Destination: Houeisay – Pakbeng – Pak oucave – Luang Prabang
Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Tour code: MCL1
In general from 01 - 30 June’10, there is no operation for annual boat maintenance. The exactly date will be advise later.
From 01 Nov’09 to 30 Apr’10 and 1-31 Oct‘10 departs every Monday, Thursday & Friday
From 01 May’10 to 30 Sep’10 departs every Monday & Friday (except from 01–30 Jun’ 10 no operation / dry dock)
About Luangsay Lodge
Built along the Mekong River, 1 km from Pakbeng Village half way between HoueiSay and Luang Prabang.The construction is of tropical hardwood in the Lao traditional style and decoration - 19 rooms + restaurant, bar and central terrace linked by gangways.
Each pavilion has a terrace offering a fabulous view over the Mekong river and Valley. Each pavilion has private toilet / shower room and hot water.( 1 bedroom and 2 bedrooms pavilions ). 24h electricity supply, by 2 silent running generators.
LuangSay Lodge hired a dance teacher to teach Khamu and Hmong people tribal dancing, which is now performed regularly. The Lodge also supports the financing of local musical instruments. Dancers and musicians are now able to earn their living without sacrificing their culture and traditions, as LuangSay was able to revive these old traditions for them which had been lost from the Pakbeng area.
A stay at the Luang Say Lodge is worth the trip itself. Built on the shores of the MekongRiver (on the Laos side) in the traditional Lao style of solid wood, this elegantly appointed lodge features:
- 16 pavilions with a total of 19 rooms and 38 beds
- 180 degree open-shudder window views of the lush riverside gardens and Mekong valley
- Private shower bathrooms with western toilets and hot water
- Individual fans and mosquito netting
- A restaurant terrace overlooking the Mekong
About Luangsay Boats
Luang Say Mekong Cruise has three boats travelling from Houseiay to Luang prabang, or, from Luang Prabang to Houeisay. Both cruises stop over for one night in our Luang say lodge in Pakbeng.
Our boats are 34 metres long with a 420 HP engine and a steel hull for strength and safety. The boats have a capacity for 40 people in comfortable seats and benches. Each seat has an open air vista. We have coffee tables with magazines and booklets to read during your cruise.The central section of our Luangsay boats have bench seats, a perfect spot for a game of cards, to share your Mekong stories, or to have lunch.
Each cruise departure has both a French and English speaking guide who are able to answer your questions and point out any
sights of interest along the way. We also have a fearless captain, a qualified mechanic and a boat boy.
On board we have two western style toilets, one at the back of the boat and one next to the bar in the central section.
Life jackets are available in a variety of sizes including childrens sizes. There are also rails around the sides of the boat for safety. Luggage can be stored overnight in a large compartment underneath the deck where it can be locked away.
Day 1: Houeisay – Pakbeng ( L,D )
Luangsay Boatleaves HoueiSay pier at 09:00 hrs for a cruise down the Mekong to Pakbeng. En route one stop is made to observe rural life along the Mekong and discover minorities, a buffet lunch on board. Arrive in Pakbeng before sunset and check-in at Luangsay Lodge. Dinner on the terrace, overlooking the MekongRiver.
Day 2: Pakbeng – Pak oucave – Luang Prabang (B,L)
Full breakfast at lodge. (Optional: walk to Pakbeng market, where people from the surrounding village of minorities exchange their goods). At 08:30 board the boat for the second leg of the cruise. A short stop is made to visit a hill-tribe village where you can watch the traditional process of Lao whiskey production before having a buffet lunch on board. Continue to Pak Ou village at the mouth of the Nam Ou River, where you visit Tam Ting “Caves of a Thousand Buddha’s”. Arrive at Luang Prabang before sunset.
Cost in USD per person :
No of pax
2 - 8
1 Nov 2012 - 30 Apr 2012
1 May 2012 - 30 Sep 2012
1 Oct 2012 - 31 Oct 2012
● A transfer from Laos immigration at Houei Sai to slow boat pier for the downstream program or vice versa for upstream programs
● 2-day cruise with stops and admission fees at visiting sites serviced by English and French speaking escorts
● 1 night accommodation at Luang Say Lodge
● Meal plan as mentioned in the program ( B = Breakfast, L = Lunch , D = Dinner )
● Coffee, tea and drinking water on board and during meals
● Crew service during the cruise
● A shuttle boat (15 minutes) from Chiang Khong to Houei Sai for upstream program or vice versa
● A transfer from Wat Xieng Thong pier in Luang Prabang to hotel (Downstream Program)
● A transfer from hotel in Luang Prabang to Auberge Calao pier (Upstream Program)
● Visa, immigration and/or overstay fees in Thailand and in Laos
● Soft and alcoholic drinks during the trip
● Travel insurance and other personal expenses
Operated with minimum 2 persons traveling together for join tour
For safety reasons and according to weather conditions, the program may be amended without prior notice.
Child age 2-12 years old discount 50% when sharing room with parents. Infant (less than 2 years old) = free of charge
The Luang Say Cruise Down starts from the pier near the Immigration checkpoint at Houeisay. The Pakou Boat leaves this pier at 09h00am It is not possible for the boat to wait for passengers who are arriving late at the border, and Luang Say will not be responsible for payment of speedboat / ferry boat charges or any charges incurred by clients who arrive late and have to catch up with the already departed cruise.
The Luang Say Cruise Up leaves the Luang Prabang Pier at 07h30am but be advised that for the dates between November and end of January, our Luang Say cruise up will be departing at 07h00am instead of 07h30am. We need to allow extra time on the river as it is a time when the weather can be foggy so the boat captain has to reduce the speed to ensure the safety of the boat during this period. Please note that a continental breakfast of baguettes, croissants, butter, homemade jam, tea and coffee is served on the boat on cruise up so customers will not need to eat before arriving at the boat pier. The same conditions has cruise down apply for late arrivals.
Transfers between Thailand and Luang Say Pier in Houeisay / Laos:
Luang Say cruises start or end at the pier next to the Immigration checkpoint at Houeisay, the Lao border town on the north bank of Mekong River. On the opposite bank to Houeisay on the south bank of Mekong River, is Chiang Khong (Chiang Rai province) the Thai border town. Crossing the river from one checkpoint to the other takes only 5 minutes by regular shuttle boats. Chiang Khong is linked by good roads to Chiang Rai town and airport (2 hours drive) or Chiang Saen (1 hour drive). Luang Say may arrange individual or group transfers between Chiang Rai or Chiang Saen and Houeisay or vice versa at extra costs that include road transportation,shuttle boat, porter age of luggage and assistance for immigration formalities both sides of the Mekong River