The Slow Boat is a unique and rewarding cruise, perfect for exploring the exotic and beautiful scenery of Northern Laos in comfort. You will develop a sense of serenity being absorbed by the physical beauty of the Mekong River and its surrounding lush green landscape. 

Gliding smoothly on the river you will soak up the slow paced atmosphere as we wave to the friendly, smiling locals we see on our way to Luang Prabang.


  • Meet the H’mong, Yao and Khmu ethnic minority groups in their quaint and remote villages
  • Explore the Pak Ou Caves with the many ancient pilgrimage sites inside 
  • A slow boat cruise down river of Pakbeng
  • Enjoy the sunset over the mountains while sipping on a few drinks, on the Mekong River

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  • Duration


  • Destinations

    Houeixai - Pakbeng - Pak Ou - Luang Prabang

Our Services Include:
  • Accommodation in twin shared basis
  • Private, Air Conditioned Transport
  • Boat trips as stated in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fees to sites stated in the itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
  • Gov’t taxes and service charges
  • Luggage handling
  • Drinking water
Our Services Exclude:
  • Visas and Immigration fees on arrival
  • Domestic air ticket
  • Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
  • Travel and/or Medical Insurance
  • Lunch or dinner unless stated in the itinerary
  • Single room accommodation (quoted separately)
  • Child or adult in triple share accommodation
  • Foreign language guides other than English
  • Peak Season or Special Events Surcharges
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses


In the morning you will board a traditional slow boat for a cruise downriver to Pakbeng. 

The scenery along this part of the Mekong is arguably the most beautiful. Journey downriver you will stop at some Hmong, Yao and Khmu ethnic minority villages and have the opportunity to observe their traditional lifestyle. Lunch is served on deck as we enjoy the slow paced cruise.

Arriving at Pakbeng late afternoon, you will check in to your bungalow and enjoy a few drinks while watching the sunset over the mountains and the Mekong River.

Overnight in Pakbeng

In the morning we continue downstream and pass areas of un-spoilt forest with little villages along the riverbanks and perhaps the odd elephant or two with his ‘mahout’. You will visit a Hmong village and have the opportunity to explore the village. Lunch is served on deck as we enjoy a slow paced cruise.

 We will pull over for a visit to Pak-Ou Caves, an ancient pilgrimage site and containing thousands of gold lacquered Buddha images left there over hundreds of years.

Arriving in Luang Prabang around sunset we will transfer to your hotel. Your evening is free to explore the town or relax at your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.