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.
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.
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.