Top 10 Lao Souvenirs

Travelling is not only new impressions but also souvenirs brought in memory of the trip. Tourists shouldn’t think hard about what to bring from Laos. This country in Southeast Asia is a real paradise for exotic lovers.

 

1. Buddha Souvenirs

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Buddhism is the main religion in Laos, so everything that is connected with temples and Buddhism deserves particular attention.  There are a lot of painting exhibition where you can get some drawings depicting the Buddha’s life. As for the figurines of the Buddha and various images with him, especially over 100 years old you need to be very careful. They are restricted by law to take from the country.

 

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2. Patchwork

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One of the remarks of Laos is the patchwork technique, which is used everywhere: in bags, and on scarves, and on bedspreads. You can buy extraordinarily beautiful handkerchiefs and tablecloths with hand-embroidery, very colorful and original. All this beauty can be found mainly in the night market in Luang Prabang – the Hmong market.

 

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3. Coffee

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Laos is widely known for growing coffee with excellent quality. But be careful not to buy poor quality products. Therefore, better buy Lao coffee beans in a package with a valve. The cost of Lao coffee for a pack of 250 grams is less than $ 1.

 

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4. Wicker baskets for steam rice

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Lao people take wicker baskets with steam rice to their workplaces because it is convenient to take anywhere. The size of such baskets is probably determined by appetite. There are even baskets designed for a small family.

 

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5. Silver

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If you do not like environmentally friendly products woven from vegetable raw materials, then you can pay attention to silverware. It is one of the traditional Laotian fisheries. Women’s silver belts are trendy, which have become an integral part of the national costume.  Office workers along with business suits of European style wear national clothes. Silver bracelets may be ideally combined with silver belts, massive, rings, brooches, and earrings.

 

6. Old Coins

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In all souvenir markets, you can find placers of coins, which had circulation during the French colonization. They were called Indo-Chinese piastres. When Laos gained independence, piastres exchanged for a new currency – piles at a rate of 1: 1. But after two waves of devaluation, the bales were significantly depreciated. And now their account in banknotes goes to thousands. If you want to buy some coins, you should do it in silver stores, not just right on the street.

 

7. Textile

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Since the XIV century, a special type of textile has been produced in Laos. Of course, a real handmade fabric is best purchased in the village, but its search can take a lot of time and money. Especially if you are looking for some ancient Laotian patterns. Just keep in mind these products are rare and quite expensive. Silk and cotton fabrics are presented in the form of skirts, and scarves.

 

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8. Statuettes made of ox horns

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You can pay attention to the carved products. Lao masters with equal success work on stone, wood, bone, and horn. Some of them are real masterpieces. Most often in souvenir markets, local craftsmen offer products made of ox horns. If you want, you can ask the master to produce your own sketch.

 

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9. Bottle of Lao-Lao

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Lao-Lao is a famous 40-degree rice whiskey, which can be infested with snakes, bees, and scorpions. Of course, you can find drinks and herbs, but it’s much more impressive to put a bottle with wild animals.

 

10. Magnet

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The easiest souvenir from Laos is a magnet. Magnets with images of Vientiane, Luang Prabang or any other places are the most economical gifts from there.

 

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Lao souvenirs are unusual, aren’t they? Try to buy them only in special shops, and don’t lose your chance to take something extraordinary for your friends and family. Carpe diem!

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