Supermarkets

Thai supermarkets top the list for Lao visitors

Thai supermarkets top the list for Lao visitors

0 by / on 08/03/2014, 2:51 pm / in Lifestyle, Shopping, Supermarkets

The big supermarkets in Nong Khai and Udon Thani provinces of Thailand are more of a tourist attraction for Lao people than historical, cultural and natural sites in the area. On the weekends, big supermarkets are crowded with Lao people who enjoy shopping for various kinds of goods including fruit, seafood, meats and general processed foods. Whenever you go across [...]

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The Developer Who Cried Mall: Stalled Projects in Laos

The Developer Who Cried Mall: Stalled Projects in Laos

1 by / on 11/03/2013, 10:44 am / in Lifestyle, Shopping, Supermarkets

ກະລຸນາກົດທີ່ນີ້ເພື່ອອ່ານເປັນ ພາສາລາວ. It’s 11:00am on a sunny Saturday morning at the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge border crossing. A steady flow of people are slowly advancing from counter to counter, shuffling onward until reaching their final exit stamp. By closing time at the border, hundreds, if not thousands, of people will have made this crossing into Thailand by public bus or private vehicle. [...]

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Is Laos Expensive?

Is Laos Expensive?

10 by / on 10/06/2012, 2:19 pm / in Shopping, Supermarkets, Thailand

Is Laos expensive? Most Vientianers have felt the pinch at some stage as prices seem be ever on the increase. With only a small manufacturing industry, many of the products we purchase are imported, originating in Thailand, Vietnam or China. This includes the food we eat, the clothes we wear and even the fuel we pump into our cars. But [...]

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D*Mart: Your Vientiane Shopping Destination

D*Mart: Your Vientiane Shopping Destination

3 by / on 04/11/2011, 5:44 pm / in Shopping, Supermarkets

A new shopping destination is set to open tomorrow right in the heart of Vientiane’s commercial shopping strip: Dongpalan Rd. D*Mart, the latest installment from the owners of the already successful Home Ideal, will bring together a supermarket and a fresh market in the same location for the first time. The site will also include a food court, souvenir stores, electrical appliance stores and retail fashion and cosmetic outlets.

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Deluxe Food Supermarket

Deluxe Food Supermarket

7 by / on 28/07/2011, 3:46 pm / in Shopping, Supermarkets

Next time you take a leisurely drive down the long, windy (and incredibly potholed) road leading to the Korean Golf Driving Range, you might be in for a surprise. Just before the UNWFP, rising above the dusty fields in gleaming new paint is the Deluxe Food Supermarket. The supermarket, part of the Deluxe Food Group, offers a new range of imported frozen and perishable goods from North America, Australia and Japan.

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U Express: Not for U?

U Express: Not for U?

1 by / on 01/06/2011, 3:00 pm / in Shopping, Supermarkets

The French will sure be thrilled to hear that Super U has finally landed in Laos! Brought to Laos by newly incorporated Lao Distribution, the first of the company’s completed projects is the ‘U Express’ which has just opened up on Phonthong St opposite the Friendship (150 Bed) Hospital. This is an express version of larger Super U stores common in Europe which we hope will soon open in Vientiane.  As always, J&C went in to explore and find out more.

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Makro

Makro Cash and Carry

1 by / on 24/05/2011, 3:00 pm / in Shopping, Supermarkets, Thailand

It is always cheaper to purchase goods in Thailand if you have the chance to get across the border. If you are part of a large family and stock a lot of food in your home, or you just don’t like shopping frequently, one of the best places to do grocery shopping is Makro. This is a ‘cash-n-carry’ chain that originates in Holland and sells everything from foodstuffs, groceries, cleaning products to electrical goods and office supplies.

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Best Minimarts

2 by / on 01/02/2011, 12:03 pm / in Food, Shopping, Supermarkets

Whilst many Vientiane residents eagerly await the proposed supermarket soon to open at the new morning market shopping mall, many will likely continue to frequent the various minimarts dotted around the city that stock imported goods catering to foreign tastes. Most expats soon get a feel for where to buy what, but there are a number of other minimarts which are fairly unassuming from the outside which actually stock a fair amount of imported goods. So which are the best?

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Big Savings at Big C

Big Savings at Big C

by / on 19/01/2011, 10:12 pm / in Food, Shopping, Supermarkets, Thailand

Many expats enjoy a day in Udon Thani combined with a shopping trip. The town offers a plethora of supermarket shopping venues with everything from corner stores to hypermarts but one venue often overlooked and undervalued is Big C. This Thai owned chain that now also operates in Vietnam has an outlet in Udon Thani quite unfortunately hidden behind an overpass. Neverthless, for the discerning shopper, Big C can turn out to be quite a good destination.

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