Huay Xai or Houay Xay or Houei Sai











Whatever you want to call it, this is where we made landfall in Laos after our first (of many) crossings of the Mekong.

It’s a good place to:

- Sample your first Beer Lao

- Allow the local mosquito population their first sample of you

- Try and forget the three Thai words you learned and use that memory space to pack in three Laos words.

Most people head on to Luang Prabang from here, via the slow boat. We opted for the slow bus instead, north to Luang Namtha.

And that’s about it for Huay Xai (or Houay Sai or…).

Don’t worry, Laos gets better. Then worse. Then better again.

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