Gallery: Market Scene: Morning Market in Luang Prabang, Laos

Morning Market in Luang Prabang, Laos
Morning Market in Luang Prabang, Laos

Vendors set up on bamboo mats and sheets.

Bags of Rice
Bags of Rice

Rice is a staple at Laos meals, but it's usually sticky rice eaten with fingers, not steamed rice eaten with a spoon and fork.

Sticky Rice Baskets
Sticky Rice Baskets

Sticky rice is served in individual bamboo baskets with lids tethered by a string.

Banana Flowers, Tomatoes, Limes
Banana Flowers, Tomatoes, Limes

Bright purple banana flowers, shredded, are a common salad ingredient.

Starfruit
Starfruit

Juicy starfruit are grouped into batches for sale. Hotel and guesthouse staff often shop for the day's meals at the morning market.

Greens
Greens

This curly green vegetable, a local variety, might be the salad of the day at one of Luang Prabang's restaurants.

Buddhist Offerings
Buddhist Offerings

Theravada Buddhism is the predominant religion in Southeast Asia, but each country brings different gifts to the local temples. In Laos, the offerings are these cones made from banana leaves and marigolds.

Giant Papaya
Giant Papaya

Papaya—some more than two feet long—thrive in Laos's tropical climate. This vendor cut a porthole to show the fruit is ripe and ready to eat.

Morning Noodles
Morning Noodles

A light noodle dish is served for breakfast in a tidy to-go package: banana leaves, wrapped with raffia and pinned with toothpicks.

Sausages on a Stick
Sausages on a Stick

These pork sausages, often made with sticky rice, sizzle on grills all over town from daybreak past sundown.

Butcher Section
Butcher Section

Fresh pork, beef and buffalo are cut to order as customers shop.

Blood Cakes
Blood Cakes

You can tell by the color of these cakes, likely made from pig's blood, that they're very fresh.

Bird Basket
Bird Basket

Live poultry comes to the market for shoppers who want to see their bird in action ...

Bottoms Up
Bottoms Up

... but if you prefer your chickens already plucked, there's plenty to choose from.

Escape!
Escape!

Crabs are sold in pre-counted groups, tied in a bouquet. Here, a lone explorer leaves his bundle and makes friends with the giant snails.

Banana Stars
Banana Stars

Mini bananas are sold by the bunch, not by the pound.

Chilies, Chilies, Chilies
Chilies, Chilies, Chilies

Food in Laos doesn't shy away from spice. This pile of chilies promises to deliver some heat.

Dry Goods: Water Buffalo Skin and Chilies
Dry Goods: Water Buffalo Skin and Chilies

Dried water buffalo skin is a popular Laos snack. It's also combined with chilies to make jeow bong, a sweet and spicy dip.

Spice Bowls
Spice Bowls

Dried ground chilies and other spices are ready to use.

Pea Eggplant
Pea Eggplant

Tiny pea eggplants, also found in Thai food, add a bitter punch to soups and stews.

Squid Jerky
Squid Jerky

These pungent dried squid are often reheated over portable grills.

Variety
Variety

Edible flowers and edible rats: you can find it all at the Luang Prabang morning market.