Silk and cotton fabrics, objects made from wood (sculptures, cut-out figures), pottery and traditional instruments are part of the rich tapestry of Laotian craftsmanship.
Not many associate Laos with shopping, but both Luang Prabang and Vientiane are teeming with gorgeous boutiques showcasing high quality hand-woven textiles. Choose from silk or cotton and the beautiful patterns have unique meanings and histories.
Markets are also an important part of Laos landscape and a must-see itinerary for any traveller. Walking around them and browsing the colourful wares is a great way to understand a slice of the local life.
From woodcarving, pottery and lamps and books made of mulberry papers to gold and silver jewellery, ethnic handicrafts and local herbs, spices and delicacies, Laos has a multitude of products to offer so make sure there’s room in your luggage.