Sleepless in Laos: The Luang Prabang Night Market
Looking for fun things to do in Luang Prabang at night? Try shopping, eating, and exploring at the Luang Prabang Night Market!
Being a night owl may not match with the lifestyle in Luang Prabang. The city wakes up early, and things tend to close down when the sky grows dark. While there is some night life in the more touristy bars and clubs, in general, Luang Prabang is a quiet and sleepy city, especially once the sun goes down. Luang Prabang is considered to be one of the most charming and peaceful cities in Southeast Asia.
However, if you love shopping, and especially if you love night markets, you must visit head out to Sisavangvong Road after dark. There, you’ll discover the Luang Prabang Night Market, and with it plenty of amazing food and great souvenir shopping.
Sisavangvong Road is closed for pedestrians only at night due to the market. It’s like the whole town comes out to this road once it’s dark. The road in front of Wat Mai fills with vendors, and the street becomes crowded with souvenirs, clothes, scarves, Lao handicrafts, and much more.
I especially enjoyed looking at all of the cool handcrafts along the street. They are beautiful and cheap, and make excellent souvenirs for family and friends back home! The nicest thing is that none of the vendors are pushy or aggressive at all, and though the Night Market is very popular, it never feels crowded. I don’t think I have ever been to any other night market in the world that is as calm as this market in Laos.
After shopping for a little while, I was very hungry, so I decided to find some food to stuff my tummy. I walked through the market to a tiny alley where all of the food stalls and shops are found. There is plenty to eat there, but the most popular is the Luang Prabang Vegetarian Buffet. I ended up stuffing myself with delicious organic and vegetarian dishes, which cost only 15.000 kip (all you can eat!).
I also highly recommend grabbing a delicious fresh baguette near the entrance to the food street!