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Crossing Border Chiang Khong to Huay Xai

It’s easy to Crossing Border Chiang Khong to Huay Xai by yourself

In mid-December 2013 a new bridge (the fourth Thai-Lao friendship bridge) was opened across the Mekong linking Chiang Khong to Huay Xai (aka Ban Houayxay) in the Lao province of Bokeo, replacing the previous ferry crossing.

Get in. Probably you will arrive with minibus from everywhere in Thailand, you can kindly try to ask to the driver to bring you directly to the border or go to the close bus station and cross the bridge with the public bus for 25 Bath. According to Thai border officials the border does not close until 22.00 PM, but you cannot cross the border after 8PM with the bus and you will need to find a private car if you are in a hurry. If is not you can spend the night to Chiang Khong that is in a nice location and the guesthouse and foods are quiet cheap. If you want to cross the border with bicycle they will charge you 100 Bath and for the motorbike 200 Bath. Finally crossed the border Enjoy Laos!!!

Get out. Probably you will arrive everywhere from Laos, the border open at 6.00AM and until 8.00AM they will charge you a little commission, the same happens after 4PM and during the week-end (saturday and sunday), border close at 22.00PM. The price for the buses, bicycle or motorcycle are the same. Finally crossed the border Enjoy Thailand!!!

Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang Slow Boat Tour

The best way to travel by slow boat from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang Laos.

The first option is to take the pubic slow boat. It is a 2 day trip with each day taking approximately 7-8 hours. It is very cheap if you have a low-budget. The cost is 1,300 Bahts p/p. This includes the transfer from your hotel in Chiang Khong to the Lao border and the shuttle bus ticket across the bridge into Laos. It also includes transfer to the slow boat pier. Rates exclude: Lunch on board, overnight and dinner in Pakbeng and transfer to Luang Prabang center.

This tour is share with another tourist each day up to 100 passengers in October – March if it up to 150-200 passengers it will be two boats and in April – September off season less tourist 60 – 80 passengers per day

On the first day you will be picked up early to arrive in Laos in time for the boat departure  from Huay Xai at noon. You will arrive to Pakbeng at about 5-6pm.

The second day the boat will depart Pak beng at 9.30am and arrive at Luang Prabang at 5pm.

The second option slow boat cruise from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang.

this trip take two day to cruise on the Mekong River, it more comfortable seat, table and less tourist  this the boat tour they stop on the way to visit the local people and the PakOu cave before arrive to Luang Prabang, they providing accommodation in Pakbeng , two lunch and tea and coffee on board, This includes the transfer from your hotel in Chiang Khong to the Lao border and the shuttle bus ticket across the bridge into Laos. It also includes transfer to the slow boat pier.

With out dinner in Pakbeng

Mekong Cruise Laos

Mekong Cruise Laos is the best choice on the Mekong River.

We provide a boat trip along the Mekong River from Chiang Rai-Chiang Khong-Huay Xai -Pakbeng- Luang Parbang and return.  We offer different package tours downstream and upstream of two days, one night including private cruise, private groups, family tour and couple cruise.

We also can pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the pier.

Mekong Cruise Loas (101)

Our Mekong Cruise Laos program:

Day 1: Our team can pick you up at your hotel in the morning and can help you for the border crossing and visa on arrive on the Laos side. between you wait for your visa you can go to Exchange money at the banks they are two bank and two ATM at Lao immigration office then take the minivan to the pier. our boat cruise is Lao sttey along the Mekong  we will stop to visit the hill tribe and relax we have a buffet lunch onboard and conticni to Pabeng  of overnight in Pakbeng.

An option visit Pakbeng village evening market and looking sunset at the temple in Pakbeng

Day 2: after breakfast contenure to your journey along the way to Luang Prabang stop to visit the local people and stop again the Pak Ou caves thunsun buda on there transfer to your hotel the end of service

Include :

Mekong boat trip to Luang Prabang

Lunch on board two day

Transfer from Lao border to the pier and Luang Prabang city

English speaking  guide

fees Pak Ou caves

Not include:

Dinner in Pakbeng

 

 

 

 

Slow Boat in Laos

The best way to travel by slow boat in Laos.

A popular route into Laos from Northern Thailand is to travel first by bus from Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai to Huay Xai, before boarding the slow boat in Laos for onward travel to Luang Prabang; depending on where you begin your travel, this journey typically takes two or three days.

First you will catch a bus from either of those destinations which will take you to the boarder. You will pass through the customs of Thailand. Then you will go back on the bus where it will take you to the Laos border control. You hand over your passport and pay a fee for a Visa. You will then pass through the Laos immigration and the bus will take you over to Huay Xai and drop you off at the bus terminal. Once you arrive at the bus terminal you will need to get into the centre of Huay Xai by Tuk-Tuk.

After spending some time in Huay Xai you can go to Luang Prabang using the popular 2 day slow boat.

Slow boat to Laos

The slow boat in Laos will depart from Huay Xai to Pakbeng,

The pier is 1 kilometer from the center of town, you can walk North or catch a Tuk Tuk costing 10,000 kip per person. Arriving at the pier you will need to check in, they will take your bags and store it. Make sure you have all your belongings which you would like access to while on the boat in a different bag. At the pier it is recommended to buy a packed lunch and snacks for this journey. The boat will depart will at 11 am during low season and around 12 pm during peak season. There will be 1 boat running during low season and 2 boats during peak season per day. The departure time varies as it takes time for people to check in and they may wait until the boat is full. Make sure you arrive at the boat at 10 am to ensure you wont miss the boat. Now sit back and enjoy the journey to Pakbeng.

You will arrive at Pakbeng around 5 to 6 pm to rest for the night. Here you will need to find accommodation for the night, have dinner, and prepare for tomorrows journey.

The next morning you should organize a packed lunch and hop back on the boat to continue your journey to Luang Prabang. Make sure you arrive at the pier about 8.30 – 9 am.

When you get to Luang Prabang pier at about 5 pm, it is 10 Kilometers south from the center of Luang Prabang. Everyone will need to take a Tuk Tuk to go there, the Tuk Tuk will cost you 20,000 kip each person, they may drop you off at your guesthouse if you request, but if they don’t know your where your guesthouse is, they will drop you off in the center of city (night market).

It is easy to find a guesthouse in Luang Prabang, with many guesthouses and hotels to choose from.

included: Slow boat ticket to Luang Prabang, Tuk Tuk transfer from Huay Xai office to the slow boat pier

not included: Lunch on board, drinks, guesthouse in Pakbeng and transfer from Luang Prabang pier to the city

Slow boat to Laos

The other option from Thailand to Luang Prabang.

It’s to use a premier alternative boat service called Mekong Smile Cruise. This will also take 2 days with 1 night in Pakbeng, the boat will arrive in Luang Prabang in the evening. This cruise includes transfers from hotel to the pier at Huay Xai, accommodation in Pakbeng and transfer to your guesthouse or Luang Prabang city center (night market). You will have lunch provided on the boat, and opportunities to visit local Laos hill tribes also included in the journey. As this cruise has everything included, expect a higher price in comparison to the normal slow boat. Happy journeys!