Fort in Huay Xai

Fort Carnot

The very dilapidated shell of French-built Fort Carnot sits on the hilltop behind the Bokeo Governor's Office. Two towers are still standing, one straddling the gateway, but the tiles are falling off the old barrack…
Buddhist Temple in Huay Xai

Wat Keophone Savanthanaram

Wat Keophone Savanthanaram features murals of gruesome torture scenes on the sǐm's north wall, while on the slope above a long Buddha reclines behind chicken wire.
Buddhist Temple in Huay Xai

Wat Jom Khao Manilat

Naga stairs, ascending opposite the ferry access lane, emerge at this hilltop wat, originally constructed in 1880.
Market in Huay Xai

Main Market

Tucked in the valley behind Fort Carnot is Huay Xai's vibrant main market.
Buddhist Temple in Huay Xai

Wat Thadsuvanna Phakham

Commanding the rise directly above the speedboat landing, 3km south of the central area, Wat Thadsuvanna Phakham is a colourful new temple featuring a row of eight gilded Buddhas demonstrating the main meditation po…
Buddhist Temple in Huay Xai

Wat Khonekeo Xaiyaram

Wat Khonekeo Xaiyaram, in Ban Khonekeo, has a lavish frontage with dazzling red, gold and green pillars and doors.
Ruins in Huay Xai


In a bend of the Mekong lie the scattered ruins of Souvannakhomkham, an ancient city site re-founded in the 1560s by Lan Xang king Sai Setthathirat. Today all you'll see are a few brick-piles that were once stupas p…