Xayaboury Market

Xayaboury Market is an outdoor wet market in the Ben Thana area of Xayaboury in North Western Laos.

Entrance to Xayaboury Market

Entrance to Xayaboury Market

Xayaboury Market is very much the focal point of the quiet town of Xayaboury which is very much off the ‘beaten track’ for foreign visitors to Laos.


About Xayaboury Market


Xayaboury Market is a typical example of provincial market in Laos with vendors selling mostly local produce at local prices.

Vegetables at Xayaboury Market

Vegetables at Xayaboury Market

If you ever find yourself in Xayaboury town for a few hours, perhaps overnight waiting for a connecting bus service the next day, then we recommend a trip Xayaboury Market as there is not much else to do in Xayaboury town itself. The market is also a good place to come to buy a snack to eat as well as somewhere to come and see how local people live.

Bananas on sale at Xayaboury Market

Bananas on sale at Xayaboury Market

The main thing on sale at Xayaboury Market is local fruit and vegetables. Xayaboury Province is very rural and very fertile with enough flat land to grow vegetables on a scale where they can be sold commercially.

Mushrooms on sale at Xayaboury Market

Mushrooms on sale at Xayaboury Market

There is also a lot of foraged food sold at Xayaboury Market. Laos is a country which is for the most part is sparsely populated with plenty of forests and other wild areas where people can go to find or hunt for food. Amongst the range of foraged foods you will see in Xayaboury Market are wild mushrooms, jungle rats and squirrels.

Shopper at Xayaboury Market

Shopper at Xayaboury Market

If a dead squirrel isn’t your idea of a tasty snack then look for the stalls selling selling fried breads and donuts as you enter Xayaboury Market. The going rate for these uniquely Lao style treats is 1,000 Lao Kip a piece. They are great for breakfast or as a sweet snack after you finish your entree of squirrel meat.


Location of Xayaboury Market


Xayaboury Market is located 2.7 km from Xayaboury North Bus Station.

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