Immigration on the left, customs on the right. Easy peasy
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The small village of Ban Huay Kon is the closest point to the Ban Huay Kon / Muang Ngoen border crossing between Thailand and Laos. Aside from the border crossing, there is a border market which runs every Saturday morning -- but that's about where the "attractions" end.
Aside from the border crossing, there is little reason to visit here aside from the stunning scenery, although if you want to hang out in a isolated village, then this is a fine choice.
Basic food is available in the village as is accommodation, on the hill overlooking the village.
We've heard, second hand, of an independent crossing at this border in early May 2008, but it's unclear if the crossing was truly independent, or part of a semi-organised trip out of Chiang Mai. At the moment, it's safe to say the border crossings status for independent travellers is unclear.
That said, should the crossing open fully, it will open up a terrific new route for travel into Laos. Read our complete Ban Huay Kon travel guide