Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

Slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang:

The slow boat to Luang Prabang ride down the Mekong River is a very popular and scenic adventure for travelers in Laos. This two day slow boat trips from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang with an overnight stay in Pakbeng. Slow boats depart every day at 11 am with up to 100 passengers. There is only one slow boat per day and in high season up to 2 slow boats if there are between 150 – 200 passengers.

The best way to travel from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang is this. If you are looking for a more comfortable ride down the Mekong River then Mekong Smile Cruise is the choice for you. We also run the cruise from Huay Xai – Pakbeng to Luang Prabang. You will have a view of the landscape between Laos and Thailand in comfort. Join us and relax with our cruise on the Mekong River. My cruise stops to visit the hill tribe village as well.

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Travel Options

Slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang, it’s take 2 days 1 night.

Day 1: Trip from Huay Xai – Pakbeng

The slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang takes two days and one night, the boat leaves daily at 11 am from the pier in Huay Xai. It costs, 240 000 kip with a journey total of approx 14 hours. Packed lunches for the journey are not included so make sure you bring one along including drinks and snacks.

Leg 1: 11 am depart, arrive at around 5- 6 pm (6-7 hours boat ride) in Pakbeng, where many Guesthouses and hotels are easily available.
Pakbeng also offers many good restaurant options.

 

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Pakbeng

Day 2: Slow boat to Luang Prabang

Pakbeng is between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang.

Electricity can sometimes not be available in Pakbeng as it can shut down.

Leg 2: 9:30 -10 am depart, arrive at around 5-6 pm in Luang Prabang.

The boat does not stop to visit the Pak Ou caves, called ‘Tham Ting’.

Slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang Laos

Pakbeng between Huay Xai to Luang Prabang


Review

“I really enjoyed the slow boat trip. It was a great way to relax for a couple days while taking in the beautiful landscapes and scenery that line the Mekong River, a very worthwhile trip if time is not an issue and you want to experience a unique way of getting from place to place in Laos. Thank you, Chris”.

Slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

 Smile Cruise

Cruise downstream: Huay Xai – Pakbeng – Luang Prabang

Cruise upstream: every day

Slow boat to Luang Prabang by Mekong Smlie Cruise

An amazing Mekong cruise Luang Prabang in the north of Laos

We offer the cruise from Huay Xai – Pakbeng –  Luang Prabang. It’s more of a luxury than public slow boat. The Mekong cruise Luang Prabang takes two days to cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang. We also offer the return journey. We will be happy to help you to get to Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai.

Please join us on our luxury cruise on the mighty Mekong River. Enjoy the cruise Luang Prabang on the Mekong River.

When you get to Chiang Rai you can take the bus to Huay Xai
The bus terminal 2 (New bus station) depart at 4:30 in the evening
It better for you if you stay overnight in Huay Xai
Because you not wake up early in the morning
We will pick you up at your hotel 9:15 in the morning

Review

“Experience the Mekong in Comfort and Style”

Don’t make the mistake of rushing from Houayxai to Luang Prabang. This stretch of river needs time to really appreciate. Mekong Smile Cruises is a great option. They have great helpful staff and guides. Their itinerary makes very special stops in ethnic minority villages. Excellent lunch on board and we’ll organized overnight in a good quality hotel in Pakbeng. More expensive than other options, but we’ll worth it for those that want a personalized and unique experience.

Laos slow boat

The Laos ministry of public works and transport are hoping to bring in an earlier departure time to the slow boat from Huay Xai. It would be much safer for the boat capstan to leave early and ensure arrived before dark, so that there will be less accidents.

The more appropriate time will be 9 am. In future, tourists crossing over from Thailand will be unable to get the slow boat on same day and so will have to stay overnight in Huay Xai.
Please check in at 8 am

Lao slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and from Luang Prabang to Vientieane

Usually slow boat for communication and transportation of goods and a trading route between local villages, a social center for the settlements along it is route because Lao this river for the main communication and most of the people live near the river and easy for them

Slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang
Now this area this also transportation and travelers passing through.

