Huay Xai Travel Guide

 Boat Racing Festival in Ban Dan, Huay Xai northern Laos (ແຂ່ງເຮືອພາຍ ບ້ານດ່ານ)

The traditional boat racing festival for their communities, before the end of Buddhist lent. The festival celibate every year (this year) in September 22 /09/2017.

Boat Racing Festival in Ban Dan, Huay Xai
Boat Racing Festival in Ban Dan, Huay Xai
Cheerleader at the river bank
Cheerleader at the river bank
Food and drink
Food and drink
Boat Racing Festival in Ban Dan
Boat Racing Festival in Ban Dan

Only one day, its start in the morning and the races finish in the late afternoon, there are 16 boats team join for races, small boat only 12 people on there, the winner get 5 million kip and every team have a cheerleader at the river bank and on the boat cheers.

At the river bank they sell several food and drink, music, the local people come and cheer their team.

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If you are looking for where to travel in and around Huay Xai and northern Lao then let us at Laos Tours Smile help you!

Here at Laos Tours Smile we can provide you with everything you need to know about activities in and around Huay Xai.

Huay Xai is a small town but has lots of interesting things to do: you can visit the morning market; visit a local hill tribe (land ten) to learn their culture (for example, weaving and dying clothes); or maybe go to the whisky village (Lao kao) where they produce and sell their own special whisky, Lao Hay, that they shake in a jar; then go a noodle shop and learn how to cook traditional local food.

1. Huay Xai city tours.

In the morning my team will pick you up at your hotel at 8 am and take you to the morning market in Huay Xai, where the local people trade clothes, traditional fresh food, jewelry and other hand-crafted gifts.


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Visit the jungle and spending overnight in jungle, eating traditional and Lao food.
Learn about Laos’s history and culture by visiting authentic villages.
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English speaking guide
Food and drink
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Tips

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2. Huay Xai outdoor adventure tours.

In the morning my team will pick you up at your hotel at 8 am to visit the main morning market, here you buy something for your lunch, then we will take you to the North of Laos.

3. Slow boat trip from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang
Two day trip downstream along the Mekong River to Luang Prabang. Starting at the small town of Huay Xai at the slow boat pier, you will depart at 11-12 am for Luang Prabang, staying one night in Pakbeng after the first day of travel.

During the high season (November – March), there may be a delay for the slow boat, however, there are plenty of local restaurants and shops to enjoy whilst you wait. Alternatively, you can order lunch on the slow boat, however, this is not included in your ticket price.

One more option

MEKONG CRUISE LUANG PRABANG HUAY XAI, LAOS TO THAILAND

The beat Mekong Cruise Luang Prabang to Huay Xai, Chiang Khong, Laos to Thailand on the Mekong River.
We offering 2 day slow boat from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai Laos to Thailand, you can cross to Thai (Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai) on the same day, we have plenty of comfortable seats and table for you, we stop to spend an overnight half in Pakbeng, on the way we visit Pak Ou cave and the second day stop to visit hill tripe village, we have transfer from your hotel and drop of at your hotel, we have tour guide, 2 lunches, tea, coffee, fruits.
Please journey us on the mighty Mekong River.

Detail: 2 day Mekong Cruise Luang Prabang to Huay, Laos to Thailand

The first day: trip from Luang Prabang to Pakbeng

My team will pick you up early in the morning at 6:30 am at your hotel in Luang Prabang and take you to the pier.
The boat will departure at 7 am, we have plenty of seat for your, tea coffee, hot water, fruit, lunches, the boat takes 2 hours to stop to visit the Pak Ou cave, where the parking Buddha, so the local people for worship,
Then continue journey to on the Mekong River to Pakbeng, you will see animals such as water buffalo, cows, birds and goats… near the Mekong River on the way this animals belong to someone. Then stop an overnight there in the afternoon.
Pakbeng is small town there are not so many accommodation and restaurant, they have bakery shops, a menu call happy pizza at the local restaurants.

