Mekong River Boat Trip Luang Prabang

“The Mekong River Boat Trip to Luang Prabang” -Everything you need to know!

What is “The Boat Trip ”?  Well, “Smile boat cruise” is a warm, family local agency that is located in Huay Xai, a village on the Thailand-Laos border. Our company is specialized in sailing on the Mekong River for years.


What can “The Mekong River Boat Trip ”” offer me?

We offer you a joyful and interesting way to see the beautiful Mekong River all the way from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and the opposite way also!

Day 01:  from Huay Xai to Pakbeng:  you will be picked up by our shared minivan from your hotel and brought to the Thai – Lao border No. 4, on the Laos side.” The Mekong Smile Cruise” will leave 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 Mekong riverside lodge or a similar accommodation in Pakbeng.

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 “Mekong smile cruise” 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 on board 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 minibus will be there to pick you up from the main pier to Luang Prabang.

Why should I take the “The Mekong Smile Cruise”? Not only do we have fair prices we are also offering you a safe trip while you enjoy the beautiful view of the Mekong river, Laos and Thailand.

Our boats are in great shape!  We have good condition toilets, excellent restaurant and comfortable seats.

When should I take the “The Mekong Smile Cruise”? The best time to visit Laos is between November – March while it is the dry season. The dry season (Nov-Mar) is colder than the hot wet season (May-Sep) so be aware to the clothes you bring whit you.

So, can I get to Luang Prabag by “The Mekong Smile Cruise”? Yes! We offer you a special cruise all the way from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang!

And if I want to get from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai? This is also possible! We are also sailing up the Mekong River!

And what about getting from Luang Prabang to Vientiane? This is also possible! We offer you a special private boat from Luang Prabang to Vientiane.

We have the slow boat which is the best and most recommended way to cross the Mekong River!

All you need to do is just sit and enjoy the beautiful view!


We organised two day Lao slow boat cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang We also can pick you up at your hotel in Chiang Khong Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai in Thailand to Laos. The boat trip takes 2 days.