One thing that is most worth buying in Laos is handmade Lao silk, which can be tailor-made into traditional Lao dresses. Silk products like table runner, bedspread and scarf are also popular souvenirs with visitors. They are cheap to get with a price from only some dollars.
Most hill-tribe people living in Laos make a living by creating outstanding handicrafts that sold for local and foreign markets. That’s why it is suggest purchase their work to support their family. Famous handicrafts include textiles, baskets, handmade incense, wood and stone sculptures, natural papers, all of which can be found either in local markets or the remote villages you visit.
You might notice the silver belt, silver earrings, bracelets worn by Laos women, including school students and government officers. Accessories made of silver are common to see in Laos, where produces genuine silver as Thailand does. Figures and animal images are hammered into large silver bowels, which were once used for religious ceremonies. Now for visitors, they are delicate gifts for relatives and friends.
Paintings made by local artists are worth buying when you are doing Laos tours. They are easy to pick up at night markets and often sold by the river. If you wish to meet something of higher quality, go to the local galleries, where works by better known painters are on display. Exhibition held at Art School of the National University is also a good place to find talent’s paintings.
It goes a little different from the one you find in Vietnam. The truth that Laos is the best place to grow coffee among Southeast Asian countries proves the excellent quality of its coffee products. In streets and duty free shops, Laos coffee is sold like hot cakes. So why not try it and bring the flavor home?
Replica of Antiques
Since Laos is an ancient country with a long history, antiques are inevitably hot articles that collectors are chasing after. For visitors, Laos antiques and Buddhist artifacts are prohibited brought out of the country or they’ll be fined ruthlessly. Our suggestion is buy the replica of antiques, such as clothes, carvings, potteries and coins.