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Saoban

97/1 Chao Anou Rd | Chanthabouly District, Vientiane 0100, Laos
+856 21 241 835
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Fair trade, lovely things

They have quite a range of earrings made of melted down bombs. A small and unique gift. Guilt free... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brownsonholiday
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Melbourne, Australia
via mobile
Nice place with nice products!

A nice little place, easy to find and a good selection of items to buy! A good price range too... read more

Reviewed February 4, 2018
evieakiens
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
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“fair trade” (14 reviews)
“silver ring” (2 reviews)
“great store” (2 reviews)
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97/1 Chao Anou Rd | Chanthabouly District, Vientiane 0100, Laos
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"great store"
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"night market"
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"worth a visit"
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"cotton"
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"handicrafts"
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"gifts"
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"earrings"
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"profit"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They have quite a range of earrings made of melted down bombs. A small and unique gift. Guilt free shopping as it is all fair trade.

Thank Brownsonholiday
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Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

A nice little place, easy to find and a good selection of items to buy! A good price range too! Definitely the place to go to buy nice, good quality gifts which have been made and sold fairly!

Thank evieakiens
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Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

I love looking for fair trade shops in SEA, this did not disappoint. Lovely little shop with quite a wide variety of crafts. Especially love the earrings made out of bomb shells. Love their mission. Got a cotton scarf for about S$20. They have silk...More

Thank Karen L
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Reviewed January 9, 2018

Not so much silk, but rather beautifully dyed cottons and others fabrics in many variations: bedspreads, shawls, bags etc.

Thank jobst56
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Reviewed December 1, 2017 via mobile

Saoban is really worth a visit if you want a high quality product to take home with you from Laos. Their handicrafts are all produced by women's groups in their villages and and the profits go back to the women themselves . The quality is...More

Thank Sirmoor22
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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

Great store with amazing products made by special people. Some of the prices are higher than in other places and I do understand that these products benefit less fortunate people. Some products are very unique and the customer service e from the lady at the...More

Thank JCRtraveller
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Reviewed August 23, 2017

I've looked around for a souvenir to take home that would remind me of my magical holiday in Laos. After looking through dozens of shops I found Saoban. They have beautiful items and I found a stunning silver ring. another reason why I decided to...More

Thank lfrauenstein
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Reviewed April 13, 2017

This store featured products from local villages from all over Laos. The relationships made helps connect travelers with the goods created by artisans all over the hillsides. This has a widespread benefit for all those involved. Saoban is a responsibal partner and a legitamate vender...More

Thank ChiefRockband
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Reviewed March 26, 2017

Lovely handcrafts made by local women with profits go to support disadvantaged communities. The design and quality are much better than those found in the night market. Excellent place to stock up on souvenirs in Vientiane.

Thank Live2EatAndTravel
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Reviewed January 18, 2017

I've visited Saoban in both visits to Laos, and came home with beautiful handicrafts. The store is part of a nonprofit that supports rural women, and you can be sure the goods are authentic. It is expensive, so you might shop here and learn about...More

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