Bokeo

Everything you Need to Know about Bokeo

Situated in the heart of the golden triangle, Bokeo is just over the border from Chiang Rai province in Thailand and also borders Myanmar while China is less than 100km away. Although Bokeo is the smallest province in Laos, it harbours a large number of interesting minority groups (approximate 30 ethnicities). The province split off from Luang Nam Tha and was created in 1983. The name Bokeo translates as 'gem mine' and the city is known as the 'land of sapphires'. Panning for gold, and digging for precious stones is a major occupation here.

Huay Xai, the capital provincial of Bokeo, sits on the bank of the Mekong River. Like most minor cities in Laos, several temples built in earlier centuries and surrounding villages seem to be the only attractions. However, Bokeo's real economic strength is tourism. A holiday among a network of hunts and shelters built on top of trees in primary monsoon dry deciduous forest is a decidedly appealing one. A perfect spot where one can observe the forest's rare habitants from above. Besides fascinating attractions and delightful activities, Houay Xai is also known as the gateway to explore the rest of Laos, a famous stopover spot for most arrivals before boarding a boat and heading southeast to Pak Beng and Luang Prabang. A trip up north on Bokeo's winding and bumpy roads will lead to Luang Namtha and beyond.

Over the centuries, Bokeo has remained an important stopover for Chinese traders traveling by boats between China and Thailand. Nowadays, the only connection between Bokeo and Chiang Rai is via ferry and speedboat. However, a bridge between Laos and Thailand is scheduled to open in 2012.  


Huay Xai Huay Xai

Huay Xai is the capital of Bokeo Province. It is also known as Houay Xai or Houeo Sai and is located on the banks of the Mekong River. This is also part of the border with Thailand. Read More...

 
Bokeo Attractions Bokeo Attractions

All tourist attractions around Huay Xai can be done on foot within a day. Observe the view from the top of the Chinese-styled temple Jom Khao Manilat, an important sacred place for the locals. Read More...

Bokeo Restaurants Bokeo Restaurants

Decent restaurants serving standard local food and simple western dishes can easily be found along the Mekong River. Several of them offer outdoor seating with big patios overlooking the river.  Read More...

 
Bokeo Nightlife Bokeo Nightlife

Bokeo is the smallest province in Laos and visitors might have a difficult time looking for a decent large and busy bar to drink in. Bokeo's spotlight is focused more on its traditional ways. 

Bokeo Shopping Bokeo Shopping

Muang Bokeo Huay Xai Market is a major shopping location. Besides fresh meats, fruit, vegetables, and food ingredients, the stalls surrounding market also offer local products.

 
Bokeo Activities Bokeo Activities

The Gibbon Experience is Bokeo’s highlight. A trek into the wild, provides an opportunity to see wild bears, tigers, birds, and the rare gibbons that were once thought extinct. Read More...

Bokeo Map Bokeo Map

Our interactive map (and satellite views) displays all available hotels with photos, facilities and guest comments as well as attractions, landmarks and other items of interest with links to relevant information pages. Read More...

 

 


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