Slow boat from Luang Prabang to Vientiane
Now this area this not so many transportation and no travelers passing through, because the road most of people go by road more easy

The tourist boat
– In 1998 is Woodend boat the boat weight 10 tons -30 tons,
– In 2010 an new offer of cruising boat appear , the Steel boat , is much lighter so it will take easily time to bring you to Lunag Prabang but quicker than the wooden one , and much comfort on it , that’s mean new comfort seat instead of the old wooden one ,if some need comfortable they have to buy pillow, 65
In 20010 the boat change from Woodend seat to car seat but some boat have Woodend seat.

Since Laos country development the use fishing boat (small boat) communication
The local people use puddle and long stick 3 guy control the truck boat, the boat about 8 meters long length and width 80 cm depth 50 cm at the bottom the bamboo on the fool for protect the water the have cover roof at the back so they can sleep on the boat.

More goods they made bigger boat 3 -5 tones, then enough money they can buy the engine someone mad big boat 10, 40, 7 0 tones
Since 1990 the truck boat made by steeds, in 1995 Luang Prabang world heritage site more and more tourist know Laos
Now more than 500 tones

Lao public slow boat

The boat they are 3 queue from 3 province and 4 colors
The boat is light green color from Bokeo province Huay Xai district, light blue color, Oudomsai province Pakbeng and dark blue
The captain wear white shite they get experience
It start from fisher boat made by wood

Speed boat to Luang Prabang

An adventure boat on the Mekong River.

The speed boat (fast boat) takes 6-7 hours to reach Luang Prabang. On the way we stop at Pakbeng for a lunch break.

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The journey is quiet bumpy and noisy, but fun!! Wearing a helmet and a safety jacket while travelling are obligatory. However in rainy season this is not the best option as there is no roof on the boat! There are no toilets on the boat, but they make stops on the way.

The speed boats runs every day
The speed boats cost is 365,000 kip per person
The time about 8 – 10 am
They need 6 people to confirm

The buses in the north to go to Luang Prabang, Vient Phouka, Luang Namtha, Odomsai, Pak mong, Vang vient, Vientian.

If someone have a shot time and save time you ca take the bus to Luang Prabang, there are two buses the old bus call  Keochampa bus-station and the new one call Phetaloun bus-station.

 Bus to Luang Namtha

The local bus from Huay Xai to Luang Namtha takes 4 hours. The bus stops at the local bus-station, if you would like to go to the city you have to take a Tuk Tuk for around 20 000 kip per person. There are no breaks in between on this journey.Keo Champa bus station

Public minivan from Huay Xai to Luang Namtha
The price 85,000 kip /p
It takes 3 hours
Departure at 9 am every day

Public minivan from Huay Xai to Luang Namtha

Public bus from Huay Xai to Luang Namtha
The price 85,000 kip /p
It takes 4 hours
Departure at 9am every day

Local bus from Huay Xai to Luang Namtha

Bus from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

The buses to Luang Prabang departure at 4 pm, from the Keochampa bus-station or at 6 pm, from Phetaloun the local bus-station. The journey takes 12-13 hours to Luang Prabang, with a stop for dinner in Luang Namtha, and another stop in Uodomsai, arriving in Northern Luang Prabang.

VIP Sleeper bus from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

This bus provide sleeper bed blanket and plow, their also have first floor and second floor 45 bed available, air con they stop each bus station on the way,

Sleeper bus from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang cost 170,000 kip /p
It takes 12 hours, no toilet on the bus

They start from the bus station at 6 pm, after 3:30 hours they broke at Luang Namtha bus station for dinner but you have to pay by yourself,

stop at Oudamxai bus station at midnight, they will give you one plastic bag for you

This bus takes 12 – 14 hours to get to Luang Prabang in the morning, they will stop at the north bus station, you have to take a Tuk Tuk to get to the town.

Phetaloon bus station contact: +856 84215003

VIP sleeper bus and local bus leaving from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai

Both the first choice VIP sleeper bus and the local bus leave from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai and departs from the northern bus terminal every day, they are two bus departures in the evening from Luang Prabang.
1. VIP sleeper bus
2. Local bus
The VIP sleeper bus leaves from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai and departs from the northern bus terminal at 7 pm, and arrives in Huay Xai about 7 am, it takes about 10 -12 hours. The bus stops at Pak Mong at 9:30 pm so you can buy food.
The cost for this bus is 170, 000 kip/p.
The Local bus leaves from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai and departs from the northern bus terminal at 5 pm and arrives in Huay Xai at about 5 am, it’s takes about 10 -12 hours. On the way they stop for dinner at Pak Mong 7:30 pm.
The cost for the bus 150, 000 kip/p.

