Talat Sao

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Talat Sao from the street (circa 2006)

Talat Sao (Lao: ຕະຫຼາດເຊົ້າ) is a morning market in Vientiane, Laos.

Located at the eastern corner of Lan Xang Rd. and Khu Vieng Rd. in the heart of Vientiane, the morning market is open daily from 07:00 until around 16:00. The market is two-storey and covered by several sloping roofs. It is a popular tourist destination. The market consists of many small shops, restaurants; fruit & vegetable vendors; jewellery; silk; modern & traditional; wooden crafts; musical instruments; electronics; home appliances; housewares, CDs & DVDs/VCDs and grocery items. The front side of the market has space for parking. The toilets are not far from the entrance and can be used for a very small fee. Depending on the time of day and the weather conditions the market can be nearly empty or almost full to beyond capacity.

Renovations[edit]

Renovations to Talat Sao

A new, more modern building is currently being constructed on the property. The new facilities will include a four storey shopping centre and indoor parking. When completed this will expand and replace the current market facilities. The development is being undertaken by Singapore Excalibur Group Pte Ltd at an estimated cost of $US27,000,000; completion was expected by 2009.

Coordinates: 17°57′55″N 102°36′52″E / 17.9652°N 102.6144°E / 17.9652; 102.6144

Talat Sao Mall @ 2010 Talat Sao Mall @ 2012