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Vientiane Morning Market: "Best place for Lao textiles... and anything else" Vientiane Shopping Tip by Rodan44

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  Textile Section of Morning Market
by Rodan44

Vientiane's large indoor morning market is a sprawling bazaar similar to many others found throughout Southeast Asia, although definitely much larger than most. Appliances, jewelry, clothing, silk, handicrafts, food, pirated CDs/DVDs, and pretty much everything else you could possibly need in Laos. Even if you're not shopping for anything in particular, this is a great place to mingle with the locals and discover what Laos has to offer.

What to buy: We went with one goal in mind... buy as much Lao textiles as we could carry on our backs. Lao weaving is some of the finest in the world, and the morning market has a large section on the bottom floor devoted to selling Lao textiles in every possible size and color. And if you buy in bulk like we did, then you can be assured of getting a very nice discount off their already bargain prices. There is also a stall that specializes in antique textiles, which are very rare and cost hundreds of dollars each.

What to pay: Stunningly beautiful Lao silk scarves can be bought for US$4 or less each if you buy several from the same vendor and haggle well.

Directions: Lane Xang Avenue, central Vientiane
Theme: Local Craft

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 2, 2004
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