Night Market: Local arts & crafts
The night market, in the centre of town, "opens its doors" every evening at around about 5pm. This market was only supposed to last for a few weeks when it opened in December 2002, on the Occidental Christmas Eve. Products range from chess games in ornamental stone to silk scarves, passing by embroidery, sculpture, more or less real opium pipes, portrayals of Buddha in all imaginable forms, local paintings, done around the symbolic Buddhist representations, etc. It is a place where you must go and where bargaining is often very colourful.
on the riverside: honey???
first thing you notice in shops and pharmacies is repackaging... how many times you aske d yourself "why do I have to buy 1 kg of pasta if I only need 100g?", "why do I have to buy a box of candies if I'd like one only?"... Laos is the country of repackaging! you can have how much as you like... do you need to wash something? just buy two spoon of TIDE or other soap.
What to buy: if you want to have fun just try to go in a shop, and try to buy some honey (vhonnn or fhonn or bhonn or the three togheter) for your friends sore throat... It took me one hour, but I was offered a tea while trying to understand each other and had a really great time... BTW, the honey was just under my eyes, but so different from what I was used that I wasn't able to recognize it.
The colourful night market starts at 1700-1800 and ends at 2200-2300 or earlier if it begins to rain, which it did for the 4 nights we were there.
They sell local and ethnic handicrafts made mostly by the Hmong. They are not hard to haggle with and it is done good naturally and with smiles on their faces.
We bought T-shirts for US$2.50 - $3.50, depending on size, scarfs x 2 for $5, different styles of bags x 2 for $7, wooden masks x 2 for $10, so most things are reasonably cheap. You can pay in $ or Kip but I think you can get it slightly cheaper paying in the local currency.
There are shops on the main street open all day and evenings that have beautiful wooden carvings and silks etc but they are very expensive
Stalls in villages along Mekong river: A specific gift
What to buy: This special drink including the scoprio inside, is a memoble gift to take back.
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...
buying handycraft: Night bazaar
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.
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The whole night market is an experience. Just remember to bring your mosquito spray and a wap of Kip. Negotiate and be patient, but you won't find much better prices than here.
What to buy: Anything made from silk.
What to pay: You will be amazed if you haven't travelled here before.
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Saa Paper Crafts: Wonderful handmade paper and lanterns
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.
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Mong Market: Night Market
Local craft stall shop along the main road of Luang Prabang where I always visited at the end of the day.
Open around 6.00 PM.-11.00PM.
What to buy: Silver products,local textile products,antiques and reproducts,T-shirts,Mulberry paper products,......
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Indoor market hall: Dara Market
This indoor market hall is located on Kitsalat Road. It had some lovely sarongs and silver jewellery.
Open from dusk until about 11.00pm, this elegant market is a pleasant experience in itself. A good place for shopping Laosian handicrafts, Don´t forget to bargain, it´s expected.
Dala Market: Clothing market
This covered, modern looking market is located on to the south of Mount Phou Si on the corner of a road junction. It mostly a clothing market for both men and women plus there's a couple of cafes.
By the river: Paintings.
We noticed some stalls selling local paintings along the Mekong near the entrance to Wat Xienthong. Such pictures were also on sale in the night market.
Convenience stores-just about everywhere: Gourmet Potato Chips
Who knew that Lays came in such exotic flavors as Grilled Lobster; Kimchee seaweed; Lemon Zest; and Basil??? I thought America was the land of variety, not Laos.
Outdoor Markets: Browse the markets
LP houses a huge outdoor market with all types of art and craft for sale. Go walking along the narrow gaps between carpets and waste an hour or so.
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