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Daauw

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…
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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 …
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.
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 homemade lòw-lów (rice wine), infused with everything from blueberry to lychee, catches the low light and …
Laotian in Huay Xai

Terrasse Restaurant & Chill Place

This relaxing hilltop spot just off the stairs to Wat Jom Khao Manilat offers simple Lao food cooked to perfection using market-fresh ingredients. With comfy cotton hammocks and views of the tangerine sun setting ov…
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…
Market in Huay Xai

Main Market

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

Wat Keophone Savanthanaram features murals of gruesome torture scenes on the north wall of the sǐm (ordination hall), while on the slope above a long Buddha reclines behind chicken wire.