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Saoban

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Variety of authentic textiles from all over Laos.

Saoban provides great shopping and a variety of goods from traditional tribal areas aroundLaos... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Anne M
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Mackay, Australia
Fair Trade tastic

Some lovely things on offer here. Just browsed myself, but a huge range on offer from bags to... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2018
MrsBsTravels
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Hastings, 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...more
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97/1 Chao Anou Rd | Chanthabouly District, Vientiane 0100, Laos
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saoban provides great shopping and a variety of goods from traditional tribal areas aroundLaos. Textiles are beautiful and they have a range of bags handmade which are great. Great service and lovely staff.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Anne M
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Some lovely things on offer here. Just browsed myself, but a huge range on offer from bags to earrings. And all fair trade too, so worth the extra price.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MrsBsTravels
Reviewed 22 September 2018

So by now these NGO-fair-trade-community-rural shops have become so poshpacker mainstream that many aren't really that great or just a facade; it's often just another front to sell overpriced, generic stuff to non-Chinese, non-student tourists in Indochina. But Saoban is great because it is what...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Aethelred
Reviewed 27 July 2018 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.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Brownsonholiday
Reviewed 5 February 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!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank evieakiens
Reviewed 3 February 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

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Karenthecat
Reviewed 9 January 2018

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

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank jobst56
Reviewed 1 December 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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Sirmoor22
Reviewed 8 October 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

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank JCRtraveller
Reviewed 24 August 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

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank lfrauenstein
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