The second day: from Pakbeng to Huay Xai

Please take away your breakfast from your hotel so you can eat on board
The boat will departure at 7 am, so can have a nap on board, you will passing the bridge near Pakbeng this bridge will cross to Thai border just 50 kilometers.
You will see fishermen along the Mekong River, we will stop to visit the local people near the Mekong River.
The boat will arrival at the Huay Xai pier around 5 pm, we have Tuk-Tuk organize to take you to the town or to Lao border so you can cross to Thailand.
This is not a private slow boat. You will travel with other passengers.

The cost for the trip:
1. The cost without hotel US$155 each
2. One day boat to Pakbeng cost without accommodation US$80 each.
3. Child age 2-12 years old discount $78 each.
4. (Less than 2 years old) are free of charge.

Included:
1. Entrance fees.
2. Visit the hill tribe’s village on the way.
3. Two lunches on the boat.
4. 2 day slow boat
5. Pick up from your hotel.
6. Coffee, tea and fruits on board.
7. Transfer from your hotel in Luang Prabang and drop of at your hotel in Huay Xai.
8. (English – speaking)

Not included:
1. Accommodation and breakfast in Pakbeng.
2. Dinner in Pakbeng
3. Tips and gratuities.

Contact us:
Tel: +856305385170
Lao mobile: +85620 58740999.
WhatsApp: +85620 58513555
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Thai mobile: +66 800323371
E-mail: laostourssmile@gmail.com


Bicycle Tours in Huay Xai

We offering Huay Xai cycling Tours in Huay Xai and Bicycle tours in northern Laos
Family tours, cycling tour form Huay Xai to countryside, City tours
Join a group and single tours, full day tour and half day tours to golden triangle and Souvannakhomkham ancient Buddha, Namyone waterfall

Detail for tours: motorbikes and bicycles for rental in Huay Xai 

  1. Full day cycling tour from Huay Xai to countryside
    The cost US$60 each
  2. Private cycling day tour visit the local people in Huay Xai
    The cost US$60 each
  3. Huay Xai night ride to Ho Luk Muang
    The cost US$60 each
  4. Full day cycling tour to golden triangle and Souvannakhomkham ancient Buddha
    The cost US$60 each
  5.  Full day cycling tour from Huay Xai to Namyone waterfall
    The cost US$60 each
  6. Full day cycling tour from Huay Xai to Nam Min
    The cost US$60 each
  7. Full day cycling tour from Huay Xai to Ban Dan
    The cost US$60 each
  8. Full day cycling tour from Huay Xai to Paktha
    The cost US$60 each
  9. Full day cycling City tours
    The cost US$60 each
  10. Half day cycling City tours
    The cost US$50 each

Booking E-mail: laostourssmile@gmail.com


Sunset boat trip in Huay Xai

The small boat trip for sunset on the Mekong looking Lao and Thai river bank and fisherman.

Sunset boat trip in Huay Xai
Sunset boat trip in Huay Xai

The trip will start at the slow boat pier, they will take you to Nong Xai village and return down the river to Friendship Bridge and back to where you start

Sunset boat trip in Huay Xai
Sunset boat trip in Huay Xai
Sunset boat trip in Huay Xai
Sunset boat trip in Huay Xai

The tip will take about 2 hours, they can stop at the breach or fisherman if do you want, you can buy fish from fisherman, on the boat they have life jacket, no water, No beer, on the boat and you can bring it by yourself.
The boat is limit 9-10 people/ boat
Cost about 250,000 per boat
Call: +856205970 4555, 9992 2220

Things to do in Huay Xai:

Night time in Huay Xai

Huay Xai city at night
Huay Xai city at night
Huay Xai city at night
Huay Xai city at night

Dream bakery
A local bakery in the town centre selling delicious cakes, ice creams and sandwiches.
Traditional Lao Massage
Enjoy a traditional Lao oil massage for a couple hours. Relax and unwind for just 50,000 kip/ hour. Located in town center.

