Destination: Luangprabang – Kamu lodge – Pakbeng -Houeisay
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Tour code: MCL4
In general from 01 - 30 June’10, there is no operation for annual boat maintenance.
From 01 Nov 09 to 30 Apr 10 and 1-31 Oct 10, departs every Friday, Monday and Tuesday.
From 01 May 10 - 30 Sep 10, departs every Friday and Tuesday.
About Luangsay Lodge
Built along the MekongRiver, 1 km from PakbengVillage 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.
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: Luang Prabang – Kamu lodge (L,D)
The Kamu boat departs from Luang Prabang pier at 09:00 hrs for a cruise up the MekongRiver to KamuVillage. On the way to Pak Ou Village, at the mouth of the Nam Ou River a visit is organized to Tam Ting “Caves of a thousand Buddha’s”. Then boat to KamuVillage, arrival at Kamu lodge and check-in. Lunch at the Lodge’s Sala. In the afternoon you may choose to participate in the different activities. You will be rewarded with a very original Lao experience.
+ 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 2: Kamu Lodge – Pakbeng ( B, L,D )
Breakfast at lodge, after some time to relax and a visit to the village of Kamu, the Luangsay boat pick-up you at 11h00. A delicious Buffet lunch is served on board and a brief stop is made at Ban Baw to observe the processing traditional rice alcohol. The boat will arrived at Luangsay Lodge before sunset for overnight stop. Dinner is served at terrace overlooking the MekongRiver.
Day 3: Pakbeng – Houeisay ( B , L )
Breakfast served at terrace around 6.30 a.m. In the morning visit the morning market (Optional) of Pak Beng where the nearby villagers and hill tribes buy and exchange their goods. Boat departs at 07:30 a.m. for her second part of trip. One stop is made to visit and admire the authentic rural life of hill tribe settlements. Lunch is again served on board. Reaching Houeisay before 17:00 hrs (you may proceed to Chiang Rai in the same day)
Cost in USD per person
No of pax
01 Nov'09 - 30 Apr'10
01 May'10 - 30 Sep'10
01 Oct'10 - 31 Oct'10
+ 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.
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
Please note that the temperatures can occasionally rise to 38 degree Celsius, but from November to through February it can be cool at night and it is recommended to take a light pullover.
Basic behavior visiting minority.
Do not buy antique jewelry and family heirlooms from villagers. Try to support village income by buying new handicraft items. Do not encourages begging by distributing gifts (especially sweets). Try to locate the school or the mayorıs house in the village to donate paper books, pens, etc. Always announce yourself and ask permission before entering a house. If you pass through a village, stop
and visit for a while. If not, villagers may think that you are a bad spirit. Entering an area of forest dedicated to the spirits is not allowed. Touching spirit items is not allowed. Always ask your local guide before doing any thing wish may cause offense to the villagers.