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Luangsay: Cruising The Mekong of Northern Laos

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.

Lodge and boat Luangsay "Mekong Cruise"

Your Itinerary
Day 1: Mon, Thur & Fri/ Houeisay- Pakbeng
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- Luang Prabang
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 in HoueiSay.

Itinerary Map

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.
  • Individual fans.
  • 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 feature:

  • A capacity of 35 comfortable seats each, with an open air vista
  • A fully stocked bar and cooler
  • Toilet facilities
  • Ample luggage space

Prices valid until October 2006

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Vessel Area
Luangsay "The Mekong River", northern Laos
Prices per person in US$ - (2 day /1 night cruise) - Up or Down
01 Nov - 30 Apr 01 May - 31 Oct
2/8 9/14 15/30+1 SGL SUP 2/8 9/14 15/30+1 SGL SUP
$331 $305 $305 $59 $231 $221 $221 $54
Remarks: Children 2-12 years old with sharing parent's cabin: 50% discount

Price includes:

  • 2 days cruise with stops and visits en route- 2 picnics lunches during cruise
  • 1 night accommodation at LuangSay Lodge with breakfast and dinner
    in DBL or Twin sharing cabin)
  • Assistance of a cruise escort during the whole program
  • Transfer from Lao Immigration to pier in HoueiSay by shuttle boat
  • coffee, tea, water
  • service of crew

Price Does not include:

  • Arrival or departure transfers from/to your hotel to pier in HoueiSay
  • Ferry and immigration fee in HoueiSay
  • Visa approval & visa fees for Laos
  • Services in Luang Prabang
  • Personal insurance
  • Spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks
    (although available)

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 departure.  
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, 
  • Passport number 
  • Nationality 
  • 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.


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