A two day cruise on the Mekong River is a good introduction to river life in Laos. You will commence your trip at HOUEI SAY by boarding a traditional boat for your downstream to PAKBENG. As you journey downriver you will stop at some tribal minority villages such as the Hmong, Yao and Khmu. Visit a local market and experience the lifestyle of the local people. Stay overnight in Pakbeng and enjoy a fantastic sunset dinner on the banks of the river. Enjoy breakfast as you cruise further downstream to as we pass by un-spoilt forests, villages and maybe even the odd elephant or two. Drop by a local village and a rice winemaking village and visit the Pak-Ou caves, where thousands of Buddha statues are stored. The final port of call is Luang Prabang.
HOUEI SAY – PAKBENG
Morning you will cross the Mekong River to Houei Say in Laos where your Lao guide will be waiting for you at the immigration point before 9 am. After completing border formalities, you board a ready traditional boat for the trip down the Mekong River. Serene, timeless Laos is one of Asia's most unvisited, unchanged countries. This once-powerful kingdom known as Lane Xang (Million Elephants) was founded in the 14th century with the help of the Khmers, and it went on to become one of the largest kingdoms in Southeast Asia until its demise in the late 19th century. Bisected and bordered by the Mekong River, omnipresent symbol of Indochina, Laos today is an amalgam of cultural influences; Theravada Buddhism, animism, France, and the socialist ideal. It is a peaceful place, and the legendary hospitality, resilience and friendliness of the Lao people is much in evidence. Laos is Old Asia preserved. As your journey downriver you will stop at some tribal minority villages such as the Hmong, Yao and Khmu. Upon arrival in Pakbeng, we visit local market; experience daily lifestyle of colorful hill tribe traders exchanges their goods. Overnight in Pakbeng.
PAKBENG – PAK OU – LUANG PRABANG
Breakfast, as you sail downriver as a second leg, you will pass areas of un-spoilt forest with little villages along the riverbanks and perhaps the odd elephant or two with his mahout. You visit a fishing village and a rice winemaking village and perhaps even taste some of the infamous beverage known as Lao Rice wine You also visit the Pak-Ou caves, where thousands of Buddha statues are stored. You arrive in Luang Prabang around sunset. End of our service. Finish your Private Nava Cruise Down tour
Price & Bookings
- 2 days cruise with stops and visits en route
- 2 lunches during the cruise
- 1 night at Pakbeng Lodge with breakfast and dinner(s)
- Entrance fees at Tam Ting Caves (Pak Ou) and police fees en-route
- 1 FOC half twin for 15 paying passengers
- Airfares & airport taxes
- Pre/post trip arrangement
- Visa and visa arrangement
- Travel insurance
- Other personal expenses
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