Mekong Slow Boat Cruise | 2 Days | from HUAY XAI to LUANG PRABANG, LAOS

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Nagi of Mekong


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👥 Group Size: 8-38
🛏️ Accommodation: Hotel in Pak Beng included, plus transfers from/to boat
🍜 Food: Daily freshly cooked meals and refreshments on boat included
🇹🇭 Start: Chiang Khong (Thailand) or Huay Xai (Laos)
🇱🇦 End: Luang Prabang (Laos)
🚌 Transport: Modern, comfortable and spacious passenger boat equipped with safety gear
🛻 Pick-up: Pick-up at your hotel in Chiang Khong or Huay Xai included
🛻 Drop-off:Drop-off at your hotel in Luang Prabang included
📍 Departs: Departs Huay Xai every Friday, Sunday and Wednesday

From $140.00

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This legendary two-day voyage on the mighty Mekong River is one of the most memorable journeys that you can take in Southeast Asia. Take the journey in style on the Nagi of Mekong Cruise Boat, perfect for those who are looking for a little extra comfort and safety.

Launching from the border of Thailand and Laos in the small village of Huay Xai, you will slowly make your way to the beautiful temple-laden city of Luang Prabang in Laos. Along the way, you will witness epic scenery, glimpse local Laotian village life on the river bank and interact with like-minded travellers on this comfortable and spacious cruise boat. You could even spot an elephant! Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, spend the night in a sumptuous hotel in Pak Beng (the halfway point) and simply sit back, relax and truly savour this boat journey of a lifetime! 

Safety Note 🦺: Unlike many of the other boats that cruise the Mekong River, the Nagi of Mekong boats are regularly serviced and equipped with full safety equipment including life vests for all passengers.

Itinerary – 2 Days, 1 Night

Day 1: 

  • The morning begins with free pick-up from your hotel in Chiang Khong (or Huay Xai). Pick up is between 7.45-7.55am.
  • You will transfer to the pier (including luggage handling) and be assisted to ensure a smooth border crossing on both the Thai and Laos sides. (You will be helped with with your visa on arrival into Laos which is very simple. All you need to prepare is one passport photo and the relevant amount of US dollars for your nationalities’ visa fee.)
  • You will then continue onto the pier and board the beautiful ‘Nagi of Mekong’ boat for your first day of the cruise!
  • Tea and coffee are served once you are settled down and you can then start to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Mekong River.
  • Along the way you will witness the daily lives of the people living along the river bank, working, fishing, washing their laundry and even gold panning if the water level permits. A stop is made at a rural village before returning to the boat where a delicious hot lunch is served.
  • In the afternoon, you will arrive in Pak Beng and transfer to your chosen hotel.
  • You can enjoy the evening at your leisure and your host on the boat will be happy to assist you with any evening activities you fancy, such as where to dine and other things to do around Pak Beng.
  • Overnight in Pak Beng.

Day 2: 

    • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Pak Beng and then board the Nagi of Mekong.
    • Following breakfast, board the Nagi of Mekong for the last leg of the cruise and make another stop at a local ethnic village along the river.
    • Elephants bathing and gold panning may be seen along the river bank.
    • Hot lunch provided.
    • After lunch, you will stop at the famous Pak Ou Cave Temple which houses thousands of Buddha images. You will have a fantastic view of the river from the viewpoint here.
    • Upon arrival at the pier in Luang Prabang, you will be whisked to your accommodation in the city by Tuk Tuk or a minivan.

About the Boat

The Nagi of Mekong boats are equipped with all of the necessary safety gear including life vests for all passengers. The boat also has modern-style toilets and comfortable seating with tables for you to dine, drink and play board games as you cruise down the Mekong. There is plenty of space on the boat for you to move around, stretch your legs and mingle with other passengers.


