There are various ways to get from Houay Xia to Luang Prabang; a bus, a slow boat or a fast boat. The first two options take more than a day so we took the fast boat, 6 hours (not counting the 90+ minute breaks at various times) down the Mekong River. It's not for everybody as you ride in a 4-5 foot wide boat (no more than 2 people can sit side by side) traveling at 65-70 KM per hour. It is quite scenic and thrilling but more expensive than the other ways of travel. Also, the speedboats are not allowed into town but instead of going to a dock closer to the city, they stop 10 KM north of the city where only the needed amount of tuk-tuks await to charge you an arm-and-a-leg to get you into town.

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