The Old Market in Muang Sing, with its archaic buildings and untamed grass, may look like a typical market during the day but come night time, it becomes a must-see attraction.
For several years, the Old Market remained an icon and a reminder of the busy trade that has made this market a must-see for both tourists and locals. Even though it was recently reconstructed, no one goes to the Old Market by day except for stray cattle and several women, also known as Thai Lu ladies, who sell colourful weaved fabrics and different handicrafts. The place is a must-visit during the night though — by six, tourists can scour for Lao street food, enjoy Lao drinks, and join the locals in singing karaoke.
Old Market is located at Main Street, Muang Sing, Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
The Old Market can be accessed anytime.
Entry Fee and Bookings
The Old Market has no entrance fee.
How to Get There
- Fly from Vientiane to Luang Namtha via Laos Airlines.
- From Luang Namtha, take a bus to Muang Sing.
- From Muang Sing’s centre, hire a tuk-tuk to take you to the Old Market.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
Spend at least an hour in the Old Market. Stay longer for nighttime entertainment.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
There is not much to see during the day. Best time to visit Old Market is 18:00 onwards.
Several stalls in the Old Market serve varieties of street food and other Lao dishes.
- Thai Lu Restaurant
- Singsavanh Nightclub
- Tribal Museum
Nearby hotels and guest houses such as Cheng Jue Teng Hotel, Bannavong Guesthouse. Dannue 2 Guesthouse, and Phou Iu Bungalows II offer accommodations starting USD 20 to USD 60.