Ban Houayxay

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Ban Houayxay
ຫ້ວຍຊາຍ
City
Ban Houayxay viewed from the Mekong River
Ban Houayxay viewed from the Mekong River
Ban Houayxay is located in Laos
Ban Houayxay
Ban Houayxay
Location in Laos
Coordinates: 20°15′47″N 100°26′1″E / 20.26306°N 100.43361°E / 20.26306; 100.43361
Country  Laos
Admin. division Bokeo Province
Elevation 398 m (1,306 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 17,687
 • Religions Buddhism

Ban Houayxay (Lao: ຫ້ວຍຊາຍ), also (Ban) Huoeisay, (Ban) Houei Sai or (Ban) Huay Xai and (IATA: HOE), is the capital of the Lao province of Bokèo, on the border with Thailand.

The town lies on the Mekong River opposite Chiang Khong in Thailand. The Fourth Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge at Ban Houayxay, which opened in December 2013 and replaced ferry service across the river, is now the northernmost border crossing between the two countries. Asian Highway 3, which runs through Ban Houayxay, extends north to Yunnan Province of China and south to Chiang Rai Province of Thailand.

Houayxay has a domestic airport with regular flights to Vientiane (capital of Laos) and Luang Prabang (depending on the season). Probably the most popular means of transport are boats (speed and slow boats, freighters, luxury cruisers for tourists and others) running down the Mekong to Pakbeng, Luang Prabang and other destinations.

Fort Carnot, an ancient French fort in ruins, is situated on a hill overlooking the town and the Mekong river.

Climate data for Ban Houayxay (2010-)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) 18.9
(66)
21.1
(70)
24.1
(75.4)
26.8
(80.2)
27.0
(80.6)
26.8
(80.2)
26.4
(79.5)
26.1
(79)
25.8
(78.4)
24.5
(76.1)
22.0
(71.6)
18.8
(65.8)
24.03
(75.23)
Avg. rainy days 1 1 2 8 15 16 19 21 15 10 4 2 114
Source: [1]

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