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Luang Say

A cruise on this motorized riverboat is complemented by charming accommodation in a riverside lodge.

Overview

The Luang Say cruise along the Mekong River in Laos is a relaxing and breath-taking one-way journey over two days with one night’s accommodation at the Luang Say Lodge in Pakbeng.

On Board The Luang Say Cruise

With a capacity for 40 people seated in comfortable chairs and benches, the Luang Say motorized riverboat is 112 ft long with a steel hull for strength and safety. Each seat has an open-air view of the spectacular passing scenery. There are coffee tables with magazines to read during your cruise, while the central section of the boat has bench seats, making this a perfect spot to share your Mekong stories or to have lunch.

The Crew And The Safety Facilities On Board

The crew includes a captain, a qualified mechanic, a boat boy, and an English-speaking guide who will answer your questions and point out the many sights of interest along the way. Life jackets are available in a variety of sizes for adults and children and there are rails around the sides of the boat for passenger safety.

Lunch On Board

A buffet lunch is served on board, carefully prepared to introduce you to Laotian cuisine and its typical flavors. Water, tea, and coffee are complimentary during the cruise on the Mekong but there is also a bar, complete with rattan bar stools, serving wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks, which can be purchased. All meals are included in the price of the cruise, and special meal requests can be catered for with advance notice.

The Luang Say Lodge, Pakbeng

Backed by mountainous jungle, the Luang Say Lodge sits peacefully above the Mekong River, blending into the natural environment through careful landscaping, raised platforms, and indigenous styling. It comprises 20 large bungalows; each is tastefully furnished in dark-toned wood and white fabrics and offers stunning panoramic views of the Mekong River and the mountains. Showcasing a traditional Laotian architectural design, each room is fitted with comfortable beds, mosquito nets, and a ceiling fan. Each private en-suite bathroom has a hot shower. Wooden walkways through the lovely gardens link all of the rooms to the central restaurant and bar area. If you wish to stay more than one night in this charming place, please inquire about it in advance as it can often be arranged.

Food And Drink At The Lodge

A buffet dinner of fine, traditional Lao food, with vegetables organically grown in the gardens of The Lodge or in the local villages, is served at the riverbank restaurant. The Lodge has a fully equipped bar serving soft drinks, beer Lao and spirits for purchase. In the morning, Continental breakfast will be served.

This cruise down the Mekong River through beautiful Laos from Chiang Khong/Huay Xai (the Thai/Lao border) to Luang Prabang or upriver from Luang Prabang to the Thai/Lao border at Huay Xai offers a very special way to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary, or simply a good time, with your partner, family or friends.

Itineraries & Prices

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2 Day / 1 Night - Huay Xai - Luang Prabang

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Embarkation

AM: The Luang Say boat leaves Huay Xai pier at 9.30am (please be at Lao immigration office no later than 8.30) for a cruise down the Mekong River to Pakbeng.

After completing Thai immigration formalities, our Luang Say representative will help you get a shuttle bus to cross the bridge and go to Lao immigration.

Our Luangsay staff in Huay Xai will then welcome you to Laos after your Lao immigration formalities.

We will then transfer everyone to the Luangsay cruise boat, which is parked at the slow boat pier in Huay XAi (about 1 kilometer out of the town center). Every slow boat docks here from huge Chinese cargo boats, to small cross-river ferries, to long low-slung Lao passenger boats and many more.

After a one-hour journey along the river, the boat stops at a traditional village. This is a chance to observe rural life along the Mekong and witness the daily life of ethnic minorities and their talented craftsmanship.

PM: Lunch is served on board in a buffet style with a main course from Laos’ main culinary delights as well as a choice of fish and meat dishes.

The river cruise arrives at Luang Say Lodge near Pakbeng before sunset, giving plenty of time to refresh, enjoy the scenery of the river and admire the surrounding nature.

A Laotian dinner is served on the open-air terrace overlooking the Mekong River.

Luang Say's 2-Day Huay Xai to Luang Prabang Day One - Huay Xai
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Huay Xai
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Disembarkation

AM: Mornings are special times for breakfast at Luang Say Lodge with stunning sights of the peaceful neighboring mountains, often shrouded in mist, while a full breakfast is served on the expansive teak terrace.

