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Choice of Boat from Thailand to Laos

Posted by benhopes on 7/7/2009 at 20:47

Hi,

I will be travelling to Laos from Thailand along the Meking river.

Please could anyone tell me if there is a choice of slow boats on offer? I wouldn't mind paying slightly more for comfort and room. And if so how much does it cost?

Thanks

Ben

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Posted by MADMAC on 7/7/2009 at 22:31

Ben
The question isn't really clear - where are you going from and to?

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Posted by benhopes on 7/7/2009 at 22:54

I will be going from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang. I know getting a boat on the Meking river is an option of crossing into Laos - whereabouts I do this I'm no sure. I just wanted to know if there are different options of boats?

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Posted by MADMAC on 8/7/2009 at 00:28

I think you can do it in Pakse, but I'm not sure that helps you. I know you can't do it anymore (used to) in Mukdahan or NKP or That Phanom. I'm not sure about Vientiane or points further north.

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Posted by BruceMoon on 8/7/2009 at 08:36

Ben

Everything you needed to know about the boat trip is here:

https://www.travelfish.org/board/post/laos/3210_the-laos-slow-boat-thread

AND HERE:

https://www.travelfish.org/board/post/laos/2743_luang-prabang-to-chiang-rai-with-nagi-of-mekong

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It appears to be a trade off between $$$'s and comfort.

Also, in the wet season, the trip up river is slower, and you may have to figure on a night at Huay Xai upon landing (as it may be past the 6pm close for immigration).

Cheers[/red]

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Posted by clarerarks on 8/7/2009 at 09:17

Hello,
I would reccommend going the overland route into Luang Prabang, i did this last year, we booked at a travel agents in Chang Mai and im sure most of them allow you to book it now.
Basically you go overland, travel in a van, go through the border do a bit of 4 wheel driving and stay overnight in an undisturbed part of Laos. Its a great experiance. Then the following day you catch a boat for 4 hours and your in Luang Prabang, Its a bit more expensive option but saves sitting on a boat forever!

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Posted by BruceMoon on 8/7/2009 at 09:45

Ben

As I'm sure you already know, I'm also for the overland route from LP to Huay Xai (especially if you tie in a trip to the Gibbon Experience).

But, you may have your heart set on the boat journey.

Cheers

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Posted by quitoyyo on 8/7/2009 at 11:11

Hi...


I definetly recommend Luang Say cruise boat. (see www.mekong-cruises.com) It goes down 2 days on the mekong river from Houei say to Luang Prabang, it is a luxury boat and you go sleep near pakbeng in a splendid lodge, and right now it is low season, so the prices are really cheap.... all the food is included in the price and it is definetly more comfortable than a bus or a slow or fast boat for sure. have a nice trip!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 8/7/2009 at 14:21 admin

Is essence, the slow boats go from Huay Xai in Laos to Luang Prabang. So you'll need first to get yourself from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong (which is the Thai town on the opposite side of the river). Bus is the most common means. You overnight in Chiang Khong, cross first thing in the morning to Huay Xai, then get the boat. You overnight at Pak Beng half way to LP.

Reviews of the boats are mixed. The trip is stunning -- very very scenic, but the boats tend to be quite crowded now -- and that bothers some, but there's pros and cons to the crowds I guess -- especially for the solo traveller. If you want more space, then an option like Luang Say cruises (suggested above) is another option, but you'll pay considerably for the priviledge.

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Posted by BruceMoon on 8/7/2009 at 20:42

Ben

For a pic of inside the boat from Huay Xai to LP, go to:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulandheatherfordham/3512358738/in/set-72157619192881370/

Cheers

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