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Mekong River cruising in northern Laos

Mekong River cruising in northern Laos

Rugged, jungle-covered mountains tower over the Mekong as it carves south from the Thai border toward Luang Prabang.

The two-day cruise connecting Luang Prabang and the Thai border at Huay Xai leads you through some of Indochina's finest and most dramatic scenery. The open-sided long-tailed boat allows you to experience this lovely part of northern Laos as you relax on deck, passing isolated villages en route to the town of Pakbeng. 

A halfway point between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, the small town of Pakbeng is lined with wooden houses along a steep hillside, and provides simple but comfortable overnight accommodation. This cruise is a wonderful introduction to the laid-back pace of life in Laos, and as you watch the sun set over the Mekong you're sure to fall in love with this beautiful country.

When to go:

Mekong River cruising in northern Laos

located in Luang Prabang

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Interested in this Experience? It is included in this tour:

  • Take a luxurious waterborne journey along the rivers, across the lakes and amongst the islands of beautiful Laos.

    Mekong Boating Adventure

    Beginning in northern Thailand, this itinerary will give you an alternative perspective on Laos, as you travel from north to south along scenic waterways and through spectacular jungle with riverside life unfolding around you. Round off your trip in Cambodia, with the magnificent temples of Angkor.

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    Take a luxurious waterborne journey along the rivers, across the lakes and amongst the islands of beautiful Laos.

Other suggested Boating & Cruising

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    Sunset Thu Bon River cruise

    The Thu Bon River in Hoi An once witnessed great trading fleets from across Asia. A more sedate pace is common today; ideal for an evening cruise!

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  • Nam Ou River cruise

    Nam Ou River cruise

    The Nam Ou is a tributary of the Mekong that carves a dramatic path through the mountainous landscapes of northern Laos.

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  • Mekong Delta cruises

    Mekong Delta cruises

    In southwest Vietnam the great Mekong River splits into countless tributaries that fan out to form the vast, fertile Mekong Delta.

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