Is there ever a day we’re not on a bus?!
February 17, 2010 – Day 419 – Huaxy Xai, Laos
Up at 6:45AM. No breakfast. Tuk tuk to bus station, bus to Chiang Khong. No lunch. Crossed border on foot and boat ferried us across the gentle shallow river. Two minutes later, we bought our Laos visas for US$35 each and were zipping out of immigration. Uphill 20 seconds walking and we are officially “in town.” Welcome to Huaxy Xai, Laos side of the border with Chiang Khong (Thailand).
Town consists of a handful of buildings: 5-6 guesthouses, 3-4 restaurants and a few fruit vendors and snack stands. Besides that there is nothing much besides a single dusty but paved road running through town and the very few locals who are out and about are so quiet that it sounds as if the entire town is asleep. Maybe it’s the quiet, lazy river that makes everyone so mellow.
We chose a dingy but adequate guest house for the night and tried one of the restaurants overlooking the river. Not great food but cheap enough. Coming from Thailand, everything here is cheap enough. Already Laos is shaping up to be a beautiful dusty country of friendly but quiet people.