Vientiane Shopping Tour (Self Guided), Vientiane

Vientiane is a wonderful tourist destination for those who are interested in buying sophisticated handicrafts. The city features numerous lovely gift shops selling almost everything from quality silk to jewelry accessories. Morning market is a place to find the best deals on local crafts, while T'Shop Lai Gallery offers the finest local art pieces. Take this walking tour to visit the most exciting shopping spots in Vientiane.
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Vientiane Shopping Tour Map

Guide Name: Vientiane Shopping Tour
Guide Location: Laos » Vientiane (See other walking tours in Vientiane)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Morning Market
  • Rue Samsenthai
  • Rue Setthathirat
  • Camacrafts
  • Night Market
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Morning Market

1) Morning Market (must see)

Morning Market, also known as Talat Sao, is one of the best shopping spots of the city with a great number of products to offer. The place is always full of locals and tourists wandering around. The market features numerous vendors selling local cuisine, fresh produce and small shops offering gold and silver accessories, silk items, clothing, musical instruments, electronics, wooden crafts and lots of other products. This market is an awesome place to purchase unique gifts and souvenirs.

Tip:
If looking for silk, go to where they weave it as you will then know it is genuine and not an imitation or made in China.
There is also an air-conditioned shopping mall in the area (the only one in Laos) for electronics, sports equipment, jewelry, etc.

Operation Hours:
Daily: 7am-4pm
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Rue Samsenthai

2) Rue Samsenthai (must see)

Pretty much everything that is made in Laos can be bought in Vientiane, including hill-tribe crafts, jewelry, traditional textiles, carvings, and more. One of the city's main shopping areas is Rue Samsenthai or, more precisely, the eastern part of it near the Asian Pavilion Hotel. Several shops in Rue Samsenthai sell Lao and Thai tribal and hill-tribe crafts. Most of Vientiane's jewelry shops are also located in Rue Samsenthai, selling primarily gold and silver items.
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Rue Setthathirat

3) Rue Setthathirat (must see)

Rue Setthathirat is another major shopping street in Vientiane replete with outlets specialized in Lao and Thai tribal and hill-tribe crafts. Alongside Lao and Thai goods, here you can find products from Vietnam, such as lacquer work and Buddha images. Some of the shops selling textiles and clothing also carry a good selection of handicrafts and antiques.

Tip:
Check out True Coffee for really good coffee and light snacks. They also have fast wi-fi, computers available, and air conditioning.
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Camacrafts

4) Camacrafts

Camacrafts is a nonprofit organization-store that is working to support and promote handicrafts from the Lao P.D.R. All the products displayed here for sale are handmade by Lao and Hmong village women using traditional tools and skills. Here visitors can find a great variety of silk and weaving items such as bags, purses, cushion covers, blankets and many other beautiful decorative items. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.
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Night Market

5) Night Market

The Vientiane night market, also known as the Riverside Market, is an open-air makeshift market operating at night on the banks of the Mekong River near Chao Anouvong park. Easily recognizable by its distinctive reddish color, which comes from the light bulbs illuminating the stalls, this night market is aimed primarily at tourists, selling clothes, textiles, souvenirs and various local crafts. The only thing that is not on sale here is food due to a plethora of restaurants and shops nearby. The market is a clean and quiet, unlike its Hanoi counterpart in Viet Nam. Still, be prepared to haggle, as you can easily bring the price down 10% or 30%, which is rather commonplace for Southeast Asia. The spoken languages here are English, French and Thai.

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