Shopping Alleys between Main St. (Sisavangvong Rd.) and Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Luang Prabang Morning Market is special ?
The morning market is the Laotian "supermarket" where they come to buy their fruit, vegetables and meat, which are proposed in showcases which are not always very hygienic. Each morning a market pops up in a web of alleys off Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang's main street. This Southeast Asia UNESCO World Heritage town, tucked in the mountains on a peninsula between the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, rises early to greet the resident monks who walk through the streets at sunrise collecting alms.
The morning market in Luang Prabang is bursting at the seams with culinary curious - some you may indeed want to put in your mouth, and others, well - others you'll need to see for yourself. Luang Prabang is the busiest tourist destination in Laos, but early in the morning, the market is generally void of foreign faces, making it a perfect place to meet the locals, dine on Lao food, and watch the people as they wander. Grab yourself a frosty bevy and a slice of blood sausage and check it out.
What to explore at Luang Prabang Morning Market?
Very active as from 8 o’clock in the morning, it's a typical passing spot for Laotians who come to buy and/or to sell. There’s a lot going on. You can find many unusual foodstuffs like ox-blood which is proposed in gelatinous cubes, serpents, bats, grilled insects (worms, grasshoppers, bee’s larvae, crickets, butterfly chrysalis), giblets covered with flies, caramelised pork’s head, and all sorts of leaves and plants which are used to make the traditional dishes.
You can find Thai products, cultivated in greenhouses, as well as the seasonal Lao products. Freshly caught fish, bunches of local flowers especially made for leaving in the temples as offerings, as well as many other items.
How to get to Luang Prabang Morning Market?
The Morning Market in Luang Prabang, Laos is located three blocks west of the National Museum and starts near the Nam Khan riverfront on a side street near Khem Khong Road. You can easily reach the place by local taxi.
- Fresh fruit, veggies, meat and more
- Interesting and Colorful
- Great place in the early morning
- Great market to experience local Laos culture
- Brilliant morning out with the locals
Alleys between Main St. (Sisavangvong Rd.) and Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos
Tips for you
The best way to understand any culture is through a visit to the local markets. This morning market was a fabulous way to meet locals and see what is available on the Loas dinner table. While the fresh fruit and produce was luscious, the real interest lied in the grilled meats. Anything the moves, flies or crawls can be placed on a stick and put on the fire. The usual fare was available including skeweered beef, pork, sausage, chicken and fish.... But it was the unexpected and unusual grilled "stuff on a stick" that captured our intertest. Grilled sparrows and other little birds were available. Also on the menu was grilled rodents and squirrels. The snakes and scorpions were present and they were either grilled, fried or placed in the local liquor called LaoLao for flavor. The morning market is the time to sample the grilled meats. They are all fresh and grilled on the spot. If you wait to eat the grilled meat or fish at the night market, freshness cannot always be guaranteed. The fruits were wonderful and there was quite a variety to choose from. It was an adventurous culinary tour and highly recommended way to see local culture and foods. Eat at your Own Risk!!