Ranked #2 of 11 shopping in Vientiane
Type: Specialty Shops
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Hervey Bay
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Loved this shop, organised, cool, everything priced with friendly English speaking staff.....prices range from under $5 for aluminium trinkets/jewelery made from bombs dropped during the "Secret War", up to accordingly priced beautiful woven textiles in silk, cotton and bamboo and much more. All fair trade, no haggling for price, you can take your time to shop in peace. I found... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This shop is extremely well run, the selection of cotton and silk scarves is amazing, the quality is very high and of course, the purchase supports women and Lao communities. Air conditioned store. I highly recommend visiting this shop for fashion and souvenirs. The woman running the shop is very helpful and knowledgeable about weaving and speaks excellent English.

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Helena, Montana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Great selection, high quality, English speaking staff, fair prices-fair-trade, authentic Lao craft with good story. Do good with your dollars. My favorite items were bomb bracelets and jewelry-items made from UXO.

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Berlin, Germany
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180 reviews 180 reviews
78 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

We were welcomed in perfect English by a middle-aged lady who explained to us the background of photos of Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama in her shop. There is a wide range - in quality and price - of silk, cotton and wool shawls, scarfs and hangings, bags and toys etc. Most beautiful colours, a lot of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012 via mobile

Great store to go to if you are looking for locally made handcrafts. It is fair trade so you know your money is actually supporting the local artists, unlike many other stores. Beautiful silk scarves at reasonable prices! They sell other fun products like iPad and computer covers with unique designs. Would definitely go back if I return to Vientiane!

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Toronto, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

We read about the great reviews from tripadvisor and we were glad to see the store was located around the corner from our hotel! We were greeted by two staff who were eager to tell us about their products and even gave us a pamphlet explaining where the proceeds go. All the products were high quality and very beautiful. It... More

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Singapore
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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

I discovered Saoban during a previous trip to Vientiane and completely fell in love with it then. This time, I went back over and over and over again! Got a few iPad cases and Laptop covers that were absolutely STUNNING! Am so in love with the store and just about all their products!! I'm so inspired by the work they... More

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Singapore
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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

What an amazing place! Great value for your money, the owner is so knowledgable about the communities that produce her products and she's always thinking about their welfare, the environment and doing what's best for Laos. I bought a couple of really well-made iPad cases and am going back for some of her scarves, jewelry and basket when I return... More

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Hadlow, United Kingdom
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157 reviews 157 reviews
27 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

One of a handful of shops in Vientiane selling quality handicrafts. For our taste there was too much of a focus on textiles, but it is definitely worthy of a visit if this is what you like.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011

The shop was really fantastic. All the things of jewelries could be found, from rings to necklaces. We enjoyed the varieties of all products in this shop. However, some of it can be found in some other places with the cheaper price (like silver rings)and of course you have to do double check to see the price in Laos' money... More

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