1. Phousi Market - an Ideal Shopping Spree to Plunge into Local Life
Touted as the must-see places in Luang Prabang, Phousi Market is the largest of its kind where tourists can buy cheap Lao textile and clothing. Stare in awe at its remarkable diversity of goods from heaps of sticky rice, flats of eggs of all sizes and shapes, piles of chili, fresh vegetables of all kinds. The products come from everywhere from Laos, Thai and Chinese products. It is also a great place to immerse into the unique local life and get a true glimpse of the locals.
- Opening time: 5 am to 5 pm
- Location: on the way to Kuang Si Waterfalls
2. Morning market Luang Prabang
One of the most popular Luang Prabang markets, the Morning market is a good place to discover the fresh and authentic Laos ingredients. Set right at the heart of the old Luang Prabang, this little local market is packed with fantastic breakfast snacks, locally grown vegetables, and friendly vendors. While Luang Prabang jewelry and textile are some of the best things to buy in Laos, local goods in the morning market reflect the simple yet charming lifestyle of the locals. The daily trading of the vendors creates a vivid picture in a peaceful setting of a sleepy town. If you’re not even interested in buying anything, then the morning market is worth a visit to capture some fantastic sights and sounds.
- Opening hours: 5am-11am.
- Location: behind Tourism Information Center, Luang Prabang, Laos
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3. Luang Prabang Night Market
If you wish to experience the best shopping in Luang Prabang, then the night market is must be on the bucket list. It is an amazing site offering the most extensive collection of textiles in Luang Prabang. It is filled with hundreds of handicraft stalls from handmade textiles, exquisite ceramics, paintings, coffee and tea, antiques to other ornaments. You also get lost in a wide range of authentic and delicious food around the market from Lao coconut pancakes, fresh fruit shakes, baguettes to fresh beer.
It doesn’t cost you much money as prices in Luang Prabang night market are affordable and can be negotiated. Haggle in a bargain and eat to your heart’s content, you’ll forget your time.
- Opening hours: 5pm - 10pm.
- Location map: on the main street from Tourism Information Center to the National Museum.
4. Ock Pop Tok
Ock Pop Tok is the Living Craft Center dedicated to preserving the beautiful craftsmanship of Lao silk weaving and dying. Set peacefully in the serene setting of the Mekong River and villages around Luang Prabang, this exquisite center is a perfect place to get a close touch upon the world of Lao textiles and handicrafts and do some shopping as well.
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Feast your eyes on the colorful textiles and silk displayed in the weaving room and the skillful experts creating masterpieces. Visiting the center is one of the most favorite things to do in Luang Prabang that you definitely cannot afford to miss.
- Opening time: 09:00am-05:00pm daily except Monday
- Location: Ban Saylom, Luang Prabang, Laos
5. Dara Market
Dara Market is another option to do some shopping in Luang Prabang. This is an indoor market with the majority of stalls selling traditional skirts, blouses, and shirts from colorful materials. Apart from textile, there are several sections selling different things from personal stuff like hats, backpacks, sandals to IT accessories and other supplies.
- Opening hours: 08 am- 5 pm
- Location: Kingkitsarath Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
6. Wan Jia Long Shopping Mall
In addition to a plethora of local markets and shopping sprees, there is also a number of shopping malls in Luang Prabang. Wan Jia Long mall is a standout amongst the others. Here you can find pretty much everything from groceries to household appliances. But what makes it a special one is the cheapest beer in town. Enjoy a glass of fresh Beer Lao while waiting for your family shopping inside- quite a fabulous stunt!
- Opening hours: 09 am- 09 pm
- Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
7. Naga Creations
Jewelry is a good idea when it comes to what to buy in Luang Prabang. Naga Creations is the finest of its kind owned by a French jewelry designer- Fabrice Munio. This stunning little shop boasts a wide range of silver jewelry as well as precious stones. The harmonious blend of artistic traditions and the trendy French boutiques make the jewelry unique and charming.
Walking through Naga Creations also leave you a deep impression about the incredible creations of artisans and how silver jewelry becomes a great love of Lao women.
- Opening hours: 10 am- 10 pm
- Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
8. Anakha – The Blue House
Set in the heart of the city, Anakha is a boutique and elegant shop offering ultimate experience of clothes shopping in Luang Prabang. This gorgeous house is the very first of its kind that provides a selection of high-quality and unique linens, naturally woven Laotian fabrics, beautiful accessories & handicrafts. It is a charming place to seek authentic textiles inspired by elegant Laotian and Indochina design while learning more about the mysteries and beauties of Asia. A visit at Anakha Boutique is a delightful journey through the exquisite collection of Indochina craft and natural fabrics.
- Opening hours: 09.30 am- 10 pm
- Location: Sakkaline Road, Ban Vat Sene, Luang Prabang, Laos
9. Kin Thong Lao Silk
If you are seeking some of the best silk in Laos, then Kinthong Lao Silk is the place for you. Located right on the main street of Luang Prabang, this little shop attracts many tourists for its high-quality hand-woven silk products from scarves, skirts to wall hangings. The skillful weavers here created the finest and extremely intricate pieces that are exquisite and tastefully displayed. Pay a visit and get an amazing item at a good price.
- Opening hours: 10.00 am- 08.00 pm
- Location: Sathouyaith Rd, Ban Vat Nong, Luang Prabang, Laos
10. Simone Handicrafts
Nestled peacefully in a quaint village, this fabulous shop displays a wide range of silk items, scarves and the famous Saa paper which is made from mulberry tree bark. The lovely items are beautifully decorated with colorful flowers before drying at the shop. The final product – a pretty paper will be then crafted into boxes, cards or lanterns which just cost you a couple of dollars.
- Opening hours: 07.00 am- 05.30 pm
- Location: Nong Xay Village, Luang Prabang, Laos
With a plethora of local markets and shopping malls, Luang Prabang is a paradise for shopaholics to indulge in the timeless and exquisite collections of Lao handicraft. Find out more useful guides for your amazing vacay in this royal land.