Chiang Mai Travel Guide

Chiang Mai Travel Guide

Slow boat package from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang

For Low-budget traveler slow boat package Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang, from northern Thailand to Laos on the Mekong River, including transfer by minivan visiting the famous Wat Rongkhun (white temple) transfer form Chiang Khong, then take two days slow boat taxi from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang, stop an overnight in Chiang Khong and in Pakbeng, the first day stop for lunch on the way, drop of in Chiang Khong, one night guesthouse in Chiang Khong, one lunch box on the second day, the last day continue from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang

This the cheap way to traveling from Chiang Mai and take the slow boat to Luang Prabang, but no tours guide with you all the way to Luang Prabang and not Luxury slow boat, just basic boat.

Tours detail for 3 days 2 night slow boat package Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang

First day: transfer by minivan from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong

Pick you up at 9:30 to 10 am by minivan some time delay at your hotel in Chiang Mai to take you to Chiang Khong on the way stop for lunch and quite stop to visiting the famous Wat Rongkhun (white temple transfer form Chiang Khong, after that continues to Chiang Khong drop there, spend an overnight in Chiang Khong, including dinner (set menu).
Basic guesthouse in Chiang Khong

Second day: transfer from Chiang Khong to Pakbang

After breakfast, we will take you to the Thai Immigration border. After going through the immigration checks and on departure from Thailand, we will be crossing the Friendship Bridge to Laos. Here you will get your Laos visa.
Lao agency will change your mind to swap your boat the bus, sell sneak, food and drink, accommodation in Pakbeng and exchange money bed rate.
The boat will departure about 11-12 am sometime delay, one the boat they have some food and sneak
The boat will journey down the river on the way you will see the local community, and stop at Paktha for check point, the boat will arrive at Pakbeng about 5 pm, stay an overnight in Pakbeng accommodation here is included.

Third day: departure from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang

The last day please check in at boat 8 am, the boat will departure about 9-9:30 am here no sign seat for the secondary, first come, first serve)
Please bring food and drink to eat on boat, the slow boat don’t stop on the way and Pak ou caves near Luang Prabang the boat will arrive in Luang Prabang about 5 pm, then take a Tuk Tuk to town by yourself cost about 20,000 kip each

Things to consider:

– The Package includes accommodation in Chiang Kong and
– This is not a tour and no tour guide is provided but a transport package.
– You will need to arrange your visa – which is available to the majority of nationalities upon arrival.
– The accommodation provided is basic, as part of a budget package.
– The pier for the boat in Luang Prabang is 10 km of town, take a Tuk Tuk to there
– On day 2, bring lunch for the boat. The options on the boat can be limited.
Guest-house Fan room share: 3,500 Baht
Single supplement: 1,000 Baht
Hotel air conditioning room share: 5,500 Baht
Single supplement: 2,000 Baht

One more option 

Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang

The best package tours Mekong River Cruise Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang Laos

This trip Mekong River Cruise Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang departure from Chiang Mai by car or minivan visit the white temple in Chiang Rai and overnight in Chiang Khong the second day takes the slow boat tour to Pakbeng overnight there one night and continue to Luang Prabang , this tour takes three days two nights.

This is the perfect way to travel to Luang Prabang while enjoying the beauty of the Mekong Cruise.
We will take care of all your worries and give you an unforgettable experience!

Day 1: Depart from Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong

To get to Luang Prabang from Chiang Mai it is possible to start the tour with Mekong Smile Cruise to get to Luang Prabang. A van will pick you up at 9 am from your hotel in Chiang Mai. On the way we stop to visit the hot spring, Wat Sang Kaew Photiyan,“Wat Rong Khun” or “White Temple”, see temporary art by Mr. Chalermchai Kositpipat in Chiang Rai and lunch over there. Then we travel to Chiang khong in the afternoon and check in at your hotel in Chiang Khong (not included in the price) for the breakfast you have to take away.

Day 02: Depart from Chiang Khong – Huay Xai – Pakbeng. ( L)

The next day in the morning we have a van to pick you up at 7:15 am from the hotel to take you to the Thai and Lao border No.4 and cross to Huay Xai Laos. Your guide will wait there, for you while you obtain you visa. You will then go by van to the pier and take the cruise to Luang Prabang.

The Mekong River cruise we offer you on the Mekong River is a comfortable boat to Luang Prabang with lots of leg room, open air, space to walk around, tables and clean toilets. We offer to you the best! Along the way we will show you the local villages (hill tribe). After that come back to the boat and have lunch on board and an afternoon of cruising while enjoying the view of the Mekong River and landscape. We will stop in Pakbeng for an overnight stay at the hotel not included in the price, for the breakfast you have to take away

Day 3: Depart from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang. (B, L)

Early in the morning you can visit the Pakbeng Market. After that return to the hotel for breakfast. The cruise departure time for the third day is 8 am. On the way to Luang Prabang and we will stop in Hmong village, we will show you the local handicrafts including local weaving. The boat stops again opposite the Nam Ou River to visit Pak Ou caves. There are two caves ‘Tham Ting’ and ‘Tham Phoum,’ containing thousands of Buddha images. The cruises arrive at Luang Prabang a UNESCO world heritage city before sunset and we have the van pick you up at the main pier to Luang Prabang.

One night’s accommodation in Chiang Khong and Pakbeng are not included in the price.

This is not a private boat, join a group and you will travel with other passengers.

Please reconfirm your trips a day before
And let me know your room number as well

The cruise is fully operation all every day in high season (November through February) 

I also confirm that the cruise is running on the date you specified.
You need to make reservations in advance

In low season not confirm the daily (March through October)
you must e mail in advance to check with us.

Room description and price:

The price:

1. The cost without hotel US$240 each
2. Single charge US$ 300 each
3. Two day boat to Pakbeng cost without accommodation US$200 each.
4. Child age 2-12 years old discount $120 per person.
5. (Less than 2 years old) are free of charge.


1. Slow boat Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang (3 days).
2. English speaking on the boat.
3. Entrance fees Pak Ou caves.
4. Pick up from your hotel in Chiang Mai and Chiang Khong by van or private car.
5. 2 Lunches on the boat.
6. Transfer to the slow boat pier to Luang Prabang.
7. Coffee, tea and fruits on the board.
8. Lunch from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong
9. All service charge and government taxes


1.  Visas and visa fees.
2. Accommodation in Pakbeng and Chiang Khong
3. Personal expenses such as bar, telephone and laundry bills incurred during the cruise of this trip.
4. Incurred – during the course of this trip
5. Foods and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
6. No dinner in Pakbeng and Chiang Khong
7. Travel insurance
8. Tips and gratuities
9. Not include pick up and transfer in Pakbeng


Tel: +85630 5385170
Mobile: +85620 56649094
Mobile: +66 800323371
Mekong Smile Cruise office it’s next to How Pho guesthouse.