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Huay Xai

  • Huay Xai, Laos
view from Chiang Khong (Thailand) to Huay Xai
also known as:
Ban Houayxay, Houei Sai
Priority: Low
Location Type: Destination
Huay Xai is border town on the Lao-Thai border and the capital of the Lao province of Bokeo. Huay Xai is known as the starting point for taking a slow boat down the Mekong to Luang Prabang and for the unique Gibbon Experience.
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Huay Xai, Weather / Climate Chart (temperature, precipitation)

Weather / Climate Chart, Huay Xia
Yearly temperature and rain chart showing the best travel times and seasons for Huay Xai.

 

best time to visit: October - January
rainy season: May - September
average humidity: 65 % (Jan - May),  79% (June - Dec)
annual rainfall: 1600 mm

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Wikipedia - Houay Xai

Ban Houayxay, Laos
Slow boats moored outsided Ban Houayxay on the Mekong river. Chiang Khong can be seen on the opposite side.

Ban Houayxay (Lao: ຫ້ວຍຊາຍ) (also known as Huay Xai, Houei Sai etc.) is the capital of the Lao province of Bokèo, on the border with Thailand.

The town lies on the Mekong river opposite Chiang Khong in Thailand being the northernmost border crossing between the two countries. The two are only connected via ferries. Houayxay is also the endpoint of national road no. 3 which connects China via the border at Boten in Yunnan province and Luang Namtha with Thailand. A bridge to Thailand is scheduled for completion in 2012.

Houayxay has a domestic airport with regular flights to Vientiane (capital of Laos) and Luang Prabang (depending on the season). Probably the most popular means of transport are boats (speed and slow boats, freighters, luxury cruisers for tourists and others) running down the Mekong to Pakbeng, Luang Prabang and other destinations.

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Wikitravel - Houay Xai

View from temple complex in Houay Xai, about 2 miles south of river crossing. Looking downstream.

For most tourists it is seen as a transport stop-over, which is quite a pity. While there is not much to see in this small town, it's a good place to adapt to the lao life: sit on the banks of the Mekong, have a beerlao and watch the river flow past, or even better see the hoards of tourists flow past.

Ferries cross between Chiang Khong, Thailand and Houay Xai for 40 Baht + 10 Baht for luggage. Immigration offices on both sides of the river close at 6PM. The small ferries carry only a few passengers and leave as soon as there are more than a couple of people on board, so you do not have to hang around. The landing point is near the middle of the town center. In Chiang Khong, the ferry pier is at the northern end of town, a 30 baht tuk-tuk ride from the bus station.

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