Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Luang Prabang Night Market (Laos, SE Asia)

Luang Prabang night market
Each evening in South East Asia thousands upon thousands of vendors haul their wares from all over to a centrally designated locale, in hopes of making a few (and I do mean only a few) dollars selling their goods, mainly to foreigners eager to grind their asking prices into the ground.
For many tourists it’s almost a game to see how cheaply you can purchase something. Often for the seller, the small amounts of money make the difference between their children eating or not. In Luang Prabang, a debate over 5,000 Laotian Kip might seem to be a numerically big deal, but the translation in dollar terms is a mere sixty-three cents.
A night market negotiation
Each evening the vendors sit for hours upon hours courting customers, many of stands selling nearly identical goods, hoping you purchase from them. Maybe you like their smile, their energy, or maybe something really catches your eye. “Buy mister, buy! Give you good price.”
The street is long, and the number of stalls seems mind boggling as you browse. “Buy, buy, sit down. Buy from me.” It makes me dizzy.
If they go home with a $5 profit, it was time well spent. We all like low prices, don’t we?
Monks in Luang Prabang


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  2. Hi,
    Can I just check, how did you get to Luang Prabang? Did you train or did you fly by air?
    I'm thinking of going there in Sept this year. Been trying to search for the best way to get there. would you be a kind soul to share with me.

    Thank you so so much!


    1. hio Jolynn,
      you can certainly fly there from Bangkok or Kulua Lumpur I think.
      You can take a slow moving boat.
      Or you have to take a really hard bus ride from Vang Vieng.
      Hope this helps! Look through my blog for that story.


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