Luang Prabang Shopping Tour, Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a very interesting place to shop. Because the culture and traditions of the Laoan people are very rich, there are numerous products that will remind the buyers of the local spirt. The most famous shopping spots are the night market and the morning market, but all the shops around Luang Prabang are as well perfect showcases of Luang Prabang art.
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Luang Prabang Shopping Tour Map

Guide Name: Luang Prabang Shopping Tour
Guide Location: Laos » Luang Prabang (See other walking tours in Luang Prabang)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: Cathy

1) Kopnoi

Kopnoi is one of the most special shops in Luang Prabang. It promotes Laoan traditions, skills and materials. The variety of the products is very wide. It contains silk and cotton clothes, accesories, decor elements, jewelry, books and other attractive goods. All the products are created using unusually combined materials such as silver, wood, coconut shells and others.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 8 am – 8 pm; Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm
Lisa Regale Fusion Gallery

2) Lisa Regale Fusion Gallery

Lisa Regale Fusion Gallery, like other silk producing and selling shops, has a large assortiment of accessories and clothes made of this fabric. All the products are made of exclusive, locally woven silk, but the design of the clothes, besides the traditional Laoan style, has European accents too. The shop was opened in 2003.
Caruso Lao Home Craft

3) Caruso Lao Home Craft

Caruso Lao Home Craft is more than just a shop located in Luang Prabang. It specializes in selling works of art manufactured in Laos. The main production is that of silk clothes and other accessories, as well as ebony dishes and statues. The shop also has an impressive gallery on the second floor. The initiator of Caruso Lao is Sandra Yuck. Since 1997, she is constantly discovering new, talented Laoan artists and masters.
Naga Creations

4) Naga Creations

Naga Creations is the finest jewelry shop in Luang Prabang. Fabrice Munio is the owner of the shop; he opened it in 2002. Naga Creations specializes in selling silver jewelry as well as finery made from diverse precious and semi-precious stones. The products are conceived according to Laoan tastes and preferences. The speciality of Naga Creations is to have visitors watch and admire masters as they produce all the finery sold in the shop.
Ock Pop Tok

5) Ock Pop Tok (must see)

Ock Pop Tok is a weaving center which has two shops in Luang Prabang. One of them is located in the Old Qarter of the town, near the Royal Palace. Within Ock Pop Tok, numerous events are organized periodically: workshops, exhibitions, seminars and other activities. It concentrates on the production and sale of textile products made by the Laoan people. The most popular goods are diverse clothes specific to the Laoan culture and traditions. The most commonly used fabrics for producing the Ock Pop Tok products are silk, hemp and cotton.
Hmong Night Market

6) Hmong Night Market (must see)

Hmong Night market is definitely the most popular shopping spot in Luang Prabang, both among local people and among visitors. Every evening of the week, local salesman from the neighbourhood localities provide home-made products of all kinds, from traditional food and ingredients to baskets and wooden souvenirs. Bargaining at the evening market is usually welcome, but even so, prices are lower than in any other market or shop in the city.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 5 pm - 9:30 pm
Fresh Produce Market

7) Fresh Produce Market (must see)

The Fresh Produce Market is the perfect spot for people who like to get up early in the morning. It opens at approximately five o'clock in the morning and has an incredible amount of different fruit, vegetables, meat, spices and other goods. There are also traditionally cooked meals. The most amazing part of the market is the very exotic products such as honeycombs, silkworms and forest rats.

Operation hours: Saturday - Monday: 5:30 am - 4 pm
Thithpeng Maniphone

8) Thithpeng Maniphone

Thithpeng Maniphone, the owner of the shop with the same name, used to be the official manufacturer of silverware for the royal family of Luang Prabang. He is still very popular among royalty and famous personalities, this bearing testimony to the quality and exclusivity of his products. Thithpeng Maniphone himself works on some of the special items sold in this shop.

Walking Tours in Luang Prabang, Laos

Create Your Own Walk in Luang Prabang

Create Your Own Walk in Luang Prabang

Creating your own self-guided walk in Luang Prabang is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Luang Prabang is the tidiest and most culture-oriented city in Laos. Inhabited for thousands of years, it was the country's royal capital until 1975. The city is known for a plethora of cultural and historic attractions, much as for the abundance of Buddhist temples – wats – including the gilded 16th century Wat Xieng Thong, and Wat Mai, the former residence of Laotian chief Buddhist. To learn more about Luang Prabang's main attractions, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Luang Prabang Culture Exploring Tour

Luang Prabang Culture Exploring Tour

Luang Prabang, being the cultural capital of Laos, has numerous places to explore in order to learn about the Laoan traditions and lifestyle. Everything in Luang Prabang is special and exotic, from the food, in its preparation and ingredients to the silk weaving skills and art. The locals are always happy to explain and cherish their experience and talents with curious foreigners.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Luang Prabang Temple Walking Tour

Luang Prabang Temple Walking Tour

Luang Prabang is a city with an unbelievable number of temples, called Wats in Thai. All of them are absolute works of art, ornate with exclusive decoration reflecting both religious events and simple life sequences. Some of the temples date back to the 16th century. All of them are hosted by Laoan monks, who are usually very friendly with tourists.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Luang Prabang for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Luang Prabang has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Luang Prabang, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.