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Huay Xai is the most popular entry point to Laos from northern Thailand. In fact, travellers crossing between the two countries by boat because the border crossing is officially known as the Chiang Khong/Huay Xai crossing and the two towns face each other across the Mekong's waters. Actuarlly, Huay Xai is a good enough spot for a night. It's also a good place to ease yourself into Laos, particularly if Pakbeng is to be your next stop. Coming here, you have a chance to take a boat along the Mekong river, see the daily life of the local people and enjoy the peace time in your journey. So, let's come to Huay Xai and keep all your emotions in Laos.

 The town lies on the Mekong river opposite Chiang Khong in Thailand being the northernmost border crossing between the two countries. The two are only connected via ferries. Houayxay is also the endpoint of national road no. 3 which connects China via the border at Boten in Yunnan province and Luang Namtha with Thailand. A bridge to Thailand is scheduled for completion in 2012.

Houayxay has a domestic airport with regular flights to Vientiane (capital of Laos) and Luang Prabang (depending on the season). Probably the most popular means of transport are boats (speed and slow boats, freighters, luxury cruisers for tourists and others) running down the Mekong to Pakbeng, Luang Prabang and other destinations.

Fort Carnot, an ancient French fort in ruins, is situated on a hill overlooking the town and the Mekong river.

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