Begin this Zen tour of Laos on the Thai side of the Thai/Laos bordertown Chiang Khong. Please arrive before 8:00 at the Thai immigration office and proceed through customs to the Laos side. After crossing the Lao border of Houay Xay, a guide and driver provides transport to the private cruise boat, heading for Pakbeng.
En route, make a quick stop at a local hill tribe settlement to learn a bit about local customs and traditions.
Continue with a delicious set menu onboard as the boat cruises along the Mekong River.
Reach the town of Pakbeng in the late afternoon. This small, dynamic town is lined with wooden houses along a steep street on the hillside. Depending on the river's current, the boat may reach Pakbeng in time to watch the sun set over the river.
Enjoy dinner at the hotel and spend the night in Pakbeng.
Distance and journey time:
Houay Xay – Pakbeng by boat (150 kilometres): 6 hours