People of all local ethnicities flock to the morning market to snap up the freshest produce, the plumpest bird, the juiciest lizard, and many are resplendent in their colourful traditional dress. The produce covers the familiar and the unexpected, varying with the seasons: stuffed grilled frogs on a stick, dried buffalo skin, intestines, snails, insects, brightly coloured sweet coconut ... Read more about The Morning Market .
To an outsider Muang Sing’s nine ethnic groups may all seem the same but there are differences from head to toe: from a person’s dress to the way they build their houses to what they craft, worship, eat and grow. A guided trek or a homestay is the best way to gain insight into the culture and traditions but if hiring a guide is not an option, here is a self-guided village tour. Hire a bicycle ... Read more about Self-guided walks/treks .
As tourist numbers have fallen, so too have the number of agencies and operators offering treks in Muang Sing. It’s a pity because if you are looking for a trek in Laos with rich nature, remote hill tribes and the option for challenging hiking, Muang Sing is the real deal. An organised trek can reward you with insight and access to harder to reach villages, tribes and waterfalls. For ... Read more about Organised treks .
Xieng Tung temple and stupa are perched on top of a hill accessed via a dirt road off of the road to Luang Nam Tha. The temple is a modern build and it may not be so interesting to the average tourist but there is a view of the mountains and to the valley below which would be especially stunning during the green season. That Xieng Tung is the most important stupa in Muang Sing and people from ... Read more about Xieng Tung Stupa .