Wat Chom Khao Manilat, Ban Houayxay, Laos
Taken on: 17th February, 2007. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Sparky the Neon Cat's page of Flickr
Read more about Huay Xai
Capital of Bokeo province and the northern gateway to Laos, Huay Xai is the most popular entry point to Laos from northern Thailand. Once a big opium shipment centre for the Americans during the war, the town now busies itself moving people rather than narcotics -- and what a fine job it does.
The border crossing is officially known as the Chiang Khong/Huay Xai crossing and the two towns face each other across the Mekong's waters, with travellers crossing between the two countries by boat. Many people choose to stay overnight in Chiang Khong on the Thai side, but Huay Xai is a good enough spot for a night. It's also a good place to ease yourself into Laos, particularly if Pakbeng is to be your next stop.
If you're concerned about missing the slow boat if you sleep in Chiang Khong and cross ... Read our complete Huay Xai travel guide