Our Cruises

"The river still generates dreams, especially when the imagination wraps around its source."

MEKONG DOWNSTREAM

• Departure from Houay Xay every MONDAY / TUESDAY / THURSDAY / SATURDAY.

  Prices
rates are available from October 01st, 2016 to September 30th, 2017
Mekong downstream 1 day
HOE-PKB or PKB- LPQ
2 days
HOE-PKG-LPQ
Without ACCOMODATION 97 USD 150 USD
With CLASSIC overnight 118 USD 170 USD
With COMFORT overnight 133 USD 185 USD
With PREMIUM overnight 168 USD 220 USD
CHARTER CRUISE: 1870 USD
  • We guarantee departure on the planned dates only if there is a minimum of 8 guests registered. Please check availability with us before any confirmation.
  • Supplement cost for Single room occupancy (see details below)
  • Under 4 years old : Free of charge with lunch.
  • Between 4 and 12 years old : We charge 80% of the price indicated above.
DAY 1: HOUAY XAY - PAK BENG

Our guide will wait with a SHOMPOO CRUISE sign from 8:30 AM in front of the Lao immigration office. After having completed the VISA procedure, we will go to the Houay Xay boat pier by tuk tuk. Then, you will embark for the first time on one of our luxury boats for the Mekong downstream cruise. On the way, the boat will take its first stop in Pak Tha, to have necessary boat documents signed. The second stop will be to visit a Hill tribe village along the Mekong River. Our guide will explain the way of living and the origins of these rural populations. Lunch is served on board, and during the afternoon, you will be free to relax and taste local flavors with seasonal snacks and drinks. The boat will arrive in Pakbeng before sunset, where you will retreat to your accommodation for the night.

DAY 2: PAK BENG - LUANG PRABANG

At 08:00 AM, the boat leaves Pakbeng. Use your free time in the morning for asking some questions about Luang Prabang and Laos to our guide. Lunch is served on board. In the afternoon, we will make two stop. First, we will visit the famous Pak Ou Caves (Tham Ting) and its thousands of Buddha images. The second stop will be at the Lao Lao village, commonly known as the Whisky Village. In there, the guide will provide information about the locally made rice whisky, and you will have the chance to taste it if you wish. You will also have time to enjoy the charm of this small and authentic village, its temple and local artisans. You will be served a typical snack and drink on board in the afternoon. We will arrive in Luang Prabang around 04:30pm.

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MEKONG UPSTREAM

• Departure from Luang Prabang every MONDAY / WEDNESDAY / FRIDAY / SUNDAY.

  Prices
rates are available from October 01st, 2016 to September 30th, 2017
Mekong upstream 1 day
LPQ-PKB or PKB-HOE
2 days
LPQ-PKB-HOE
Without ACCOMODATION 84 USD 130 USD
With CLASSIC overnight 104 USD 150 USD
With COMFORT overnight 119 USD 165 USD
With PREMIUM overnight 154 USD 200 USD
CHARTER CRUISE: 1670 USD
  • We guarantee departure on the planned dates only if there is a minimum of 8 guests registered. Please check availability with us before any confirmation.
  • Supplement cost for Single room occupancy (see details below)
  • Under 4 years old : Free of charge with lunch.
  • Between 4 and 12 years old : We charge 80% of the price indicated above.
DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG - PAKBENG

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel/guesthouse at 6:30 AM, and transport you to the boat pier. The boat leaves at 7:00 AM for the upstream cruise to Pakbeng. French breakfast is served onboard after the introduction of the crew. Shortly thereafter, we will stop to visit the famous Pak Ou Caves (Tham Ting) and its thousands of Buddha images. For lunch, local food is served onboard. Then, you will have free time for relaxing in the afternoon, until the boat arrives in Pakbeng at dusk. You will be served a typical snack and drink on board in the afternoon. Here, you will retreat to your accommodation for the night.

