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Voyaging Down the Mighty Mekong in Laos

Every country in Southeast Asia has its unique means of transport. For Laos, where people are said to be able to hear the rice grow, everything goes a bit slower. Once travelers have adjusted to the local pace of life, getting from place to place is supposed to happen like floating down a river. Wistfulness aside, water transport is actually one of the most convenient and enjoyable methods of transport in this mountainous Kingdom of Lan Xang.

With the extensive development of hydroelectric power projects, the course and flow of many rivers in Laos has been altered, requiring some adjustments in river transportation. Nonetheless, Laos still provides some of the best leisure cruising down the mighty Mekong River, passing lush green landscapes and rural villages that hug the riverbanks.

The most popular option for cruising down the meandering Mekong aboard a beautiful wooden riverboat is for your clients to commence their itinerary from Chiang Khong in northern Thailand. The Laos side of river border crossing is Huay Xai from where they can cruise down downstream to the royal city of Luang Prabang. The cruise can be booked in either direction but makes for an unforgettable and relaxing two-day, one-night voyage. Various levels of comfort are available from shared accommodation to luxurious private options that will lavish your travelers with deluxe rooms and superior service.

Upon arrival in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Khiri Travel Laos will meet your clients at the pier in our exclusive Khiri-branded transport service – our comfy and stylish version of the local tuk-tuk.

Often overlooked, your travelers can also explore southern Laos by traveling even further downriver. River voyages start in Pakse and connect to the famous Si Phan Don or ‘4000 Islands’ region downriver near the Cambodian border. This itinerary can be planned in conjunction with a visit to Cambodia; with an overland border crossing at Veun Kham, Laos. Highlights of this cruise are the landings at untouched villages and the famous Khmer Hindu temple, Vat Phou, in Champasak Province.

For more information about Luang Prabang or Si Phan Don river voyages on the Mekong River in Laos, please email us at [email protected]

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