Once know as the Land of Million Elephants, Laos evolved on the
banks of the magical Mekong which flows through or borders the
country' s entire western flank. There rests the noble remains
of the old royal city of Luang Prabang which dates back to the
fourteenth century. A certain aura of timelessness and romance
pervades the Mekong and trip down its banks is one of enchantment
and mystery. There is really only one way to see Laos and
that is by slow boat. For life on the river carries on much
as it did hundreds years ago and holds myriad sights and experiences
for the intrepid traveler.
Day 1: Mon, Thur & Fri/
First thing in the morning
the Pak Ou leaves the pier at 09:00hrs. for a leisurely cruise
down the Mekong for Pakbeng. Several stops along the way
offer the opportunity to sample rural life first hand and marvel
at just how little has changed over the centuries. Serve
the picnic lunch along the way. Arriving in Pakbeng in
time for sunset, check into the Luangsay Lodge and then feast
upon a superb dinner on the terrace overlooking the Mekong.
Day 2: Pakbeng- Pak Ou-
After a hearty breakfast
at the Luangsay Lodge, (optional: walk to the Bakbeng to see
the people from the surround village exchange the gods) it'
s all board the Pak Ou for the second leg of the cruise.
Enjoy your picnic lunch on the river and then short stop at
a Hmomg village. Then sail to Pak Ou village at the mouth
of the Nam Ou river for an unforgettable look at the Tam Ting
Caves of a Thousand Buddahs. Stop off at a village for
a lesson in how rice wine is made. Finally back to Luang
Prabang at dusk and transfer to the hotel.
The choice is yours!
Alternatively you can
take the cruise in reverse, boarding on Tuesday, Wednesday and
Saturday in Luang Prabang and disembarking on Thursday and Sunday
The LuangSay Lodge is worth the trip itself. Built in traditional
Laotian style of solid wood on the shores of the Mekong, it features:
16 pavilions with a total of 19 rooms and 38 beds.
Private shower bathrooms with toilets and hot water.
A restaurant terrace overlooking the Mekong.
The Pak Ou boats are the perfect slow boats for leisurely river
travel. With respectively 18 and 34 meter steel hulls, they
A capacity of 35 comfortable seats each, with an open air
A fully stocked bar and cooler
Ample luggage space
Prices valid until
Join in Overnight
"The Mekong River", northern
person in US$ - (2 day /1 night cruise) - Up or Down
01 Nov - 30 Apr
01 May - 31 Oct
Remarks:Children 2-12 years old with sharing parent's cabin: 50%
2 days cruise with stops and visits en route- 2 picnics
lunches during cruise
1 night accommodation at LuangSay Lodge with breakfast
(in DBL or Twin sharing cabin)
Assistance of a cruise escort during the whole program
Transfer from Lao Immigration to pier in HoueiSay by
coffee, tea, water
service of crew
Price Does not include:
Arrival or departure transfers from/to your hotel to pier
Ferry and immigration fee in HoueiSay
Visa approval & visa fees for Laos
Services in Luang Prabang
Spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks
Visa details for entry to HoueiSay
You must get a visa stamped in your passport prior to arrival.
There are 2 alternatives
1. You can obtain your visa in your country, before your
The Embassy will need a letter of approval issued by an authorized
agent in Laos (our agent) that takes 4 days working to obtain
the approval letter (after receiving your passport details.)
The cost of the letter is US$15. The letter will be faxed
to you or your agents.
After that you will attach the letter to apply your visa at Laos
Embassy in your country.
Cost of visa stamping is approximately US$10-40, depending on
the country where the visa is applied from.
Passport details should be received at least 2 weeks in advance:
Name (First name+ Last name)
Date of birth,
Date of your passport expiry
Date of issue
Place where visa will be stamped.
2. You can acquire the visa at the Laos embassy in Bangkok
This takes 2 working days and when applying in Bangkok you
do not need the letter from the agent.