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Le Grand Cruise

Houay Xay - Pak Beng - Luang Prabang

Le Grand Cruise or so-called “Slow Boat” is a unique and rewarding cruise, perfect for exploring the exotic and beautiful scenery of the North in comfort. Cruising down the Mekong River can be very relaxing.

You will have a chance to relax in a sense of serenity being absorbed by the physical pull of the 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.

Cruise Itinerary

2 days
Houay Xay - Luang Prabang (2 Days/ 1 Night) Houay Xay - Pakbeng - Luang Prabang

Day 1: Houay Xay - Pakbeng (Monday, Thursday, Friday)


  • Your boarding time is 8:30 am.
  • Our local guide will meet and assist you at Lao side immigration and transfer you to board our cruise. Please find the signboard “Le Grand Cruise” at the meeting point in front of the immigration counter.
  • This morning, you will board your traditional slow boat for the cruise downstream the Mekong River to the river town of Pakbeng.
  • En route, the scenery along this part of the Mekong is arguably at its most beautiful.
  • On your journey downriver, you will stop at some Hmong, Yao, and Khmu ethnic minority villages and experience observing their traditional local lifestyle.
  • Lunch is served on board while cruising.


  • Arriving at Pakbeng late in the afternoon
  • You will check into your bungalow and enjoy a few drinks while watching the sunset over the mountains and the Mekong River at the swimming pool side terrace.


  • Overnight in Pakbeng.


You may hoop off & hoop on staying longer at our property to continue visiting local villages and experiencing gold panning and the local way of life in this remote countryside.

You can always hop on board our next cruise in a few days and/or drive 140 km to Oudomxay to board an express train down to Luang Prabang, etc.

Day 2: Pak Beng - Pak Ou - Luang Prabang (Tuesday, Friday, Saturday)


  • Breakfast and transfer you from our resort to the boarding pier.
  • Your board time is 08:00.
  • This morning we continue the second leg downstream, past areas of unspoiled 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 local villages and old temples.
  • Lunch is served on board as we enjoy the slow-paced cruise.


  • We will pull over for a visit to Pak-Ou Caves, an ancient pilgrimage site containing thousands of gold lacquered Buddha images left there over hundreds of years.
  • Arriving in Luang Prabang, you will disembark at Le Calao Pier around sunset.
  • Your local guide is ready to meet you and transfer you to your hotel.


  • Overnight in Luang Prabang.
2 days
Luang Prabang - Houay Xay (2 Days/ 1 Night) Luang Prabang - Pak Beng - Houay Xay

Day 1: Luang Prabang - Pak Beng (Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday)


  • Greetings and welcome you on board. Your boarding time is at 07:00, and we expect you to arrive earlier, by 06:30 at the Le Calao pier.
  • Today, the Le Grand Cruiser will take you upstream from the Mekong to Pakbeng. We estimate your journey by 8–9 hours.
  • Your continental breakfast is served while the boat is cruising to Pak Ou Village, at the mouth of the Nam Ou River, where you will visit the Tam Ting Caves of a Thousand Buddha.
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch on board


  • Stop at a hill tribe village where you can watch the traditional process of Lao whiskey production.
  • Arrive at Pakbeng around sunset and check in at Le Grand Pakbeng.


  • Dinner is served on the terrace overlooking the Mekong.

*Optional: You may hop off & on staying longer at our property for longer in order to continue visiting local villages, experience gold panning and local way of life in this remote countryside. And you can always hop on boarding our next cruise in a few days…etc.

Day 2: Pak Beng - Houay Xay (Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday)


  • After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Pak Beng Pier.
  • Your boarding time is 7:00 am. You will board the second leg of the cruise upstream of the Mighty Mekong River.
  • En route, one stop is made to observe rural life along the Mekong and minorities such as Hmong, Yao, and Khmu ethnic minority villages.
  • Buffet lunch will be served on board


  • Continue to Houay Xay, where you will arrive around 5:00 pm.
  • You may proceed to Chiang Rai on the same day


Routing Rate per person Single Supplement
Houay Xay – Luang Prabang
(2 Days/ 1 Night)
$518 $200
Luang Prabang – Houay Xay
(2 Days/ 1 Night)
$460 $160

Inclusive of:

  • Accommodation in double/twin shared basis
  • Join-In transfer from/to boat piers as indicated in itinerary
  • Join-In Cruise (Share cruise with other passengers)
  • Assistant English-speaking guide on board
  • Admission fees to sites stated in the itinerary
  • Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches on board, 1 dinner at hotel
  • Government taxes and service charges
  • Luggage handling
  • Drinking water/ Coffee or tea while on board

Exclusive of:

  • Visas and Immigration fees on arrival
  • Transfer from boat pier to hotel in Luang Prabang or Houay Xay
  • Travel and/or any Insurance of all kinds
  • Lunch or dinner unless stated in the itinerary above
  • Single room accommodation• Child or adult in triple share accommodation
  • Foreign language guides, beside English speaking as indicated
  • Peak Season or Special Events Surcharges
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
Price from:
Price per person, based on 2 people

    You will not be billed at this stage

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