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Help with riverboat trip to Luang Prabang??

  • chris1dna

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    I am looking to book a trip from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang Laos. I have transportation from Chaing Mai via friends but dont know the deal about what is the Best boat opperation going right now. I am looking for better accomadations than say backpacker this go around as I am accompanied by my parents on thier first trip to Thailand. I am married to a Thai and have one 18 month old along with my folks. I have been to Chaing Mai and the surrounding area about a half dozen times along with Chaing Rai and Pai and the far northern border town with Burma (name escapes me)so I understand the levels of accomadations we are dealing with. I am just looking for something thats comfortable and legit. Good service and the like. I realize this may be a bit to hope for with a fairly new tourist destination but my folks are in thier 70s so there it is. They are a very heathly 70s as well. Thanks very much for any help.
    Sawasdee, Chris

    #1 Posted: 24/10/2009 - 02:22

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    Do you mean accommodation at the border (Chiang Khong/Huay Xai), the halfway point (Pakbeng) or in Luang Prabang? There's a bunch of recommendations in each section on Travelfish, so perhaps have a poke through some of those.

    As for the boat, unless you do a through trip from CM (in which case you may be on a better boat) I think you just get stuck with whatever is going that day.

    Hope that helps

    #2 Posted: 24/10/2009 - 08:35

  • chris1dna

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    I guess I am looking for recommendations yes. I did do some poking around. Quite a bit in fact and became frustrated. All seemed fairly spartan and "backpacky" for lack of a better word. If that's the case then so be it. Maybe i am trying to hard huh? I was hoping for something a bit more comfortable for my parents is all. My Dad is good to go with whatever but, my Mom is a bit more shall we say, "squeamish" =) Any recommendations or points to the right way would be just great. Sorry to be a pain if I am asking to much. The last time I used Travelfish advice was for my trip from Issan to Luang Prabang with my wife in 2006. It was a great from getting from Udon Thani airport to the border to TumtumCheng Guest house. Fantastic! Thanks in advance for everthing travelfish community...=)

    #3 Posted: 24/10/2009 - 22:47

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    what's your budget?
    see here.
    Monsavanh's covered on Tfish, though high season rates for doubles were already 80,000kip back in 2006, also seen 2008 & 2009 reports of rates higher than the high season rates on the Tfish listing...

    public slowboat: no choice, just whatever's leaving on that day, with whoever's leaving on that day. or you could form a group to charter one, some have done that before - see reply #48 here.

    alternatives:
    http://sites.google.com/site/nagiofmekong/
    http://www.asian-oasis.com/Luang.html

    #4 Posted: 25/10/2009 - 01:58

  • chris1dna

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    Thanks! I will check it out right now.;=)

    #5 Posted: 25/10/2009 - 09:43

  • chris1dna

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    Those were very interesting! Thank you so much wanderingcat. Any other sites like those would be great as well. Thanks again TF community! Always a great resource!

    #6 Posted: 30/10/2009 - 01:01

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