Both Lac 1 and Poom Coong are overflowing with shops selling textiles, paintings, weapons -- yes, really -- and other paraphernalia.
Many of the goods are shipped in from China, but some of the textiles are apparently made on site and you can watch the locals weaving a scarf -- or at least look at a loom -- at some of the outlets.
For more guaranteed socially responsible shopping, walk to Ban Lac 2 and visit Hoa Ban+ shop, which is signposted from Ban Lac 1. Hoa Ban+ is a social enterprise providing vocational training facilities and job creation for the disabled. Its outlet it Ban Lac 2 showcases a range of products, some of which are similar to those found in the other villages but others of which are more unique in their design. The workshop is behind the shop.
Mai Chau town itself offers little in the way of shopping, besides the market, which is particularly active on Sunday mornings.
By Sarah Turner
Last updated on 21st May, 2014.