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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

Reviewed 2 days ago
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 February 26, 2016

Great experience compared to cheaper options. The Mekong Smile cruise was well organised and very relaxing. We were not packed in like sardines with only a small number of friendly people. The boat was comfortable with reclining seats, the food was tastey and more than enough. Could even purchase a beer if you wanted to. Our guide was well spoken and informative. He looked after us extremely well. The scenery was amazing. The overnight say in Pakbeng was a real experience in itself. You have the choice to choose your own accommodation which is worth looking into. We arrived in Lang Prabang safely and feeling very rested and relaxed. We were very pleased we chose Mekong Smile.

Date of experience: February 2016
3  Thank Levine
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Reviewed February 26, 2016

We planned to take the slow boat to Luang Prabang but decided to upgrade at the last minute. We wanted comfort, space, food and ease of travel. We were picked up at our hotel in Thailand, transported across the border to Laos. Once there we were picked up by out guide and taken to the boat. He spoke English and had wonderful stories about his experiences as well as others. We stopped at several villages.. It was a highlight of our travels. The food was excellent. The total cost was $150 per person, well worth every cent.

Date of experience: February 2016
3  Thank Jovan_10
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Reviewed February 25, 2016

This was one of the highlights of our trip to SE Asia. The whole experience was amazing, everything was perfect from the boat, the food, the village visits, the overnight hotel even the weather was perfect, if a little cold first thing in the morning.
A special thank you to our English speaking guide, the boat captain and his family. We were made to feel very welcome and all were most helpful.
Only issue was alighting from the boat at Pak Beng. It was a steep climb up a sandy slope and maybe not easy for some people.

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank Richard L
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Houmpheng D, Owner at Mekong Smile Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2016

Thank you for you kind words and I am so glad you enjoyed your trip down the Mekong River with Mekong Smile Cruises, we hope you use us again if you come back to Laos and we will take your advice on board, once again thank you for using our company

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Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

I can only continue with the good reviews already posted so far. The whole cruise was very well organized: Starting from the pick-up in Chiang Rai, through the accommodation in Pakbeng up to the taxi service in Luang Prabang. Mr. Pheng and our guide Kae even helped us with all the formalities required to cross the Lao boarder before entering the boat!

So if you are looking for a good alternative to the slowboats, Mekong Smile Cruise is definitely a good choice. The boat is very nice with enough space to enjoy the sun and the Lao beer. Included in the trip are also three stops (we visited two villages and the Pak Ou caves).
Our guide Kae was always very concerned about our well-being and provided us with lots interesting information.

All in all it was a really wonderful and relaxing trip, I would highly recommend!

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank laoghaire1980
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Reviewed February 10, 2016 via mobile

From our first email require from the final drop at our hotel, Mekong Smile was fabulous! The value for the money is great. The boat was comfortable, not crowded at all. The tours along the way were nice excursions. A tip for the next group -- bring along pens and notebooks to give to the village children. The tour groups help support their schools. Our guide Mr Ca was knowledgeable and super friendly! The food was great and the beers were cold. Accommodation in Pak Beng was fine; they gave us a few options and we booked in at Mon Sa Van. They even called vans to take us directly to our hotels in Luang Prabang! I would definitely recommend this over the public boat or the speed boat. The value is great!!

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank sam16286
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