Luang is a lovely town but they have priced it to tourist levels that we never experienced in Vietnam and only Siem Reap Cambodia was in the same category. The only bargains were eating in the market and buying textiles out in the villages. Main street Luang is way over priced for textiles, so try to get out of town. We had excellent food at the Elephant and it's sister restaurant/bar, The Coconut Garden. I wouldn't call The Elephant a bargain but it was superb eating, as we had tired of Lao cuisine, which we found to be too simple and basic. The famous Tamarind is over rated at best. The Coconut Garden had better Lao food. There are beautiful Temples to visit and the alms given to the Monks in the morning and their chanting in the afternoon should not be missed.