The busy and bustling market is home to all fine arts and handicrafts from all over Laos. The market runs from 5 p.m to 10 p.m everyday. It is located along Sisavangvong Road, starting from the Royal Palace Museum. This road stretches more than one kilometer. Every evening, the road banned types of vehicles from running and it becomes a walking and shopping street and a place for gathering. This market is called Luang Prabang night market.
There are more than 300 suppliers of handicrafts that are made by the local people. In addition, the departments at the night market show a variety of other items from textiles, skillful ceramics, antiques, paintings to tea, coffee, footwear, or even kinds of rare spices.
In reality, a number of interesting items which you can hardly find elsewhere are on display at Luang Prabang night market. A special thing is that their prices are very cheap. As usual, sellers offer quite low prices and even if you are not good at bargaining, you will not suffer from the rip-off. However, you still can negotiate to achieve lower prices.
Shopping in Luang Prang night market
For those who love shopping, it would be a pleasure to know that they are also giving a hand to the local people. When buying items at this market, you not only help sellers make a living but also give the local people the opportunity to boost their production skills and help them release from the poverty.
In the souvenir area, you comfortably admire and buy souvenirs, from handicrafts, weaved products, shoes, clothes, pictures and lovely souvenir. The street is divided into two paths, which is convenient for visitors to do a sightseeing tour around the market. Although the paths are quite small, you still can move easily because all the departments are neatly arranged.
If you do not want to go shopping, you can wander around the market and chat with sellers, which will help you understand more about the land of a million elephants. What makes travelers feel satisfied when shopping in Luang Prabang in particular and Laos in general is that the shopkeepers never force customers to buy their products. They are always open and willing to answer customers’ questions. Besides, they can speak a little English.
One thing that visitors can easily realize when coming to Luang Prabang night market is that many T-shirts, paintings bearing Luang Prabang symbol are sold here.
Eating and drinking in Luang Prang night market
In addition, this market can be compared to a food paradise. Food and drink at the market are also extremely rich and attractive. If wanting to taste local dishes, you can choose from a variety of dishes to suit your taste, from BBQ to sticky rice or vegetarian buffet. In particular, all the food stalls are decorated beautifully and elaborately and the food is put into a nice box. If customers want to take the food away, the sellers will help customers to quickly put them inside pocket.
Walking around the departments at Luang Prabang night market is really the exhilarating experience. It is worth spending several hours exploring this market. In fact, coming here, you will probably see many tourists enjoying this exciting travel experience.