The Morning Market in Luang Prabang Laos

If you haven’t figured it out already, not only do I love to travel, but I love food. And when I can combine them, that’s my idea of heaven. Hence, I always try and visit local markets when I travel.

Luang Prabang Morning Market
Luang Prabang Morning Market

Most Southeast Asian towns and cities have a morning market, also known as a “wet market”. Unlike the typical night market which is often loaded with cooked food vendors, clothes, electronics and tourists trinkets, the morning market caters mostly to locals and sells fresh uncooked food, sometimes so alive it’s still breathing.

Live ducks at the Luang Prabang Morning Market
Live ducks at the Luang Prabang Morning Market

These markets are most often found outdoors, though it’s not uncommon to find covered or indoor markets filled with stalls as well. On the day we went to visit the Kuang Si waterfalls, we also visited the morning market in Luang Prabang. The selection was truly astounding and there were so many things I’d never seen before (and I consider myself a veteran market-goer).

Dried river weed (it reminded me of Japanese Nori) in the Luang Prabang Morning Market
Dried river weed (it reminded me of Japanese Nori) in the Luang Prabang Morning Market

We arrived around 8 am and the market was already in full swing. It’s located near the Royal Palace, so go early. It may close down before noon. Also, consider wearing decent shoes. Like most outdoor food markets, the ground can be wet and slippery and covered in well, the typical market detritus; discarded vegetables, animal parts, water and mud, etc.

Luang Prabang Morning Market
Luang Prabang Morning Market
Honeycomb filled with bee larvae in the Luang Prabang Morning Market
Honeycomb filled with bee larvae in the Luang Prabang Morning Market
Luang Prabang Morning Market
Luang Prabang Morning Market
Grubs in the Luang Prabang Morning Market
Grubs in the Luang Prabang Morning Market
Beautiful produce at the Luang Prabang Morning Market
Beautiful produce at the Luang Prabang Morning Market
Luang Prabang Morning Market
Luang Prabang Morning Market
Luang Prabang Morning Market
Luang Prabang Morning Market
Beautiful produce at the Luang Prabang Morning Market
Beautiful produce at the Luang Prabang Morning Market- for soup? Stir fry? Curry?
Luang Prabang Morning Market
Luang Prabang Morning Market
More insects at the Luang Prabang Morning Market
More insects at the Luang Prabang Morning Market
Luang Prabang Morning Market
Luang Prabang Morning Market
Flower offerings at the Luang Prabang Morning Market
Flower offerings at the Luang Prabang Morning Market
Luang Prabang Morning Market
Luang Prabang Morning Market
Luang Prabang Morning Market
Shrine at the Luang Prabang Morning Market

For more of this trip to Laos, go here.

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A visit to the morning market in Luang Prabang Laos.

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