One day private Mekong River cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang, Laos
Save time for your journey down the charming Mekong River from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang without needing an overnight stop in Pakbeng on the way. This new boat goes directly to Luang Prabang. It takes 9-10 hours and arrives at Luang Prabang in the afternoon (6:00 – 6:30 pm). The time depends on the season; in rainy season the boat will get there earlier, in dry season it arrives on time before dark. The boat, which is the same size and comfort as the “slow boat,” can now travel at a speed of 30 kilometers/hour.
We provide a comfortable, safe cruise boat—not a “speed boat.”
You will see the local communities on both sides of the mighty Mekong.
It is best to stay at a guesthouse in Huay Xai the night before your trip, as there is not enough time to make an early morning border crossing from Thailand (from Chiang Rai Chiang Khong) to arrive for a slow boat pier in the morning, as it takes time for a visa. To arrive at the pier early, stay on the Lao side in Huay Xai, and we will pick you up in at your hotel. You can bring a breakfast to eat on the boat.
You can cross the border the day before to spend a night in Huay Xai. The border crossing closes at 8 – 10 pm.
In the morning my tour guide will pick you up at 7 am at your guesthouse/hotel to take you to the slow-boat pier. The boat wills departure at 7:30 am. It can be cold in the morning, so please bring your jacket with you.
On the boat we have comfortable seat, sleeper bed, tea, coffee, table, some fruit, hot water, blanket—fresh air the beauty of Lao and Thailand. At the end of your trip we will transport your from the landing to drop you off at your hotel in Luang Prabang.
On the boat trip downstream on the mighty Mekong you will see local people along the way activities such as farmers, teak and banana plantations, and fishermen catching fish. Along the way are animals such as water buffalo, crews , snakes, gods kingfisher, elephants, and birds.
The boat will stop at Paktha, a check point, for a few minutes and then continue downstream.
The boat will pass Pakbeng, another checkpoint, which boats usually have to stop at for the night. Pakbeng is a small town for the boat stop and tourist stay overnight.
The trip now becomes more adventurous and scenic. Just before Luang Prabang the boat stops at the sacred Pak Ou caves where there are a thousand Buddha images that the locals respect and worship. After Pak Ou you have just 45 minutes to go to the Luang Prabang pier, 10 kilometers north of the city. We will have a minivan take you to your hotel in Luang Prabang.
This boat will only your group.
The cost US$1,500 to US$2,000 for your group.
The cost for lunch US$8.00 each.
We accept credit card and PayPal.
Your trip includes:
1. One-day, private Mekong River cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang.
2. Transfer from your hotel in Huay Xai to the boat and to your hotel in Luang Prabang.
3. Coffee, tea, some fruits, and water on board. (Lunch is extra.)
4. An English-speaking guide on the boat.
5. A trip you will never forget
Your trip does not include:
1. Hotel in Huay Xai and Luang Prabang.
2. Lao visa.
3. Alcohol and soft drinks.
4. Dinner in Luang Prabang.
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