Luang Prabang Night Market

Luang Prabang Night Market

When in Luang Prabang, one must make a visit to the night market or Talat Meud for a cultural experience. I enjoyed spending three nights checking out Luang Prabang Night Market. It was such a welcoming sights to see the red and blue tents along the Sisavangvong street when I got down from climbing Mount Phu Si after the sunset.

Night Market Luang Prabang Laos

Night Market Luang Prabang Laos

Night Market Luang Prabang Laos

Night Market Luang Prabang Laos

Night Market Luang Prabang Laos

Night Market Luang Prabang Laos

Night Market Luang Prabang Laos

Night Market Luang Prabang Laos

I was tempted to spend so much money on various items that I don’t need. I had to tell myself not to buy anything on the first night but to check the prices and then think about what I really want to spend on. I spent hours just wondering around, observing the vendors and the buyers negotiating the prices of blankets, pillow cases, and other items. The vendors have a good enough command of English to greet the customers and both parties.

Night Market Luang Prabang Laos

Night Market Luang Prabang Laos

Night Market Luang Prabang Laos

Night Market Luang Prabang Laos

Night Market Luang Prabang Laos

Night Market Luang Prabang Laos

In the end I went without buying anything, except for food and drinks at the end of the market. I even tried the Vegan Food stall at an alley by a temple at the market. The best part of walking at Talat Meud was treating myself to Lao coffee or fruit shake at the end of the walk.

I would love to visit Luang Prabang again and to stroll through Talat Meud. This time around I will make sure to take a suitcase with me so I bring back a lot of items.

3 Comments

  1. We lived in LP for a month, earlier this year. Used to climb Phousy early morning, before it gets hot.
    The market is a never ending source of treasures. We bought a huge embroiderd Hmong Bedspread, which is still on our bed now, and reminding us of LP every day.
    I like the composition in your photographs, but wondered why no people in them?

  2. Yes, it does get quite hot even in November during the day to the point that I felt dizzy trying to climb the steps before lunch time. I thought about climbing the steps in the early morning hour before opening hours but it was a bit dark from Nam Khan side.

    I saw many tourists buying the same thing at the night market and some bought many sets. I only bought a few pillow cases as gifts from the two old Hmong lady during the day time. Those two are the most expensive comparing to other sellers because they don’t know how to sew and do their work by hands.

    The best part about Luang Prabang for me is handing out with the people and talking to them like Tuk Tuk drivers, merchants at the markets, students working at guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, etc.

    I’m a bit shy when taking photos and try to not capture “people” most of the time unless I can’t avoid them like at festival. I usually ask people’s permission before I include their faces in the photos.

    Being a Lao person they don’t understand why I take picture of food like at restaurant for example and I would explain to them that I record what I eat and blog about Lao food. Then I would hear a comment like “oh, you’re like Farangs, I see them take photos of just about anything.”

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