Mekong riverboat cruise with village home-stay

Mekong riverboat cruise with village home-stay

3 Days / 2 Nights Huay Xai to Luang Prabang or vice versa

Price from$1,177

The ultimate adventure river cruise! This 3 day, 303 km adventure aboard a 45 meter private river-boat from Huay Xai in Laos (across the river from Chiang Khong in Northern Thailand) to the UNESCO world heritage city of Luang Prabang is not to be missed. Cruise down the Mekong River through an ever changing, mountain landscape. You'll glide along with hosts, Wandee and his wife Thonglom on their steel hulled river boat which can comfortably seat up to 40 people. You'll be accompanied by a professional English speaking guide who will tell you about the fauna, flora and the fascinating history of the region.

Day 1: Huay Xai > Pak Beng (L) As the Thai/Lao bridge is 10 km south of Chiang Khong , it is recommended that you depart your hotel no later than 7:00 am in order to meet your guide at the Huay Xai immigration office at 8:30 am.

Your guide will take you to to the Huay Xai port to board your boat and cruise to Pak Beng to arrive before sunset. Enjoy a delicious 3 course lunch of chicken, fish, pork and eggs cooked over a fire on the stern. Along with plates of fresh vegetables and tropical fruit, bottled water, coffee and tea. Snacks and cold beer can be purchased on board.

Along the river, it's a photographer's paradise where you'll see villagers panning for gold, casting their fishing nets in the rapids, tending their crops like corn, tobacco, bananas, mangoes, chilies, or peanuts planted on the river sandbars in the dry season.

(The regular check-in time for all hotels is 2.00 pm. Early check-in is not included)

Overnight at: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge - Superior Room

Day 2: Pak Beng > Ben Lad Khammune (B,L,D) At 8:00 am depart Pak Beng and continue on the river to Ban Lad Khammune village. Arriving at midday where you'll meet your host family. Spend some time exploring the village, have a swim, trek up to the Tadtom waterfall, play P©tanque, talk and play with the children at the school, visit the temple, or just chill out on the beach with a beer in the sun.

Following dinner you'll be welcomed with a traditional, warm Laos Baci (bicee) ceremony, a national custom complete with the local village ensemble. Baci is a spiritual ritual to celebrate important events and occasions, like births and marriages, and welcoming strangers. This ancient ceremony is a very humbling and authentic experience, as the village elders line up to tie a cotton thread around your wrist to welcome you and also wish you good luck and safe travels. You may then be entertained by the school dance troupe with graceful, traditional Laos dances, who may ask you to join them.

Overnight at Ban Lad (Home Stay) Sleep in a private room on clean, comfortable mats with a quilt and mosquito net. (Pillows are not supplied)

Day 3 Ben Lad Khammune >Ban Don Mai > Luang Prabang (B,L) In the morning we head of to Luang Prabang stopping off at the famous Pak Ou Caves, home of over 1,000 Buddha images nestled deep inside a limestone cave, where we'll stop for 45 minutes for you to take a look. Enjoy a picnic lunch at a Buddhist temple called Wat Don Koun on an island in the river; before arriving at Ban Don Mai port late afternoon. Transfer by tuk-tuk to Luang Prabang's central Post Office.

Reverse Itinerary Day 1: Huay Xai > Pak Beng (L) As the Thai/Lao bridge is 10 km south of Chiang Khong, it is recommended that you depart your hotel no later than 7:00 am in order to meet your guide at the Huay Xai immigration office at 8:30 am.

Your guide will take you to to the Huay Xai port to board your boat and cruise to Pak Beng to arrive before sunset. Enjoy a delicious 3 course lunch of chicken, fish, pork and eggs cooked over a fire on the stern. Along with plates of fresh vegetables and tropical fruit, bottled water, coffee and tea. Snacks and cold beer can be purchased on board.

Along the river, it's a photographer's paradise where you'll see villagers panning for gold, casting their fishing nets in the rapids, tending their crops like corn, tobacco, bananas, mangoes, chilies, or peanuts planted on the river sandbars in the dry season.

(The regular check-in time for all hotels is 2.00 pm. Early check-in is not included)

Overnight at: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge - Superior Room

Day 2: Pak Beng > Ben Lad Khammune (B,L,D) At 8:00 am depart Pak Beng and continue on the river to Ban Lad Khammune village. Arriving at midday where you'll meet your host family. Spend some time exploring the village, have a swim, trek up to the Tadtom waterfall, play Petanque, talk and play with the children at the school, visit the temple, or just chill out on the beach with a beer in the sun.

