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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

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed March 15, 2016

Do not hesitate to book with Mekong Smile Cruise, it was fabulous from start to finish. We were picked up in Chiang Rai, Thailand and taken to the border crossing. Pheng was there to meet us and assist with the visa requirements on the Laos side. We were driving to our hotel in town and collected the next morning and taken to the boat, always at the time advised or slightly earlier. There was 15 of us on the cruise and we were all comfortable and could move around as we wished. There was always tea coffee and fresh fruit available and the lunches were amazing, so good!! The stops at the villages were really interesting, and the children appreciated the pens and paper we took for them, at the overnight stop we bought some more pens and a football for the stop on the second day, other people also purchased gifts for the children. We also stopped at Pac Ou caves just prior to arriving in Louang Prabang, they are not difficult to get to from the boat. Upon arrival at Louang Prabang there was a mini bus waiting to take us to our hotel. You have a guide all the way who explains things as we travelled. If you are worried that two days is too long, don't worry no one on board got bored. One of the highlights of our tour so far.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed March 10, 2016

Its a very good trip, i have done it with local boat and with this on, is worth every dollars to go on this boat, you have space and the guide we have was Amazing.

Date of experience: January 2016
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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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