On arrival at Houeixai border gate, you are met by our driver and transferred to the boat landing. We board Luang Say boat at 9h00 for a cruise downstream on the Mekong River. This reach is not too large but both riversides are bordered by imposing mountain ranges. The pace of our trip is very relaxing, a perfect way to observe the breathtaking scenery and the rural life close up. we will anchor for a short walk to visit some riverside villages, which are inhabited by the Hmong and Yao people. They are very poor, but have an interesting local culture and a colorful history. By late afternoon we arrive in Pakeng. This lovely village sets against the mountain backdrop and overlooks the confluence of the Mekong River and Nam Beng Rivers. The various ethnic minorities are frequently seen on the main street of Pakbeng and small vendors sell local textiles and handicraft.
O/N in Pakbeng.
Day 2: Pakbeng - Luang Prabang (B,L)
The traditional morning market in Pakbeng also attracts numerous ethnic minorities who converge from the outlying valleys and mountainsides to sell their goods and buy provision. Today we have time to walk around this bustling congregation before we continue navigating towards Luang Prabang. This river cruise passes through the stunning mountain landscape to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. They are crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes, all brought there by devout villagers. Upon leaving these famous grottoes we continue to navigate downstream and reach the final stop at 17h00 . The trip ends on arrival in Luang Prabang Town.
1. The downstream cruise from Houeixai to Luang Prabang is available on every Monday, Thursday and Friday in high season from November to April, and on Monday and Friday in low season from May to September except July. The upstream cruise from Luang Prabang to Houieixay is available on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday in high season from November to April, and on Wednesday and Saturday in low season from May to September except July. The programme and schedule are subject to change without prior notice.
2. The Luang Say boat was built in traditional style to offer a distinctive cruise service along the fascinating Mekong River. This custom designed watercraft in length of 34 meters, features all safety and comfort to satisfy discerning river travellers.
The service outlines include modern safety equipment and lifejackets + 40 comfortable seats with an open air vista and lounge furniture + Ample luggage space and porters + Immaculately clean western style toilet + Games and reading corner + Fully stocked bar.
3. Luang Say Lodge is set by the mighty Mekong River Bank and was built in traditional Lao style using solid wood. This elegantly appointed lodge features 16 pavilions accommodating 19 rooms which are fitted with two single beds + 180 degree open-shudder window views of the lush riverside gardens and Mekong valley + Private shower bathrooms with western toilets and hot water +• Individual fans and mosquito netting + Restaurant terrace overlooking the Mekong
Transportation in joining cruise
Meals as indicated: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
Mentioned sightseeing tour with English speaking guide
Coffee, tea and drinking water on board and during meals
Transfer border gate - pier - hotel
Single room supplement
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