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Overview

Explore the Mekong in style. Depart from charming Luang Prabang by wooden river boat, travelling for two days to sacred caves and riverside villages en route to Thailand. Slip in to the gentle rhythms of river life as the boat makes its way upstream.

Trip Highlights

Luangsay Cruise Upstream

Cruise to Thailand

Travel aboard a wooden riverboat on the Mekong River from Laos to Thailand.

Explore Pristine Nature

Enjoy the tranquillity of river life, passing through beautiful rugged terrain and stopping in rural villages.

Experience Lao Life

Dine on local foods, visit sacred caves and witness traditional ways of life while traveling along the Mekong River.

Itinerary

1

Luang Prabang - Pak Ou - Pakbeng

Begin this two-day Luang Prabang cruise by boarding the Luang Say Cruise boat from Luang Prabang at 07:00 (please be at the pier no later than 06:45).

Two stops will be made en route to Pakbeng. The first stop is 2 hours upstream from Luang Prabang at the Pak Ou Caves. Locally referred to as Tam Ting, these two caves are carved out of towering limestone cliffs and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues. The Buddhas range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human. The caves are also a destination for local pilgrimages.

The second stop en route to Pakbeng is at the village of Ban Baw, where it will be possible to watch the processing of traditional rice alcohol. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch onboard the boat as the cruise continues further along the scenic Mekong River.

Reach the town of Pakbeng late in the afternoon. Located halfway between Houay Xay and Luang Prabang, this small but dynamic town is lined with wooden houses along a steep street on the hillside. Depending on the river’s current, the boat may reach Pakbeng in time to catch a sunset over the river.

Dinner and overnight in Pakbeng

2

Pakbeng - Houay Xay

In the morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before continuing the river cruise upstream.

OPTIONAL: For early risers, there is an opportunity to visit the morning market where the nearby villagers and hill tribes come to buy and exchange their goods.

Boat departs at 0730 for the second half of the cruise. One stop is made at a small village to visit and admire the authentic rural life of hill tribe settlements.

Lunch is served on board.

This evening, reach Houay Xay before 17:00. For those interested, it is possible to proceed to Chiang Rai in the same day; the border transfer is included in Luang Say Cruise package. Crossing border from Lao side to Chiang Khong is client’s arrangement.

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • 2 days cruise with stops and visits en route
  • Meals as mentioned (B,L,D)
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfer from pier in Houay Xay to Lao immigration and Thai border
  • Assistance of English/French speaking cruise escort during the cruise
  • Coffee, tea, water

Our Services do not Include:

  • Transfer from/to pier in Luang Prabang
  • Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (Telephone, laundry…)
  • Visa stamping fee for Laos (visa on arrival, valid 30 days: 30 to 42US$ upon client’s nationality + 1 photo and a passport valid more than 6 month after return date). Subject to change without prior notice
  • Extension visa 2 USD/day/Pax. Subject to change without prior notice
  • ATTENTION: Visa on arrival pay more 1 USD/Pax every Saturday and Sunday
  • Personal travel insurance (should include helicopter evacuation for Laos & repatriation)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels’ porters
  • Meals other than those mentioned above
  • All air tickets with airport and departure taxes
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the Package Inclusion above

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