Huay Xai, Bokeo police

Emergency telephone number call: +85630 5705659, +85630 9036124
The police can help you in the night time, in Huay Xai city.

Huay Xai Morning Market
An easy one kilometer stroll from the town center. This market starts at 4 am and finishes at around 10 am.
This market sells fresh food and locally grown vegetables as well as fashionable clothes and accessories.

Huay Xai evening market in slow boat pier

This small evening market call Seagmany market is located in Huay Xai near slow boat pier just walk couple minutes, about 300 meters

Here is fresh and cloths market for the local people here such as fruit, desserts, cooked food, sticky rice, noodle, bamboo shoot, mushroom, pork sausage, meat cost 30,000 kip/ kilogram, Nin fish cost 20,000 kip/kilogram, meat and fish on the grill.

Chinese market in Huay Xai

Sydonemy Market 

This is also evening market is located next to Phetaloun bus station

Sydonemy Market
Sydonemy Market
Cloth market
Cloth market
Rambutan fruit
Rambutan fruit
Sydonemy Market
Sydonemy Market
Lemon Cucumber
Lemon Cucumber
Deep Fried Banana
Deep Fried Banana
Sydonemy Market in Huay Xai (3)
Sydonemy Market in Huay Xai (3)
Fruit
Fruit
Sydonemy Market in Huay Xai (2)
Sydonemy Market in Huay Xai (2)
Sydonemy Market in huay xai
Sydonemy Market in Huay Xai

Cloths and fresh market, this is famous market for the local people here,

Huay Xai Night Market

Enjoy an evening at Huay Xai Night Market where you will relax and have a taste of our local culture
Huay Xai Night Market is deservedly one of place not to be missed a small market here located in Mexaisavong road. In the evening just walk down the street to the town for about 5 minutes. They open every day at 5-10 pm.

Huay Xai Night Market
Huay Xai Night Market
Huay Xai Night Market
Huay Xai Night Market
Huay Xai night market
Huay Xai night market

Huay Xai night market 4

Huay Xai night market
Huay Xai night market
Huay Xai night market
Huay Xai night market

You can eat a wide variety of food. Try the street food here, the food range from grilled chicken, beef and chicken feet to Pad Lao and delicious crepes with various fillings. Fried noodle with pork and some vegetables and they have sticky rice. For the drinks such as ice coffee, coconut and fruit smoothies are also abundant.

Food at night market
Food at night market
Grilled chicken, beef and chicken feet
Grilled chicken, beef and chicken feet

Huay Xai Night Market.

While small, the market has an abundance of charm. The store owners are friendly and welcoming. They are very quick to smile. The market is a lovely way to spend your evening. You will really enjoy trying Pad Lao for the first time. It’s a must for anyone visiting Laos.
Good view to overlooking the Mekong River and Thailand on the other side.

Overlooking the Mekong River
Overlooking the Mekong River

Fitness in Huay Xai
This fitness in Huay Xai near the town you can walk to there to Wang view
They charge 10,000 kip on weekend day and on working day charge 20,000 kip
Karaoke and night club

Huay Xai Hospital

This hospital just near the town, this hospital is small, they also have car and minivan for transfer
Call: 084211048

Wat Chom Kao temple in Huay Xai
Main temple in Huay Xai just near old ferry in the town

Border crossing Chiang Khong-Huay Xai Friendship Bridge No 4

Call: +8562059704555, 9992 2220

Muang Keo Bus

It’s located at Muang Keo market in Huay Xai, Laos, the bus depart depend on the people
Medium bus from Huay Xai to Ton Phueng district (next to golden triangle)
The bus take about 1 hours, 65 kilomerters to Ton Phueng, the cost 25,000 kip each
70 kilometers to golden triangle, the cost 30,000 kip each
Call: +85620 9121 8989, +85630 5419752

We organised two day Lao slow boat cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang We also can pick you up at your hotel in Chiang Khong Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai in Thailand to Laos. The boat trip takes 2 days.

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