Authorities Clean Up Untidy Luang Prabang Night Market

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Night market in Luang Prabang (Photo: Roam taking photos).

Luang Prabang night market was reorganized to avoid congestion and crowding by visitors in the high season.

The Deputy Mayor of Luang Prabang and the Head of the Department of Industry and Commerce and related officials alongside the Luang Prabang Night Market Committee visited the market last week to survey the area and see how it could offer a better shopping experience for tourists.

Mr. Somvang Phommakon, Luang Prabang Head of Industry and Commerce told the local media that the night market in Luang Prabang was rearranged to offer a comfortable and convenient shopping experience for visitors looking to buy souvenirs and locally-made products.

He said, “The Luang Prabang Night Market has been rearranged in a new way that is more attractive, tidy, and convenient. There should now be more space for everyone and tourists will find it a nicer place to visit.”

He informed that the night market in Luang Prabang was established in December 2002 to promote Lao handicrafts, carvings, and silverware, and the market currently has 853 vendors.

In accordance with the new regulation, an odd and even practice was put into place to make sure that there are not too many shops crowded in a small space everyday which could also create health and safety hazards. Around 339 of the 853 vendors at the night market sell Lao silk, while 242 sell handicrafts and 272 sell Hmong handicrafts.

In July, Luang Prabang administration discussed managing rice vendors who pester visitors to purchase their sticky rice for almsgiving.