Exploring Luang Prabang's Morning Market
The Luang Prabang Morning Market comes alive before the sun rises. After spending a cool, fresh morning experiencing a Lao alms-giving ceremony, head to the morning market to buy some of the freshest, healthiest, and most delicious produce in the city. You have to wake up early to experience the Morning Market, but it’s one of the coolest local experiences that you really shouldn’t miss when traveling to the city.
Unlike the Night Market in Luang Prabang, which sells souvenirs and snacks and generally caters to tourists, the Morning Market is very much a local market. Here, local farmers and vendors sell delicious produce fresh from the farm.
All of the produce on sale is very reasonably priced. You can also find some street food, noodles, and snacks for sale, as well as traditional iced Lao coffee, while you wander through the market streets.
The Morning Market is open from before sunrise (4 or 5 am) until around 8 or 9 am. It is located on the streets behind the Royal Palace and National Museum.
A perfect Luang Prabang morning starts with a Buddhist alms ceremony, followed by a walk through the morning market, and ends up at Prachaniyom Coffee Shop on the banks of the Mekong River with a bowl of rice porridge and one of the best cups of coffee in town.
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