Muang Khoun, formerly Xieng Khouang’s provincial capital, is a quaint, mid-sized village where tourists can see the place’s history through the relics and ruins brought about by the Second Indochina War.
Muang Khoun is a place that has a sad story to tell — once considered as the Royal Capital of the Phuan Kingdom, 18th Century invaders robbed the glory of Muang Khoun, and it was completely destroyed during the Second Indochina War. Despite it’s almost abandoned status, tourists can still find important, rustic landmarks such as the brick temple That Foun, That Chom Phet, and the home of the sitting robed Buddha, Wat Piawat. Another sight to see in Muang Khoun is the small village dedicated to weaving baskets.
Muang Khoun is located in the Xiang Khouang Province, north part of Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
The village can be accessed anytime.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the village is free but there is a minimal fee of LAK 10,000 (USD 1.2) in some attractions.
How to Get There
- Fly to Xieng Khouang via Lao Airlines and Lao Skyway.
- From Xieng Khouang, travel by van or private car to Muang Khoun.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
One hour in the area is enough.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Muang Khoun is not as popular as other attractions but since most of the sights to see are in uncovered places, it’s best to see the place after 15:00.
When it comes to food choices, there isn’t a lot to find in Muang Khoun. Tourists are advised to bring their own food or find some in nearby villages.
- Wat Phiavat
- Plain of Jars
- Wat Tad Fun
The nearest hotels and inns can be found in Xieng Khouang. Hotels such as Xieng Khouang Hotel, Anoulack Khen Hotel, Kong Keo, Vansana, and Chittavanh Hotel offer accommodations starting from USD to USD 80.