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Why Phousi Market is special ?
Phousi Market where the locals go in the morning but you will really need to act like one. Phousi Market is a sight most visitors to Luang Prabang won’t see – and a reminder of how genuine the local culture has remained.
You have to take a tuktuk to this enormous market on the outskirts of town--and this one isn't for tourists. It's where the local people buy everything they need on a daily basis. Some of it is inside a huge building, ill-lit apart from the occasional fluorescent strip lighting overhead.
Phousi market. Indoors, outdoors. Enormous. Everything in shiny plastic bags. Loose dried chilis of different kinds. Huge green-yellow papaya. An immense selection of plastic and enamelware, and stainless steel bowls. A truckload of oranges. Backpacks and 4-in-1 plastic holders for condiments. Cel phones and gold watches and silver jewellery. Pale beige-peach-coloured squash. Stacked trays of brown eggs. Almost orange-gold potatoes.
What to explore at Phousi Market?
Everything the local Laos want for their kitchen can be found here, some familiar, some not.
Fresh frogs, river crabs and slippery catfish fill its shaded sections. Ladies selling banana flowers are enthusiastic about having their photos taken and give a smile willingly.
One vendor sells fresh chickens, displaying each fleshy carcass alongside a tidy collection of the entrails, presented with intact yolks still attached.
Luang Prabang, Lao