Tired and hungry waiting for the next ferry Trip to Chiang Khong. This restaurant just in front of the Mekong River served a very good and tasteful French Fries. And the traditional Lao beer saved our thirsty throat after a long walk in the Town. There was nothing special on this day. Joining the Gibbon experience was too late for our limited...more
It is nice to wander westwards to where the vehicle ferry crosses the river. You can sit at a restaurant and have a snack while watching the trucks being loaded on the barges for the short crossing. We were amazed how they manage to cram 8 trucks on to the barges. Many trucks return empty to Thailand but all entering Laos are completely full. It is...more
This Wat overlooks Thanon Saykhong which is the street that runs parallel to the river, where many of the guest houses and restaurants can be found. The steps lead up from the street and it is quite a colourful temple at the top where you get a real good view. Admire the beautiful paintings and spend some time chatting to the friendly monks.more
The Lao Red Cross offers a relaxing massage or a herbal sauna at a very reasonable price ($4,$3) and this money goes to help the children in the villages. The Red Cross are located in most Lao towns and as far as i know they all provide this service. Their building is located about a kilometre west of the passenger boat landing, just follow the...more
The main reason for coming to Huay Xai is to take the slowboat to Luang Prabang along the Mekong River. The trip takes two days with an overnight stop at the small village of Pak Beng along the way. The trip is very popular with western tourists but also caters for local people who ride between various villages that the boat calls at. The boat I...more
The ruins of a small French fort known as Fort Carnot can be found if you continue along the main road following the flow of the river. It was built around 1900 and has two large watchtowers, an amenities block including a kitchen and prison cell, two large garrison buildings, and tunnels leading to external guardhouses. It has been off limits to...more
Wat Jom Khao Manilat - I didn't keep track but there are a LOT of steps from the street to the wat. Very serene location with nice views across the river to Thailand. A picturesque place. Unfortunately, once there I realized my camera batteries were dead and the spares in my bag at the guest house! Check your batteries (and heart condition - LOL)...more
This restaurant is located just before the Customs and Immigration Offices and is right next to the river built on a huge slab of concrete. This is mostly frequented by Lao and Thai customers as there are a few restaurants catering specially for travellers on the main street and not too many foreigners dine here, but they don't know what they are...more
This restaurant is located in the town on the main road on the left hand side as you walk towards the slowboat to Luang Prabang dock. I came here for dinner during my only night in Huay Xai and had some very good pieces of breaded chicken and 'real' chunky chips washed down with a bottle of Beer Lao for 47,000kip. I came back here for breakfast the...more
This restaurant is located overlooking the river, just up from the slow ferry dock so it's a bit far from the rest of the town. I came here and had lunch all by myself after booking a ticket on the slow ferry to Luang Prabang from the ferry office. I had chicken-fried rice and a Pepsi for 70 baht.more
Didn't take good notes for this place other than the mushrooms. A BIG bowl, nearly a meal in itself for Bt100. As with most places kitchen is slow so don't wait until you're starving to order. Friendly staff, cold beer, small but pleasant place. Afternoon sun can be a problem if you sit outside. The Mushrooms!!more
Had a very tasty chicken breast steak here. Not the usual skinny Asian chicken either! The owner skimped on the fries but I suspect she ran out as there was a food delivery while I ate. Very nice covered and shady deck overlooking the Mekong and Thailand.Nice place to stay as well. Read my review of the guest house.more
Tasty french toast, difficult to screw that up, for Bt40. Service is slower than most places, if you can believe its possible. Old woman might require a cattle prod to get her out to your table. I've heard and read many complaints about this place but thought I'd give it a try anyway.more
Very neat and clean restaurant with tablecloths and cloth napkins (surprise!) and flowers, albeit plastic, on the table. Very friendly and efficient staff. Nice to visit a place in SE Asia where they don't hover over you waiting while you read the menu! Good eng. lang. menu with descriptions for those of us with limited Indian food...more
When leaving the town to cross the Mekhong to Chiang Khong in Thailand the Immigration Office opens at 8 am and at the weekend there is an extra dollar charge for an overtime fee. We spent all our spare change leaving just enough to pay for the boat across the Mekhong, so had to change another $100 to get across. i think the office closes at 6 pm.more
The slowboat to Luang Prabang passes by many bamboo stilt villages which you can see perched on the slopes that lead up from the river. The boat stops at a few of these villages along the way to drop off goods and food plus people and even live chickens in cages which were on the roof of the boat. At one stop several 50kg bags of rice were...more
One of the biggest things you'll notice if you've just arrived from the Thai side, is the sudden display of communism in the town. There's lots of red hammer and sickle flags flying around plus I saw the Laos national emblem on the side of a building along the main street that's also very communist in design. Don't worry about any of this as it...more
We had dinner at BAP guesthouse and made here the reservations for the slowboat to Luang Prabang.
The guesthouse was runned by a typical old lady. She's very funny and the knows that.
Because we didn't had any Lao money (kip) we decided to change it with here.
Later on we found out that she gave us the worst course ever!
We got about 25% less than we should have gotten.
Of course this is what happens frequently, you just arrive in another country, and the bank is closed. There are no ATM's in Houay Xai, so the only thing is to change with people.
But I think this lady cheated us a lot.
By the way- she sells her boat tickets too expensive also of course. Actuallly she doesn't give you tickets, only money (kip) with a piece of paper that you'll have to give to the boatman.
Save money and do it yourself!!!!!
Just take a tuktuk to the pier, and buy them there.
It was a good thing that we didn't slept there!
Miscellaneous: When I booked my ticket for the slowboat to Luang Prabang from the ferry terminal office, a guy showed me the boat so that I could see what it was like before the trip. The boats have wooden seats with no cushions so it's best to buy a cushion for added comfort bearing in mind that you'll be sitting down for the best part of 2 days. You can buy them at a shop along the turn-off road that goes down to where the slowboats are docked.
I bought my slowboat to Luang Prabang ticket from the ferry terminal office which is located up the hill from where the ferries are located. This meant walking a fair way out of town but I didn't mind as I had half-a-day to kill walking around the town after arriving from Thailand. The ticket cost me 950 baht - 220,000 kip/US$30 and the guy showed...more