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A must do

Firstly, we have to thanks our tour operator and guide Cham for all the hard work he put into... read more

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Wonderful introduction to Laos

We were picked up from Chang Rai exactly when promised, and helped across the border into Laos... read more

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Reviewed August 22, 2015

This option to cruise from Houei Xai to Luang Prabang is perfect for families and those looking for value for money. You won't be packed in with the mobs but sit in comfort with a great guide. Stops at ethnic villages. Top-shelf accommodation in Pak Beng. Highly recommended

Date of experience: July 2015
5  Thank Bernie R
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Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Good value for money! Two days of the wonderful landscapes, good services and the nice people on the boat. They provide any kind of need and you can relax and enjoy the trip. You visit also two villages and the famous Pak Ou cave.

Date of experience: August 2015
4  Thank giacomom456
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Houmpheng D, Owner at Mekong Smile Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2015

Thank you very much for your review. I am glad that you had a nice experience on the Mekong Cruise and you could relax.

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Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Don't make the mistake of rushing from Houayxai to Luang Prabang. This stretch of river needs time to really appreciate. Mekong Smile Cruises is a great option. They have great helpful staff and guides. Their itinerary makes very special stops in ethnic minority villages. Excellent lunch on board and we'll organised overnight in a good quality hotel in Pakbeng. More expensive than other options, but we'll worth it for those that want a personalised and unique experience.

Date of experience: July 2015
6  Thank Peter S
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Houmpheng D, Owner at Mekong Smile Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2015

Thank you for your kind review. I am very glad that you enjoyed the cruise. If you have friends who are visiting Laos please recommend us to them!
Thank you again,
Houmpheng

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Reviewed May 22, 2015

We went on the Mekong Smile Cruise for 2 days from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and enjoyed this relaxing trip very much. A special thanks to the boatsman and his wife. Lunch was really good!
Han and Jeannette Rademaker

Date of experience: May 2015
8  Thank Jeannette R
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Houmpheng D, Owner at Mekong Smile Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2015

Thank you for kind review. We would love to hear how to make your next trip a 5* experience!

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Reviewed March 17, 2015

We travelled with Mekong Smile cruises from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang downstream on 21st Feb for the 2 day cruise and it was fantastic. As the company is only new its not as well known yet and we were fortunate enough to be the only ones on the boat so we had the guides undivided attention. Bounthan (we named him Johnny) was very informative, but he gave us quiet time when needed. We were suppose to go with a competitor but are so very glad we didn't, we seen those boats along the river and they were all full.
Our guide, boat captain & cook were very professional and accommodating. The lunch provided was very tasty and plentiful, the cook is a very good cook, and the boat captain amazed us with the way he handled his boat. We had a reservation at the Mekong riverside lodge for the overnight stay at Pakbeng and Johnny told us the elephants come down to bathe at 6.30 in the morning, we seen them and heard them trumpeting to each other, it was the highlight of our trip through Laos. My partner loved cruising down the Mighty Mekong. We would highly recommend the Mekong smile cruise company, I want to thank the staff for a very memorable 2 days.

Date of experience: February 2015
9  Thank Kerry h
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