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“Great way to start a visit to Laos”

Mekong Smile Cruise
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Huay Xai
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Laos Mekong River Cruise goes from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and vice-versa. We offer a 2 day slow boat cruise on overnight in Pakbeng, and we will be happy to help you to get to Chiang Khong - Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai, Thailand. Please join us on our luxury cruise and an unforgettable experience of life on the mighty Mekong River.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 4 April 2018

It was a pleasant two days Mekong trip. I am a very experienced traveler and I strongly recommend the Mekong Smile Cruise services.

1  Thank RogerioBairrao
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

We started in HuayXay (we crossed the boarder in Chiang Khong and took the bus over the bridge). Our charming guide Ti picked us up at the boarder control and drove us to the pier. We were only five passengers on boat. That was fantastic and really relaxed. There's a stop for visiting a hill tribe village which was the only weird thing. It felt like watching animals in the zoo. Everything else was great! Delicious food, comfortable seats, beautiful scenery ... Definitely worth the money!
We even went out for dinner together with our travel guide in Luang Prabang.

Thank Felix M
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

It was a nice relaxing two days down the river to Luang Prbang. Lots of amazing scenery to see along the way including some local wildlife. The over night stay at a hotel along the river was a nice break from the boat ride. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone coming to Laos.

1  Thank DHutch4633
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Two days relaxing and enjoying the beautiful Mekong. Delicious food on board, space to walk around, to stretch out on comfortabel chairs and beds, everything very clean. Blankets for the cold mornings. Well organised, good guide. Very recommandabel. I would love to do it again.

Thank croma33
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

I have to agree with the many positive reviews about this brilliant trip. We arranged to be picked up from our hotel in Chiang Rai and taken to the border. Once we reached Laos we were meet by Sanh out guide who helped us through the process of getting a visa etc. We were then taken to our boat, which was large and comfortable. The next two days were spent in a very peaceful manner. The food was good, the staff very kind and professional and the stops were interesting. I was concerned about visiting the local villages as it can be voyeuristic tourism but I felt the village just got on with their life as we walked around. There were a few children selling crafts but at least this was an opportunity to give a little helping hand.
Having seen the number of people crammed into the slow boat I would certainly recommend spending the extra money. The trip was a highlight of the holiday not just another journey to endure from A to B.

2  Thank OJS363
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