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village lies half-way between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang on the banks of
the Mekong river. You will likely be in Pakbeng because the two-day boat
between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang has to stop for the night. It`s also
the eastern end of Road 2, originating in Udom Xai. To call Pakbeng sleepy
is an understatement. It's quiet to the point of being dead. Electricity
goes out at 10.30pm, when the generator is shut down for the night.
Pakbeng is in the Golden Triangle, and in the midst of one of the world's drugs production areas. From the moment you set your foot in Pakbeng, you will be offered weed and opium, plus cocaine and amphetamines, the latter usually Burmese in origin. If you are stupid enough to buy anything, you are highly likely to soon be approached by a different guy with a more or less fake police badge, who apparently will give you in to the police if you don't pay, usually USD 20-50. It cannot be said often enough; when in Asia, stay away from drugs!!
Most visitors will have to stop here over-night on the slow-boat trip to/from Luang Prabang. It`s also possible to arrive by speedboat en route to the north. Much more uncomfortable than the slow boat, however you will arrive before the slowboat so you have the option of choosing a guesthouse and showering with no lines/queues. You also get to see the town as the only Westerner. Another possibility is to reach the place by bus-- this is a rough and long option.
The boat-landing is at the end of Road 2 on the Mekong. Slow boat leave in the morning in both directions. They depart when full but expect to start at around 9am. The dropping off boat normally arrives at about 5pm, but this is Laos, so bear in mind that this is a guideline. Laos transportation goes when the driver can be bothered. It's best just to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. And have a beer, of course.
Pick-ups make the trip to Udom Xai around 7am and leave at the northern end of town on Road 2.
There are only a few streets, so walk around.
There is nothing to see except the mighty Mekong and rural Laos life.
Find a bed, eat something and sleep before power gets off (10pm) ... and prepare for another day on the boat
Recently a local guy  there started trekkings, with a sleepover in a hilltribe village . Can be nice before you get on that slowboat again.
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