Cruise the majestic Mekong River on this two-day cruise down river from Huay Xai near the Thai border to Luang Prabang. See stunning pristine scenery and minority villages before docking for the night in Luang Suay. Continue down the river stopping at the Pak Ou Caves that a jam packed with Buddhist statues and stop in a village where locals produce authentic Lao whiskey. Bottoms up and bon voyage!
Huay Xai – Pak Beng - Luang Prabang
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Day 1: Huay Xai – Pak BengIt’s an early start to the day as you board the boat for your cruise down the mighty Mekong. Relax with a good book on deck, as you cruise the languid waters and soak up the stunning scenery on your way to Pak Beng. You’ll stop riverside at a small village to meet the locals and get a peek into their lives. The cruise will overnight at Pak Beng at the Luang Suay Lodge, a rustic hotel featuring wooden bungalows on stilts.
Day 2: Pak Beng - Luang PrabangWake early to explore the market where locals from surrounding villages come to sell fruit, vegetables and trade goods. After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, board the boat around 8:30am for the second leg of your cruise. The highlight today is the whiskey village where sticky rice is turned into the famed Lao Lao whiskey and distributed nationwide! Take a tipple if you dare its powerful stuff!
You will also stop off at the Pak Ou Caves at the mouth of the Nam Ou River. The Pak Ou Caves are only small but jammed packed with Buddhist statues left by devotees making merit and hoping for good luck. Take a photo and make a wish! The boat then starts the final leg of the journey, arriving in Luang Prabang late afternoon.