"About the day and evening market,
and shops in Luang Prabang Laos"
"Shopping in Laos Luang Prabang" was last updated on May 20, 2013
All information below is subject to change
Want to buy something nice in Luang Prabang?
I must say that after gone shopping several places in Laos, like Vientiane and Pakse, Luang Prabang (LP) remains as my strong favorite shopping place in this country!
Every day, and almost at every hour of the day, you can find colorful markets in Luang Prabang.
Prepare your kip and dollars - you're going for a fun ride! :-)
You'll find an enormous evening market every day on Th Sisavangvong, and in the side streets of the main road.
The whole town lights up and the market becomes the hightlight of the evening!
You can get:
T-shirts (with "Lao Beer" prints, rock star prints etc), beautiful weavings (like silk scarves), home-made soft toys, wooden frog toys, pencil cases, stuffed snakes and other animals locked up in jars, paintings, accessories, handbags, Laotian crafts, souvenirs, paper lamps, pillow cases, slippers with elephant prints, umbrellas and so much more!!!
I got eight elephant soft toys for $ 2 and two paintings for $ 4.
Open: 5.30 pm to 10 pm
Note: You can bargain if you want, but it's cheap to shop here. Most of the time I didn't find it necessary to bargain and wanted to contribute to their local economy.
Always shop around for prices if it's possible.
Day market in Luang Prabang
There's nothing particular about the day market - you can find the items they sell at the evening market as well, and in a better variety.
I bought a scarf here for $ 1 from an old sweet Laotian lady, but that's about it. You'll find mostly textiles; scarves, fabrics and traditional clothing.
Where: near Royal Palace, on Th Sisavangvong.
During day-time there are shops along Th Sisavangvong, the main street in Luang Prabang. Anything from textile galleries to travel gear.
During our 'sightseeing trip' in Luang Prabang, we passed small galleries like this one.
The Big Tree Gallery (at Big Tree Cafe) is also popular because of Adri Berger's photographs of the rural life in Laos. Not only the beautiful side, but also the harsh side.
If you're interested in learning more about photography, try the photography work shops with Adri Berger. A work shop lasts for three days.
Walkman Village provides all sorts of travel gear. It was located on the same side as the Scandinavian Bakery (walk towards Th Sakkarin). You wouldn't believe how large their selection was in jackets, backpacks and sandals!
At Walkman Village, I bought this small, cool backpack - perfect for day-trips, and my first Teva sport sandals! ;-) I don't know if the Tevas are real. Either way, I've had them for 6 years now and still they're going strong.
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