Ma Te Sai

Shopping Luang Prabang, Laos Published on: 13-11-2015

09:00 AM - 08:30 PM
Shopping
Cloth
Art & Handmade
Local souvenir
Stores
2.00 USD

Ma Te Sai is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Ma Té Sai is one shop in Luang Prabang that showcases crafts from all of Laos, ranging from traditional to modern and innovative (such as giftware made from old bombs).

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Why Ma Te Sai is special ?

Ma Té Sai buys handmade products direct from villages, village cooperatives and from organizations all around Laos, thereby supporting tradition and providing sustainable income to poor Lao artisans. Ma Té Sai is a retail shop in Luang Prabang, a treasure trove of skillfully handcrafted goods that await browsing. It is run by Emi Weir, an energetic Australian


Shopping at Ma Té Sai means bringing back home a little piece of Lao culture and history, sharing a bond with a talented Lao artisan and helping make their life a little bit easier with an additional income.



At Ma Té Sai, you can buy gifts and objects for each room of the house: office, home, bathrooms, children’s rooms, library, pantry or wardrobe


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What to explore at Ma Te Sai?

The diversity of Lao heritage will open your eyes to its richness: Akha and Tai Dam textiles from Luang Namtha, Tai Leu and Khamu weaving from Oudomxay, Traditional medicine from Bokeo, Ta Lieng bamboo weaving from Atta Peu, Katou textiles from Saravane, or Hmong modern crafts from Vientiane Province, local foods, and organic cosmetics are all sold, made by Lao villagers following their traditions, working in a respectful and empowering environment.

You don’t have to leave the shop as ignorant as when you entered, as you will be able to learn about each product with detailed explanations about where they are from, who made them, and how.

Ma Té Sai strives to protect ethnic traditions and identities through the marketing of handicraft from remote areas of Laos. They believe foreigners coming to Laos should be given an opportunity to discover the extraordinary diversity of crafts available.

Source: mekongtourism.org

How to get to Ma Te Sai?

The store is opposite to the Aussie Bar so you can take a tuk tuk to the Bar and have some walk to the store.

Selling points

  • Great natural textiles
  • Varied range of textiles
  • Perfect for gifts and homewares
  • Beautiful handcrafted textiles, fair trade Laos
  • Great quality, helping local weavers
3 Days in Luang Prabang

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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
629.86 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
11 places

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Luang Prabang, Laos

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Tips for you

  • This is a great place to buy gifts for both men and women.
    Shopping
  • Emi also offers trips on the Mekong in her Banana Boat, which can take you to the most famous tourist sights around Luang Prabang. http://www.bananaboatlaos.com/ and you can visit it before leaving.
    Service
  • There is also a small café serving Lao Fair Trade coffee, homemade ice-cream and muffins.
    Drink
  • -You won't see elephants on all clothes, but products with nice design coming from fair trade. - If you buying online, PayPal is the most efficient way for they to receive money from you, and enables you to charge it to your credit card.
    Other
  • The store is centrally located in Luang Prabang in the village known as Ban Aphai. It is just on the other side of Phousi Hill from the main street.
    Location
  • It is more expensive than the night market,
    Prices

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A charming shop, open on the street and on Lao, like is its owner, a wonderful woman full of energy. You won't be pushed to buy and will have time to wander among clothes, bathroom towels, bags and coffee coming from different areas of Laos. Sure it is more expensive than the night market, but in both case, you get what you pay for. You won't see elephants on all clothes, but products with nice design coming from fair trade. Have a talk with the owner, you might learn interesting things ;)

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