Local Huay Xai market
This is commonly known locally as the Morning Market and the best time to visit is early morning. The market is in the suburb of Ban Muangkeo. To get there, follow the main road south along the Mekong. After passing a hill, there is a turn-off to the left, which you should follow until you reach the place. Ask people for directions to make sure you don’t take the wrong turning.
On top of one of the hills in the center of the town is the ruins of the French colonial-era Fort Carnot. One of the towers can be climbed up for a good view around.
The Gibbon Experience
This is a forest conservation project that raises its funds through taking guests into the Bokeo Nature Reserve. Every other day there is a truck covering the 3.5 hours to the last village, where you start your hike to the project. Accommodation is provided in terrific treehouses which are constructed on giant trees over 40 m high. To access the houses, you glide on a cable from the surrounding hill range. There is an extensive cable network being set up to explore the canopy, providing breathtaking views of the scenery and probably due to its increasing popularity prices have recently increased.
New Challenge Discovery
A team of young Lao people organizing day trips in Bokeo Province (kayak, trekking, cycling, etc.). All the fund raised are used to help and support the children in Huay Xai countryside, providing opportunities to study English. Future plans include forest protection and education. If you come for the Gibbon Experience, then spend one day more with New Challenge Discovery.
Located right at the city center next to the Temple. Getting off the beaten track, doing something original, leaving something behind for the local Lao people, at Daauw Village you also easily adapt to the traditional way of Lao Life and will get a deeper understanding of the Lao Culture by being part of their welcoming community. At Daauw you can join the locals around the campfire and have traditional foods in the evenings, teach English in the afternoons or join one of the many local workshops this place offers to the Lao people in the mountains. There is a Restaurant and Lounge Cafe, called Daauw Home.
Massage service is provided in the sauna building (not expensive) and herbal teas. To find the sauna walk by the main road (along the river) from the village center (Lao-Thai ferry and Wat Chomkao Manilat) to the North and after crossing a bridge over a stream look at the left.