Cruising in Laos on The Luang Say cruise

The Luang Say Cruise travels on the Mekong River from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and, in the other direction from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai, with overnight stays in the Luang Say Lodge. Situated along the river this luxury lodge offers memorable views of the Mekong. It’s a perfect way to relax and enjoy a unique and romantic cruise on the Mekong.

The best time to visit is during the dry season from November to Feb.

Prices are seasonal, include cruise, all meals, professional touring and transfers. Starts from:

GBP 228 per person sharing a twin room - Lodge.

Airfares are extra.

Cruising in Laos on The Luang Say cruise at a glance
  • Day 1: Huay Xai - Pakbeng
  • Day 2: Pak Ou Caves and Luang Prabang temples
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Day 1: Huay Xai - Pakbeng

After completing Thai immigration formalities, our representative will help you get a shuttle bus to cross the bridge and go through Lao immigration. Afterwards, transfer to the Luang Say cruise boat.

Cruise down the Mekong to Pakbeng. Stop at an ethnic village to observe rural life along the Mekong and witness the daily life of ethnic minorities and their talented craftsmanship. The inhabitants are the Tai Lue tribe people, who originally came from the Yunnan area of China. The Tai Lue traditionally live in the valleys and low, flatlands.  Agriculture forms the main occupation of the men in the village,  and women specialise in weaving. 

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.

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Day 2: Pak Ou Caves and Luang Prabang temples

Mornings are special times at Luang Say Lodge with stunning sights of the peaceful neighbouring mountains, often shrouded in mist, while a full breakfast is served on the expansive teak terrace.  At 8 am the cruise departs for another day of nature discovery along the legendary river with two stops planned along the way to Luang Prabang.

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

Lunch is served on board in a buffet style with a selection of starters and main course from Laos’ cuisine.

Opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River, near Pak Ou village, the cruise stops to visit the Pak Ou Caves. There are two caves; Tham Thing (the lower cave) and Tham Phoum (the upper cave).  These caves contain thousands of Buddha images and are of great religious importance to the Theravada Buddhists in Laos. These caves were converted into Buddhist temples in the 15th century and are used as a site for old Buddha images that can no longer be venerated in a temple, either because they are damaged or the temple they were displayed in has been destroyed.

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.

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Highlights

Luang Prabang

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this former capital of the ancient Lane Xang kingdom is a city of golden Buddhist temples and faded French colonial splendour

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Pakbeng

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Accommodation

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Custom built luxury river boats travelling on the Mekong in Laos between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai.

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Luang Say Lodge

Set above the mighty Mekong River, the lodge is built of teak and rosewood from the surrounding rain forest in the traditional Laotian style.

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