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Why Luang Prabang Night Market is special ?
The market is open daily from 5pm to about 10pm. It is located along Sisavangvong Road from the Royal Palace Museum. See location maps (Google). Every evening a kilometre-long stretch of road is closed to vehicle traffic and turned into a walking and shopping street while the market takes place.
More than 300 handicraft vendors sell their hand-made products here every night. The market showcases an extensive variety of handicrafts made by local ethnic groups. On display are many types of textiles, exquisite ceramics, antiques, paintings, coffee and tea, quilts, shoes, silver, bags, bamboo lamps of different shades and sizes, and even rare spices.
There are a lot of interesting items on display at the night market that are hard to find elsewhere. Best of all they are cheap. The traders quote quite low prices considering most of the items are hand made.
What to explore at Luang Prabang Night Market?
Just before sunset, vendors start setting up their stalls on Sisavangvong Road. There are a total of four rows, running along the entire length of the street. Many vendors come from nearby Hmong Market, as it disperses right before sunset, and they bring along with them the same collection of ethnic handicrafts and trinkets that they were selling there. Embroidered bags and purses of various sizes and colours, screened ‘Beer Lao’ T-shirts, cotton pants and shirts, bed covers, woven scarves, opium pipes and accessories, paper lanterns – these are popular items you will see repeatedly as you stroll through the market. Keep your eyes open, though, for a handful of stalls popping up from time to time that offer something slightly different.
Apart from the market vendors, shop-houses and hotels lining both sides of the road are also open for business. The range of products include handmade souvenirs, Lao coffee beans, homemade whiskeys, books, all the way to street-side noodle stalls tucked away in a small lane and hotel sidewalk cafés serving drinks and, of course, Beer Lao. For a serious meal, though, head over to the end of the market (where Sisavangvong Road meets Settathilat Road) and you will find the Night Food Market as well as food vendors down the narrow lane just next to it. Note that the market can get very crowded after 20:00.
How to get to Luang Prabang Night Market?
The night market is a long stretch starting from the Main post office and serpentine down the road. You just walk down towards the royal palace and join the market.
- Wide variety of local products
- Great unique souvenirs
- Lovely local market atmosphere
- Beautiful handmade wears
- Great cultural experience
Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
Tips for you
You should try buffet 10,000 kip per person, it’s very cheap and delicious. Better try small round coconut pancakes (ask hot). To the side of the markets there is a food alley with sensational Chinese dumplings, freshly cooked; great port spare ribs and terrific chicken cooked on a charcoal BBQ. Or just right after the end of the market, you will find an alley full of food vendorsEat
On the main street you have lots of stalls selling various crafts, etc. plus multiple booths selling fruit smoothies and sandwiches. There are a bunch of cooked-food places, along the side street heading towards the river (right across from the smoothies booths). Plenty of good choices, lots of grilled foods - highly recommended. Only warning - watch out for the "exchange rate / conversion scam" - where they give you change based on a wrong rate. We had this pulled on us at one of the booths selling chopped pork, the woman gave change to the person in front of us and there was an issue that I didn't understand, then when she gave me my change and I asked about it, she said that, "her exchange rate was 7,000 per $1" - the actual rate is 8,000. I was kinda annoyed and took a photo to remind myself to always count my change!
Local food in cheap price. Just 10000 kip per one plate. You can fill your plate as many as you can in one time.