The popular Laos slow boat trip from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang along the Mekong River.

The boat trip have to stop an overnight in Pakbeng, it’s takes 2 days (1 night). Slow boat pier on the Lao side, your comfort the slow boat has car seats and cover with roof open air. Usually one boat each day except for high season when the first day is full you can take the second boat because it can hold up to 100 people.
This is the best way for your trip to go to Luang Prabang to journey on mighty of Mekong River.

Slow boat trip from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang
Seat available on the boat
Slow boat trip from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

Slow boat pier from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

Day 1: The slow boat tour to Luang Prabang from Chiang Khong – Huay Xai takes about 7 hours.

If you departure in the town the bank is open at 8:30am and ATM is available, please check in this office at 9 am, then wait at the pier, you will check in at the pier (River 1 km north) and wait until the boat departs at 11-12 am. The boat does not stop for lunch, this boat doesn’t include any meals, drinks and alcoholic, you should pack a lunch for yourself as you will eat on the boat. Snacks food (instant noodles chips, etc.) and drinks (alcoholic) are available for purchase on the boat.

Truck boat
Slow boat pier

Lao slow boat cruise to Luang Prabang.

They are two restaurant at the pier if you need to order some food, Such as popular is sandwich.
Your bag will be stored under the floor or in the back of the boat near the engine. They have a safety life jacket for everyone on board. Don’t jump off the boat, for your safety please do not sit on top of the boat, the boat man doesn’t speak English. ATM at the pier just walk up on the main road and Laos development bank near by the pier.

The slow boat cost is 240,000 kip or US$30 each (includes Tuk Tuk from Huay Xai town to the pier). This is a local boat you have to join with other travelers. The first day will have reserved seats, there is a toilet on boats. You will arrive at Pakbeng about 6:00pm and spend the night in Pakbeng.
You have to reserve you own guesthouse in Pakbeng usual cost is between 60,000 kip (hostel room with without bathroom, ceiling fan) – 90,000 kip (private room with bathroom and ceiling fan) – 130,000 kip (private room with bathroom and A C).

Day 2: The slow boat to Luang Prabang from Pakbeng takes about 8 hours.

Early in the morning 6-8 am, if you have a short time you can go to visit local Market in Pakbeng. There are 2 ATM at local Market and one bank just walk pus the market 100 meters on the main road
On the second day you get on a different slow boat, when you are at the pier just show your ticket, but are not assigned seats be early to get the seat of your choice, no assigned seats on the day second boat (first come, first serve).

You will leave Pakbeng at around 9-10 am (you must again bring or buy a lunch) and you will get to Luang Prabang at around 5:30 pm. The boat will passing Buddha Pak Ou caves, just near Luang Prabang one hours, the Touk Touk from the new pier to Luang Prabang costs 20,000 kip each.
The cost:
1. The cost 240,000 kip each
2. Infant free of charge.
3. Kid under 10 years old discount 50%
Bicycle and motorbike cost
Bicycle: 60.000 kip/B
Motorbike 100 cc: 240,000 kip/M
Big motorbike 180 cc: 350,000 kip/M

Included:
-Boat trip to Luang Prabang (2 days).
-Transfer from the office to the slow boat pier.
NOT included:
-Any kind of food and drinks, you can buy on board,
-Accommodation in Pakbeng.
-Transfer to Luang Prabang city.

 

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