You will likely be in Pak Beng because the two-day boat between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang has to stop for the night, and a number of guesthouses have been set up to cater for the passing tourists. It`s also the eastern end of Road 2, originating in Udom Xai. To call Pak Beng sleepy is an understatement. It’s quiet to the point of being dead. Still there are sufficient restaurants for one pleasant night.
This small village lies half-way between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, perched high on the banks of the Mekong river.