Mekong Smile River Cruise

  • Mekong River with strange rock formations looking like a dog...
  • Mekong Smile Cruise captain
  • Meckong Smile Cruise snail boat
  • The snail boat is soooo comfortable..
  • Meeting with Mekong Smile Cruise owner Pheng
  • At Houay Xai I meet with Kae our Mekong Smile Cruise guide
  • Meckong Smile Cruise snail boat
Meckong Smile Cruise snail boat

Meckong Smile Cruise snail boat

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.

Mekong Smile Cruise captain

Mekong Smile Cruise captain

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.

Meckong Smile Cruise snail boat

Meckong Smile Cruise snail boat

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.


Mekong Smile Cruise boat

CONTACT Mekong Smile River Cruise AT:

07/152 Khemkhong Road, Huay Xai Neua Village, Huay Xai District, Bokeo Province, 05000

Tel: +856305385170
Lao mobile: +85620 56649094
Thai mobile: +66 800323371

ASIAN ITINERARY Mekong Smile Cruise Day 1 – Houay Xai to Pakbeng

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Thomas has a university background in the UK and in Latin America, with studies in Languages and Humanities, Culture, Literature and Economics. He started his Asian experience as a publisher in Krabi in 2005. Thomas has been editing local newspapers and magazines in England, Spain and Thailand for more than fifteen years. He is currently working on several projects in Thailand and abroad. Apart from Thailand, Thomas has lived in Italy, England, Venezuela, Cuba, Spain and Bali. He spends most of his time in Asia. During the years Thomas has developed a great understanding of several Asian cultures and people. He is also working freelance, writing short travel stories and articles for travel magazines. Follow Thomas on

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