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Chiang Khong - Houixai border crossing between Thailand and Laos (Google maps)


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Chiang Khong is on Thai side in Chiang Rai province, Houixai is in Lao side of the Mekong river in Bokeo province. Border crossing is by long tail boat and visa on arrival to Laos is possible. It is a popular entry point to northern Laos. Slow boat down the Mekong river to Luang Prabang via Pakbeng usually start here. Travel by land or by river to other nothern places in Laos such as Luang Namtha, Phongsali, Udomxai, etc. can be arranged. There are small but decent guesthouses and hotels, food stores and restaurants, Internet cafes, temples and chedies, travel agents in Houixai.



On Thai side, there are good selection of nice accommodations, banks and atm machines, restaurants and stores, Internet cafes, wats or temples in Chiang Khong. At the bus station are buses leaving for many other towns in Thailand. Updated March 2011.


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