The age of Ban Saphai is unknown but the village’s remnants of Wat Phou-era stones indicate that people inhabited the area more than a thousand years ago. Ban Saphai, historically the weaving capital of Champasack and largest producer of traditional Lao skirts (sin) in the area in past years, is today the centre of trade in Lao skirts and textiles in the region. Many nearby villages send their weavings to Ban Saphai traders who move the product north to the Talat Sao (Morning Market) in Vientiane and to foreign markets abroad. To see traditional weaving visit the market in the centre of town, a good variety of reasonably priced woven products are available.


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