LUANGSAY CRUISE & KAMU LODGE DOWN/UP STREAM

LUANGSAY CRUISE & KAMU LODGE DOWN/UP STREAM

Laos

 3 days 2 nights

Places visited: LAOS

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Overview

The Slow Boat is a unique and rewarding cruise, perfect for exploring the exotic and beautiful scenery of the north in comfort. Cruising down the Mekong can be very relaxing. You will develop a sense of serenity being absorbed by the physical pull of the river and its surrounding lush green landscape. Gliding smoothly on the river you will soak up the slow paced atmosphere as we wave to the friendly, smiling locals we see on our way to Luang Prabang.

ITINERARY

Laos   -  3 days 2 nights

NOTES

LUANG SAY CRUISE DOWNSTREAM: Huay Xai - Luang Prabang

  • 1 October – 31 March: All cruises depart every Monday, Thursday, and Friday

  • 01 April – 30 September: All cruises depart Monday, Friday

Note: No cruises operation in June.

 LUANG SAY CRUISE UPSTREAM: Luang Prabang - Huay Xai

  • 1 October - 31 March: The Luang Say Cruise departs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The Luang Say Residence and Luang Say Cruise Departs every Sunday, Monday and Thursday. The Kamu Village and Luang Say Cruise departs every Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

  • 1 April - 30 September: The Luang Say Cruise departs every Wednesday and Saturday. The Luang Say Residence and Luang Say Cruise Departs every Monday and Thursday. The Kamu Village and Luang Say Cruise departs every Tuesday and Friday.

Note: No cruises operation in June.

DAY 1: CHIANG RAI – HOUEIXAI – PAKBENG L, D

This morning you will have an early morning transfer from Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong, the exit point from Thailand on the banks of the Mekong River. After passing through immigration, you will cross the river to Houeixai in Laos where your guide will be waiting for you at the immigration point.

The Luang Say cruise leaves Houei Xai pier at 9.30 am (please be at Lao immigration office no later than 8.30 am) for a cruise down the Mekong River to Pakbeng. After one-hour journeying along the river, the boat stops at a traditional village. This is a chance to observe rural life along the Mekong and witness the daily life of ethnic minorities and their talented craftsmanship. Lunch is served on board in a buffet style with a selection of starters and main course from Laos’ main culinary delights as well as a choice of fish and meat dishes.

The river cruise arrives at Luang Say Lodge near Pakbeng before sunset, giving plenty of time to refresh, enjoy the scenery of the river and admire the surrounding nature. A Laotian dinner is served on the open air terrace overlooking the Mekong River.

Overnight at the Luang Say Lodge.

DAY 2: PAKBENG – BAW VILLAGE – KAMU LODGE B, L, D

Mornings are special times at Luang Say Lodge with stunning sights of the peaceful neighboring mountains, often shrouded in mist, while a full breakfast is served on the expansive teak terrace. The Luang Say cruise departs for another day of nature discovery along the legendary river with one stop planned along the way to the Kamu Lodge, where you will spend the night. 

A few hours into the day after enjoying the sights of granite cliffs and sparkling sandy shores, the river boat makes a stop to visit the hill tribe village of Baw, where you can watch the traditional process of making Lao whiskey.

Lunch is served on board in a buffet style with a selection of starters and main course from Laos’ cuisine. A different choice of fish and meat dishes than on the first day is prepared for a greater culinary experience.

The Luang Say cruise arrives at Kamu Lodge, where you will be able to check in and have lunch at the opened air restaurant. In the afternoon, you can participate in a variety of activities; visiting Kamu village, archery contest, rice planting and harvesting, traditional fishing and gold panning (January to June). A set menu is served for dinner and you stay an overnight at Kamu Lodge.

Overnight at Kamu Lodge.

DAY 3: KAMU LODGE – PAK OU – LUANG PRABANG B, L

Early morning, you can plough, harvest or mill rice with the villagers. The rest of the morning is at leisure to enjoy the optional activities offered at the lodge. Experience a traditional Kamu Massage in a hut overlooking the Mekong River. The Kamu people have relied on the curative powers of traditional massage for centuries. Today, visitors to Kamu Lodge can partake of the healing power of Laotian massage in our open-air pavilion on the banks of the Mekong. Relax under the hands of our expert masseuses and tune in to the soothing sounds of nature.

Check out is 12:00 noon. Lunch is served at the Kamu Lodge restaurant where you can enjoy the local flavors of Laos cuisine with a selection of meat and fish dishes as well as fresh produce grown in the organic garden. The Luang Say cruise will depart after lunch cruising downstream along the Mekong River.

Opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River, near Pak Ou village, the cruise stops to visit the Tam Thing cave. Translated as Rock Cave, it is famous for housing over 2,500 Buddha statues of all sizes and for being a place of pilgrimage for locals.

Following a day along the wide Mekong River, with beautiful sceneries of mountains, wild nature, local life and delicious food, the cruise arrives at Luang Prabang, the former imperial capital of Laos.

Policy & services

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room

  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

  • English speaking guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply)

  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle

  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary 

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned

  • Other services than mentioned

  • International and domestic Flights

  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature

  • Tips, Travel insurance

Notes: 

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Laos. 

  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on flight availability, road and/or weather conditions and room availability.

  • Group of 10 persons and above will use separate vehicle in Luang Prabang due to UNESCO restrictions on large coaches entering downtown Luang Prabang.

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