Slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang:
A 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 runs 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.
Slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang, it’s take 2 days 1 night.
Day 1: from Huay Xai – Pakbeng
The slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang takes two days and one night, the boat leaves daily at 11:00am 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- 6pm (6-7 hours boat ride) in Pakbeng, where many Guesthouses and hotels are easily available.
Pakbeng also offers many good restaurant options.
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 -10am depart, arrive at around 5-6 pm in Luang Prabang.
The boat does not stop to visit the Pak Ou caves, called ‘Tham Ting’.
“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”.
Cruise downstream: Huay Xai – Pakbeng – Luang Prabang
Cruise upstream: every day
An amazing cruise Luang Prabang in the north of Laos
We are a tour company on the Mekong River. We offer the cruise up and downstream from Huay Xai – Pakbeng – Luang Prabang. It’s more of a luxury than public slow boat. The 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 bester 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
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 8am
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.
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 – 10am
They need 6 people to confirm
The buse 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.
Public minivan from Huay Xai to Luang Namtha
The price 85,000 kip /p
It takes 3 hours
Departure at 9am every day
Public bus from Huay Xai to Luang Namtha
The price 85,000 kip /p
It takes 4 hours
Departure at 9am every day
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
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