Vientiane's shopping scene highlights the traditional craftsmanship of ethnic groups in Laos – the capital city is an excellent destination for those interested in picking up quality textiles, arts, crafts, homeware, and jewellery.

    Many stores operate on fair-trade principles – proceeds go back to the artisan who created your purchase, which help preserve ancient methods such as weaving and hand-dying. Vientiane also has a few markets, where you’ll find fresh produce and cheap street food, as well as a handful of souvenir stalls close to the Mekong River.

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