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Laotian in Huay Xai

Riverside Restaurant

The Mekong terrace here offers a great vantage point from which to watch the boats shuttling to and from Thailand. The menu has a wide range of Thai and Lao food, including soups, stir-fries and curries, plus Wester…
Laotian in Huay Xai

Riverview Cafe

With its rattan ceiling dramatically on the verge of collapse and the thirsty walls peeling, Riverview Cafe (aka Muang Ner) might not look like much, but notice it's always full, and stand and catch the aromas from …
Bar in Huay Xai

Bar How

Decked in old muskets and rice-paddy hats, Bar How is darkly atmospheric. By night a row of sinister-looking home-made lòw-lów (rice wines), infused with everything from blueberry to lychee, catches the low light an…
Laotian in Huay Xai

Tavendeng Restaurant

Predominantly aimed at Thai tourists, this large wooden dining complex features live music and exotic foods such as frog and fried crocodile.
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.
Laotian in Huay Xai


The friendliest vibe in town: soak up the sunset view on its chill-out terrace decked in low cushions and an open-pit fire, and choose from freshly prepared organic Hmong food, wood-fired pizza, plenty of vegetarian…
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…