Houay Xai is the capital of the Laos province of Bokeo. It lies on the banks of the Mekong river, which forms the border to Thailand.

For most tourists this 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 great place to adapt to the Lao lifestyle: sit on the banks of the Mekong, have a Beerlao and watch the river flow past.


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