Colourful Fruit and Vegetable Carving Inspirations from Laos

Laos eggplant

I was recently in Laos, and spent a couple of weeks traveling from Vientiane, the capital city, up by road to the beautiful scenery within Vang Vieng, and then a final stop in northern Luang Prabang. While I’ve been to Laos only via a quick stopover to Yunnan Province in China in the past, this time I decided to stay for a bit longer and actually see and enjoy the country.

While in Luang Prabang, I managed to get to see several markets in the charming town, including the busier Night Market that runs for blocks and blocks on the closed down roads after 5 PM in front of the National Museum. There are rows and rows of red-roofed tents set up that you need to walk underneath while seeing what local products are available to buy.


Laos mushrooms, often fried and spiced as a snack


What was even more fun, though, was getting to check out the local morning market, which took place in the same area, but started up earlier than 6 every morning. There was a lot of fresh food, and a lot of hustle and bustle as the community came together to make their purchases for the day. Everything from fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, and even frogs on skewers that were still alive!


Laos riverweed at the morning market


A definite feast for the eyes, and even more inspiration for some new fruit and vegetable carvings!


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