|March 19, 2016||Filed under Food, Laos, Luang Prabang||
For a few hours every morning starting at dawn, several blocks in Luang Prabang Old Quarter turn into a small but colorful fresh market. Query: what food group would beetles fall into?
|March 6, 2016||Filed under Laos, Luang Prabang||
Luang Prabang, Laos exudes a gentle flow. Located on a peninsula at the confluence of the Nam Khang and Mekong Rivers, the old quarter has been a Unesco World Heritage Centre since 1995. A short climb to the summit of Mount Phou Si, a hill in the center of town, is rewarded by a panorama of the rivers, temples and surrounding hills.
As dawn breaks, a silent procession of novices flows from the many monasteries to receive alms from the faithful. I sit across the street to observe, but many tourists are not so respectful, often interrupting the ritual for close-ups and even selfies.
The small morning market in the old quarter offers an amazing array of fresh food, from familiar vegetables and herbs to some exotic (to Westerners at least) sources of protein. Set up each day at dawn, the market is over by mid-morning. Click here for a gallery of market photos. (more…)