early morning in Huay Xai

early morning in Huay Xai

early morning in Huay Xai

Huay Xai, Northern Laos

Taken on: 1st July, 2009. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See monkey holding peach'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

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