The Morning Market
The Morning Market
4.5
Flea & Street MarketsFarmers Markets
6:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Monday
6:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Friday
6:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand3,910 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A feast for the eyes and the mouth!!
    We've been to hundreds of markets in Asia and seen a lot of interesting and amazing things, but the sheer percentage of unusual foods in the Luang Prabang Morning Market takes the cake! There's no market we've been to that we so frequently have to stop and ask, "What's that?!" Even for seasoned Asian travelers, there are dozens or hundreds of items in this market you won't recognize. Thankfully, most of the vendors are very patient in trying to communicate to wide-eyed visitors what the various items are. And, if you have a bit of adventureous spirit and a few thousand kip, you too can sample bee larvae grilled and smoked inside their honeycomb nests, dried Mekong river weed, grilled rat, dried buffalo hide, barbequed frog, or fried crickets. For the less adventureous, try some coconut pancakes, grilled sticky rice, or a simple bowl of noodles.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 February 2024
  • DotsGirl2
    Vancouver, Canada450 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Local market with some handicrafts as well
    We liked walking through this market and watching locals shop. Everything is fresh. They even have live chickens and ducks. We found this market less crowded and more spread out than the markets we saw in Cambodia. It may be because Luang Prabang is a much smaller city then the places in Cambodia. We also found the goods and handicrafts to be of good quality. We really enjoyed our walk through.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 February 2024
  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand884 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good spot for breakfast
    We walked through the market after watching Alms Giving. Nice place to have some breakfast with a lot of options available. Some unusual things here which we had no idea what they were and a lot of locals. Nice to see how fresh their food is with all the fish and fruit/vegetables available.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 April 2024
  • Viet Exquisite Travel
    Hanoi, Vietnam74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Authentic local market - worth a visit
    This bustling and vibrant market is located right next to the Mekong River, in the alleyways off Sisavangvong Road. This morning market is where locals go for their daily groceries, fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry, fish, and flowers. We enjoyed exploring this market and seeing the people as they shopped. Everything is fresh. You'll definitely find something to buy from this market but act quickly—it closes at 10:30 AM. Enjoy yourself!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 April 2024
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,557 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bought several cheap and delicious foods here!
    Located in front of my hotel, I visited the vendors here right after my breakfast. Most of them are selling local delicacies such as small pancakes, deep fried pork chops, sweets, items wrapped in banana leaves, spices, etc. They are all so cheap rnaging from 10 to 60 kips or abt. $.10 or $2.50. They also sell fish, meats, vegetables, fruits, some jewelries and clothings. It also has small restaurants where one can eat their delicious offerings. Also noted here are hotels and a small Buddhist temple. Highly recommended to visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 April 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Located in front of my hotel, I visited the vendors here right after my breakfast. Most of them are selling local delicacies such as small pancakes, deep fried pork chops, sweets, items wrapped in banana leaves, spices, etc. They are all so cheap rnaging from 10 to 60 kips or abt. $.10 or $2.50.

They also sell fish, meats, vegetables, fruits, some jewelries and clothings. It also has small restaurants where one can eat their delicious offerings.

Also noted here are hotels and a small Buddhist temple. Highly recommended to visit.
Written 19 April 2024
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Viet Exquisite Travel
Hanoi, Vietnam74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
This bustling and vibrant market is located right next to the Mekong River, in the alleyways off Sisavangvong Road. This morning market is where locals go for their daily groceries, fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry, fish, and flowers. We enjoyed exploring this market and seeing the people as they shopped. Everything is fresh. You'll definitely find something to buy from this market but act quickly—it closes at 10:30 AM. Enjoy yourself!
Written 17 April 2024
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand884 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We walked through the market after watching Alms Giving. Nice place to have some breakfast with a lot of options available. Some unusual things here which we had no idea what they were and a lot of locals. Nice to see how fresh their food is with all the fish and fruit/vegetables available.
Written 15 April 2024
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pugetsound2016
Athens, Greece22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This is a local market and it is a pleasure to walk along and see people selling to their neighbors. They had vegetables, fish, some of them live, folks selling fruits and vegetables and places to get breakfast and good coffee. Visiting here is a wonderful thing to do.
Written 20 February 2024
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DotsGirl2
Vancouver, Canada450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We liked walking through this market and watching locals shop. Everything is fresh. They even have live chickens and ducks. We found this market less crowded and more spread out than the markets we saw in Cambodia. It may be because Luang Prabang is a much smaller city then the places in Cambodia. We also found the goods and handicrafts to be of good quality. We really enjoyed our walk through.
Written 13 February 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,910 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We've been to hundreds of markets in Asia and seen a lot of interesting and amazing things, but the sheer percentage of unusual foods in the Luang Prabang Morning Market takes the cake! There's no market we've been to that we so frequently have to stop and ask, "What's that?!" Even for seasoned Asian travelers, there are dozens or hundreds of items in this market you won't recognize. Thankfully, most of the vendors are very patient in trying to communicate to wide-eyed visitors what the various items are. And, if you have a bit of adventureous spirit and a few thousand kip, you too can sample bee larvae grilled and smoked inside their honeycomb nests, dried Mekong river weed, grilled rat, dried buffalo hide, barbequed frog, or fried crickets. For the less adventureous, try some coconut pancakes, grilled sticky rice, or a simple bowl of noodles.
Written 5 February 2024
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Steve Buckley
London, UK6,334 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
My wife and myself are currently holidaying in Luang Prabang staying at the excellent Avani Hotel (Review to follow) and early this morning (after giving the Monk their alms) we visited the nearby Morning Market which by 0700 hours was in full swing.

