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Banana Boat Tours

Ban Aphai | opposite the Aussie Sports Bar, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Above and beyond for a great tour!

When we booked our trip, we had not anticipated that Laos celebrates New Years so very big and that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paul J
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Bangkok, Thailand
Full day BBO4 Tour - recommended!!

Thoroughly recommend this trip! Easy to book with owner, Emi, good office location at Ma Te Sai... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
blairabroad2012
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hong kong
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Better Boat Trips on the Mekong. Welcome to Luang Prabang, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and convergence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers. There are many sites to visit around this beautiful town and the best way to explore is by boat. Our trips include the highlights, Kuangsi Waterfall and Pak Ou Caves, along with other interesting stops, and the ever popular sunset cruise.
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Ban Aphai | opposite the Aussie Sports Bar, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When we booked our trip, we had not anticipated that Laos celebrates New Years so very big and that many things would be closed. When I contacted Banana Boat, they reminded me of this, even noting that their offices would be closed, but that they...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thoroughly recommend this trip! Easy to book with owner, Emi, good office location at Ma Te Sai. We paid US$88 each (2 people) and had our own private (new) boat - including full lunch (baguettes/specialty fried Oyster mushrooms with Kaffir Lime leaves/peanuts/date-like fruit/sweet rice balls),...More

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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

We easily found the office in Luang Prabang using the information provided on the website. We booked the full day tour and happily paid the rate for 2 in order to travel at our own pace. The driver was very professional, punctual and drove very...More

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Reviewed February 16, 2018 via mobile

We booked a two night visit to Nongkiau with Emmy. We were picked up and taken to her store to pay where she asked if the driver could bring a few friends along for the first hour as they were attending a wedding. We obliged...More

Thank TKCollins
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MekongQueen, Owner at Banana Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2018

I take full responsibility for the drivers, as we contract out this service. As mentioned I changed drivers after receiving the news of his bad driving and then assumed you were with a driver that spoke English and was actually the best driver I have...More

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Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

First of all we are sorry to experience that a daytrip like BB04 daytour to Kuangsi waterfall with The Bear rescuecenter, the Butterfly farm and the Or pak ou Cave can be bought for just 45 dollars just next to our hotel. Their name is...More

Thank Melitta K
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MekongQueen, Owner at Banana Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2018

Our prices start based on 2 people going on a private tour, as we mostly depart with 2 - 4 people, and we rarely actually can match groups on the same day, so volume pricing is not an option for our business. I have always...More

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Reviewed December 22, 2017

We took the banana Boat up the Mekong River to see the Kuang si Falls. This was all booked online before we left. This was very well organised and a relaxing way to see the country areas of Luang Prabang. We visited a monastery and...More

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Reviewed November 1, 2017

We booked the BB04 all day tour starting with the Kuang Si Waterfalls, then the Butterfly park, followed by a boat trip up the Mekong to the Pak Ou caves and stopped at the Whiskey (&Weaving) Village on the way back. It was a lot...More

Thank Dave K
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MekongQueen, Owner at Banana Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2017

Thank you Dave, glad you enjoyed this tour, a lot in one day but great for time poor. Mr Phet is not a guide but our driver, who fortunately speaks English and has a great personality. We try to have him on this tour but...More

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Reviewed August 28, 2017

This past trip was my first adventure to Luang Prabang and it was amazing. Emi and her team took us on the boat trip to the waterfalls with a unique experience. You are able to see river life as well as view some of the...More

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Reviewed June 21, 2017

Visiting the Tai Leu weaving village was one of the most memorable experiences of my travels in Southeast Asia: it felt very authentic and the kindness/hospitality of the staff and villagers blew me away. Our driver, Phan, picked me up right on time from my...More

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Reviewed March 16, 2017

I booked a day to see the falls in advance of my arrival in Luang Prabang as I wanted to make sure to have the private boat ride to the falls on the specific day I had available. The booking process went smooth, and I...More

Thank Ono O
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MekongQueen, Owner at Banana Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2017

Thank you for your review. Due to logistics, it is difficult to include the village fees for the temples, as the temple ticket booths are far away from the boat and the boat captain goes from one temple to the other. For the lunch, yes...More

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Response from MekongQueen | Property representative |
From Luang Prabang it is a nice overland trip to Vietnam to Dien Ben Phu and then Sapa. Luang Prabang - Nongkhiaw by road. Nongkhiaw to Mueang Kua by boat and then from Meuang Kua bus to Dein Ben Phu, where you overnight and... More
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