Two Day Slow boat in Laos

The best way to travel by slow boat in Laos on the Mekong River

The We offers a slow boat in Laos Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang on the Mekong River. It will take two days and one night. You will stop and spend one night half way in Pakbeng. During the cruise, you will stop to visit the local people and the famous Pakou caves, where there are thousands of Buddha images. This cruise includes transfer pick up and drop off, tour guide and fee at the caves.

The boat is a Lao style, open air long boat, with a top cover. The boat has interior decoration, comfortable seating, and a western toilet. The cruise includes two lunches, green tea, Lipton coffee, black coffee and instant coffee, water and some fruit. There are also alcoholic drinks and soft drinks available to purchase.

This is a wonderful way to journey through Laos and an unforgettable experience along the Mekong River.

Mekong River cruises from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

Slow boat to Laos

See below for the slow boat in Laos itinerary

Day one: depart from Chiang Khong to Pakbeng
At 7:30 AM Mr. Air,  my colleague on the Thai side, will pick you up at your hotel, then take you to the Thai border (the friendship bridge No.4) he will help you to cross the border.  He will give you a Lao visa form and immigration form.  You then have to checkout from Thailand, then taking the shuttle bus to the Lao side cost 20 baht, the toilet are on the both side Thai and Lao.

When you are on the Lao side
What to bring?
Cash money, for the visa
One photo, if you don’t have one they will charge 40 baht.
For the accept USD, Lao Visa cost US$30 – US$42 each depending your country
Two banks and two ATM available at the border
When you walk pass the police will double check for your passport.

Local people along the way to Luang Prabang

Tribe on the way

Then transfer from the border to the pier, slow boat will departure when you are there, the boat will takes 6 hours to Pakbeng.

Thai side and Lao side for the first hour, in this area the fisher men can catch the grand catch fish, they catch them by the big and long net on the Mekong River, they can catch in dry season, in march and April.

On the way we will stop to visit the hill tribe people, they live on the both side on the Mekong River, most of the local here they are agriculture.
There are school at the village, the kids go to school and lean Lao language
Some kids there have uniform, if they don’t have doesn’t matter
They start primary school at 6 years old, after here they have to go the town, some finish only here, because their parent don’t have money don’t support for their children’s

The back to the boat we offer lunch on board, we can cook vegetarian for you
The continue to Pakbeng

Speed boat to Luang Prabang

Mountain rice

Mountain rice

Fishing camp near the river bank

Fishing camp

Pakbeng is a small town, and also a checkpoint, it a half way between the journey
It set in a hill mountain, accommodation in Pakbeng is not so many for the tourist
Restraints, bakery shops, bars.
Few temple here, morning market and evening market, ATM and banks available next to the Market.
There also one main road about 140 kilometers to Oudomxai province
One bridge cross the river north of Pakbeng, they call Pak kan bridge from here to go to Thai border Nan province about 55 kilometers.

The second day starts in the morning at 8 am.

If it good luck time you will see the elephants on another side on the river (elephant camp).
When the boat journey down the river will takes 7-8 hours to Luang Prabang.
This area is narrow and more adventure beautiful rocks and local people live on the both side on the river.
One the way we will stop to visit the local village to lean their cultures.

Mekong Smile Cruise

The last one stop to visit the Buddha caves, there are twos caves nearby, the first one they call “lower cave” and the second one call “upper cave”
Most of the Buddha images made by wood, gold leaf …
Warning don’t tach, take away, don’t by finer.
Please bring the torch.

Buddha images near Luang Prabang

Buddha images

Buddha caves

Buddha images

Pak Ou caves

Pak Ou caves

We have minivan to pick you up at the pier to drop off at your hotel in Luang Prabang.
If the hotel is outside of the town, you have to pay extra cost US$20 each.

Minivan to Luang Prabang

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

The cruise is fully operation all every day in high season (November through February) downstream minimum number of people is 1 adult.

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 cruise daily (March through October)
you must e mail in advance to check with us.

The cost without hotel US$130 each
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More detail contact: info@mekongsmilecruise.com

14 Comments

  1. Derek Tyson

    I would like to book a cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang departing on Wednesday 6 July 2016

    Reply
    1. admin (Post author)

      Hi Derek,
      Thanks you for your e mail
      You can book Mekong River Cruise from Huay to Luang Prabang on 6 July 2016
      Where i have to pick you up?
      We can pick you up at your hotel in Chiang Khong
      Many thanks
      Pheng

      Reply
  2. Evelyne

    Hello,

    I am interested in the cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang leaving on Sunday, July 17th 2016. What is the price? And would it be possible to get picked up form Chiang Khong?

    Reply
    1. admin (Post author)

      Hi Evelyne,
      Thank you for contacting Mekong Smile Cruise
      Yes you can reserve a 2-day Mekong River Cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang
      On July 18th
      Where are you now?

      Many Thanks
      Pheng

      Reply
  3. Henrik

    Hello,

    My girlfriend and I would like to take the boat from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai on the 21st of July. Is this possible? If yes, what is the price?

    Regards

    /Henrik

    Reply
    1. admin (Post author)

      Hi Henrik,
      You can book slow boat trip to Luang Prabang to Huay Xai on the 21st of July
      The cost without hotel $130 USD p/p
      Many thanks
      Pheng

      Reply
  4. Karen Tang

    Hello,

    We have 5 pax from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang on Dec 16, do u have boat leave on 26 Dec?

    Reply
    1. admin (Post author)

      Hi Karen Tang,
      You can book the Mekong Cruise from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang on December 16
      We run the cruise on the booking
      Many thanks
      Pheng

      Reply
  5. Geraldine McGurk

    Dear Pheng,
    I am interested in taking the 2 day cruise leaving Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang during the week of January 23rd but I do not see any departure for that week. Can you tell me if you have any cruises leaving during this week, what day it would depart and the cost involved?
    Thank you for your time,
    Geraldine McGurk

    Reply
    1. admin (Post author)

      Dear Geraldine,
      Thank you for your e mail

      Yes you can reserve a 2-day Mekong River Cruise from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang the week of January 23rd
      The cost without hotel USD130 p/p
      Many thanks
      Pheng

      Reply
  6. Trung

    Hi Pheng,
    Please advice how o book he tour. We have 2 people will join tour around 4th November.

    Reply
    1. admin (Post author)

      Hi Trung,
      Thank you for your e mail

      You can book two day trip Mekong River Cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang
      The cost without hotel US$130 p/p
      Please e mail to booking
      Many thanks
      Pheng

      Reply
  7. Mark Levy

    Sorry…regarding my above info request for the 2 day Mekong River Cruise from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang, I left out the year… I should have said October 17th 2017. Prices, departure dates and what is included. Visa info and are meals included?

    Reply
    1. admin (Post author)

      Hi Mark Levy,
      Thank you for contacting Mekong Smile Cruise

      2-day cruise trip from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang on October 17th 2017.
      http://www.mekongsmilecruise.com/mekong-river-cruises-chiang-khong-to-luang-prabang/

      http://www.mekongsmilecruise.com/mekong-cruise-river-cruise/

      I am looking forward to hearing from you.
      Many thanks
      Pheng

      Reply

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