A Journey along the waterways of Laos
After two years, it is again possible to cruise on the Mekong River in Laos!
This mythical river of Southeast Asia is 4,350 km-long and covers more than 1,350 km in Laos. The Mekong offers a great number of possibilities for cruising. As a natural border between Laos and Myanmar in the North, then with Thailand and finally Cambodia, it seems to be a must during a trip to Laos. What could be better than to let yourself be rocked by the swirls of the Mekong while discovering the still untouched landscapes of Northern Laos? For two days or more, enjoy the scenery along the water from Houayxay to Luang Prabang.
Embark the cruise in Houayxay in the early morning and sail peacefully to Pakbeng to spend the night. Often just a stopover on the two-day cruise, why not stay an extra day in Pakbeng and you’ll have the little river town to yourself when the other travellers depart in the morning? You will be able to stroll through the local market, visit pagodas, hike to ethnic minority villages or to relax on the banks of the Mekong and observe life along the river.
Your second day of navigation will take you to Luang Prabang, the pearl of Laos and the former royal capital of the ‘Kingdom of a Million Elephants’.
Throughout the cruise, there will be plenty of stops to visit villages and meet the ethnic minorities of the region and there is also the chance to visit the famous sacred caves of Pak Ou.
Pictures Credit: Shompoo Cruise