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Slow Boat ticket Luang Prabang - Pakbeng - Houay xay

By Laos Group Tours
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Ages 4-75, max of 15 per group
Duration:2 days
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Ticket type:Mobile


  • Hotel pick up (Hotels in city centre)
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Drop off transportation
  • Dinner

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Free pick up for option 1 and option 2 only
  • Laos Group Tours, Banxiengmuoan, 62, 4 Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang 10000, Laos Laos Group Tours Office in Night market street next to Moniso shop ans 3 Naga Shop
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Pak Beng, Laos
  • Huay Xai, Laos

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 54969P34

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 54969P34

Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
4 stops
Day 1
Luang Prabang to Pak Beng or...
Day 2
Pak Beng to Huoay Xai Cruise or...
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About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travelers have to say about the operator.

jakehutton
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Failed TWICE consecutively
Not once but twice this tour company failed us. First, we booked a private airport transfer from Luang Prabang air
101leend
101leend
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Don’t use this
Don’t use this service. It is very complicated to organise, very tiresome. It costs three times as much as the real
Ashleigh L
Ashleigh L
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Fun activity
Picked up from our hotel and drove approx 40 minutes on the other side of the river. We were then given access to a
Jess Q
Jess Q
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Simple and efficient
Easy and smooth to use, good communication throughout and made sure that we got the tickets we wanted without havin
Julia E
Julia E
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Amazing tour guide and beautiful scenery
This was an amazing adventure through local villages and jungle landscape on the way to a local waterfall. The tour
DEREKHILDR
DEREKHILDR
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Luang Prabang by train
My ticket was arranged through your agent in country and brought to me at my hotel. I did have to contact the agent
KittLa123
KittLa123
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Fab
Just as fun as expected. Staff were friendly and helpful. We went on a weekday morning so I think we were the only
Jukka87
Jukka87
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Something you need to see, but don’t expected it to be ”religious” or ”peaceful” event.
Beutiful event but growded of turists who are not respecting monks; not govering shoulders and knees, shouting, run
maikL7298IA
maikL7298IA
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Wonderful tour
I joined the tour with Mr. Thin and it was fantastic. I really enjoyed my tour thanks to Mr. Thin's kind support an
raxet
raxet
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Best tour agency in town BY FAR
No wonder they have the best ratings of all tour agencies in town. They are super helpful and run the most competit
Emily L
Emily L
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Bus good
Bus is comfy. Air conditioned. Roads to get to Luang Prabang are not fun though. Be prepared to not get sleep while
MrKKin
MrKKin
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Laos Cultural Holiday Package 8Days 7Nights
I contacted Phong months before my trip to Laos and he arranged all my airport transfers as well as day hikes, cook
A3977HJdavidv
A3977HJdavidv
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Worth a private tour
Interesting local knowledge and a variety of things to see. Our guide Thim was very helpful and friendly and even a
Malcolm H
Malcolm H
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Twin zip line made our day
Emailed the night before to confirm pick up. Picked up from hotel by electric buggy and taken to ferry. Crossed th
happytimes1001
happytimes1001
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Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane
We loved our holiday in Laos. Our guide, Sai from Laos Group Tours, met us at the airport and for the next 8 days,
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Beth
Bristol, UK960 contributions
We purchased tickets from our hostel in Chiang Khong (Namkhong Guesthouse) where they didnt give us a reciept but said we would get a sticker the next day and that this would be suffice. Note:make sure you get a reciept!! We probably paid over the odds (1250 baht per person). The price included transfer to the boarder. Also be aware than you will still need another 20 baht each to cross the bridge to get to Laos! Here our stickers allocated us to a pick up truck to take us to the slow boat. The first days boat leaves at 11:30am so make sure you get through passport and visas in good time!! (Note: theres also a fee in Dollars for the visas it's mainly 30 dollars, but for UK its 35 and we saw it was 40 for Canadians. Oh and remember to bring a passport photo.)

They overload the boats and there were more than one person without a seat and had to sit with their bags (again make sure you get there in good time!!). The seats are mostly car seats but there were a few church pews type seats with cushions on. I recommend the car seats - they recline!! There was a toilet on board (try and avoid) and a little cafe/bar selling beer for 10,000 to 20,000 kip, fizzy drinks for 10,000 kip and some snacks varying prices from 5,000 to 15,000 kip. The views are lovely and keep you entertained for a while but I would highly recommend a book, magazine, sudoku or crossword! I also reccomend trying to sit near the front (engine is at the back and noisy!) and also to make your bag recognisable, we put colourful rain covers on ours. When they unpack the boats it's a scramble to find your bags and you dont wanna end up with someone else's etc...

After 6 and a bit hours you then stop at Pakbeng. Once you've got your bags you clamber up the rocks and there are a tonne of Lao people trying to entice you to stay at their guesthouse. We stayed at Donevilasuk and had no problems (I've reviewed this place separately). There are a handful of "bars" we went to Hive bar for a drink, some food and a game of pool. The guesthouse owners appear to act as a rep for these places. 

The next day the boats leave at 0900. Whatever you do, get up early and get on the boat! Again its over packed and this leg is longer so you will 100% want a seat!! Also stock up on nibbles before you leave again. 

The second leg of the journey is 8 hours, so again have some entertainment but lots of people chat to one another, sleep etc...

At the Luang Prabang end it's another scramble for the bags and a hike up the steps. They dont drop you anywhere near the town so here you have to get a tuktuk which was 20,000kip perperson to the centre. You all get bundled into the tuktuks and bags get put on top and then they drive you to the centre. We hadn't booked a room so used the centre to then wander and find accommodation.

I would totally recommend the slow boat route to get you to Luang Prabang but just go prepared with food, drinks, entertainment and patience.

Written January 22, 2020
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massi cara
8 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
Very good experience is a good tour agency nice people very kind and disponible i liked their services
Written August 31, 2022
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