Welcome to Xieng Kok
Xieng Kok (ຊຽງກົກ) is a sleepy, riverine destination surveying a deep slice of Mekong Valley and the Burmese banks behind. Market days (the 14th and 28th of every month) attract hill-tribe folks and traders from the surrounding countries. Given that it's part of the Golden Triangle and on the drug-smuggling route, not surprisingly in 2012 Chinese supply boats were attacked by Burmese drug gangs, whose leader was caught and allegedly executed in China. Be warned that although it might appear soporific, things here are more mercurial than they might seem. In autumn, when river levels are high, Chinese barges call in at the river port; come April river levels are too low for boats to travel. Due to the Chinese pirates and Burmese drug traffickers attacking boats, speedboats no longer make the short journey downriver to Muang Mom, nor upriver to Muang Long.