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Jomkhaomanilat Temple
First step up to visit Wat Jomkhaomanilat temple, built in 1880. Located on the mountain top in the center of Houai Xay town, it is a holy place that is worshipped by all people in the area, especially on the Buddhist’s Day to do merit and make offerings to the dead to share merit  with them. It is an interesting place to learn the history of the temple which is related to Houai Xay settlement. Enjoy observing the Sithon Manola Tale carved on the door and Phavetsadone tale on the wall of the monastery, overlooking a beautiful view of the town or sunset in the evening.
Wat Souvannaphakham Stupa
Continue the trip to Wat Souvanaphakham Stupa, built in 1022. Situated about 3 kilometers to the southeast of the town center, it is one of the ancient temples where local people have paid respect to since the past, so take a short time to worship in order to get good blessing from Buddha for your enjoyable time in Houai Xay, can also overlook the attractive view of the Mekong River and Thailand from this stupa.
Souvannahkhomkham Ancient City                   
Located about one hour upriver of Houai Xay is the remarkable Souvannahkhomkham archeological site. A network of temples, stupas and Buddha statues, it was first established during the 5th century and has been re-built many times.  The current ruins date back to the Lane Xang Kindgom from the 14th to 16th century.  The area is actually comprised of 40 sites.....

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Ancient Princess Sculpture (Phapha)
Drive north along the road on the Mekong River bank. First, stop to call at the Ancient Princess Sculpture called Phapha, built during the fifth century, located about 15 kilometers to the north of Houai Xay or near Ban Pakngao. According to the recitation the sculpture is the shrine of King Anouvong’s daughter to mark her death during the King’s reign in this kingdom.
French Fort
Continue the trip to visit Fort Carnot. It was built in 1900 following the acquisition of Laos into French Indochina in 1893. Observe the remains of French architecture during the war in Laos and get  panoramic view of the city from the French guard tower.....

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Ban Nam Chang
The tiny Lanten village of Nam Chang specializes in producing strong bamboo paper, baskets, and dyed indigo cotton fabric. The villagers also make carved wooden and bamboo-paper ritual masks used in their Taoist ceremonies. Visitors can watch the village women grind young bamboo with sako tree leaves to a pulp, and then boil it into a paste-like solution.....

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Don Chai Visitor Center
Roughly halfway between Houai Xay and Luang Namtha Town on Lao Route 3, Ban Don Chai serves as the gateway to the Nam Kan NPA and its “Gibbon Experience”. It is also home to the Bokeo Arts and Crafts Center, where the Bokeo Handicraft Collective sells its goods. 
Among the collective’s members, Hmong embroiderers offer decorative fabric wall.....

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