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Huay Xai

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  • Huay Xai to Pak Tha by slowboat
    3.5 stars

    If speedboats are too much for your heart, the roads too much for your skeletal system and flying too pricey, don't despair: see Laos from the comfort of a slowboat ... read more

  • The Gibbon Experience
    3.5 stars

    With stunning vistas and lush tropical rainforests, the natural beauty of Laos is one of the primary reasons many people visit this mountainous landlocked country ... read more

  • Lao Red Cross herbal sauna and massage
    4.5 stars

    A number of Lao Red Cross sauna and massage centres are spread throughout Laos and we rank this as one of the best of the lot. Whether you need to recover from the bus or want to prep for your journey on an overly packed slow boat, a traditional sauna is a great way to sweat out stress and ... read more

  • Ban Nam Chan Lanten village
    4 stars

    Sixteen kilometres from town along Route 3 is Ban Nam Chan, the only Lanten ethnic village in Bokeo province. Fair Trade Laos worked with the village in establishing a handicraft group and they have set them up to accept visitors so you are free to walk around and explore. At their modest ... read more

  • Wat Chom Khao Manirat
    3 stars

    This wat sits at the top of a small hill in the centre of Huay Xai and it's quite a climb up the naga-flanked stairs. The view is fair but the Mekong River is obscured by trees. The wat itself is quite attractive. The monks are young and quite cheeky. Chanting begins at 18:00. From here a ... read more

  • Fort Carnot
    3.5 stars

    Fort Carnot was an army fort built by the French around 1900, seven years after Laos was brought into French Indochina. There wasn’t much military action in this area and even at its peak, there were only a few French officers and 30 Lao and Vietnamese soldiers stationed here. After Laos ... read more

  • Nam Nyon Waterfall
    3 stars

    Nam Nyon waterfall is located about half an hour upriver from Huay Xai by speedboat and a similar amount of time in a chartered tuk tuk. Heading to the falls is more about the journey on the river or road and through rural areas of Laos that hardly any other foreigners visit, especially as ... read more

  • Huay Xai to Xieng Kok, Laos (the hard way)
    3.5 stars

    The Huay Xai border crossing is one of many crossings into Laos from Thailand and many visitors choose this particular one when entering Laos due to its proximity to Chiang Mai and the rest of northern Thailand ... read more


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