The cruise departs for another day of nature discovery along the legendary river with two stops planned along the way to Luang Prabang.

A few hours into the day after enjoying the sights of granite cliffs and sparkling sandy shores, the river boat makes a stop to visit the hill tribe village of Baw, where you can watch the traditional process of making Lao whiskey.

“Baw village” is located on the Mekong River between Luang Prabang and Pakbeng. Ban Baw is a very old village. For over 600 years the village has held three different ethnicities: Lao Loum (the ethnic majority in Laos), Tai Lue and Shan, but these days the majority are Lao Loum. The population of 450 lives in 45 households.

Shan people came to Ban Baw as refugees from Burma. Since arriving in Laos, many of the Shan people have left via the Mekong River to Thailand. Those that remained have learnt to integrate with the Lao and their customs, believing currently in a mix of Buddhism and Animism (spirit worship). Nowadays, the three tribes live together in harmony as family and have developed similar customs to each other, wearing indistinguishable clothing and celebrating events such as weddings in the same fashion.

PM: Lunch is served on board in a buffet style with a main course from Laos’ cuisine. A different choice of fish and meat dishes than on the first day is prepared for a greater culinary experience.

Opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River, near Pak Ou village, the cruise stops to visit the Tam Thing cave. Translated as Rock Cave, it is famous for housing over 2,500 Buddha statues of all sizes and for being a place of pilgrimage for locals.

Following a day along the wide Mekong river, with beautiful sceneries of mountains, wild nature, local life and delicious food, the cruise arrives at Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos.

Luang Say's 2-Day Huay Xai to Luang Prabang Day Two - View Along Upper Mekong River
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Luang Prabang
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2 Day / 1 Night - Luang Prabang - Huay Xai

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Embarkation

AM: Luang Say boat leaves Auberge Calao pier at 07h00am (please be at pier not later than 6.45 am) for a cruise up the Mekong to Pakbeng and the Luang Say Lodge. A continental breakfast is served while the boat is cruising to Pak Ou Village.

Opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River, near Pak Ou village, the cruise stops to visit the Tam Thing cave. Translated as Rock Cave, it is famous for housing over 2,500 Buddha statues of all sizes and for being a place of pilgrimage for locals.

PM: Lunch is served on board, buffet style with a main course from Laos’ main culinary delights as well as a choice of fish and meat dishes.

A few hours into the day after enjoying the sights of granite cliffs and sparkling sandy shores, the riverboat makes a stop to visit the hill tribe village of Baw, where you can watch the traditional process of making Lao whiskey.

The river cruise arrives at Luang Say Lodge near Pakbeng before sunset, giving plenty of time to refresh, enjoy the scenery of the river and admire the surrounding nature.

A Laotian dinner is served on the open air terrace overlooking the Mekong River.

Luang Say's 2-Day Luang Prabang to Huay Xai Day One - Local Life
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Luang Prabang
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Disembarkation

AM: Mornings are special times at Luang Say Lodge with stunning sights of the peaceful neighboring mountains, often shrouded in mist, while a full breakfast is served on the expansive teak terrace.

The cruise departs for another day of nature discovery along the legendary river with one-stop planned along the way to Huay Xai.

PM: Lunch is served on board in a buffet style with a main course from Laos’ main culinary delights and a choice of fish and meat dishes.

After lunch, the boat stops at a traditional village. This is a chance to observe rural life along the Mekong and witness the daily life of ethnic minorities and their talented craftsmanship.

Within the Mekong region, the capital of the Lao province of Bokèo, Huay Xai is an important border crossing point with neighboring Chiang Khong, Thailand and was thus chosen as the ideal arrival port for the cruise.

Luang Say's 2-Day Luang Prabang to Huay Xai Day Two - Luang Say Lodge
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Huay Xai
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Bar
Relax Area
Service
Staff

Suites & Cabins

Luang Say's Bungalow Luang Say's Bungalow Luang Say's Bungalow - Bathroom

Bungalow

Guests
2
Size
Beds
Double / Twin

The Luang Say bungalows blend in with the natural environment, offering guests stunning views of the Mekong River and the mountains. Each room is fitted with a ceiling fan, a mosquito net, and a private ensuite bathroom with a hot shower.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details