I’ve been to several cruises but mostly on a yacht . Most of them last for at least two-three hours. In the said cruise what we did was to sail in the middle of the ocean and then eat, drink , party, then back to the port area. It was such a great experience to go on a cruise boat with real stops destinations in mind. This is what I experienced when I cruised down the the world’s 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia, the Mekong River.
The Mekong River also known as the Greater Mekong Subregion covers 2.6 million square kilometers and surpases 6 different countries: Cambodia, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province in China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. For our multi-country Mekong fam tour we landed on two countries, Thailand and Laos and we boarded the Mekong River cruise that lasted for eight (8) hours with two stops: a visit of a traditional village of hill tribe in Baw and the Caves of 1,000 Buddha.
Mekong River Cruise
Mekong Cruise / the Luangsay Resort offers packages for a cruise like the one we had. It includes 2 days and 1 night stay at the resort that includes the cruise along the Mekong River with the stops at the village in Lao and the Pak Oiu Cave of a thousand Buddah. Off-peak rates is US$400 up to US$700 during peak season. They operated Monday, Friday during low season (April until September except June – non operation) and Monday, Thursday, Friday during High Season (November –March and October). Cruise package includes lunch and snacks. Stay at the resort includes breakfast.
They also have a reverse trip which is from Luang Prabang to Houeisay, called cruise Up and it is available on Wednesday/Saturday during low season, add Tuesday during high season. You may visit mekong-cruises.com or luangsay.com for more information on booking the Up and Down Mekong River Cruises
How to get there?
We did the most unconventional way of going about the cruise. We went by land and cross the border of Banhuaykon Border Nan, Thailand to Pak Beng District in Laos. Until we arrived at the Luangsay Resort where our Mekong River cruise started.
Luangsay Resort / Luangsay Residences
Yes, like I mentioned above there is a cruise both ways which is what they call cruise up or cruise down. Airport transfers to the port area or hotel can be arranged. Meanwhile Thai Air Asia has two flights going to and from Bangkok International Airport (DMK) to Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) .
Why would you want to go on a Mekong River tour?
If you want to do something out of the regular travel experience you have , like maybe going to the beach and trekking, this is something you may want to try. You will get to learn about culture and history and the way of living of the locals who live by the riverside. Having such experience broadens your view in life and gives you a different perspective with your own way of life. Aside from the cultural experience the scenic view along the river as you cruise is very calming and invigorating. The fact that there’s no telecommunication signal while on the cruise gives you that internet/social media detox you need and should have once in awhile. The Mekong River cruise we had is about 8 hours total. We started at 8:30am from Luangsay Resort at Pak Beng Laos and ended the cruise at Luang Prabang around 5pm. We had two stops that took about less than an hour each stops. One stop was at a small village 2 hours away from Pak Beng, the next stop is to the Pak Oiu Cave whch is 2 hours from that village. Then to Luang Prabang is also about 2 hours.
Traditional Riverside Laotian Village
Cave of a thousand Buddha (Pak Oiu Cave)
Please visit www.mekongtourism.orgto know more about the tours, business or any other activities you might have in mind or follow their social media @TourismMekong. They are also on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/mekong-tourism.
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