The Morning Market in Luang Prabang

Located in a long and narrow alley in the backstreets of the peninsula, this is the main market where the locals stop by to shop for groceries. Although the market lasts well into the afternoon, it is at its best in the (early) morning hours.

Whether it is fruits, vegetables or meat – all is sold at this rather informal market. Most of the market stalls are nothing more than a local woman putting down a blanket on the ground and putting her produce onto it!

What to expect at the morning market?

If you are staying at a guesthouse or hotel in Luang Prabang, it is unlikely that you will need to buy any groceries here. If you are however staying in a self-catering apartment, the morning market is a wonderful place to buy all your foodstuff.

That said, even for those who do not need to buy anything the morning market is a fabulous destination for people watching and photography as it gives a perfect look into daily Lao life.

If you are getting hungry or thirsty while visiting the market, there are a few simple stalls selling food and drinks. For food, do not expect much more than some simple noodle meals and grilled meat skewers freshly prepared in front of you. For refreshments, I can recommend the market stall selling great Lao-style iced coffee.