Lakeside dining in Xayaboury

If you’re heading to see the elephants in Xayaboury province, there’s something else you should add to your itinerary – lakeside restaurants.
Two that I discovered and can recommend are the Say Nam Houng and Heuan Phair Nam Tien View restaurants, both run by Ms San Thikeo.

Heuan Phair Nam Tien View restaurant in Xayaboury rovince.    --Photos Patithin

Say Nam Houng is located in the provincial capital, near the Nam Houng Bridge. It’s a well-designed restaurant which is perfect for events such as small weddings and office parties.
It’s also a good spot for a convivial evening with family, friends or that special someone. It’s close to the river and has different seating options, including a VIP room and an open area with a great view, as well as a karaoke room.
Ms San said Say Nam Houng gets a steady stream of clients each day, but more people visit in the evening.
Prices are good and the recommended dishes are fried river shrimp and any kind of river fish, as the fish is fresh and very tasty.
But if you’re looking for somewhere to eat in the daytime with a great view, then head for Heuan Phair Nam Tien View on Ang Nam Tien (Nam Tien Lake). It’s fairly new but has already made a name for itself with local people.
Nam Tien Lake is about five kilometres south of the provincial capital and close to the Xayaboury golf course.
The menu here is the same as at the Say Nam Houng restaurant but it’s a bit cheaper. There are many seafood dishes on offer. Locals like to come here at weekends for a day’s outing with family and friends. You can have a wonderful day with some tasty food and a few drinks in a hut by the water’s edge.
Or have a table at the top of a hill where you can get a broader view of the lake. You will get a well-located hut and from this vantage point you can watch people travelling on boats to villages across the water.
The lake is quite large. About 30 percent is covered by water plants, adding to the already green surrounds.
The sunset is spectacular. You can admire the view from the hut with the sky taking on various red hues, and the water plants sway and bob as a powerboat passes by.
Apparently, there is a Buddha footprint a few minutes away from the lake but when I visited I didn’t have time to look for it before the evening closed in.
The lake is the gateway to the acclaimed Elephant Conservation Centre where most visitors go when they’re in Xayaboury.
There you can observe the centre’s commendable conservation efforts and become acquainted with the elephants as they feed, bathe, and raise their young alongside the peaceful surrounds of Nam Tien Lake.
Heuan Phair Nam Tien View restaurant also arranges boat trips, so visitors can take in the languid lifestyle of the locals as they tend to their free-range chickens and vegetable plots, and catch fish in the tranquil waters.

By Patithin Phetmeuangphuan
(Latest Update June 4, 2019)

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