Luang Prabang night market is located along Sisavangvong Road from the Royal Palace Museum. It is open daily from 5pm to about 10pm. 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.
Sisavangvong road during day time
Vendors preparing for the night market
The night market here isn’t anything different from any other night market in south east asia. In Luang Prabang, it’s pretty much the only thing to do at night and definitely worth dropping by and walking around. This is where you will see the most tourists in all of Luang Prabang. At around 6pm is when it starts to get really busy. Just be aware that unlike other countries like Thailand or Vietnam, the night market starts to close down around 10PM. On display are textiles, exquisite ceramics, antiques, paintings, coffee and tea, quilts, shoes, silver, bags, bamboo lamps of different shades and sizes, and even rare spices.
Umbrellas made of paper
Hand made bags
For those who are not into shopping, just wandering around chatting with the vendors will enrich your Lao cultural experience. What most shoppers like about the traders here (as well as in Laos as a whole) is that they don’t force people to buy anything. If you ask about their merchandise most will be cheerfully accommodate your query. Most local traders in the Luang Prabang night market speak little English.
Table runner and shawl
Shopping fans will be pleased to know that they are also helping the local people when they spend their money. Bargaining is part of the shopping experience here and vendors will expect you to make a counter offer. When you do, please remember that while you are looking for a good deal, these vendors are trying to make a living. Making a fair offer and remembering that a dollar or two may mean a lot more to a local than to you will ensure that you get the best market experience. Buying stuff here will not only help the traders to earn a living, but it will also empower the local families who produce goods to further develop their skills and help them get out of poverty.