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Laos Slow Boat on a Sunday?

Posted by LauraCronk on 15/10/2009 at 01:20

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 :)

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Posted by somtam2000 on 15/10/2009 at 07:07 admin

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

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

Cheers

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Posted by LauraCronk on 15/10/2009 at 15:29

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

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Posted by somtam2000 on 16/10/2009 at 05:12 admin

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.

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Posted by thailand_asia on 16/10/2009 at 17:08

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

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 26/10/2009 at 02:38

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.

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Posted by jaizan on 26/11/2009 at 05:24

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

Wonderful.

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