Huay Xai is a border town in Laos. It is a popular entry point from Thailand into Laos and the starting point of the two-day slow boat trip to Luang Prabang. Otherwise it is a sleepy town, easy to navigate with several guesthouses, shops and food places catering for tourists. There is nothing that really hold visitors here – unless they are interested in the nearby Gibbon Experience. However, it is a good place to spend a night prior to the boat trip to enjoy the low key atmosphere, and avoiding rushing to the boat the next morning.
There are a few banks in Huay Xai to exchange money if you didn’t use the one at the border. However, they are not open in the morning when heading to the boat. Something to consider.