The choice to take Mekong River Cruise from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang Thailand to Laos.
The boat trip takes two days one night, with a stop half way in Pakbeng for sleep. We have a professional team pick you up from Chiang Rai to Chiang khong in the morning, friendship bridge across to Laos and then take the slow boat cruise down the Mekong River.
Day 1: Pick up from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang with overnight in Pakbeng.
Early in the morning my team will pick you up at your hotel in Chiang Rai about 6:30 in the morning and drive you to the Chiang Khong border. It’s takes about 1:30-2 hours to get to Chiang Khong immigration. When you get Chiang Khong immigration, check out on the left hand side and then cross the border from Thailand to Laos. A shuttle bus costs 20 Baht each to get across the Friendship Bridge and this only takes a couple minute to cross.
My Lao team on the Lao side at the Lao immigration office can help you get your Lao visa on arrival. You can exchange money and there is an ATM. We recommend you exchange US$50 each for a hotel for two nights at a hotel. After you get your passport back hold onto it, as there is one more check with police. Once you get through you will get a minivan to the Slow Boat Pier. It is 10 kilometers away and takes about 30 minutes.
Well come to Mekong River Cruise will journey with us on the slow boat cruise 30-40 seats available, long boat 39 meters. Cover with roof we have car seat and sleeper bed, toilet at the back of the boat, we have hot water, tea, coffee you can help yourself and some fruit.
The boat is quite slow 30 minute per 1 kilometer for see sighting the both side of the Mekong River at noon the boat will stop for relax and visit the local village
The local people here are agriculture some they are here for long time easy for them to communication and living, catch fish, some they move from the area the new village no fruit tree or coconut tree, in dry season after finish rice crop, they also look gold on the Mekong River.
In the evening the boat will at stop an overnight in Pakbeng, the boat stop near the town, here just walk up to your hotel, Pakbeng is small town
Day 2: Boat trip from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang
On the second day the boat will depart at 8 am, the journey to this area is beautiful nature and rock when the river is low in November to March the weather is cold and winded on the boat. We have blankets for you. We stop at the local village to learn their culture this is walk on the sand to the village when the water is low and back to the boat.
Lunch is on board enjoy the buffet lunch and the boat will stop at the second stop at Pak Ou caves, where parking Buddha’s imaged, after the caves the boat will arrival in Luang Prabang, the boat will drop you at the pier just walk up to minivan our team will drop you at your hotel the finish my tour guide have to say good bye.
Slow boat cruise to Luang Prabang
Transfer to your hotel in Luang Prabang and pick you up at your hotel in Huay Xai
Two lunch on board
Tea, coffee, water and some fruit
Transfer to your hotel in Pakbeng
No dinner and breakfast in Pakbeng
Trip to guide and boat man