The capital city in the province of Bokeo, Ban Houayxay is also a popular border crossing between Thailand and Laos. This town was once a stopover point for Yunnanese caravans on their way to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. The city is situated opposite of Chiang Khong, and is separated by the Mekong River. Ban Houayxay is the northernmost border crossing, and the two countries are connected via ferries.
Ban Houayxay is also the end point for the National Road #3 that is scheduled to be open for traffic at the end of 2007. This road will eventually connect Laos to China via the Boten border in the Yunnan Province.
The town also features a domestic airport with connecting flights to Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
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Travel Tips from people who've been to Ban Houayxay
A little town on the border between Laos and Thailand. It was bigger than we expected, but really quiet with bunch of guesthouses.. That's about it. But a lot of travelers stop here because it's a popular border crossing between Laos and Thailand. Just get in the boat in Laos and in 2 minutes you are Thailand. And it is a starting point for Gibbon experience!!!!
The Gibbon Experience, www.gibbonx.org, wonderful organisation wich preserves the rainforrest in Northern Laos, and to provide for it, they made a small part accessible for tourist. The trip includes a jungle trip and a 2 or 3 night stay in cannopies, only connected by steel cables, making them the only way to get in or out. Check the website!!
When we traveled by fast boat from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai, we arrive to the border, Huay Xai at 5 past 6 pm. And the border closed at 6. So we had to spend 1 more night in Laos. And the guide immediately offered his guest house..... so I think it was a trick.