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The night markets are set up in the main street in the early evening/late afternoon. It is very easy to walk up and down and check out what they have on offer.
What to buy: The ladies are selling all s orts of beautiful things we bought several quilt cover sets, they are available all over the market we bought 4 sets and got them at a discout price of $US15 a set. We were very happy to pay that and they are on the beds here and still looking good. We also bought silk table runners, silk bed throws a bargain at $US30. There are also handmade bags and childrens' local clothing. It's a great place to wander around they sell so many other things I havent mentioned chess sets, t-shirts the list goes on.
What to pay: Depending on your bargaining skills we found the prices very reasonable without bargaining to hard. We did hear other people bargaining hard and others who just went with the original price. I guess it comes down to what you are happy paying.
Updated Mar 17, 2007
The night market in Luang Prabang has some of the best values in Indochina. We bought embroidered bedspreads with pillowcases for $20, silk scarves for $6 to $8 , stone pencil cases for $10. Compared to Vietnam and Cambodia handicraft prices are better here.
What to buy: scarves,bedspreads, carved boxes
Written Feb 27, 2007
Wana Buy some souvenirs? Shop at the Night Marker located at Th Sisavongvong. the street will be closed at 5pm as the vendors will lay down their "treasures" for you to buy. shop untill at about 10pm. You have to bargain hard!!
What to buy: handicrafts, shirts, hand bags, etc.. everything. you name it, it's there.
Written Dec 30, 2006
Address: Th Sisiavongvong, Luang Prabang, Laos
When the sun goes down in Luang Prabang, vendors set up their wares on the main street of the town in front of the palace. Most of the vendors are women and they spred their merchandise on blankets on the street. Each vendor has an electric light. I would estimate that there are 200 venders in four rows taking up the entire width of the street. The night market goes on for five blocks. It is quite a site even if you do not buy anything.
What to buy: As for the merchandise: blankets, crafts, jewelry, paintings, carvings, statues and fabrics.
What to pay: This is a place for bargaining, which is expected. Prices are very reasonable.
Written Dec 12, 2006
In the principal avenue,( almost the only road in town, you will see after 5 PM everyday , people from the sourrounding selling , goods, art, antiques,( fakes and not fakes ) i bought some really nice ones, and after i bought 5 paintings of hill tribe faces, on rice paper, really nice, this is a must.
Written Oct 18, 2006
This shop had the most beautifully crafted timber products, many of which were made from mulberry tree timber. From small carvings, boxes, Buddha images to larger pieces of furniture, the workmanship was excellent. All locally made around Luang Prabang.
What to buy: Depends on the amount of shopping space in luggage!
What to pay: A fair price for the handcrafting skills.
Written Aug 8, 2006
Por la noche cortan el tráfico en la calle principal y montan un mercado nocturno donde la gente de las distintas etnias con sus trajes tradicionales pasan allí las horas dándole un colorido y una tranquilidad e intentando vender sus artesanias
Es una escena realmente inolvidable
At night they cut the traffic in the main street and they install a night market where the people of the different ethnic groups wit their traditional costumes spend there the hours giving to it colour and peace and trying to sell their handicrafts
It is a picture difficult to forget
Written Feb 24, 2006
Every night one end of the main street in Luang Prabang transforms into an extensive market featuring local handicrafts, fermenting insects and reptiles, and cheap t-shirts. Lovely silk weavings and wood carvings can be had at dirt cheap prices. Although it's fun to haggle, and usually expected, it's important to keep it good natured. We overheard many Westerners aggressively haggling, literally, over pennies - please remember that those pennies mean A LOT more to these people than to you, the tourist.
What to buy: silk weavings, wood carvings
Written Oct 27, 2005
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I wonder though who will appreciate such a gift or whom would you like to serve such drink!
At least neither of my fellow travellers dared to taste...
Written Sep 20, 2005
Another popular local craft is Saa paper. Which the pulp is driven through screens to make the paper-flowers or other items are added to it later. From the paper, they make lovely photo albums, writing paper, lanterns and other items.
Written Aug 19, 2005
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