Following dinner you'll be welcomed with a traditional, warm Laos Baci (bicee) ceremony, a national custom complete with the local village ensemble. Baci is a spiritual ritual to celebrate important events and occasions, like births and marriages, and welcoming strangers. This ancient ceremony is a very humbling and authentic experience, as the village elders line up to tie a cotton thread around your wrist to welcome you and also wish you good luck and safe travels. You may then be entertained by the school dance troupe with graceful, traditional Laos dances, who may ask you to join them.

Overnight at Ban Lad (Home Stay) Sleep in a private room on clean, comfortable mats with a quilt and mosquito net. (Pillows are not supplied)

Day 3 Ben Lad Khammune >Ban Don Mai > Luang Prabang (B,L) In the morning we head of to Luang Prabang stopping off at the famous Pak Ou Caves, home of over 1,000 Buddha images nestled deep inside a limestone cave, where we'll stop for 45 minutes for you to take a look. Enjoy a picnic lunch at a Buddhist temple called Wat Don Koun on an island in the river; before arriving at Ban Don Mai port late afternoon. Transfer by tuk-tuk to Luang Prabang's central Post Office.

Reverse Itinerary

Day 1: Luang Prabang > Ben Lad Khammune (L,D) After breakfast this morning we head off for Luang Prabang stopping off at the famous Pak Ou Caves, home of over 1,000 Buddha images nestled deep inside a limestone cave, where we'll stop for 45 minutes for you to take a look. Arrive at Ban Lad Khammune village about midday where you'll meet your host family. Spend the time exploring the village, have a swim, trek up to the Tadtom waterfall, play Petanque, talk and play with the children at the school, visit the temple, or just chill out on the beach with a beer in the sun.

Following dinner you'll be welcomed with a traditional, warm Laos Baci (bicee) ceremony, a national custom complete with the local village ensemble. Baci is a spiritual ritual to celebrate important events and occasions, like births and marriages, and welcoming strangers. This ancient ceremony is a very humbling and authentic experience, as the village elders line up to tie a cotton thread around your wrist to welcome you and also wish you good luck and safe travels. You may then be entertained by the school dance troupe with graceful, traditional Laos dances, who may ask you to join them.

Overnight at Ban Lad (Home Stay) Sleep in a private room on clean, comfortable mats with a quilt and mosquito net. (Pillows are not supplied)

Day 2: Ben Lad Khammune > Pak Beng (B,L) After breakfast this morning we depart Bed Lad Khammune and cruise to Pak Beng to arraive before sunset.

Enjoy a delicious 3 course lunch of chicken, fish, pork and eggs cooked over a fire on the stern. Along with plates of fresh vegetables and tropical fruit, bottled water, coffee and tea. Snacks and cold beer can be purchased on board.

Along the river, it's a photographer's paradise where you'll see villagers panning for gold, casting their fishing nets in the rapids, tending their crops like corn, tobacco, bananas, mangoes, chilies, or peanuts planted on the river sandbars in the dry season.

(The regular check-in time for all hotels is 2.00 pm. Early check-in is not included)

Overnight at: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge - Superior Room

Day 3: Pak Beng > Huay Xai (B,L) Today leave Pakbeng then cruise to Houy Xai. One stop is made en route to Houei Sai to observe a rural life along the Mekong River at Ban Houy Phalam; a Kamu village. A buffet lunch is served on board. The boat arrives at slow boat pier in Houei Sai before 5:00 pm. Transfer to the border for your further trip to Thailand will arrange by your own.

• Tailor-made journey with local English speaking guides • Private transfers and transportation on tour • Private local boat Houy > Pakbeng > Luang Prabang • Sightseeing with local Englsih speaking guides • 2 nights' accommodation • 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinners

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2017

1 Jan - 15 Apr

16 Apr - 30 Sep

1 Oct - 31 Oct

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$1,202

$1,177

$1,202

-

$2,116

$2,080

$2,116

Departs

2017
Daily

Booking conditions

• Surcharge applies during Pi Mao Lao, the Laos New Year 14 - 17 Apr 2017

Mai Lao, the Laos New Year. In Laos, many shops & businesses are closed during this period or may operate on a limited schedule although most restaurants remain open. As it is a tradition to splash water on each other to bring good luck during this period, travellers should take care of their phones, cameras & laptops. Additionally, travel times might need to be adjusted during this period as some festivals are held in the streets and cause small delays.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

Laos Visa

Gratuity

• Ben Lad Khammune School Dance Troupe tipping is not included. Recommended USD 2.00 to USD 3.00 per person