Shopping in Luang Namtha
There are a small number of shops and markets in Luang Namtha where traditional souvenirs can be found.
Buying locally made goods is a great way of contributing back to the local villages throughout Luang Namtha province.
This Luang Namtha Shopping Guide gives tips and hints of what to buy, and some shops or markets that you may find interesting. More general information about souvenirs and handicrafts from Laos can be found in our Laos Shopping Guide. And don't forget to experience some authentic Laotian cuisine at one of the Luang Namtha Restaurants.
Luang Namtha Shopping Guide
Luang Namtha Town
The Central Night Market, as the name suggests, is in the centre of town and has been recently renovated. Many of the ethnic groups from the nearby villages gather here to sell their unique handicrafts. The market opens every evening and in addition to buying handicrafts, you can also taste a few local dishes and maybe catch music or dance performances too.
You will find a small number of textile shops in Luang Namtha selling silk wall hangings, scarves, traditional sarongs or sihns, and brightly coloured silks.
Muang Sing's busy Sunday market is a vital connection between people on both sides of the border. Life in Muang Sing centres around the market and men and women in traditional dress is a common and interesting sight. It is a great place to pick up local foodstuffs, as well as handicrafts and souvenirs.
Ban Pieng Ngam
Ban Pieng Ngam is a handicraft village that is home to the Thai Kao and Thai Deang ethnic groups, and the village is well known for its wide variety of handicraft items. The Nam Ha Ecotourism Project has built a small lodge in the area and visitors interested in experiencing the rural lifestyle of the villagers can use the lodge. Within walking distance of Ban Pieng Ngam is the distillery village of Ban Nam Ngaen where you can have a look at how the famous rice whiskey of Laos is brewed.
The local handicrafts are usually made of cotton, rattan and wood. Most of the carvings depict Buddhist and Hindu religious figures. A specialty of Laos is the very well crafted opium pipe that is not available anywhere else. These delicately carved pieces can be purchased at handicraft and souvenir shops throughout Luang Namtha, Laos. Another handicraft popular among tourists is the Tip Khao, which is the basket where sticky rice is stored.