Vientiane capital is one of the most famous cultural centres of The Million Elephants country – Laos. This stop is where you should take more time to discover than other attractions. There are a wide selection for you to peer into when in Vientiane. But let’s join in shopping here once. It’s time to see an absolutely different capital of South East Asia. No many mega malls scattering all around the city, no gorgeous supermarket. Let’s keep track of familiar markets selling crafts products (tribe silk, arts, home-furnishings, jewellery and books…)
We are kindly introducing to you 5 of shopping points which you may be fond of:
1. Vientiane Night market
Usually referred to as the ‘night bazaar’, it’s known as the most largest and most popular shopping point in the city. Instead of being congested in the crowd, this night market break your annoyment while shopping with a full of people; you can slowly wander to opt for yourself something suitable at a very reasonable price after grabing a bargain. There are many stalls selling a vast of products lik clothes, artwork, electronic equipments, accessories and trinkets. Also, food is offered at some restaurants opposite to the Night market.
Opening hours: 06.00 pm – 12.00 pm
Location: On the promenade near Chao Anouvong park.
2. Carol Cassidy Lao Textiles
It’s both a workshop and gallery located in the Vientiane centre. The shop is mainly selling Laos textile weaving with very intricate patterns and elaborate motifs. The designer has made distinctions in beautiful pieces of woven art, clothes and cloths. Carol Cassidy is the recognized name thanks to her items presented in some museums in USA.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8.00 am – 12.00 pm, 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm; Saturday: 8.00 am – 12.00 pm
Location: Rue Nokeokummane.
3. Talat Sao Morning Market
It would be great for whom early wake up. Stalls will be readily opened at 7.00 am to welcome shoppers. This market is offering many items at a wide range of prices. It’s separated into 2 space: An outside area has narrows walkways with stalls along; while the inside seems like a shopping mall (air-conditioned, more expensive, brighter…). There’s also a Big C centre, when you can watch a three-screen cinema and an exciting games area.
Opening hours: 7.00 am – 5.00 pm (Market stalls close earlier)
Location: Talat Sao Mall, Lane Xang Avenue, Vientiane.
Tel: +856 (0) 21 285 001
4. Oot Ni Gallery
As one of the best antiques shops in Vientiane, it’s preferable when you are looking for something unique. It’s located near the National Cultural Hall on Samsenthai Street. Easily hunt for silver items, handicrafts and elaborate artwork of watercolours or oil paintings with various options of styles, materials, types….
Opening hours: Daily from 8.00 am – 12.00 pm
Location: 306 Samsenthai Street, Vientiane, near the National Cultural Hall.
Tel: +856 (0) 21 214 359.
5. Ministry of Silk fashion Shop
This shopping spot quotes you outfits made from local silk consulted by designers. Leaving the store, you will take on hand stunning dresses at cost of from US$150 to US$250. Despite its high price, Ministry of Silk fashion shop is still a famous destination of visitors while staying at the capital. Additionally, they can make sophisticated items as you requested lik bags, shirts …
Opening hours: 9.00 am – 9.00 pm
Location: 99/01 Namphou Square, Vientiane
Tel: +856 (0) 21 213 776