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 LauraCronk has been a member since 13/10/2009. Posts: 4
I assume we are alright booking this when we get to Chiang Mai?
#3 LauraCronk has been a member since 13/10/2009. Posts: 4
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.
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.
Sundays don't mean much in East Asia. Different religion.
#7 jaizan has been a member since 16/11/2009. Posts: 13