Huay Xai

Situated on the East river banks of the Mekong, Huay Xai is a small border-crossing town in Bokeo Province (Northern Laos) facing Chiang Khong near the well-known Golden Triangle. The closest big cities in the neighboring country to Huay Xai are Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai (Thailand). Some ethnic groups that reside in the city are Hmong, Lahu, Akha, etc.

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Coming to this peaceful city, besides having the chance to meet local people to learn about their traditional lifestyle, other interesting things that tourists can do including traveling to Bokeo Nature Reserve to explore gibbon experience, shopping for fresh food at the morning market, tasting street food at the night market, exploring Wat Keophone Savanthanaram and Wat Chomkao Manilat. Additionally, after a day visiting local villages on the outskirts, relaxing with traditional massage is a great choice. One of the most popular outdoor activities in Huay Xai is a zip-lining adventure at the Tree House Experience in the National Park of Nam Kan where people often take the boat to Luang Prabang.

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To get around Huay Xai, you can easily go on foot if the distance is not too long, especially along the mighty Mekong River. For further parts, you can rent a bike right at any hotel or take the tuk-tuk for an authentic experience. The domestic airport in Huay Xai serves flights connecting two hubs Vientiane and Luang Prabang. If you wish to save costs, taking a private car from Vientiane or a boat trip from Luang Prabang and Pakbeng is an alternative choice.

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Climate, the best time to visit
Huay Xai has two distinct seasons including the dry season lasting from October to April and the wet season running from May to September. You can visit Huay Xai all year round. The best time to travel to this city is the months from November to January when the weather is pleasant with a cool climate and stable humidity.
Festivals and holidays
The Huay Xai Long Boat Racing Festival is held at the end of the Buddhist lent in September or October annually (depending on the lunar calendar).