Top 4 Souvenirs to Buy in Laos
There is a mysterious temperament in Laos, the folk customs are very simple, and the local specialties are mostly relatively original and unique. When you travel to Laos, do you know any famous products and handicrafts that are worthy of bringing back from a long journey? The following are top 4 souvenirs to buy in Laos.
1. Wood Carving
The wood carvings in Laos are very worth buying as tourist crafts. In Laos, wood carving is a very traditional art with traditional colors, the carvers are quite exquisite, and the materials are also chosen to be superior. Therefore, the wooden carvings in Laos have become a handicraft that must be brought with high collection value when traveling in Laos. TAT suggests you bring back some exotic and special products; it might also be an excellent choice to give your relatives or friends as gifts.
2. Gold and Silver Ornament
Gold ornament is the most popular jewelry in Laos, and most Lao women have the habit of wearing gold ornament. The gold in Laos is pure gold with a fixed price. Silver ornaments are also traditional Lao handicrafts, usually the jewelry and silverware. The best silver ornaments in Laos are made by the people of the Alpine Tribes.
3. Handicraft Painting
Laos is famous for its primitive handicraft of papermaking, which is also the most common handicraft in the market. Including paper paintings, paper lampshades, postcards, notebooks, and many other kinds of paper art, the painting content of this paper art is mostly related to Buddhism with Laotian characteristics, which is very popular with tourists. When traveling to Laos, you can go to the famous weaving village of Luang Prabang, where there are lots of exquisite fabrics, handmade elephant dung papercrafts with flowers and leaves.
4. Silk Fabrics
Laos has a long history of textile production, which still retains the traditional production mode of handlooms. The spinning thread is mostly handmade by rural women in Laos. Patterns and designs are usually composed of spiritual symbols of the Lao people, mythological patterns, or animals with distinct Lao characteristics. In addition to the traditional dyeing, there’s high-quality Stampa now. These textiles are the abundant and beautiful items that are easy to purchase throughout the regions in Laos. It’s also a good choice to bring home for friends and relatives.
Where to Buy Lao handicrafts?
- Handicraft Market（Hmong Market) in Luang Prabang
- Location: The junction of Sisavangvong Road and Kitsalath Road; the old town district of Luang Prabang, near the corner of Phousi Hotel
- Open Hours: 8:00-16:00
Also known as Hmong Market, in the old town of Luang Prabang, the market sells a variety of handicrafts, scarves, wood carvings, etc. Most of the handmade textiles are made by the local Miao people. There are many exquisite handicrafts which are exquisite but cost-efficient.