Slow boat to Luang Prabang (4)

Lao Slow Boat Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

The famous public Lao slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang Thailand to Laos along the Mekong River.

The slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and back from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai, the most convenient choice to get there. The boat trip stop and overnight in Pakbeng,  you can  departure in Chiang Khong  in the morning as you will see beautiful views along the Mekong River.  The slow boat has car seats for your comfort.

Sometime in the second day, the driver put all the people in 1 boat, instead 2 boats.

Slow boat to Luang Prabang (4)
Huay Xai Slow boat pier
Slow boat pier in Huay Xai
Slow boat pier in Huay Xai
Slow boat to Luang Prabang (2)
Restaurant at the pier

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.

Tuk Tuk transfer to Huay Xai pier
Tuk Tuk transfer to Huay Xai pier

You will get picked up from this office by Tuk Tuk at 9:30 am.   You will check in at the pier and wait until the boat departs at 11 -12 am. 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 5 pm-6 pm and spend the night in Pakbeng (you are responsible to find your own accommodation). You will leave Pakbeng at around 9:30 am (you must again bring or buy a lunch) and you will get to Luang Prabang at around 5 pm – 5:30 pm.

Slow boat to Luang Prabang (3)
Slow boat
Slow boat to Luang Prabang (5)
Seat on the slow boat
Slow boat to Luang Prabang (1)
Plenty of seats on board

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 charge full price
3. Infant free of charge.

Motorbike and bicycle price
Big motorbike 150 cc: 350,000 kip/M
Motorbike 125 cc: 240,000 kip/M
Motorbike 100 cc: 240,000 kip/M
Bicycle: 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

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.

The way back

The way to travel by Mekong slow boat from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai

The slow boat from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai, the boat will take two day one night, stop an overnight in Pakbeng, the boat take 9-10 hours per day.
This is a pubic or taxi slow boat, the boat will drop and pick up someone on the way, The local people join with you, they travel this way very often, this are

Enjoin the local community who live on the both side on the Mekong River in Laos.

For the booking slow boat from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai, you can go to the pier by yourself, the boat is not full

Easy to get to the boat from the city or  buy ticket at slow boat pier, You can go there and book by yourself, the slow boat run daily , the boat departure at 8:30 am, you can take Tuk Tuk to get there, It takes 10 kilometer, It’s takes 9 hours for trip, the cost 180 000 kip each (Tuk Tuk and slow boat)

Mekong slow boat trip tour

We saw along the river beautiful landscapes, fishermen and animals. We see the importance of the Mekong in their lives. We feel in the heart of Laos. The trip is pleasant, the boat is clean and comfortable. The toilets are very clean. There is the possibility of buying crisps, noodles and drinks in the boat. Nothing prevents you from eating what you have brought.

you have to take off your shoes, but the slippers are ok

there are blankets on the spot
For the slow to Huay Xai from Luang Prbang you can book by yourself
The price at the pier cheap 210,000 kip Without commission and Tuk tuk The slow boat departure at 8:30 am
The boat isn’t full where you get there just buy ticket there

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8 thoughts on “Lao Slow Boat Huay Xai to Luang Prabang”

  1. Hello

    My name is Ann Van de Kerckhove and my boyfriend and I are planning our trip in Laos for July. We are interested in taking a Mekong Cruise for 2 days from Houay Xai to Luang Prabang. We would like to leave Saturday. Would that be possible?

    1. Hi Ann,
      You can book Mekong Cruise for 2 days from Houay Xai to Luang Prabang on July.
      The cost with hotel $150 USD p/p
      The cost without hotel $130 USD p/p
      Many thanks

  2. Good morning,

    Could you please let me know if it is possible to book a Huay Xai to Luang Prang cruise for 2 people for the 29-30 June?

    Many thanks


    1. Hi Ben,
      You can reserve a 2 day Mekong River Cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang on 29-30 June
      The cost with hotel $150 USD p/p
      The cost without hotel $130 USD p/p
      Many thanks

  3. Dear Dir or Madam

    We like to go from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang on 11 December 2016.
    We intend to do the cruise.

    We are coming from Kengtung (Myanmar) the day before.
    Do you think that we can manage the way from Kengtung to Huay Xai in one day.

    If we book know the cruise what happened if we are not in time in Huay Xai.
    Is there a boat on 12 December as well and can we change without any charges?
    Best regard
    Ulrich Damke

  4. Hello
    We are 2 people who want to take the public slow boat to Huay Xai from Luang Prabang on Thursday 23 March.
    Please confirm how we can buy tickets.
    Many Thanks

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