Luang Say Mekong Cruise

    • Build: 1999
    • Total Cabins: 0
    • Type: Laos
    Embark on a 2 day discovery journey along the course of inaccessible jungle & mountains of the mighty Northern Mekong, the lifeblood of Laos, and spend the night in the Luang Say Lodge. Cruise departure from Luang Prabang or Houei Say.
  • Huay Xai (Houei Sai)
    The Luang Say boat leaves Houei Sai pier at 9.30am (please be at Lao immigration office no later than 8.30) for a cruise down the Mekong River to Pakbeng. After completing Thai immigration formalities, our Luang Say representative will help you get a shuttle bus to cross the bridge and go to Lao immigration. Our Luangsay staff in Houei Say (Houayxay) will then welcome you to Laos and help with Lao immigration formalities. (You can check the frequently asked questions for more specific details) We will then transfer everyone to the Luangsay cruise boat, which is parked at the slow boat pier in Houei Say (about 1 kilometer out of the town center). Every slow boat docks here from huge dirty Chinese cargo boats, to small cross-river ferries, to long low-slung Lao passenger boats and many more. The Luang Say boat leaves Houei Sai pier at 9.30am (please be at Lao immigration office no later than 8.30) for a cruise down the Mekong River to Pakbeng.

    A few hours from Houei Say (Thai Border), we will stop and visit the ethnic village, Ban Gon Dturn. At this point in the Mekong there are a number of shallow rapids, the Lao words for which (Gon Dturn) give its meaning to the villages name. The inhabitants are Tai Lue tribe people, who originally came from the Yunnan area of China around 300 years ago, fleeing persecution. They can now be found in the northern Lao provinces of Bokeo, Luang Nam Tha, Phongsaly, Luang Prabang and Sayabouly. The Tai Lue traditionally live in the valleys and low, flat lands. There are 180 households in this village, encompassing 850 people. Houses in a Tai Lue village are traditionally on stilts, and the ground under the houses is used to store tools, firewood and weaving. Upstairs consists of a large balcony used as a living room and guest bedroom. The inside of the house is not divided into smaller rooms, but remains as one large dormitory style sleeping quarters, with an area for cooking in one corner. The houses have small windows and a twin-peaked roof. They face the river as this is considered to be good luck. Agriculture forms the main occupation of the men in the village, whether tending rice fields or planting other crops. Produce not required for village consumption is sold to merchants who pass by on the river. Tai Lue women specialise in weaving, much of the cotton and indigo dyes they use are cultivated in the village itself. Silk is imported from other provinces. They too sell their cloth to the passing boat traders. It is also the women responsibility to look after the family. Nearby villages in the region trade products with each other and communicate news, through regular visits. Men wear blue or black clothing, and a scarf on their head. Their bodies are often covered with tattoos. These important designs are for personal protection from spirits and natural afflictions and are considered very manly and attractive to Tai Lue women. The women wear a Lao style sinh, or long skirt, usually made by the women who wear them. LUNCH - 12h30 - Lunch is served on board in a buffet style with a selection of starters and main course from Laos’ main culinary delights as well as a choice of fish and meat dishes. PAKBENG - 16h00 - The river cruise arrives at Luang Say Lodge near Pakbeng before sunset, giving plenty of time to refresh, enjoy the scenery of the river and admire the surrounding nature. A Laotian dinner is served on the open air terrace overlooking the Mekong River. CRUISE 2 DAYS & 1 NIGHT – Down River DAY 2 LUANG SAY LODGE - 7h00 - Mornings are special times at Luang Say Lodge with stunning sights of the peaceful neighboring mountains, often shrouded in mist, while a full breakfast is served on the expansive teak terrace. SECOND DAY OF THE CRUISE - 8h00 - The cruise departs for another day of nature discovery along the legendary river with two stops planned along the way to Luang Prabang. TRADITIONAL LAOS VILLAGE - 10h30 - A few hours into the day after enjoying the sights of granite cliffs and sparkling sandy shores, the river boat makes a stop to visit the hill tribe village of Baw, where you can watch the traditional process of making Lao whiskey. LUNCH - 12h30 - Lunch is served on board in a buffet style with a selection of starters and main course from Laos’ cuisine. A different choice of fish and meat dishes than on the first day is prepared for a greater culinary experience. CAVES OF THOUSAND BUDDHAS - 15h30 - Opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River, near Pak Ou village, the cruise stops to visit the Tam Thing cave. Translated as Rock Cave, it is famous for housing over 2,500 Buddha statues of all sizes and for being a place of pilgrimage for locals. LUANG PRABANG - 17h00 - Following a day along the wide Mekong river, with beautiful sceneries of mountains, wild nature, local life and delicious food, the cruise arrives at Luang Prabang, the former imperial capital of Laos.

    Cruise Price Table

    Price Options Low Season
    (from 1st May to 30th Sep)
    High Season
    (from 1st Jan to 30th April & from 1st Oct to 31st Dec
    Single cabin Double cabin Single cabin Double cabin
    1 person $ 348 $ 0 $ 0 $ 0

    The Cruise Inclusion

    • Transfer from Laos’s immigration to the pier in Houeisay or v.v.
    • 2 days cruise with stops and visits en route
    • 1 night accommodation at the Luang Say Lodge
    • Meal plan as mentioned in the program
      ( 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast )
    • Coffee, tea & drinking water on board and during meals.
    • Admission fee at visiting points as mentioned in the program.
    • Services of qualified crews during the cruise.

    The Cruise Exclusion

    • Transfer from/to hotel to pier in Luang Prabang
    • Shuttle boats to Chiang Khong / Houei Xay
      or Houei Xay / Chiang Khong
    • Immigration fees in Houei Xay
    • Soft and Alcoholic Drinks during the trip.
    • Visa approval and fees for Laos
    • Services in Luang Prabang
    • Personal insurance
    • Other personal expenses
Note: For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in the day-by-day itinerary, participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required.

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