Mekong River Explorer, 5 days

Tour Overview

Experience the peace of life on the Mekong River and take in the charming town of Luang Prabang and it’s surrounding natural beauty on this five day trip. We will embark on a two day boat journey along the mighty Mekong River, taking us from Houay Xai to Luang Prabang, with an overnight stop at Pakbeng. From the boat, we can admire the lush jungle, undulating mountains and sleepy villages along the way. Before reaching Luang Prabang, we will visit the mysterious Pakou Caves, adorned with thousands of Buddha statues and experience the distilling of rice whiskey in a small rural village. In the charming town of Luang Prabang, we will discover ancient temples, traditional wooden houses and colonial architecture, including the sacred monument of Wat Visoun, where we can walk the 318 steps up Phousi Hill to the golden stupa to enjoy panoramic views across the landscape. We will see the temples of Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai, and visit former Royal Palace and National Museum. We will visit the spectacular 60 meter high Kuang Si Waterfalls, where we can relax, swim and climb the falls, with an opportunity to also visit a nearby butterfly park.

Tour Information

Tour HighLight

+ Take a gentle cruise down the Mekong River and admire the beautiful scenery, stopping at riverside villages to learn about life on the river

+ Experience the stunning Pakou caves, adorned with thousands of golden Buddha statues

+ Explore the ancient town of Luang Prabang, with visits to its ancient temples and monuments, as well as its surrounding natural sites. Learn about Luang Prabang’s heritage with guided tours of Wat Visoun, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Mai and the former Royal Palace - now the National Museum

+ Take in Luang Prabang local life by witnessing the saffron-clad monks collecting offerings on the streets at sunrise, shopping at the bustling night market and trying delicious local cuisine

+ Trek to the spectacular 60 metre high, Kuang Si Waterfall, to enjoy swimming and relaxation, with the opportunity to visit a nearby butterfly park

+ See traditional craft making at small rural villages, and meet people from the hill-tribe communities

+ Private airport transfers and experienced, knowledgeable local guides ensure that you will get the most out of your time in the city

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Houay Xai – Pakbeng

Transfer to boat pier and spend this day crusing along  Mekong River.  Admire the unseen scenery along  Mekong River and make stop to visit  hill tribe village.

OVERNIGHT: Pakbeng MEALS: Lunch, Dinner

On arrival at Houay Xai border gate, you are met by the cruise staff and  transferred  by the local transport to  the boat landing. We board the traditional boat at 9h00  and  navigate down the Mekong River. This mighty river winds its way from Tibet - China through  Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, and finally into Vietnam. We will explore a part of the Mekong River on two day trip to Luang Prabang. This watercourse comes chiefly from rainfall, which fluctuates seasonally. The raining season makes the cruise up and down easy, however it involves some hardships for every boat rider to manage the boat past many rapids and rock formations in dry season. This thrilling river trip still is  a perfect way to admire the fantastic scene with a mixture of the lush jungle, undulating mountains, sleepy villages  and riverine life. Along the way we have a stop to visit some riverside village inhabited by the Hmong, Yao and Khmu hilltribe people. They are very poor, but have an interesting local culture and colorful history. The relaxed cruise reaches Pakbeng by mid or late afternoon depending on the water level of the Mekong River. This sleepy and small riverside town sets against the towering mountain backdrops and overlooks the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Beng Rivers. There are not much to see in town place as it is basically an overnight stop to break the long journey.

Day 2

Pakbeng – Pakou Caves – Luang Prabang

Continue cruising along  Mekong River and get view of  local life close up. En route, visit Pakou Cave and Ban Xang Hai. Arriving in Luang Prabang, take a short drive to hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Luang Prabang MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Luang Prabang City Tour

Spend  this day exploring Luang Prabang Town.  Visit Wat Xieng Thong, Royal Palace, national Museum, Wat Mai and Wat Visoun. Walk up  to Phousi hill  to visit this hill top temple and catch view of Luang Prabang.

OVERNIGHT: Luang Prabang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4

Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall – Butterfly Park

Spend this morning  to visit carft village of Ban Phanom  and hill tribe village of Ban Na Oun. Continue driving to explore Kuang Si Waterfall. Free time to relax by Mekong riverside and explore local life.  

OVERNIGHT: Luang Prabang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 5

Luang Prabang – Departure

Check out hotel and transfer to  airport for departure



What are Included?

Tour Transport:

Car, minivan or bus, private or joint boat , train,  mentioned  flights ( 20kg luggage allowance )

Tour Accommodation:

4 nights at hotel  on twin sharing basis

Included Meals:

4 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 1 dinner (D)


English speaking guide. French , Germany , Spanish, Italian, Russian  speaking guide can be arranged with on request.

Tour Activities:

Boat excursion along Mekong River with entrance fee

Sightseeing tour of Luang Prabang  with entrance fee

Boat trip on Mekong River in Luang Prabang

Excursion to Kuang Si Waterfall

What are Excluded?


Transport  to Houay Xai /from Luang Prabang 

Optional services ( extra activities, pre /post night)

Visa fee to Laos and  travel insurance

Tipping for tour guide/ leader, driver and local service

Single room on request and personal expenses

How are Hotels?


Tour document

To make your trip more convenient, we would like to provide quick facts to ensure that you have the right travel documents.


The passport must have six-months validity remaining and one blank page for entry stamp. To enter Laos, foreigners require a valid visa, except  nationals of certain countries, which may visit  Laos without visa for a period of time. You are required to contact our sales dep. to get the update visa exemption.


At this time, no vaccination is required, but you should check with your doctor the health  information of Laos.


Based on the current custom regulation of Laos , visitors can get free import : 200 cigarettes or 500 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco;  2 liters of alcohol or wine or 5 liters of beer;  1 item of perfume or eau de toilette; personal effects.

The foreign currency in amounts exceeding USD 2,000.- (in cash or checks) must be declared on arrival or departure.



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