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What to buy in Luang Prabang, Laos

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From designers putting a chic new spin on traditional motifs to elephant slippers that have reached cult status, here’s a rundown of souvenirs you should consider buying if you’re shopping in Luang Prabang.





Luang Prabang’s night market has been called one of the best handicraft markets in Southeast Asia; we’d also award it the title of most relaxed. Shoppers can browse without hassle and bargaining is a peaceful, easy-going experience. In addition to the ubiquitous backpacker elephant pants, Beerlao T-shirts and hoodies that will help you survive December’s frigid nights, there are handwoven scarves, embroidered bags, stuffed animals made from recycled fabric, Hmong skirts and saa paper notebooks. The goods you’ll find have a lovely handmade quality to them, though be warned that increasingly stuff from Vietnam and China are popping up in stalls—you can usually tell when something is factory made.

Elephant slippers: Who could resist? Photo taken in or around What to buy in Luang Prabang, Laos, Luang Prabang, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Elephant slippers: Who could resist? Photo: Cindy Fan

The absolute must buy here are handmade elephant slippers. Soft and cushy, wearing them at home will instantly make you nostalgic for Laos. And do yourself a favour: buy extra pairs. We’ve met many past visitors who lament that they should have bought more. Slippers start at 25,000 kip and price goes up with size. And of course, it’s "Discount for you!" if you buy more.

The Luang Prabang Night Market is on the main street (Sisavangvong Road) every night, from 16:30 ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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