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Saoban

97/1 Chao Anou Rd | Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Laos
+856 20 77 839 152
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Very Socially Conscious

This store featured products from local villages from all over Laos. The relationships made helps... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
ChiefRockband
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Edmonton, Canada
Guilt free shopping for beautiful handcrafts

Lovely handcrafts made by local women with profits go to support disadvantaged communities. The... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2017
Live2EatAndTravel
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Chicago, Illinois
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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 good25%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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97/1 Chao Anou Rd | Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Laos
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Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank ChiefRockband
Reviewed 26 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.

Thank Live2EatAndTravel
Reviewed 18 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...More

1  Thank Balsamroot
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...More

Thank Butterflies22
Reviewed 5 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....More

Thank bfvermont
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.

Thank MissTangTang1221
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.

Thank j73373
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...More

3  Thank Lesterbeach
Reviewed 21 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.

Thank Mr_Pasi
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...More

2  Thank snapdecisions
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