Forget about eating at a Luang Prabang (LP) night market buffet.
What would most people prefer: all-you-can eat dodgy cold food left out for hours (it is priced from US$1.50 per person) or a steaming bowl of fresh Lao Pho noodles?
For this fork it is no contest and it’s just as cheap.
But it brings up another point, the LP Night Market buffet seems way overrated. Is it worth scarfing a really cheap dinner in a stuffy, cramped alley during the monsoon?
It must be as heaps of people are doing it every night.
In contrast the LP Morning Market rocks in so many other ways, both on a culinary and cultural level. You just have to get up by 05:00 to take it all in and get the best eats.
Because in a few hours most Lao female vendors that are the market’s economic engine are packing it in.
So we got up before dawn to watch locals offer alms to monks at first light.
Then it was right to the market to take in the sights and smells before the sun rose over Puxi Temple.
Forking lucky me: for there I found one of the tastiest bowls of Pho noodles on the planet.