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Overview

Arrive in Laos in style. Take a relaxing two-day cruise along the mighty Mekong River from Thailand to the town of Luang Prabang. Relax on a private boat as it drifts downstream, soaking in the beautiful surroundings and stopping to explore small villages and caves. 

Trip Highlights

Private Cruise Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

Travel to Laos by private boat

Cross the Mekong River from Thailand to Laos and cruise downstream to charming Luang Prabang. 

Spend a night in a rural village

Sleep in the charming town of Pakbeng, experiencing the local way of life in rural Laos. 

Discover the beauty of the Mekong

Spend two days on the Mekong stopping in tranquil riverside villages, pass by rugged jungle-covered mountains and explore caves

Itinerary

1

Huay Xai - Pakbeng

Huay Xay – Pakbeng by boat (150 km): 6 hours

Start the private cruise experience at the border of Chiang Khong (Thailand), passing through immigration and crossing the bridge to Lao immigration. A shuttle bus provides service across for 30 THB.

Note: Please bring 2 passport photos per person and cash in USD for the Lao visa on arrival.

Our guide will be waiting after clearing Lao immigration at the other side of the bridge (Huay Xai). Transport will be provided by road (approximately 9km) to the pier to board the private boat.

Commence the two day cruise on a private slow boat down the Mekong River to Luang Prabang, settling for the evening in Pakbeng.

A stop will be made to visit a local hill tribe village, where a stroll around the village will provide a firsthand look at the traditional rural life of these people. A delicious lunch is served on board.

Arrive in Pakbeng for the evening. Halfway between Houay Xay and Luang Prabang, Pakbeng is an ideal stop for slow boats on their way to Luang Prabang. The town is built with wooden houses along a steep street on the hillside and has a peaceful atmosphere. Relax and watch the sunset along the Mekong.

Dinner is included at the hotel.

Overnight in Pakbeng

2

Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang

Pakbeng – Luang Prabang by boat (130 km): 5 hours

Depart around 0830 for the second part of the journey. While cruising along the Mekong, stop at Ban Baw village to observe the processing of traditional rice alcohol, called lao lao. Reboard the boat to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.

Before reaching Luang Prabang, stop to visit the Pak Ou Caves, which contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues crammed into two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. The statues range in size from a few centimeters tall to the size of a human, and the views from the mouth of the cave provide sweeping views of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers.

After a final 2 hour cruise from the caves, reach Luang Prabang in the late afternoon.

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • 2 day cruise with stops and visits en route
  • Meals as mentioned (B,L,D)
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfer from Lao immigration to pier in Huay Xai
  • Private English speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Coffee, tea, water

Our Services do not Include:

  • Transfers after the cruise (in Luang Prabang)
  • 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 (including tips for guide, driver, boat crew etc)
  • Meals other than those mentioned above
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the Package Inclusion above

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