Taking Mekong River Cruise Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang
The best way to travel on a Mekong River Cruise from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang, the boat trip will take 2 day one night and on the way we include an overnight stop to visit some tribes in Pakbeng.
The boat has comfortable seats, fresh air, tables, sleeper beds, and we provide tea, coffee, fruit, hot water, blankets, and on arrival we will drop off at your hotel in Luang Prabang. Our aim is to provide a relaxing, tranquil journey through the romantic landscape of Laos.
The details of the tour program Mekong River Cruise Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang are as follows:
Day 1: At 7:30 am, Mr. Ari from Mekong Smile Cruise will pick you up at your hotel in Chiang Khong to take you to the Thai-Laos friendship bridge (about 20 minutes).
At the border crossing we will help you with the visa application to make things simple and quick for you. You will also need an exit stamp, do not leave without this! You then take a shuttle bus to the Lao border, this should cost around 20 THB.
My Lao team will wait for you on the Lao side and if you need, we will help you to change your money to Lao kip. You can then go through customs. They will double check you’re your stamp, visa and you can enter Laos. A minivan will be waiting and will transfer you to the slow boat dock, which takes about half an hour.
Our boat is designed by local people. It is a specially converted commercial boat that now serves as a tourist boat. It has comfortable seats, tables, sleeper beds, and we provide tea, coffee, fruit, hot water, and blankets for the journey. There is a roof for cover but as it is cold in the morning we suggest you bring a jacket.
The boat will travel South down the Mekong with Thailand on the right and Laos on the left. The Mekong River is one of the most beautiful and adventurous rivers.
After 30 kilometers the boat will pass the Thai border on the right hand side, after that both sides of the river are in Laos. We will stop at Paktha for a checkpoint, which should only take a couple of minutes.
Later, we stop for a sightseeing visit to a local village, near the Mekong River, with a chance to relax. The villagers here work mainly in agriculture; they grow sticky rice for eating, plant crops, and pan for gold in the Mekong River.
Back on the boat, we provide a buffet lunch, surrounded by relaxing views either side of the river. In the dry season you will see the sand beach.
Lunch on the board
The boat will stop overnight in Pakbeng (checkpoint), a small town with accommodation and restaurants (you should choose your own place to stay and to eat but we can help with recommendations). There are a few bakery shops and you can visit the local fresh produce market.
Day 2: After breakfast in your accommodation, the boat will depart at 8 am. The Mekong river in this area is more exciting, narrower with beautiful landscapes either side and local people growing produce on the river banks.
Before lunch, we will stop to visit a hill tribe Hmong village with an opportunity to purchase traditional souvenirs and, after the buffet lunch, we have a final stop at the Buddha caves where there are thousands of Buddha images. We arrive 10 km outside of Luang Prabang at about 4 pm. A minivan will be waiting to transfer you directly to your accommodation (there is an additional cost for accommodation located outside of the town).
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.
In low season not confirm cruise daily (March through October)
you must e mail in advance to check with us.
I also confirm that the cruise is running on the date you specified.
You need to make reservations in advance
1. The cost without hotel $145 each.
2. 1 day boat to Pakbeng cost without hotel US$120 each.
3. Child age 2-12 years old discount 50% $72 each.
4. Less than 2 years old are free of charge.
# Tow day boat trip included Pakbeng Riverside hotel
1. Superior room $185 US each.
2. Deluxe room $240 US each.
3. Suite room $1,250 US each.
# One day boat trip to Pakbeng the rate with accommodation
1. Superior room $ 160 US each.
2. Deluxe room $200 US each.
3. Suite room $1, 100 US each.
All the room included breakfast
1. Boat cruise to Luang Prabang (2 days)
2. Entrance fees for Pak Ou caves.
3. English – speaking
4. Lunch on board.
5. Pick up from your hotel in Chiang Khong.
6. Transfer to the boat and to Luang Prabang city.
7. Coffee, tea and fruits on board.
1. Personal expenses such as bar, telephone and laundry bills.
2. No accommodation and breakfast in Pakbeng.
3. Foods and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
4. No dinner in Pakbeng.
5. Tips and gratuities
6. Overtime fees
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