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Address: 97/1 Chao Anou Rd | Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Laos
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+856 20 77 839 152
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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.

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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... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2017
ChiefRockband
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Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 April 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 to choose.

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Thank ChiefRockband
Chicago, Illinois
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58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 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.

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Thank Live2EatAndTravel
Missoula
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 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 the range of handicrafts, and then make the bulk of your purchases at the night... More 

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Northern Norway, Norway
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164 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

Saoban is a great place to get some souveniers/presents to take back home from Laos. They have beautiful handcrafted products; silver, silk, scarfs, bags, jewellery made out of UXOs mm.. Saoban get all their great products from traditional artisans and try to create employment opportunities for especially women, and reduce poverty. Saoban = excellent handicraft for a good cause -... More 

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Thank Butterflies22
Vermont
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35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Saoban has a beautiful selection of scarves and other crafts that come from villages in rural Laos and ensures that the artisans receive a fair price for their work. Some products are made by people with disabilities, others by women who are exiting from prostitution. Prices are reasonable. It's a great way to buy souvenirs and support a social enterprise... More 

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Thank bfvermont
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

The shop owner works with many local fair trade organizations and village people to get their handicrafts for sale in order to help improve their living standard. Great products though a bit expensive.

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Thank MissTangTang1221
Annapolis, Maryland
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Beauty scarves and handicrafts. Especially unique are the items made out of UXOs (spoons, jewelry, pendants). I visited twice during my time in Laos, highly recommended.

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Thank j73373
Winnipeg, Canada
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486 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2015 via mobile

Lots of silk and a few other handcrafted items. Very nicely organized but prices are on the expensive side. Ten years ago I paid 1/10 the price for the same kind of silk. I hope that the people are making the profit and not that they are just trying to rip off tourists. A nice woven piece of silk will... More 

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Salo, Finland
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201 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2015

Lao women are extremely good with their hands. Handcrafts are great and really well made. This really nice boutique is one way to support women living conditions in the Lao countryside.

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Thank Mr_Pasi
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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265 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2015

Having found little we wanted to buy on street markets in Laos and with some hours to spend before a flight, we found this place via Trip Advisor. It is well worth a visit for decent-quality handicrafts where profits are returned to those at the 'coal face' of the work. The shop is not huge and there is a focus... More 

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