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Xieng Kok Market

Posted by maryohearn on 2/9/2018 at 20:19

Lonely Planet Travel Guide says that there is a big market in Xieng Kok on the 14th and 28th of each month attended by a large number of hill tribe people and traders from surrounding countries. Is this still the case? Is there any other reason to travel here?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 3/9/2018 at 16:08 admin


I don’t know about the market, but I checked in an old (published in 2002) Lonely Planet to Laos I have, and it refers to the same market on the same days, so if it is still mentioned in the current edition, one would hope that they have not changed the dates since!

As for other reasons to go to Xieng Kok —not really many. People tend to go there hoping to cross to Burma or to get the boat south to Huay Xai but for general tourism, Muang Sing or Muang Long are better options I think and don’t require so much backtracking after the event.


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Posted by SoManyMiles on 5/9/2018 at 15:01 TF writer

I have not been to the big market day in Xieng Kok but I have been to the regular morning market in Muang Long and though small, it is fantastic. The district is diverse and you’ll see many ethnic groups, especially Lanten and Akha in their traditional headdress as well as interesting vegetables, foraged things and meats for sale. Muang Long has a few basic but serviceable guesthouses. It’s also possible to arrange a day trip from Muang Sing but private transport is quite pricey and you’ll need to set out early. It’s best to be at the market at dawn.

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