Vientiane Night Market

Riverside Night Market in Vientiane

    The Vientiane Night Market takes place along the Mekong Riverfront, where you can see rows of red-roofed stalls selling handicrafts, clothes, and electronics. There’s also a children’s playground, a Chinese shrine, a flower garden, and an imposing statue of Chao Anouvong pointing across the Mekong.

    Vendors begin to set up their stalls around sunset. The market is busiest around 8pm, so head there early to avoid a large crowd. Some of the most common items you can find at the Vientiane Night Market include Buddhist-inspired paintings, cheap sunglasses, and shirts with Beerlao logos. The clothes stalls tend to be geared towards the backpacker market, with one-size-fits-all dresses, skirts, and pants.

    photo by Francisco Anzola (CC BY-SA 2.0) modified

    As with all touristy markets, many vendors can speak basic English, which gives you a chance to test your bargaining skills. It’s a must-do as initial prices are always inflated, so you should never accept the first price quoted. 

    It helps to wander around to find the best price as you’ll likely find the same things for sale around this market. Even if you have already stocked up on souvenirs and aren’t really planning to buy anything, the Vientiane Night Market is well worth a visit in the evening for its gorgeous sunset alone.

    photo by shankar s. (CC BY-SA 2.0) modified

    Vientiane Night Market

    Location: Mekong Riverfront, Vientiane, Laos

    Open: Daily from 6pm to 9.30pm

    Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveler

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