Laos by the River
Laos by the River
from Houay Xay / to Luang Prabang
Day 1: Houay Xay – Pakbeng (L/D)
Your Luang Say Cruise leaves in the morning so please arrive at the border by 08:00. A representative will meet you and escort you to the shared cruise boat. Once onboard you just need to relax and admire the scenery. Villagers and fishermen pass by on the riverbank, stunning mountains and cliffs tower over the Mekong, and the river takes you on a rural journey through thick jungle. t’s very comfortable on board, and most people choose to sit or lie on the deck and soak up the sights. You’ll step off the boat to visit a hill tribe settlement, experiencing the traditional way of life that pervades through this rural part of the world.
Enjoy a sumptuous lunch on board and continue to indulge yourself in the scenic beauty of the Mekong. By late afternoon you’ve reached your overnight stop: the cute riverside town of Pakbeng. Wooden houses line the steep streets and your balcony overlooks the river and a glorious sunset. Explore the town and enjoy the serenity of this part of the world.
Overnight at Luang Say Lodge in Pakbeng.
Day 2: Pakbeng – Pak Ou – Luang Prabang (B/L)
Early risers are rewarded with a unique cultural immersion, Pakbeng coming alive at dawn time as hundreds of hill tribes and villagers visit the morning market. It’s an atmospheric feast; traders shout, tribal elders haggle, smells linger, and it all looks so photogenic in the morning light. This visit is optional. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before getting back on board.
The boat departs at 08:30 and you make two stops on route. I First watch the processing of traditional rice alcohol in the small village of Ban Baw, then see the spiritualism of Laos in the Pak Ou Caves. These caves contain thousands of Buddhas, each covered in gold and showing hints of emotion. It’s difficult not to be overawed by the sheer quantity of sculptures, and everyone will walk through the caves and pick out their favourite Buddha. It’s a further two hours downstream to Laung Prabang, where you’ll arrive in the early evening.
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||301||361||31|
|Shompoo Cruise / Pakbeng Lodge||368||462||66|
|Luang Say Cruise / Luang Say Lodge||715||860||115|
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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