Get a little closer to Laos
Published/Last edited or updated: 8th February, 2021
If strolling or bicycling along the riverfront isn’t enough for you, take a ride in the “Happy Cruising” boat to get a closer glimpse of the Lao side.
Closely resembling the public river ferries that ply the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, the white boat with red trim departs from an easy-to-find pier across from the Indochine Market. It cruises close to the Thai bank all the way up to St Anna’s Church before chugging along the Lao bank for a look at hotels, temples and other buildings set to the backdrop of limestone mountains.
The one-hour trip takes an hour and costs 50 baht per person, or you can charter the boat for 1,000 baht. There’s typically a departure in the late afternoon, as the sun is setting, but the boat may stay docked if there aren’t enough takers at other times.
You can stop by the pier and inquire in person, but minimal English is spoken and the majority of customers are Thai.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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