The night market is a seemingly never-ending source of many new foods. Most of the foods sold there come straight from the jungle so the selection changes from day to day or week to week. Some things, like bananas, sweet potatoes, papaya salad are available all year round, but other things, like jungle figs come into season for only a few days.
Staples of course include sticky rice “Kiao Nieaw”, freshly cut rice noodle soup “Kiao Soy” and Bbq’d bananas stuffed with freshly grated coconut. Some of the more unusual (for a western palate anyway!) dishes are Rhinocerous beetles on a stick, intestines, duck embryo, and bile soup (a local favourite).
When visiting Luang Namtha you simply must pay a visit to the night market, even if you aren’t brave enough to try anything. The sights are amazing and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed.