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Mekong River

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Address: 05000, Laos
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A wonderfully relaxing two day slow boat ride down the awesome Mekong

While visiting Luang Prabang in 2012 and having watched the slow boats arriving and leaving which looked like a good experience we decided that one day we would return and do the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
John W R
East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting Luang Prabang in 2012 and having watched the slow boats arriving and leaving which looked like a good experience we decided that one day we would return and do the trip from Houay Xai to Luang Prabang. We had heard rumors of the river being dammed soon in this region so we decided in December this past year... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our cruise was arranged by Nagi of Mekong and we are very happy with the service provided by this tour company so we highly recommend them. Very prompt & professional communication when arranging via email. Nice comfortable boat & the tour guide Sai & the rest of the boat staff were so nice. I was provided vegan options which were... More 

Thank Ru E
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Whether you go downstream ( most favoured way) or upstream less popular and slower, the trip on the Mekong between Huay Xay and Luang Prebang is a great way to get into the slower pace of Laos, or as a nostalgic moment of parting gateway to the bursting energy that is Thailand. If your boat is not full then move... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Very impressed with the Mekong and the boat trip. It's a huge fast flowing river, even outside rainy season which does make it a brown, mucky colour but just its presence is awesome. Not a great deal to see, other than foliage around the banks and hillside with the north bank hardly populated at all. It's an awesome river.

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

We travelled from Chiang Kong in Thailand to Louangprabang in Laos over a leisurely 2 days. Very relaxing and excellent value and organisation by Adisak of Nagi of Mekong.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with Luang Say Cruise. We were met at the Immigration Office by Luang Say's representative Kee (easily identified by a sign and uniform) who ensured smooth processing for everyone to cross from Chiang Khong into Laos. After a couple of short bus trips to complete the border crossing, we left Huay Xai for two great... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

We took a boat for 2 hours boat trip on the river. It's nice to see from-the river side the banks. You can see people work the tiny fields on river banks . Fishermen fishing and more. It's a nice quiet trip. Worth it We decided to skip the PAK Ou caves as per recommendations.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

I am writing a review here as I couldn't find any specific reviews for LuangSay cruises unfortunately but because we really enjoyed our trip with them, I wanted to share or experience. We were on the first trip up river in July and there was only four of us on board, so plenty of space to spread out and enjoy... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

3 days & 2 nights of boating up the Mekong River from Luang Prabang to Houayxay. Meeting minority villages, staying at Kamu and Luang Say Lodges and learning about the everyday life for people living on the Mekong. The Kamu long boat was small, comfortable and smooth and the guide, Tong, was fantastic! The luang say boat was a lot... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016

Probably, the best part to enjoy Luang Prabang at first is staying at Mekong River view hotels. In the morning, you hear locals prepare their days and get to feel like you are living in Laos not staying at a hotel. While Nam khan river side allows you to have more quietness. You can mix your stay. In terms of... More 

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