My husband and I are wanting to travel from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and stay a couple of nights in Pakbeng on the way. Am I right in thinking that we are able to just buy a ticket on a public boat, hop off in Pakbeng and then buy tickets in Pakbeng to travel on to Luang Prabang? We arrive in Chiang Rai on Saturday afternoon which means we will have missed the 'tourist' boats. We don't mind a bit of adventure (although we are getting on a bit) so the public boat will be ok, but just want to be sure that we can travel as planned. Thanks!