Stay a couple of days in Bokeo Province and give yourself time to venture off the beaten track. Discover giant Buddhas and ruined stupas at Souvannakhomkham archeological site situated in Ban Don That in Tonpeung district, it's 50 kilometres north from the town centre. Visit Done Sao island in the Golden Triangle area located in Ban Mokachok, about 60 kilometers north Houay Xay. There is a small entrance fee to support tourism infrastructure at the site. If you are visiting during February, you can attend the annual Dok Ngiew Festival to celebrate the blossom of the Kapok flower. Cruise down the Mekong river from Houay Xay and stay overnight at Pakbeng (Oudomxay Province). The next day, carry on to Luang Prabang, world heritage town.
Two Days Mekong River Cruise on Slow Boat Mekong Cruise from Huay Xai - Luangprabang (Lao narration)