Eat and meet
Huay XaiIf you're only in Huay Xai for a night or two, the eating scene in town is quite acceptable. Stay any longer and you'll be struggling for variety as many of the tourist restaurants serve similar meals.
Riverside Restaurant is located just upriver from the Gibbon Experience office and does a range of tasty pizzas, pretty good Lao dishes and some Western staples such as pancakes and muesli. It's a basic set up and you do pay a premium over other places in town, but if you need pizza, you'll pay. Skip this place for breakfast as it doesn't represent good value.
The oddly named CitiHub Coffee Break is a modern cafe that resembles a hotel foyer – so much so that people regularly ask for rooms. Of course, the look of the place turns off most budget travellers but it shouldn't. The prices are low here and the menu small, with simple fried rice, omelettes and sandwiches making an appearance. The WiFi is incredibly fast, reaching speeds rarely seen elsewhere in Laos – a great place to upload every single photo from your trip. Come for a simple meal, good coffee and to surf the fast WiFi.
Just next to the Gateway Villa Hotel is the My Lao Restaurant which is run by Thais. Prices here are very good for a place that looks so modern and clean and often it's packed with people snacking on tasty Thai and Lao dishes and surfing the blazing fast internet. This is one of the better spots in town for dinner.
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