The Luang Say Mekong 2 Day Cruise is a fantastic adventure
Description & Location
Travel on one of the great rivers of the world in an authentic rice barge, with an overnight stay at a totally atmospheric riverside lodge. You have two cruise options, either travelling up or down the river. The cruise departs four times weekly from October to April in both directions, reducing to twice weekly in the summer months. The 34-metre rice barge has open-air seating with cover, galley and toilet.
The Mekong is the artery of life in Laos. The main trading route, a source of food and a social centre, with numerous small settlements. On the cruise, you pass ancient Buddhist temples and all the activity that contributes towards the economy of the country, including farming, fishing, of course, teak logging and a rather unique distilling with the production of the lethal Lao Lao 50% proof whisky.
The itinerary and timings are shown as a guide and they are subject to amendment based on seasonal river levels. The cruise operates on a similar itinerary upriver commencing in Luang Prabang.
On the downriver itinerary, you depart from Huay Xai Pier at 09.00. We suggest the previous night is spent at the Anantara or Four Seasons in the Golden Triangle, before taking the early morning transfer across the border. En route you pass rural river life, with a buffet lunch served on board. After cruising for approximately 7 hours, with intermediate stops, you arrive at the settlement of Pakbeng where you overnight at the attractive and comfortable 17 room Luang Say Lodge. Dinner is served at the Lodge.
The following day you have breakfast at the lodge, with optional early morning stroll around the market, before departing at 08.30. First stop will be at a hill tribe village where you can see whisky distilling and production (opportunity to purchase, makes an interesting after dinner tipple!), then lunch on board. Continue to Pak Ou cave where you stop to see the cave of a thousand Buddhas, statues some of which are almost thumb size. Arrive Luang Prabang late afternoon where the cruise terminates.
We can arrange a number of hotels in Luang Prabang, but to continue the experience consider Luang Say Residence, located just 5 minutes from the centre.
Luang Say Mekong 2 Day Cruise
Hotels & Tours in Laos
All price guides are Per Person Sharing Double Room (Entry level), based on travel between May and/or June when prices are generally at their lowest and include promotional offers.
Supplements will probably apply at other times, particularly mid-summer in the Med, and for rooms and/or transfers arranged for single travellers.
For example Caribbean and Indian Ocean prices for winter can be approximately double the May - June level and about 50% more in Asia.
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