Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Laos march 2017 - NIght market @ Luang Prabang, Laos


This is a trip to Luang Prabang, Laos with my family. In fact, while I'm typing this, I am here in Laos! We decided to visit Luang Prabang this year as we are looking for a place to chill and a place that we can just chill and enjoy the place, people and food there! Therefore, Luang Prabang it is! :)

Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Luang Prabang Province in northern Laos, lies in a valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Inhabited for thousands of years, it was the royal capital of the country until 1975. It’s known for its many Buddhist temples, including the gilded Wat Xieng Thong, dating to the 16th century, and Wat Mai, once the residence of the head of Laotian Buddhism. Luang Prabang is also one of the many UNESCO HERITAGE around the world 

To no delay, let the picture below speak for itself of how my first day at Luang Prabang went :)

All thanks to Airasia that we can visit Luang Prabang this year as they have started their new route (a direct flight from KL - Luang Prabang). Of course, how can we miss their in-famous on-board "Pak Naser Nasi Lemak" which are favourites to many even to us Malaysians :)

The duration of our flight took about 3 hours in average and we arrived at 8.45am at Luang Prabang International Airport. In Luang Prabang, there is only 1 way of airport transfer to your Hotel/Hostel/Guest house. However, the price is quite resonable with 80,000 Kip (RM40+) for the 4 of us.

Here's the guest house that we will be staying for the next 2 nights - Global Guesthouse. This guest house is located slightly further out of the the night market ( about 10 minutes walk) but with a price of 50 USD per night for a family room (2 double beds) and breakfast in included.

Here's some pictures of the guest house for you!

They have a place to chill and for me to blog at this cozy veranda :)

Our room :)

As our flight is early in the AM at 6.45am, we decided to rest in the guest house upon checking in to catch up on our sleep. After a refreshing nap, we woke up at about 5pm and decided to go to the night market for dinner! Here's some picture that I managed to capture during my stroll to the night market :)

Local spring rolls consisting of meat or vegetable

Coconut rice cakes

Beer lao! One of the best beer that I have in terms of Asia's beer is concern. Of course, like any other beer, it's best consume when it is icy-cold and its very cheap with only 10,000 Kip (RM5+) per large bottle. 

Papaya salad 

Unlike the one you can find in Thailand, this has a tinge of belacan taste which compliments well with the lime juice squeeze onto it. A perfect combination of sour and spicy!

Grill fish
This is an amazing one! You will never miss this dish here in Luang Prabang! It can be found in almost all the stalls at the night market for only 15,000 - 20,000 Kip depending on the size of the fish! Trust me! You'll definitely be back for more! :)

Here at Luang Prabang, they are well known for their sausages be it local or German sausages. So, if you're a sausage lover like I do, wait no more and drop by for a taste of it yourself! :)

When you drop by Luang Prabang, do look out for the "buffet street" at the night market! You'll see many stalls with many dishes like "chap-fan" style in Malaysia. For 15,000 Kip, you'll be given a bowl and you can fit as much food into it.

Do try out their fruit juices and milk shakes too! Very affordable and you get the whole fruit to yourself :)

Mango Milkshake

Flavourful with no additional sugar or flavouring 

You'll also find many different local tour companies here that offer good prices for half-day and full-day tour to attractions around Luang Prabang (which I will be going for the next few days). Also, you can shop around and compare prices to get the best package!

After the street snacks, we decided to sit down for a meal of Pizza and beer accompanied by the cooling weather here at Luang Prabang. We found this little eatery along the night market - The PIZZA Luang PraBang.

Funghi - topped with mozarella cheese and fresh mushrooms

We also ordered this "Indo-China Steak". This protein is actually buffalo meat which is very tender with very low fat content. Very juicy and flavourful topped with a sliced of cheese and pineapples.

First day is indeed a great one here at Luang Prabang ending it with a walk at the night market and a great dinner of pizza and beer!

Check our my day 2 at Luang Prabang, Laos at link below!

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1 comment:

  1. Hi! I'm Thien Nguyen from Vietnam. Thanks so much for your sharing. It's very interesting and useful. When planning to visit Sapa, Vietnam - a poetic spot in the northern part of the country, remember to try out all these delicious Sapa food. The delicious food here can satisfy any gourmet.

    Hope to see you soon in Vietnam!


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