One of the best morning markets in Laos
Published/Last edited or updated: 20th March, 2017
Pretty much every town in Laos will have a morning market of some description, but there are morning markets and there is the Dao Heuang morning market—make time to have a look.
The Dao Heuang morning market (also known as km-2 market) is an absolute must—it is the largest market in southern Laos and is arguably one of the best markets in the entire country.
Teeming with activity and life, it takes at least an hour to take it all in. The sprawling covered market is the clearing house for a substantial part of greater Champasak province and has all manner of fresh produce on display, from baby tomatoes to spring onions, fresh river fish and pretty piles of colourful flowers. There's also a large butchery section.
While the market is extremely photogenic, please always ask (or at least gesture with your camera) before taking photos.
Go early in the morning and try not to get run over by a samlo loaded with veg. Head east on Route 13 until the stadium and turn right, the market is at the corner of Road 38. Motorbike parking is 2,000 kip.
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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