Destination: Houeisay – Pakbeng – Kamu lodge - Luang prabang
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Tour code: MCL3
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 Mekong River (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.
About Kamu Lodge:
Only 3 hours from Luang Prabang and overlooking the mighty Mekong, a unique lodge is about to open on a wonderful site. The Kamu Lodge features 20 canvas tents covered by a thatched roof in harmony with the surrounding nature and adapted to the local style. Each tent is decorated with bamboo and wooden furniture items and has an attached private bathroom with shower and toilet and solar-powered warm water and electricity.
Day 1: Houeisay – Pakbeng (L,D)
The Luangsay boat departs from Houeisay pier at 09:00 hrs for a cruise down the Mekong River to Pak Beng. One stop is made to visit and admire the authentic rural life of hill tribe settlements. A delicious Buffet lunch is served on board. The boat will arrive at before sunset for overnight stop. Dinner is served at terrace overlooking the Mekong River.
Day 2: Pakbeng – Kamu Lodge (B,L,D)
Breakfast served at terrace around 07:30 hrs. In the morning visit the morning market (Optional) of Pak Beng where the nearby villagers and hill tribes buy and exchange their goods. Luangsay Boat departs at 08:30 a.m. for her second part of trip; boat makes another stop at Ban Baw to observe the processing traditional rice alcohol. Lunch is again served on board; then the boat cruise to Kamu Village. The boat will arrived at 14h00 in Kamu Lodge for the check in- private bungalow accommodation blends in harmoniously with nature. Oaditions. n the afternoon you may choose to participate in the different activities. You will be rewarded with a very original Lao experience. and Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
+ Rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields
+ Gold panning (January to June) in the Mekong. Anything you find is yours!
+ Jungle walks to search for medicinal plants
+ Trekking through the forest to waterfalls (two hour hike and boat ride)
+ Traditional fishing techniques. You can sample your catch for dinner!
+ Local village visit
+ Archery contest
Day 3: Kamu Lodge – Luang Prabang (B,L)
Breakfast at lodge, after some time to relax and a visit to the village of Kamu, cruise down to Luang Prabang (UNESCO world heritage city) by Kamu boat to Pak Ou village at the mouth of Nam Ou River, boat stops for a trip to visit Tam Ting ‘Caves of thousand Buddha’s’ then arrive Luang Prabang before Lunch.Lunch at Luang Prabang.
Cost in USD per person:
No of pax
2 - 8
1 Oct. 2010 - 31 Oct. 2010
1 Nov 2010 – 30 Mar. 2011
3 days cruise with stops and visits as mentioned in the program.
Transfer from Laos immigration to pier in HoueiSay or v.v.
2 nights accommodation at LuangSay Lodge & Kamu Lodge
Meal plan as mentioned in the tour program. ( 3 lunches – 2 dinners – 2 breakfasts )
Assistance of English-speaking cruise escort during the cruise and excursion (no guide on board)
Coffee, tea & drinking water on board and during meals
Admission fee at visiting points as mentioned in the program
Services of qualified crews during the cruise.
Visa and visa arrangement
Transfer from/to hotel to pier in Luang Prabang
Shuttle boats to Chiang Khong/Houeisay or Houeisay/Chiang Khong
Soft and Alcohol Drinks during the trip
Services in Luang Prabang
Other personal expenses
+ The above tour prices do not apply to the French Market, excepted E – Commerce.
+ 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.
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.
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 Kamu Boat Cruise Up leaves the Luang Prabang Pier at 09h00am. The same conditions has cruise down apply for late arrivals.