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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 Huau 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.


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.

Length of cruise:

  • DAY 1 – Huay Xai to Pakbeng: 8:30am to 4:30pm (8 hours)

  • DAY 2 – Pakbeng to Luang Prabang: 8:30am to 4:30pm (8 hours) 


Cost per boat (for 1-10 people):

  • US$1,450

Cost includes:

  • Boat

  • English-speaking guide

  • Government charges and taxes

Cost excludes:

  • Lunch (can be pre-organised –  kip/person/day)

  • Accommodations (please make your own arrangements).


  • Binoculars will make your viewing more spectacular.

Where to board boat:

Don't worry. We will pick you up from your accommodation.

* price will vary for more than 5 people

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