Getting around Bokeo

Hotels, guesthouses, and travel agents in Houay Xay rent motorbikes and bicycles for local sightseeing or venturing to a nearby destination. Sawng taews and busses travel between Houay Xay Bus Station and other Bokeo district capitals. Check departure times, and prices reflect the level of comfort. Booking a tour through one of more than 10 … Read more

Bokeo Accommodation

Spend a couple of nights in Houay Xay Town before or after your Luang Prabang cruise. Most Western-oriented guesthouses and hotels are clustered around the pier, with riverside accommodation costing a few dollars more. Hotel rooms bounce between $35-150, with pricing reflecting facilities and amenities. Standard guesthouse rooms in town generally cost $10-25 per night. … Read more

Things to Do in Bokeo

Your Bokeo adventure starts in hillside Houay Xay Town, the provincial capital and Mekong riverboat transport hub linking Thailand to Luang Prabang. Begin a half-day town tour climbing a steep staircase to pristine Vat Jom Khao Manilat, constructed of teak in 1880. Move on to explore Fort Carnot, a French garrison established in 1900, before … Read more

Bokeo Waterfalls

The Nam Nyon Waterfalls drop off Phou Pha Houng Mountain Trek at Pa Na Village, where you can swim and watch locals weave baskets.

Bokeo’s History

Ancient chronicles state that Tai people settled in present day Chiang Saen District, Thailand, when the city “disintegrated into swamp” during the 11th century. They then “set up a new town to the southeast. This settlement was on high ground on an island that had formed, the site of the old Souvannakhomkham (civilization).” Based on … Read more

Bokeo Ethnic Diversity

  The Akha live in Bokeo’s mountains, and follow a cultural code called Akha Zang, the “Akha Way”. This defines traditions and laws, as well as how Akha farm, hunt, treat illnesses, and relate to each other and outsiders. Women wear black cotton miniskirts, tight-fitting bodices, embroidered jackets, and intricate head-dresses. Villages feature tall swings … Read more

Travel Guide to Bokeo

  Lao Skyway offers daily flights to/from Vientiane. The 4th Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge processes visas on arrival and offers a bus service from Chiang Khong, Thailand. Cruises to/from Luang Prabang via Pak Beng arrive and depart every day. Daily VIP bus service departs to/from Luang Namtha (4 hours), Oudomxay (7 hours), and Luang Prabang (13 … Read more

Bokeo’s Top Attractions

  Nature Tackle Bokeo’s tough terrain to unrivalled mountain-top vistas most people only dream about. Phou Nya Kha’s peak presents climbers with spectacular views of the Golden Triangle’s three-country junction, and you’ll see ancient tea trees along the trail. “Eagle Peak” atop Phou Pha Houng shows off the rice-fields in the valley, where you return … Read more

Getting to Bokeo

  Lao Skyway operates six weekly flights from Vientiane. The new 60-seat turboprops depart Vientiane at 08:30 every day for the 1-hour scenic flight. Lao Airlines occasionally operates the route, depending on demand. Be sure to book early and confirm the schedule. The popular Chiang Rai, Thailand, to Houay Xay route has new options. The … Read more

Trekking in Bokeo

  You can sign up for a popular Gibbon Experience tour, trek up Eagle Mountain, or embark on a multi-day extreme adventure in the NPA, where few have gone. The Gibbon Experience Get the thrill of a lifetime with the world-renown Gibbon Experience, which offers three treks into the Nam Khan NPA. The physically fit … Read more