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Laos Slow Boat on a Sunday?

  • LauraCronk

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    Hi. I'm going to Laos from Chiang Mai in Jan 2010 and I have been trying to find out whether the Slow Boat goes on a Sunday or not. We are doing a whistle-stop tour of Asia so time is tight.
    I've also seen mixed stories as to whether the slow boat to Luang Probang is 3 days or 2 days travelling.

    Can someone please answer my questions so I can start getting excited about my trip :)

    #1 Posted: 15/10/2009 - 01:20

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  • somtam2000

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    ops -- didn't realise you asked this here!

    Boats depart daily -- slow boat takes two days, one night.

    Cheers

    #2 Posted: 15/10/2009 - 07:07

  • LauraCronk

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    Thanks somtam2000.
    I assume we are alright booking this when we get to Chiang Mai?

    #3 Posted: 15/10/2009 - 15:29

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    No need to book in advance -- the slow boats can just be "jumped on" when you arrive. It is possible to book it in Chiang Mai but not required.

    #4 Posted: 16/10/2009 - 05:12

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    boats leaving daily, and need 2 days with a stop in pakbeng for a nap in a guesthouse

    #5 Posted: 16/10/2009 - 17:08

  • Captain_Bob

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    In Chiang Mai you hear them talk about 3-day trips to Luang Prabang. That includes the 6-hour minivan ride to Chiang Kong where you stay for the night if doing the typical package deal. Then it's two 6-hour rides down to LP. No need at all to pre-book but the roughly 1600 baht packages sold in Chiang Mai are cost-effective and add convenience. Alternatively just take a public bus to Chiang Kong (daily aircon at 830am) and get over to Laos and buy your own boat ticket directly at the slow boat ramp. Cost is about 200,000kip/800baht/$24 for boat-only. Oh and boats run every single day. Sundays don't mean much in Laos.

    #6 Posted: 26/10/2009 - 02:38

  • jaizan

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    Sundays don't mean much in East Asia. Different religion.

    Wonderful.

    #7 Posted: 26/11/2009 - 05:24

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