Tours & River Cruises

Tours in Laos

Laos by the River

Laos by the River

2 Days / 1 Night

from Houay Xay / to Luang Prabang

Tour Highlights
• 2 days and 1 night of water cruise
• Enjoy the view of river life aboard a cruise boat
• Get a shot of local wine
• Thousand Buddha tour at Pak Ou Caves
Enjoy a tranquil and evocative downstream cruise from the Thai border to Luang Prabang. Relax, unwind, and watch the charms of rural Laos pass by. With an overnight stop at the cute riverside town of Pakbeng, this cruise is the perfect introduction to Laos’ inimitable rhythm of life.


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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Departure days for Shompoo Cruise:
October – April: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
Departure days for Luang Say Cruise:
October – April: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
Services included in our rates:
• accommodation
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
• boat tours as detailed in the itinerary
• cold towels and daily drinking water
• transfer from boat pier to hotel
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. We will be happy to arrange your dream itinerary.

Our Selection of Hotels for You

Luang Say Cruise
• maximum 40 persons
• comfortable seating areas with cushions
• length: 35 meters
• magazines, newspapers and books on board
Shompoo Cruise
• maximum 40 persons
• comfortable seating areas with cushions
• length: 34 meters
Hotel Category Standard:
Mekong River Lodge ** – *** (standard room)
• located directly on the banks of the Mekong
• 6 spacious lodges inc. private WC/showers, fans, mosquito nets
• restaurant
Hotel Category Superior:
Pakbeng Lodge *** (superior room)
• located directly on the banks of the Mekong
• 30 rooms in a choice of categories, all with en-suite WC/showers and fans
• restaurant
Hotel Category Superior:
Luang Say Lodge **** (lodge)
• located directly on the banks of the Mekong
• each room has its own WC/shower, fan and mosquito net
• restaurant &  bar

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