Tai Baan
Speciality & Gift Shops
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Tai Baan (formerly Saoban) is a fair trade business (Provisional membership of WFTO year 2022) and a retail outlet for more than 300 village artisans. When you buy from Tai Baan, 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 jewelry, bags and accessories. Tai Baan is located at 197/1 Ban Watchan, Chao Anou Road, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane Capital, Laos PDR.
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KTP310
Reading, UK866 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
This is a lovely shop offering a wide range of handmade and sustainable products. The quality is very good and there are items at a variety of prices. It was also great to see additional information about the origins of the products.
Written 11 March 2023
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milliesmum2016
Christchurch, New Zealand1,811 contributions
Jan 2020
The large variety of items here are made by village and hill tribe people and so of course you would be supporting alocal workforce and communities by shopping here. There's a good selection of textiles, bomb recovery items - jewellery, cutlery, ornaments, keyrings-, soft toys, scarves and shawls etc.
There is good information provided about the provenance of the pieces.
Written 15 February 2020
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Thank you for shopping at TaiBaan Handcrafts and thank you for sharing your thoughts with others.
Written 16 February 2020
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Diana Mangalagiu
Paris, France477 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Everything is nice and meaningful, very nice objects, most of them made with recycled materials, empowering communities in villages. You buy because you like the objects, not only because you want to help villages!
Written 7 January 2020
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Thank you for your support and encouragement.
Written 17 January 2020
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Wildderson
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Great place to shop for souvenirs, the money goes to the locals and it is also very informative for each product that you are buying. A must go for every type of traveler!
Written 7 December 2019
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Thank you for your kind support
Written 17 January 2020
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pagoda2014
Hanoi, Vietnam373 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Authentic textiles and jewellery. Small shop,with limited range,but the families that are producing these goods are worth supporting.
Very good quality.
Written 25 June 2019
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Michael P
Vientiane, Laos212 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
Saoban is a shop selling hand made jewelry, clothes and many other handicrafts. It is a relaxing place to shop and the owner is very informative. The shop supports local artisans (and especially women) and by buying here you know your money will support these communities. You may find similar things elsewhere at a cheaper price but by shopping here you know that the producers are receiving a fair price for their products and the quality is very good. Support the Lao artisans and shop here!
Written 7 May 2019
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Jenn A
16 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
This is a fantastic shop because the handricrafrs are genuinely made in Laos. They have a variety of items from jewelry to bags/purses and shawls. A great variety! They also have items made out of the casings from bombies found on properties in the northern parts of Laos. Great stop for gifts for others or yourself!
Written 17 February 2019
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Nathalie
10 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Lovely local, authentic handicrafts and textiles all sourced from Lao villages. Knowledgeable and friendly staff and great value. Really worth the visit in Vientiane.
Written 14 January 2019
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KevinLim
Singapore68 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Saoban was arguably the best place to shop in Vientiane as the goods were well made and reasonably priced while each purchase supports rural communities in Lao.
I won't say more and will let my photos do the talking. Cheers
Written 20 December 2018
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Anne M
Mackay, Australia21 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
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.
Written 16 November 2018
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TAI BAAN (Vientiane) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Tai Baan is open:
  • Sun - Sun 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM