Laos

Tour of Ban Houayxay

The starting point for the famous Mekong cruise

Petr Liška
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Tour of Ban Houayxay
Inserted: 11.02.2018
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Probably the most famous Laotian attraction is a cruise on the Mekong from Ban Houayxay to Luang Prabang. In addition, this location is beautifully connected to the circuit of northern Thailand. Houayxay itself is a small town with a nice temple on a hill, just half a day before the cruise

Khunjing Road

Simultaneously along the Mekong, the main street / road leads through Houayxay. It has the most accommodation options.

Khunjing Road
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Staircase to Wat Chomkao Manilat temple
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Staircase to Wat Chomkao Manilat temple

Basically the only real tourist attraction of the town is the temple Wat Chomkao Manilat, so up the stairs uphill.

Looking down to the Mekong

Be sure to warm up slightly before climbing the stairs to the temple

Looking down to the Mekong
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Wat Chomkao Manilat

The temple is interesting and a little different than those in neighboring Thailand

Wat Chomkao Manilat
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Beautiful back of the temple

The back of the temple is really elaborate. There are small houses for monks around. Beautiful butterflies fly here as a bonus

Beautiful back of the temple
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Beer Lao

The people of Laos have a far greater relationship to alcohol than neighboring Thais. The local good beer Beer Lao, which is interspersed with brandy, is drunk here. So it's no wonder that you will easily meet drunken people in Laos after lunch. The bottles have a pleasant volume of 640 ml

Beer Lao
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In the Mekong

There is not much to do outside the temple outside the temple, so it is ideal to buy beer and spend time by the river before tomorrow's cruise.

In the Mekong
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Fishing boats at the Mekong

There is always something going on by the river – the preparation of cruise ships (which always enter only in the morning), fishermen and a ferry commuting between Thailand and Laos.

Fishing boats at the Mekong
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Cruise ship harbor

The port of cruise ships is located north of the city. In these long skinny barges you will sail for two whole days to Luang Prabang with a night break in Pak Bengu

Cruise ship harbor
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