Upper Mekong Cruise

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Journey along remote stretches of the upper Mekong Rver from Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand to the cultural capital of Laos, Luang Prabang

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World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.


Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong then Pakbeng

The journey from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang begins early this morning. Your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Chiang Rai at 06:00am. The drive to the border takes about 1.5-2 hrs, reaching the Chiang Khong border at around 08:00am. Here you will meet our local partner with a welcome sign at the Chiang Khong border immigration office. He will help you to exit Thailand and get the shuttle bus to the Lao border. Then your local English speaking guide will welcome you at Lao customs to apply for the visa. After getting the visa, you will take a shared transfer by Tuk Tuk or minivan to the slow boat pier to embark on the boat. During the cruise, the boat will make its first stop in Pak Tha, to have necessary boat documents signed. The second stop will be to visit a Hill tribe village along the Mekong River. Our guide will explain the way of living, and the origins, of these rural populations. Lunch is served on board and during the afternoon you will be free to relax and taste local flavors, with seasonal snacks and drinks. The boat will arrive in Pakbeng in the early evening for an overnight stay at a comfortable hotel/lodge (dinner at the hotel).

To Luang Prabang, trip concludes

Early in the morning you can visit Pakbeng Market to experience authentic village life before returning to the hotel for breakfast. The cruise departs today at 08:00am. On the way to Luang Prabang we will stop in a traditional Hmong village, where you'll witness local handicraft skills such as weaving. Lunch again will be served on board. Our next stop will be at the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, located at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers.There are two caves ‘Tham Ting’ and ‘Tham Phoum,’ and these photogenic caves are renowned for their collection of thousands of Buddha sculptures and images left over the years by pilgrims. We return to the boats for the final journey along the Mekong which brings us into Luang Prabang, a UNESCO world heritage city before sunset. A driver will meet you at the pier for your transfer to your hotel.

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This trip journeys from Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand to the beautifully tranquil Luang Prabang, Laos. Our first stop is the Thai riverside town of Chiang Khong, where we cross the border to Huay Xai, Laos. Here we board the traditional boat to cruise down the Mekong River with stops at villages along the way before reaching our destination for the evening, Pakbeng. Enjoy an evening at the serene and spectacular boutique lodge in this remote, rural town before continuing the journey the following morning. En route to Luang Prabang we will stop off to explore villages and also the mysterious Pak OU Caves, filled with thousands of Buddha statues left by pilgrims.

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