2 Days Luang Say Cruise | Upriver

2 Days Luang Say Cruise
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Dreamy, awe-inspiring and chilled: a 2 day cruise sailing from Luang Prabang to the Thai border

WHY THIS TOUR?

Laos’ intensity may not come from its bustling cities, its fabulous nightlife and its fast-moving infrastructure and for that, the country comes with unique attributes, simply incomparable with other Asian destinations. It is here in this land-locked country where the wealth of its natural richness takes centre stage, designed and created along the Mekong River and meandering further into smaller rivers further inlands. The magic of its mountain ranges with small villages scattered along the river banks have formed the main ‘highway’ for excellent cruising options from the Thai – Lao border to UNESCO protected Luang Prabang.

An established name on this route is the Luang Say Cruise offering an exceptional display from the comfort of your wooden vessel of the country’s natural splendour. Whether you opt for a 2 days / 1 night up or downstream cruise, you wholeheartedly agree that Laos is just unique and unforgettable as seen from its waterways.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 | 2 Days Luang Say Cruise | Upriver

DAY 1

Luang Prabang – Pakbeng                                                                                              [L, D]

With the Mekong being your sole path towards seeing the magnificence of natural Laos for the coming days, an early start of your 2-day venture is almost a given. To ensure an on-time departure, we highly recommend being at the Auberge Calau pier before 06:45am for boarding procedures. As you familiarize yourself with this traditional wooden vessel, the captain slowly moves the boat away from the shore and sails upstream towards Pakbeng, our overnight address. A continental breakfast is served on board as you say good bye to Luang Prabang.

The Cave of the Thousand Buddhas – the Pak Ou Caves in short – is a highly reversed place in Laos. Comprising of two caves – the Tham Ting and Tham Phoum – Inside these caves are thousands of Buddha statues in varying styles, materials and ages. Pak Ou is located in a steep cliff at the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong River and is still a place for pilgrimage. The steep stairs leading up to the main cave (Tham Thing) leads further up to the smaller Tham Phoum, yet resembles just the amazement of this landmark outside Luang Prabang

As your captain continues to put his compass needled in the direction of our overnight address, the on-board crew is ready to serve you lunch on board. When in Laos, it is almost compulsory to try out the local cuisine and this lunch is certainly worth the stamp of approval.

The country’s deeply rooted cultural values have shaped the country – from its immersion in Buddhism to the various settlements of ethnic minorities, elements of a bygone era remain shaping the country’s unique atmosphere. Local villages such as Baw have upheld Lao whiskey-making traditions for centuries and have opened their doors to welcome guests to take a look (and have a taste) of their domestically adored local beverage. It also gives guests the chance to walk around the village and see how families go on with their lives, void of many western comforts.

We arrive at Pakbeng, situated on the left side of the Mighty Mekong where we disembark from the Luang Say for the night over. The resort has a stunning location on the banks of this main river in Asia and guests often choose to sit back, relax and let all the impressions of the day slowly sink in. Depending on the weather conditions, a Laotian dinner is served on the open-aired terrace with amazing views across the river and the setting sun.

Overnight at a resort at Pakbeng

Day 2 | 2 Days Luang Say Cruise | Upriver

DAY 2

Pak Beng – Houayxay – Chiang Khong, Thailand                                                   [B, L]

Our final day on the Mekong commences with thanking the staff of your overnight address for their shown hospitality as the captain and his crew start the final leg of your cruise towards Houayxay, situated near the Thai border. With your eyes constantly focussed on what’s happening on and along the water surface, the team on board is already working on completing lunch for you and your fellow cruise guests.

Varied, flavourful and always based on fresh ingredients; lunch on day 2 of your cruise again will see the hospitable crew on board the Luang Say creating a delicious collection of dishes, Laotian style. A small buffet set-up allows you to indulge in new culinary surprises.

As we slowly reach the Laotian border town of Houayxay, we include one more stop at one of the villages, situated along the river banks. The often remote locations of these small settlements are a haven to witness an authentic way of life. Treasuring old traditions and habits that have withstood the test of time, these friendly locals are more than welcome to show you around as they show their immaculate craftsmanship.

It is smooth sailing from your last stop to the disembarkation pier at Houayxay. With natural splendour passing you by in abundance, leaving the Luang Say Cruise is not something that comes easy. A combined effort from the crew on board, complemented with breath-taking views, wonderful experiences and an authentic view from the Mekong over Laos, your tour ends at the Houayxay boat pier.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • Tours with licenced English-speaking guiding services / assistance. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability
  • Accommodation in sharing twin/double at selected resort in Pakbeng
  • Transportation for tour and transfers by river cruise, unless otherwise stated
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the program
  • All applicable taxes, service charges and baggage handling
  • All meals as indicated in the program (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours/ visits, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
  • Any domestic / international airline tickets, airport taxes, visa fees, specific camera / video fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general pick-up / drop-off regions (such as airports, out-of-town resorts, ports, harbours and accommodation in surrounding towns)
  • Any accommodation expenses of a personal nature. This includes (compulsory festive) meals and drinks, mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • International travel and medical insurance coverage for customers

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Guests are recommended to stay in Luang Prabang before embarking on the upstream cruise over the Mekong River.
  • This 2 day cruise program is also available as an downstream experience (Chiang Khong – Luang Prabang).
  • This cruise has fixed departure days during the year; contact us for the accurate schedule.
  • During Laos’ dry season the lower water levels of the Mekong River may not permit visits to certain villages.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has an immense power.
  • All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather and traffic conditions beyond our control.

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