The boat to Luang Prabang from Thailand to Laos and Mekong River Cruise ride down the Mekong River is a very popular and scenic adventure for travelers who take the slow boat to Laos.
The 3 to 4 hours journey from Houay Xai to Pakbeng is undertaken on a speed boat. These scoot along at about 60km per hour but it feels as though you are going faster!
Life jackets and helmets must be worn. Stops are made along the way at local hilltribe villages – a great way to experience the local river-side existence first hand.
The next day we change to a slow boat for a relaxing full day journey. Again, stops are made at hilltribe viallges on the way and at the Pak Ou Caves – just north of Luang Prabang.
This is a great journey … and what better way to experience the Mighty Mekong!