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Saoban, Vientiane

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Buy handicrafts, necklaces, and clothes at Saoban. Founded by Lao NGO, the purpose of the shop is to support and empower rural communities, especially women. Artisans use ancient techniques in making some of the crafts and clothing. Money from the crafts goes to the women who made them. The shop offers clothes of different material, scarves, and souvenirs. Anything you buy here makes a good souvenir, as it promotes the village culture and tradition. Work out when and for how long to visit Saoban and other Vientiane attractions using our handy Vientiane travel itinerary maker.
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Where to stay in Vientiane

Pretty little Vientiane offers a good range of accommodations, with most either mid-range or upmarket hotels by national standards. Close to the riverfront sit the grandest of the bunch, with newly built high-rise hotels and boutiques set in old French colonial buildings. Move away from the water a little to find some standard, unassuming hotels, mixed in with a few more boutiques and high-rises overlooking the prettier plazas and along the main boulevards. For budget options, look at the guesthouses and hostels on the side streets around Rue Setthathilath, but make sure to reserve your room early to avoid disappointment.
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  • 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 ben...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 exp...  more »
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  • More than any other tourist site in Laos. Lots of quality types. The river Chu.
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