Day 1 - Chiang Rai to Pakbeng
Transfer from your hotel to the Thai – Lao border and after formalities, you will be assisted to the boat at Houey Say (Huay Xai) pier. The characterful Luang Say boat has comfortable seating for up to 40 people on its open air deck from which to enjoy the passing scenery.
After a one hour journey along the river, the boat stops at a Kamu village. Home to around 85 families who live in stilted houses, this is an ideal introduction to the daily life of ethnic minorities. Enjoy a delicious Lao-style lunch back on board as the journey continues down river to Luang Say Lodge near Pakbeng. Arrive before sunset with plenty of time to refresh and enjoy the surroundings, before dinner is served on the terrace overlooking the Mekong River.
Luang Say Lodge enjoys a serene setting backed by mountainous jungle and offers traditional pavilion-style rooms with en suite facilities and beautiful river vistas.
Meals: 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hotel: Luang Say Lodge
Day 2 - Pakbeng to Luang Prabang
Mornings are special times at the Lodge, where breakfast can be enjoyed against the backdrop of peaceful mountains that are often shrouded in mist. The cruise departs for another day of discovery along the legendary river, enjoying the sights of granite cliffs and sparkling sandy shores on its way to Luang Prabang.
A stop will be made to visit a hill tribe village of Baw, where you can watch the traditional process of making Lao whiskey. After lunch onboard, the cruise continues to the Tam Thing Cave near Pak Ou village, famous for housing over 2,500 Buddha statues of all sizes and for being a place of pilgrimage for locals. Later the cruise finishes at Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos. Ask your Freedom consultant about adding a stay in this beautiful city.
Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
2 day Mekong River Cruise - from £409
Also operates in reverse from Luang Prabang, please ask for details. Price includes transfer from Chiang Rai, sightseeing and meals as stated. Daytime is spent on the boat whilst overnight is spent at Luang Say Lodge.
All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Talk to an Asia Expert for departure dates and availability.