Just a short five-minute walk from my hotel (Maison Dalabua) was the Luang Prabang night market. Did I mention that markets are my absolutely favorite? This one did not disappoint. It takes place every night from 5-10pm. Every night! Artisan vendors line the street with scarves, purses, t-shirts, wood carvings, every trinket imaginable, and beautiful textiles galore.
There are a few side streets with Lao food vendors and tables to enjoy a meal. I opted for a fruit smoothie (mango & lime - about $1 USD) and a buffet-style dinner where they display tiers of prepared food from which you can fill an empty bowl to your heart’s content (about $3 USD).
I explored the market on my own and felt completely safe walking the streets and eating solo. I watched the sun set behind a glorious vista of temples and market tents and felt so grateful to be in Laos. Everyone I had encountered while in Thailand during the first portion of my trip just raved about Laos, and Luang Prabang in particular. I can certainly see why!