The trip from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang (Thailand to Laos) on Mekong River.
It possible to takes 1:30 – 2 hours to get to Thai border, the Mekong Smile Cruise is also serviced by private car or minivan to go to Chiang Khong border. We have a team in Chiang Rai to collect you from your hotel our driver will help you how to cross the Thai border to Lao border, then take Mekong River Cruises from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang.
Our tour program slow boat cruise from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang
Day 1: from Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong – Pakbeng
Early in the morning at 6 – 6:30 am, we have a private car to pick you up from your hotel at the lobe, by road 135 kilometers, it take about 1:30 – 2 hours you will get to Chiang Khong border about 8 am. Then check out from Thailand, our driver will pay shuttle bus ticket for you, it take a couple minute to cross the bridge to Huay Xai border. The Mekong Smile Cruise teams wait on the Lao side, my team will prepare arrival card and visa form for you. So you have to prepare a photo for the visa (40 baht if you don’t have one), two banks and ATM at the Lao border, you can exchange your money to kip, we have a van to pick you up to the boat.
Then take Mekong Smile Cruise down the mighty Mekong River to Luang Prabang, the passenger will enjoy both sides of Mekong River, the boat takes 1:30 hours to pass Lao and Thai border (call Phadai mountain) then the river comes to Lao (the both side of the river are Lao) about 30 minutes the boat have to stop Pak tha (border check point) take 45 minutes to Mekong village to learn their culture and relax, then come back to the cruise and a buffet lunch will be served on board.
After lunch is your free time to relax and enjoy the Mekong River. The cruise arrives at Pakbeng before sunset for an overnight stay at your own hotel in Pakbeng.
Day 02: Cruise downstream: Pakbeng – Luang Prabang
Departure time: 8 am.
Early in the morning you can visit the Pakbeng market (optional). After breakfast we depart at 8 am to journey down the Mekong River. The first stop is at Ban Baw where you will observe the traditional whisky village, weaving village, handicrafts and textiles. A buffet lunch is served on board. The boat stops again to visit Pak Ou caves. There are two caves, ‘Tham Ting’ and ‘Tham Phoum.’ The caves contain thousands of Buddha images. The Mekong cruise arrives at Luang Prabang, a UNESCO world heritage city, before sunset and we have the van to pick you up at the main pier to Luang Prabang.
For the breakfast you have to take away.
1. The cost without hotel $180 USD per person
2. Child age 2-12 years old discount 50% per person
3. (Less than 2 years old) are free of charge.
1. Boat Cruise to Luang Prabang (2 days)
2. (English – speaking)
3. Entrance fees for Pak Ou caves.
4. Pick up from your hotel in Chiang Rai (private car or minivan)
5. Lunch on board
6. Transfer to the boat and to Luang Prabang city.
7. Coffee, tea and fruits on board.
1.Visas and visa fees.
2. Accommodation and breakfast in Pakbeng.
3. Personal expenses such as bar, telephone and laundry bills.
4. Foods and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
5. Tips and gratuities.
6. No dinner in Pakbeng.
7. Border charges.
8. Bank transfers.