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Cruise on the Mekong River

The Asian Oasis – Luang Say Cruise is a journey through remote mountainous stretching from  the Mekong River between the northern Thai border at Houeisay to the royal old city of Luang Prabang, Laos – in a style fit for a king.

Option 1: Cruise Down from Houei Say to Luang Prabang

Day 1:  HoueiSay/Pakbeng – Luangsay Lodge (L/D)1

Cruise on the Mekong river Laos

Pak – Ou boat leaves HoueiSay pier at 9.00 a.m and cruises down the Mekong to Pakbeng – En route we have two stops – one for picnic lunch on the river bank and one to discover a village of minorities (Yao or Lu). Observe rural life along the Mekong river.

Arrive Pakbeng before sunset and check in at Luangsay Lodge – dinner on the terrace, overlooking the Mekong river.

Day 2: Luangsay Lodge – Pakbeng (B/L)4

At leisure to enjoy the natural beauty of the Mekong river banks and walk to nearby villages, or optional tours :

a) drive 8 kms from Pakbeng by 4WD or pick up car to the departure point of the elephant trek. 3 hours ride through the rain forest to a village of a Kamou minority – lunch of local food – discover the traditional village life (handicraft – weaving – instruments…) Return to Pakbeng by elephant and then back to the lodge.

b) trekking in the mountains : walk 2 hours to a village where local minorities are gathering (Meo – Kamou – Lu), picnic lunch in the village – walk down to the Mekong and return by speedboat to the lodge before sunset.


Day 3: Luangsay Lodge-Pakbeng/Pak Ou/Luang Prabang (B/L)3

Full breakfast at hotel – (optional : walk to Pakbeng market, where people from the surrounding villages exchange their goods)
08h30 board Pak – Ou boat for the second leg of the cruise – picnic lunch on a river sand beach and short stop to discover a Hmong Village. Continue to Pak Ou village at the mouth of the Nam Ou river, visit Tam Ting Caves of a 1000 bouddhas.

On the way to Luang Prabang brief stop to observe traditional process to obtain local rice alcohol – arrive Luang Prabang before sunset (go to hotel).



Option 2: Cruise Up from Luang Prabang to Houei Say

Day 1 : Luang Prabang/Pak Ou/Pakbeng – Luangsay Lodge (B/L)

Pak – Ou boat leaves Luang Prabang pier at 07h30 and cruise up the 4Mekong to Pakbeng – brief stop to observe traditional process to obtain local rice alcohol and continue to Pak Ou at the mouth of the Nam Ou river – visit Tam Ting Caves of a 1000 bouddhas – picnic lunch on a river sandy bank.

Arrive Pakbeng before sunset and check in at Luangsay Lodge – dinner on the terrace, overlooking the Mekong river.




Day 2 :  Luangsay Lodge – Pakbeng (B/L)

At leisure to enjoy the natural beauty of the Mekong river banks and walk to nearby villages, or optional tours :5

a) drive 8 kms from Pakbeng by 4WD or pick up car to the departure point of the elephant trek. 3 hours ride through the rain forest to a village of a Kamou minority – lunch of local food – discover the traditional village life (handicraft-weaving-instruments..) Return to Pakbeng by elephant and then back to the lodge.

b) trekking in the mountain : walk 2 hours to a village where local minorities are gathering (Meo – Kamou – Lu) picnic lunch in the village – walk down to the Mekong and return by speedboat to the lodge.

Day 3 : Luangsay Lodge – Pakbeng/HoueiSay (B/L)

Full breakfast at hotel – 08.00h board Pak – Ou boat for the second leg of the cruise – observe rural life along the Mekong – En route a stop is made at a village of the Yao minority ; picnic lunch is served on board – continue to HoueiSay for arrival around 5 p.m (continue to Thailand – Chiang Rai province).

GroupCost: US$ per pax 1 pax 2 pax 3 – 4 pax 5 – 9 pax 10 – 14 pax
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Tour includes

- 2 days cruise with stops and visits en route
- 1 night accommodation at LuangSay Lodge
- Meal plan as mentioned
- Entrance fee at Tam Ting and police fees along the trip
- 1 FOC half twin for 15 paying persons
- Transfer from Lao immigration to pier in HoueiSay.
- Assistance of English-speaking cruise escort during the cruise (no guide on board)

Tour excludes

- Transfer from/to hotel to pier in Luang Prabang
- Ferry and immigration fees in HoueiSay
- Drinks during the trip, except bottled water (free suppied)
- Visa approval and fees for Laos
- Services in Luang Prabang
- Personal insurance

* Note:  Low season from 1 Nov  to 30 April
High season from 1 May to 31 August