The market is mainly full of a wide range of foods tipoffs but a whole host of other products. It is certainly popular and a great way to immerse yourself into the Lao Culture.

Strongly recommended!
Written 9 March 2023
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Angie O
25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
This market can easily be found near the royal palace.Best to take a walk here after you have witnessed or participated in the monks alms giving ( no need to take a tour). It I sent a huge market but nonetheless worth a visit to see the stall holders huddled over their camp fires / barbecues cooking all manner of things, stalls selling huge fish ( cat fish) , frogs, open air butchers, flower stalls, dried buffalo skin crisps, Mekong dried river weed , a few bad and sarong stalls.Half hour / to 45 mins is all you need
Written 24 January 2023
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ind
England, UK269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
We walked through echos of hearing “Sabaidi” and exchange of light chitter chatter between vendors, locals and tourists. A visit here is most definitely a ‘jump start’ to your morning. Being a vegetarian didn’t stop me visiting this market as I wanted to explore different aspects of this tour. If you come to experience culture, traditions, people and way of life in South East Asia your trip is “incomplete” if you skip a visit to a local market. Limiting your choices and interactions goes against why you’d come to a place like this in the first place. So, put your best feet forward and enjoy the sights, sounds and colourful displays of the local market in Luang Prabang.

We came here straight after the Alms Ceremony from calmness & contemplation, to a lively and bustling market, wow! what a contrast!. We wandered around and watched the frenzy of the day unfold, as locals bought their produce and mingled with the vendors. Markets generally, in this part of the world have an array of exotic fruits, vegetables and some undesirable/weird meat products (probably from the jungles). Don’t be shocked with the latter, as you have to understand, this is South East Asia, eating anything that ‘moves’ is the norm here and their usual preference. The curious and brave ones, from our tour group took the gamble to explore the market, whilst the rest sought refuge in the comfort of our bus. We enjoyed snapping for photos and videos as we walked along. Traders didn’t seem unnerved or spooked, I guess they are used to this type of exposure. People are friendly, polite and tolerant so it’s safe to click away. Laons are gentle by nature and not pushy in their selling, which made the experience relaxing and bearable.

The market location is near the royal palace on a side street and set-up in a single lane, and is clean and tidy. However, this is no scenic route for a vegetarian/vegan/animal lover! The atmosphere is buzzing, and people are jostling for space along the narrow lane. The flow of traffic needs to be kept moving, so take your photos and be mindful of letting people pass. Produce is displayed on colourful mats on the ground or on small tables, traders perched on low stools and fanning the goods to keep flies/mosquitoes (the lucky ones!) at bay. Colourful displays of unique fruit and vegetables are split in-between exotic flowers and pink lilies which look beautiful amongst the greenery. The air was filled with warm aromas of cooked foods, delicate perfume from exotic flowers, herbs and spices, wafting around. This is what makes a market come to live, a real mix of activities from every angle.

Locals are cheerful happy people going about their daily business and people watching is a fun and joyful activity. Some easy to spot meat products i.e. chickens, chunks of raw/ cooked fish, and some ‘unmentionables’. Displays of various birds roasted, some in small cages (still alive) grilled insects, frogs jumping about in buckets, fried cockroaches, reptiles, mice, rats, and dogs (the latter a delicacy), not a good fit for those who are squeamish. We kept walking not lingering to find out the make and model of species lol! Apart from exotic foods, there is variety of non-food items, such as clothing, textiles, bags, and miscellaneous wares.

The market isn’t particularly huge and can be covered in an hour depending on your day’s activities. For those wanting to immerse themselves and stop for lunch there are vendors preparing/cooking snacks, selling cakes and fresh juices etc. I noticed a few ‘risk takers’ sampling some ‘weird’ meats dangling from skewers, not for the faint hearted, or those with a delicate stomach. If your attention catches an unsavoury display, do not spoil your face and disrespect this cultural norm.

Reviews from others state the market is set-up up 5.00 am and closes around 10.30 am, plan your visit after the Alms Ceremony, so you ‘kill two birds with one stone’ sorry! My personal gripe? coming in a group tour, a real downside, purely because we were hurried due to the demands of a frantic schedule. I lost the excitement to capture a real sense of the market interactions with locals and soaking up the atmosphere, this was unforgiving. Flexibility and an open mind are key elements in acquiring a sense of fun and adventure, so make your journey that much more memorable by allowing yourself time. On a closing note, independent travellers, enjoy the freedom to explore and make the morning market a ‘must do’ in your travel plans. Still, I got a taste (not literally!) of what South East Asia has to offer, hopefully a return visit isn’t too far away! Safe travels! Indu.
Written 18 April 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Every early morning, right after "Sai Bat" - the "Alms Giving Ceremony", a busy and lively market occupies the lanes off Sisavangvong Road, right on the Mekong River side. This is the "Morning Market", where local residents come for their daily needs concerning groceries, fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry, fish and flowers. At the same time, exotic products (at least for Western travelers' eyes) - so important for the Laotian cuisine - are also on display, such as ox-blood, serpents, bats, grilled insects, herbs, spices, leaves and so on. Handicrafts, textiles, clothing and shoes can also be found (as well as in the "Night Market"). Wake-up early, attend "Sai Bat" and stroll along the vibrant "Morning Market". You will certainly find something to buy - a souvenir, a local tea or a bunch of flowers to leave on a nearby temple! But rush, it closes by 10:30 AM. Enjoy!
Written 12 October 2020
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