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mekong river cruising
Mekong River

Huay Xai – Pakbeng – Luang Prabang



A popular and trouble-free way of traveling from Thailand to Laos is to enter Laos at Huay Xai and travel by slow boat down the Mekong River to Luang Prabang. The Mekong River is the border here and crossing from the border town of Chiangkong (Thailand) to Huay Xai (Laos) is easy, due to well-established immigration facilities and a bridge over the river.


The slow-boat journey from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang will take two days, with a one-night stop over in the pretty river-side village of Pakbeng.  We will arrive in Pakbeng in the afternoon, allowing you plenty of time to explore this small village. We depart again the next day for Luang Prabang.

Between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai we will visit a Kamu village and the famous Pak Ou Caves.


From the river you are surrounded by jungle-covered hills and mountains. Villages make their space on the rivers edge and there are boats of all shapes and sizes plying their way up and down the river. The river is a very important thoroughfare for the Lao people.


There is plenty to see while you slowly make your way down the river, or you can just relax with a book or sleep.

DAY 1: Huay Xai to Pakbeng

We meet you at the Huay Xai pier at 8:00am (we recommend you stay in Huay Xai on the night before so you have time for breakfast before meeting the boat).

DAY 2: Pakbeng to Luang Prabang

We meet you at the Pakbeng pier at 8:00am. This day includes a visit to a local village and the famous Pak Ou (Buddha) caves before arriving in Luang Prabang. 


Cost: USD$135 per person

Cost includes:

  • Boat for two days

  • 1-night accommodation at Pakbeng

  • Lunches on boat (two days)

  • Hot tea or coffee

  • Bottled water

  • Entrance to Pak Ou Caves

  • Transfer to your accommodation in Luang Prabang

  • English-speaking guide

  • Government charges and taxes.

Cost excludes:

  • Breakfasts and dinners for both days.


  • Binoculars will make your viewing more spectacular

  • Bring your own snacks and drinks of choice.

Where to board boat:

Huay Xai pier.

* price will vary for more than 5 people

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