If you want transfer from Luang Prabang to the northern bus central, it will cost around 20.000 kip/p with a Tuk Tuk.

You will be dropped 6 kilometers outside Huay Xai at The new bus station, from there you can take a Tuk Tuk for around 15.000 kip/p.

Luang Prabang bus contact: +856 71252729

Huay Xai new bus contact: +856 84215003

VIP sleeper bus from Huay Xai to Vientiane

This service is only a sleeper bus, which departs every day at 10 am, it takes 24 hours to get to Vientiane, this one has 45 beds available

Cost 275, 000 kip/p

Minivan from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

This minivan have 15 seats available, this van stores your bag on the roof, it takes 12-13 hours.

Departure at:8:30 am everyday

14 Comments

  1. lewis

    Can these speedboats be hired for a private group, there are 3 of us…
    thanks

    Reply
    1. admin (Post author)

      Yes you can take a speedboat from huay xai to luang probang
      The boat runs every day
      The speedboat cost is 365,000 kip per person
      The time about 8- 10am
      They need 6 people to confirm
      Many thanks
      Pheng

      Reply
    2. admin (Post author)

      The private group speedboat cost is 2,500,000 kip

      Reply
  2. Christine

    Hi there!

    I am wondering if it is possible to book a 1-day fast boat from Luang
    Prabang to Houay Xai on Monday, 23rd of May? There are two of us.

    Thanks!
    Christine

    Reply
    1. admin (Post author)

      Hi Chistine,
      You can book by yourself on the same day for a 1-day fast boat from Luang
      Prabang to Houay Xai on Monday, 23rd of May
      They need 6 people to run the speed boat
      They open office at 8am
      Many thanks
      Pheng

      Reply
  3. Mary Rogan

    Hi,
    We are interesting in booking the two day cruise from Huay Xai to
    Luang Prabang for two adults. Can you please confirm availability?
    Fare and the process for making payment? Thanks!

    Reply
    1. admin (Post author)

      Hi Mary Rogan,
      Yes you can book the two day boat cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang
      More information please e mail to me
      many thanks
      Pheng

      Reply
  4. Sharon

    Hi. We’re interested in a 2 day slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang around 28th November. Do you have any boats around then and could you send me price details.

    Reply
    1. admin (Post author)

      Hi Sharon,
      You can book slow boat Huay Xai to Luang Prabang on 28th November
      The cost without hotel US$180 p/p
      Many thanks
      Pheng

      Reply
  5. admin (Post author)

    Do you know about your tour?
    I call pubic slow boat
    http://www.mekongsmilecruise.com/information/huay-xai-travel-guide/huay-xai-to-luang-prabang/
    it’s true if you talking about the cruise leaves at 9:00am.
    But you get pubic slow boat not Slow Boat Cruise

    The pubic slow boat departure at 11-11:30am
    Don’t worry you can check your name at the pier
    on November 23
    So 100 and 100 people get on pubic slow boat

    Reply
  6. kinsay conner

    Hi-
    I am looking to book boat Luang Prabang to huay XAi for 4 people – we need to arrive Huay Xay by 8am Dec 24. Thank you

    Reply
    1. admin (Post author)

      Dear kinsay conner,

      Yes you can reserve a 2-day cruise from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai on the February 24. 2017

      The hotel will be full booking, please book your own hotel in Pabeng

      The cost without hotel $130 per person

      Many thanks
      Pheng

      Reply
    2. admin (Post author)

      Hi Kinsay,
      Thank you for your e mail
      You can book boat cruise from Luang Prabang to huay XAi for 4 people

      Many thanks
      Pheng

      Reply
  7. admin (Post author)

    You want to book public slow boat at 11am

    The boat is not full, you can buy the ticket over there by yourself

    For more detail follow this link: http://www.laostourssmile.com/

    Reply

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