Hmong Sunday Market

Hmong Sunday Market, Phonsavan: Hours, Address, Hmong Sunday Market Reviews: 4.5/5

Hmong Sunday Market
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04:00 - 08:00
04:00 - 08:00
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30km east of Phonsavan, Phonsavan 0900 Laos

7 reviews
Very good

Michael P
Sapa, Vietnam4,248 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
Some details for independent travelers:

The market is situated 24 kilometers from Phonsavan's tourism strip in the village of Nong Pet. You'll find it on the south side of highway 7, 250 meters east of the Van Cha Leun Guest House.

That guest house is perfectly fine for a nights sleep for anyone interested in visiting the market early as it starts well before sunrise and is winding down by around 08:00 AM.

For folks who are interested in local markets, this is a good one. I only saw two other tourists during my recent visit.

Written 26 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Hong Kong, China34 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
The Hmong Sunday market is just a half hour's drive from Phonsavan, but you do need to get up early for it.

The market starts before dawn and is at its best at around 5.30-6am. Most of the traders are small farmers and hunter-gatherers, and only sell what they can carry, so if you get there at 7am, many of them will already have sold their goods and gone home.

The main market is a large, open sided shed, with rows and rows of tables closely crowded together. Don't expect a relaxing craft market - this is a popular event with villagers coming from miles around, and to get around the market, you'll be continuously squeezing between traders and buyers.

Among the products on sale you'll see all manner of strange and exotic fruits, vegetables and fungi; medicinal herbs; cooked desserts and snacks; blazing hot woks frying bananas, fritters or meats; big slabs of hornets' nests, crawling with live larvae; butchers with questionable hygiene and preserved or fresh and smelly sausages and soups; a few tools and household items. Sensitive souls may find the sight of the live wildlife on sale disturbing - ducks in baskets, live frogs, caged birds, bamboo rats - if you've travelled much in the region, you know the kind of thing.

When we visited, it had been raining and the stalls around the main shed were awash with very slippery mud, so bring hiking boots if you have a pair.
Written 26 August 2015
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ae y
Phonsavan, Laos6 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
Highlight Plain of jar trek (Xiengkhouang province)

Xiengkhouang is a wonderful region and famouse plain of jars trekking and Xiengkhouang offers the best choice. This tour taking in some challenging treks through beautiful lanscape along the way to plain of jar site.

The site of Ban Phakeo is located within a forest deciduous tree with lichens and wild orchids, It's remoteness and atmosphere give it a mysterious air.

The site has nearly 400 sandstone jars, spread over four groups, These fine red sandstone have been carve with great skill and the fine grains allow a smooth finish, Unlike other jar sites Ban Phakeo has a number of stone lids.

These lids should not be confused with stone discs funtion as grave cover where as the lidsare domed, smaller and carved to fit the opening of the jars.

Some of the discs have animal figures, mainly tigers and monkeys carved on top of the stone. One discs carries a human figures, which is very samillar to the ''Frog man" of site one. Such human figures are known from rock paintings at Huasha in south China and also from India.

The lanscape is littered with sandstone fragments and a lot of the jars have been deliberately smashed to use as the base in grinder or a fragment for a whetstone.

Some contemporary Hmong grave are aso located amongst the jars, adding to the suggestion that the place has special 'funerary' significance.

The site was clear of UXO in 2007
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Written 25 July 2012
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Hmong Sunday Market is open:
  • Sun - Sun 04:00 - 08:00