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Luang Say Cruise

Travelling by boat is the way to really explore the lush and more remote parts of this extraordinary and idyllic region. The Luang Say Cruise makes this journey from the comfort of a luxurious converted rice barge and is a highlight of any trip to Laos.

On the Mekong, Laos
Luang Say Cruise
  • This trip is a unique journey through remote mountainous stretches of the pristine Mekong River and is a highlight of any trip to Laos

  • A great way to see local river life

  • Delicious traditional Asian cuisine served on board

  • The one night's accommodation is in one of the more comfortable lodges in Laos


The Luang Say Cruise runs up and down the Mekong River from Luang Prabang to the border of Northern Thailand and vice versa. The boat is a 34 metre stunning converted antique rice barge that journeys along the river, taking in the sights and sounds of traditional Laotian life. There is a large communal deck, bar as well as games and reading facilities to keep all passengers comfortable and blissfully content as they drift along this pristine stretch of river.

The trip takes two days passing through jungle, teak plantations, mountains and farmland, experience first hand how simple life can still be in these remote areas. Step off the boat to explore the Caves Of A Thousand Buddhas and visit fascinating riverside hill-tribe villages.

You will spend overnight en route at the charming Luang Say Lodge, located at Pakbeng and is a simple, tranquil place to stay. Set on the banks of the Mekong in wooden lodge-style rooms you will really get a chance to experience what serene rural river life in Laos is all about. It has 20 Lao style bungalows constructed almost entirely from local materials with shutters surrounding each one and decorated in simple but comfortable furnishings with en suite bathrooms and hot water showers. On the huge veranda overlooking the river there is ample space for relaxing and taking in the view, reading or playing games. For those more active there is plenty to do and see with short walks, village visits and trekking which can all be easily arranged.

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Cruising downstream is almost four hours quicker due to the current.

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On the Mekong, Laos

You can choose to travel down the Mekong river from Chiang Khong / Huay Xai (the Thai/Lao border) to Luang Prabang or upriver from Luang Prabang to the Thai/Lao border at Huay Xai.

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