DAY 2: PAK BENG - HOUAY XAY

The guide will meet you on the boat at 06:45 AM, which departs at 07:00 AM for continuing the trip up to Houay Xay. On the way, we visit a Hill Tribe village. Our guide will explain the way of living and the origins of these rural populations. After, lunch will be served on board. A final, brief stop has to be made in Pak Tha for having necessary boat documents signed. Then, before arrival in Houay Xay, we will initiate your palate to local flavors by offering a tasting of seasonal fruits, drinks, snacks. Arrival in Houay Xay will be around 5:00pm, allowing for the possibility of continuing your journey into Thailand on the same day.

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NB : Concerning our upstream program, from November to March it may not be possible to ensure the Hill tribe village visit, as during this period there is a lack of daylight (i.e. a late sunrise and early sunset). We apologize for this inconvenience in advance.”


PAKBENG ACCOMODATION

Classic overnight : DP guesthouse or Monsavan guesthouse

Overnight in one of the classic guesthouses of Pakbeng. Each room is furnished with clean bed sheets, private bathroom with hot/cold shower, fan and air conditioning. Breakfast included. Perfect location near the pier and on the main street. Price available for a Double/Twin sharing room.
Supplement single room: + 15 USD.

Comfort overnight : Mekong Riverside Lodge

Each room is a little bigger than classic rooms. They contain wooden floor, clean bed sheets, private bathroom with hot/cold shower, fan and a private large balcony with Mekong view. Breakfast and dinner included.
Supplement single room: + 25 USD.

Premium overnight : SANCTUARY PAKBENG LODGE

Overnight in the most luxurious hotel of Pakbeng. Large, well decorated bedrooms. Nice and friendly staff. Gorgeous Mekong view from your balcony. Pleasant bar & restaurant. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Supplement single room: + 50 USD

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • For downstream, our boats leave Houay Xay pier at 9:00 AM. So please be at the customs office in Houay Xay by 8:30 AM at the latest. One of our guides will wait with a sign.
  • For upstream, our boats leave Luang Prabang at 7:00 AM. Our driver will pick up you at your hotel from 06:30 AM and transport you directly to the boat pier.
  • From October to February, it can get cold during the cruise, please do not forget to bring a jacket.
  • When you arrive in Pakbeng, you may choose to safely and securely leave your luggage and suitcases onboard with the crew overnight. Bring a smaller overnight bag to carry to and from your hotel for your convenience.
  • For safety reasons and according to the weather conditions, the program may change without prior notice..
SERVICES INCLUDED
  • Transfer in Luang Prabang from your hotel to SHOMPOO CRUISE office pier and vice-versa.
  • Transfer from Laos immigration to slow boat Pier at Houay Xay for downstream and vice-versa for upstream program.
  • Crew service during the cruise.
  • Admission fees for visiting sites serviced by our English speaking guide.
  • Lunch on board as mentioned in the program (except for charter boat). Drinking bottled water, coffee, tea during the whole cruise.
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED
  • Shuttle boat from Houay Xay to Chiang Khong and vice-versa.
  • Visa/immigration and/or overstay fees in Laos or in Thailand.
  • Accommodation and meals in Pakbeng.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Beverages, personal expenses, and tips.
  • Other expenses not mentioned above.
OUR BOATS

Our boats are specially made for the Mekong cruise. With 35-meter long, our boats are equipped with 200-horsepower engines. The hulls are made of steel and passenger decks onboard are made of precious local wood (rosewood and teak). The average duration for a cruise is 7-8 hours for downstream and 9-10 hours for upstream.
We welcome up to 40 passengers on each cruise. With an open lounge space, a bar and a restaurant serving fine cuisine, you can enjoy landscapes and sceneries along the river in style and comfort. Electricity (220V) is also provided during the whole trip. Newspapers, magazines and games are available on board. Life safety jackets are provided.

OUR MEALS

Please enjoy our homemade Lao gastronomy and the richness of its local flavour. Mekong fish will be served at least once on your journey so that you may try this local staple fresh, and straight from its source. Free water, coffee and tea are included in the package, and our bar provides beer,soft drinks and other snacks for purchase. For special food requests or dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance.

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