Tours & River Cruises

Tours in Laos

Water Cruise and Rural Life Adventure

Water Cruise and Rural Life Adventure

3 Days / 2 Nights

from Houay Xay / to Luang Prabang<

Tour Highlights
• 3 days and 2 nights of water tour adventure
• Enjoy the sights and sounds of life along the river
• Experience authentic rural life at Kamu Lodge
• Thousand Buddha tour at Pak Ou Caves
Relax and unwind on a beautiful three day cruise from the Thai border to Luang Prabang. Watch rural Laos pass by as you slowly head down the mighty Mekong, stopping at cute towns, hill tribe villages, and the intimate Kamu Lodge. Combining tranquility with local interaction, this cruise offers an idyllic introduction to Laos.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Houay Xay – Pakbeng (L/D)

Today you cruise downstream to the cute riverside town Pakbeng, stopping for a trip to a hill tribe settlement on route. Your shared boat cruise leaves in the morning so please arrive at the border crossing point by 08:00. A representative from Shompoo Cruise / Luang Say Cruises will greet you and escort you to the boat. Then you just need to sit back, relax, and watch the delights of rural Laos pass by; fishermen gracefully cast their nets, villagers stand and wave from the riverbank, and skilled boatmen paddle in their traditional wooden crafts.

Overnight at Luangsay Lodge, Pakbeng

DAY 2: Pakbeng – Kamu Lodge (B/L/D)

Spend the morning cruising to the tranquil Kamu Lodge, before enjoying a unique Lao experience in the afternoon.

As you continue downstream the Mekong maintains its scenic beauty. Mountains and cliffs rise and fall, rolling along the horizon and casting shadows into the river. Tiny villages dot the riverside, full of houses on stilts and squawking livestock. Your destination is Kamu Lodge and you’ll arrive in time for a sumptuous lunch. Nestled in the jungle, thus lodge is ecotourism at its best, and you’ll have a luxury en-suite tent that’s decorated with bamboo furniture. Immerse yourself in Lao culture this afternoon with a choice of four activities.

Either wander to the nearby villages and interact with the locals, or go out fishing on the Mekong, using traditional methods and barbecuing anything you catch. Others choices include gold panning and participating in rice planning and harvesting. Kamu Lodge is brilliantly secluded so you’ll continue to unwind into Laos’ inimitable rhythm.

Dinner and overnight at Kamu Lodge

DAY 3: KamuLodge – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang (B/L)

It takes three hours by boat to reach Luang Prabang and you’ll have two stops on route before arriving in time for lunch. After breakfast at the lodge you’ll set off for the final leg of your slow boat journey. Stop first in Ban Baw, a quaint village where the locals drink a huge amount of LaoLao. That’s traditional rice wine and you’ll see how its processed. As the limestone cliffs get higher and more dramatic they start to hold secrets. Stop at the Pak Ou Caves, gorged into the rock and filled with thousands of gold covered Buddha statues.

The sheer quantity is mind-boggling, yet the attention to detail on these intricate sculptures makes it easy to stop and admire individuals. It’s understandably a very spiritual place. Luang Prabang is a further 2 hours downstream from Pak Ou. Lunch is then included at a local restaurant in Luang Prabang.

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.10.2015 – 30.04.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Shompoo Cruise/Mekong River Lodge/Kamu Lodge 540 650 84
Shompoo Cruise/Pakbeng Lodge/Kamu Lodge 606 751 118
Luang Say Cruise/Luang Say Lodge/Kamu Lodge 908 1.106 169
Note: On 24.12 and 31.12, some hotels charge for compulsory gala dinners. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.During certain dates, seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year (15.02. – 21.02.15). Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

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For rates for 3 or more travellers in one booking, please inquire with our team.

Departure days for Shompoo Cruise (Standard [&] Superior):
October – April: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays
Departure dates for Luang Say Cruise (First Class):
October – April: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays
Services included in our rates:
• accommodation at Luang Say [&] Kamu Lodge, meals as indicated ( B: Breakfast, L: Lunch; D: Dinner
• private air-conditioned vehicles for tours and transfers, unless indicated otherwis
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
• boat tours as detailed in the itinerary
• cold towels and drinking water
Services NOT included in our rates:
• international flights from and to your country of origin, domestic flights
• meals other than those explicitly mentioned in the itinerary
• travel insurance
• visa fees
• other fees or services not detailed in the itinerary
Travel dates [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• any day departure
• no minimum number of travellers
• this tour is a private tour and you will not be travelling with people other than those you booked with
As this is a private tour, you can depart on the day of your choosing and alter the daily sightseeing program to suit your interests. Inquire with our team to extend this tour or to combine it with our other programmes.

Our Selection of Hotels for You

CRUISE SHIPS
Shompoo Cruise (Standard [&] Superior)
• maximum 40 persons
• comfortable seating areas with cushions
• length: 34 meters
Luang Say Cruise (First Class)
• maximum 40 persons
• comfortable seating areas with cushions
• length: 35 metres – magazines, newspapers and books on board
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel Category Standard:
Mekong River Lodge ** – ***
• located directly on the banks of the Mekong
• 6 spacious lodges inc. private WC/showers, fans, mosquito nets
• restaurant
Hotel Category Superior:
Pakbeng Lodge ***
• located directly on the banks of the Mekong
• 30 rooms in a choice of categories, all with en-suite WC/shower facilities and fans
• restaurant
Hotel Category First Class:
Luang Say Lodge ****
• located directly on the banks of the Mekong
• each room has its own WC/shower, fan and mosquito net
• restaurant & bar
Kamu Lodge
• 20 luxurious safari tents on the banks of the Mekong
• each tent has its own WC/shower, fan and mosquito net – restaurant & bar
• activities including fishing, archery and short hikes are available on request

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