The trip from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang in 2 days 1 night on Mekong Smile River Cruise has the following program:
Day 1: from Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong – Pakbeng
Early in the morning at 6 – 6:30 am, we have a private car to pick you up from your hotel at the lobe, by road 135 kilometers, it take about 1:30 – 2 hours you will get to Chiang Khong border about 8 am. Then check out from Thailand, our driver will pay shuttle bus ticket for you, it take a couple minute to cross the bridge to Huay Xai border. The Mekong Smile Cruise teams wait on the Lao side, my team will prepare arrival card and visa form for you. So you have to prepare a photo for the visa (40 baht if you don’t have one), you can exchange your money to Kip, we have a van to pick you up to the boat.
Then take Mekong Smile cruise down the mighty Mekong river to Luang Prabang, the passenger will enjoy both sides of Mekong River, the boat takes 1:30 hours to pass Lao and Thai border (call Phadai mountain) then the river comes to Lao (the both side of the river are Lao) about 30 minutes the boat have to stop Pak Tha (border check point) take 45 minutes to Mekong village to learn their culture and relax, then come back to the cruise and a buffet lunch will be served onboard. After lunch is your free time to relax and enjoy the Mekong River. The cruise arrives at Pakbeng before sunset for an overnight stay at Mekong Riverside Lodge or similar in Pakbeng.
Day 02: Cruise downstream: Pakbeng – Luang Prabang
Departure time: 8 am.
Early in the morning you can visit the Pakbeng market (optional). After breakfast we depart at 8 am to journey down the Mekong River. The first stop is at Ban Baw where you will observe the traditional whisky village, weaving village, handicrafts and textiles. A buffet lunch is served onboard. The boat stops again to visit Pak Ou Caves. There are two caves, ‘Tham Ting’ and ‘Tham Phoum.’ The caves contain thousands of Buddha images. The mekong cruise arrives at Luang Prabang, a UNESCO world heritage city, before sunset and we have the van to pick you up at the main pier to Luang Prabang.
CONTACT Mekong Smile River Cruise AT:
07/152 Khemkhong Road, Huay Xai Neua Village, Huay Xai District, Bokeo Province, 05000
Lao mobile: +85620 56649094
Thai mobile: +66 800323371
ASIAN ITINERARY Mekong Smile Cruise Day 1 – Houay Xai to Pakbeng