Slow Boat to Luang Prabang

The famous public slow boat to Luang Prabang along the Mekong River.

This is the best and most convenient choice to get to Luang Prabang as you will see beautiful views along the Mekong River. The boat trip takes two day one night departure Thailand to Laos from Chiang Khong – Huay Xai to Pakbeng – Luang Prabang. The slow boat has car seats for your comfort.Slow boat to Luang Prabang (4) Slow boat to Luang Prabang (2)

The slow boat to Luang Prabang from Huay Xai takes 2 days (1 night).

1. Only 1 public slow boat per day.
2. Check in before departure one hour.
3. On the second day you get on a different boat, you use the same ticket but are not assigned seats be early to get the seat of your choice.
4. Your bag will be stored under the floor or in the back of the boat. Near the engine.
5. They have a life jacket for everyone on board.

You will get picked up from this office by Tuk Tuk at 9:30am.   You will check in at the pier and wait until the boat departs at 11 -12am. The boat does not stop for lunch, you must pack a lunch for yourself as you will eat on the boat. Snacks food (instant noodles, chips, etc) and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available for purchase on the boat. You will arrive at Pakbeng between 5pm-6pm and spend the night in Pakbeng (you are responsible to find your own accommodation). You will leave Pakbeng at around 9:30am (you must again bring or buy a lunch) and you will get to Luang Prabang at around 5:00pm – 5:30pm.Slow boat to Luang Prabang (3)Slow boat to Luang Prabang (5)Slow boat to Luang Prabang (1)

The price is 240,000 kip per person (includes Tuk Tuk from Huay Xai to the pier and boat along the Mekong River). Note that this is a public boat therefore you have to share with other travelers. You will have reserved seats on the first day – on the second day you will choose your seats when you arrive on the boat (first come, first serve). There is a toilet on the boat. This price does not include any meals, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), accommodation in Pakbeng, nor Tuk Tuk to Luang Prabang from the pier.

The Tuk Tuk to Luang Prabang from the pier costs 20,000 kip per person and accommodation in Pakbeng is between 50,000 kip (hostel room with fan, without bathroom) – 80,000 kip (private room with fan and bathroom) – 130,000 kip (private room with air condition and bathroom).

The cost of slow boat to Luang Prabang 

The price:
1. Price 240,000 kip /p
2. Child under 10 years old discount 50%
3. Infant free of charge.

Motorbike and bicycler price
Big motorbike 150 cc: 350,000 kip/M
Motorbike 125 cc: 240,000 kip/M
Motorbike 100 cc: 240,000 kip/M
Bicycler: 60.000 kip/B
Please fill out your personal information.
So that in case you lose your ticket
You will still be able to identify you

So in short:

This is included:
-Slow boat to Luang Prabang(2 days).
-Transfer from the office to the slow boat in Houay Xai. (FREE)

This is NOT included:
-Any kind of food and drinks, you can buy onboard if you want;
-Accommodation in Pakbeng or transfer to/from the Hotel;
-Transfer from pier in Luang Prabang to the city.

One more option: Laos Mekong River Cruise Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang

This is a good choice to take bester boat and less peopel it a tour package  2 day one night for the Mekong River Cruise Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang. We also run the trip up and down stream from Luang Prabang – Pakbeng – Huay Xai, this is an opptoin for the group, couple or family. Mekong River Cruise Laos (1)

This package you can book with your own accommodation or they can help you to book accommodation in Pakbeng , they provid tranfer from your hotel, visit hill tribe on the way , the famost Pak Ou cave

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This tour included town lunch, tea , coffee on board including English speaking guide on board, hotel in Pakbeng
The cost with hotel US$150 each
Kid 12 years old up charge 50%

Mekong Cruise Laos

Mekong Smile Cruise is a professional Mekong Cruise in northern of Laos (Southeast Asia)

Mekong Smile Cruise runs cruises on the Mekong River downstream and upstream : from Huay XaiPakbeng  to Luang Prabang and way back. This cruise offers you a more luxurious boat than the public slow boats. The Mekong Cruise takes two days to cruise from Luang Prabang to Huay Xay. Mekong Smile Cruise is located in the town of Huay Xai, Bokeo Province, in Laos, close to the Thai border across the Mekong river from the Thai city of Chiang Khong in the region of the golden triangle. Huay Xai is just opposite Chiang Khong.

Come and enjoy your vacation in Laos by cruising one of the most famous river in Asia and get with a memorable view on the Mekong Cruise with us.Mekong Cruise(252)

Mekong Cruise downstream from Huay Xai – Pakbeng – Luang Prabang
Departure time: 9:00 am

Day 01: Huay Xai – Pakbeng:
You will be picked up by our shared minivan at your hotel and bringed to the Thai – Lao border No. 4, in the Laos side. The Mekong Smile Cruise will leaves from the slow boat pier for a cruise down the river. The first stop will be Paktha which is one stop 2 hours after departure. This stop is one normal check point for the boat. At the second stop, we will accompany you to visit the hill tribal villages alongside the river to learn their culture. After a little moment of relaxing up there, the buffet lunch will be ready to be served on the boat. After lunch, free time will be given to you for relaxing while enjoying the memorable view, cruising down the Mekong river. The boat will arrive at the town of Pakbeng before the sun goes down for an overnight stay at your hotel. Mekong Cruise(3)

Day 02: Cruise downstream: Pakbeng – Luang Prabang
Departure time: 8 am.
Early in the morning, you can spend pleasant time while visiting the Pakbeng market (optional). After breakfast, the Laos Tour Smile will leave the pier at 8 am to continue its journey down the Mekong River. The first stop is at Ban Baw where you will be invited to observe the traditional whisky village, the weaving village, handicrafts and textiles. A buffet lunch will be served onboard after that. Then the boat will stop again to visit Pak Ou Caves which include two caves, ‘Tham Ting’ and ‘Tham Phoum.’ The caves contain thousands of Buddha images. Then, just before the sunset, the boat will arrive at Luang Prabang, a UNESCO world heritage city. A van will be there to pick you up from the main pier to Luang Prabang.

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Room description and price:
1. Price without hotel $130 per person
2. Child age 2-12 years old discount 50% = $65 per person
4. (Less than 2 years old) are free of charge.

1. Boat cruise to Luang Prabang (2 days)
2. (English – speaking)
3. Entrance fees for Pak Ou caves.
4.  Pick up from your hotel.
5. Lunch onboard.
6. Transfer to the boat and to Luang Prabang city.
7. Coffee, tea and fruits on board.

Rates exclude:
1.Visas and visa fees.
2. Personal expenses such as bar, telephone and laundry bills.
3. Foods and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
4. Tips and gratuities.
5. No dinner in Pakbeng.
6. Accommodation and breakfast in Pakbeng.
8. Overtime fee.

Tel: +856305385170
Lao mobile: +85620 56649094
Thai mobile: +66 800323371
Please contact the following for more details: Mekong Smile Cruise office it’s next to Phonethip guesthouse, from the Gibbon Experience it is walking distance to my office.


­­­­­­­­­­­­­Tourism has grown rapidly in Laos being one of the country’s greatest economic generators, and creating new jobs and steady incomes for Lao people and their families.

In wrong hands however, tourism may also lead to loss of cultural heritage and environmental degradation. It is therefore very important for our company to raise awareness about how tourism may negatively impact the local community, peoples and the environment in which they live in.

We believe that small steps, can lead to big leaps. We welcome you to join us in one of our professionally organized and sustainably driven tours and cruises along the Mekong where you will support local communities and help contribute back to make a positive difference.