Slow boat Vientiane to Pak Lai then Luang Prabang
29th October, 2010
Can anyone give me some idea if this route is still operating by cargo passenger boat. I am going in June 2011 and interested to know some details and personal experiences.
#1 Posted: 2/11/2010 - 10:52
21st October, 2006
Total reviews: 4
At least 67
VTE-Pak Lai boat:
even so, i wonder how long passenger boats will continue to ply this route since the Pak Lai-Xanakham-VTE road has been improved & is now served by buses (including one that goes all the way to Sayabouly town). maybe check again closer to June 2011.
between Pak Lai & LPB:
hasn't been any regular passenger boat service for years (even back in 2006).
there are cargo boats, not sure how frequent (might have to wait for days before the next one sets off) & how easy/possible it is to negotiate for a space on board (do you speak Lao?).
cargo passenger boat
cargo boats & passenger boats (that take on a bit of smaller cargo) are quite different - see pics here:
#2 Posted: 3/11/2010 - 08:41
29th October, 2010
I have read the recent links you gave me and they were all interesting, at least they are still operating. Will check it out more as I do have plenty of time before i start the trip.
Hopefully will get some feedback from someone who has done the trip
#3 Posted: 4/11/2010 - 11:03
13th December, 2010
Following advice of Lonely Planet guide (and some research on internet) I was in Paklai today (Monday) hoping to find a regular boat for Vientiane. Sadly the boat no longer exists - I cannot assert with certitude it is definitely over, it might be a seasonal problem, but it seems likely this boat is dead.
Note that I took the bus ride instead, and that it is quite nice (forested hills, beautiful stretches along the Mekong) though a bit tiring (half the route is on unsealed roads).
#4 Posted: 13/12/2010 - 18:56
30th January, 2012
Total reviews: 2
In April 2011, we've chartered a boat from Luang Prabang to Vientiane . It was a rather small boat, we were 4 people on board and it cost us 800 USD (quite expensive, but the journey was worth it !). We left Luang Prabang around 8h30 in the morning, sailed until sunset and stopped somewhere for the night (maybe in PakLai, I don't remember). We slept on the boat : mattresses were put on the floor and we were provided with mosquito nets. The following morning, we continued our trip to Vientiane, reaching there around 5p.m.
So, to answer your question, there is no regular boat service between Luang Prabang and Vientiane or the other way round. The only way is to charter a boat (our boat could take up to 6passengers). Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the travel agency which organised that trip, but it was a small travel agency on the Mekong banks, near the boat landing in Luang Prabang.
Hope this can help other travellers !
#5 Posted: 26/2/2014 - 20:19
Add your reply
You need to be logged in to add a reply.
Not a member? you can join here.
|Possibly related discussions||Replies||Views||Latest reply|
|Huay Xai to Luang Prabang by slow boat ...||43||36258||23 Jun 2008|
|Pakbeng to luang prabang , The slow boat:? ...||2||6198||22 Feb 2009|
|Slow boat down the Mekong - HoueiSay to Luang Prabang ...||10||8380||6 Feb 2014|
|Slow boat upriver from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai ...||1||845||25 Feb 2014|
|Phetsokxai in Pakbeng...stop on slow boat to Luang Prabang... ...||0||3236||24 Nov 2009|
|Booking a bus and slow boat from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang from Ch.M - any suggestions? ...||7||8180||12 Mar 2013|
|Boat from Vientiane to Luang Prabang ...||2||3840||1 Mar 2012|
|Price of slow boats from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang ...||5||5195||19 May 2006|
|Boat to Luang Prabang ...||2||3383||13 Sep 2008|
|thailand to luang prabang by boat ...||2||3272||1 Jun 2011|