Cruise prices vary depending on your choice of accommodation in Pak Bang. There are four options:

  • Cruise only (No pre-organised accommodation in Pak Beng): You can choose your own accommodation in Pak Beng.
  • Standard Accommodation (BKC Villa, Monsavanh Guesthouse or Villa Mekong Guesthouse depending on availability): Basic air-conditioned room at a standard hotel (with breakfast included) at at Monsavanh Guesthouse or Villa Mekong Guesthouse. Price: $160USD in twin or double sharing. Single supplement is $20USD per person.
  • Premium Accommodation (Sanctuary Pak Beng Lodge): Air-conditioned room in a premium hotel (with breakfast included) at Sanctuary Pak Beng Lodge (with swimming pool). Price: $185USD per person in twin or double sharing room. Single supplement is $35USD per person.
  • Luxury Accommodation (Le Grande Pak Beng): Air-conditioned room in a premium hotel (with breakfast included) at Le Grande Pak Beng Hotel (with swimming pool). Price: $195USD per person in a twin or double sharing room. Single supplement is  $45USD per person.


  • Freshly cooked lunch daily on the boat. Refreshments are available on board to quench your thirst.
  • Vegans, vegetarians, halal and other specific dietary requirements can be catered for. Please make a note in the ‘additional information’ box when booking.

What’s Included:

  • Pick-up from your hotel in Chiang Khong on the Thai side or Huay Xai on the Lao side on the cruise morning to the boat.
  • Luggage handling.
  • Visa assistance.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Two-day escorted cruise with English-speaking host on board.
  • Daily freshly cooked lunch and refreshments.
  • Sightseeing stops en route and a visit to the famous Pak Ou Cave.
  • Accommodation in Pak Beng at at hotel of your choice.
  • Transfer from the pier in Luang Prabang to your hotel in the city.

Note on visas: Before the cruise day, you will be provided with the Lao visa application forms and other useful information that will help you have a smooth border crossing. Your host will assist you as much as they can on both the Thai and Laos sides.


To reserve your place on this tour, you will need to pay a deposit online with South East Asia Backpacker via credit or debit card. The remaining payment must be made before you depart on the tour in cash (most currencies are accepted) or via Wise. The operator is not able to accept payments by debit or credit card. The full balance must be settled before you depart on the tour.

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 72 hours before the start of the activity. PLEASE NOTE: This policy refers to the payment made to South East Asia Backpacker at the time of booking. All subsequent payments to the operator of your chosen activity fall under their own refund policy
  • For cancellations made fewer than 72 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed upon, as long as it is more than 72 hours before the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link OR upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.

Why Book With Us?

Hi, I’m Nikki and I started South East Asia Backpacker in 2008 after my own first solo backpacking trip! My vision was to create a travel diary for everyone, a place for travellers to share their experiences from the road. After backpacking and writing about Southeast Asia for over 10 years, I saw the opportunity to provide backpackers with the kind of experiences that I’d treasured myself in the region!

Today, there is so much choice, but there are a lot of poor-quality tours and companies that offer mediocre experiences with little care for the environment. I wanted to create a selection of the best tours and activities to help backpackers avoid scams and dodgy tour companies.

Today, I run this website with my partner, Dave, from Spain, where we live with our energetic two-year-old daughter, Evie. All of the bookable activities that you will find on this website have been vetted by a member of our team and we have a friendly relationship with the operator. There are real humans behind South East Asia Backpacker and we are passionate about sustainable travel and development in Southeast Asia.

We are committed to helping travellers at every stage of the journey and understand that plans can change which is why we offer a full discount on the deposit up to 48 hours before the start of your trip, no questions asked. We offer advice on flights, visas, itineraries, hostels, backpacks, packing and more!

If you have any questions about our business or any of the tours that we provide, feel free to contact me on Whatsapp.

Operator Information

  • Store Name: Nagi of Mekong
  • Operator: Nagi of Mekong
  • 5.00 rating from 3 reviews

3 reviews for Mekong Slow Boat Cruise | 2 Days | from HUAY XAI to LUANG PRABANG, LAOS

  1. Sam and Lauren

    We played with the idea for a long time before taking the leap on this trip as it is rather pricey compared to the local longboat trip they offer. After seeing the comparison in boat, we were extremely happy we chose to upgrade with Nagi of Mekong. Our guide, Tune, was incredible. His English was brilliant, his manner and hospitality was second to none, happy to answer all of our annoying questions too! The facilities on the boat couldn’t be better, comfy seats, lovely prepared food, even the bathroom was lovely. Doing the journey this way was completely invaluable as it allowed us to experience the views in a comfortable way, and to make stops too.

    Something that cannot be missed off this review – we would not have boooked using South East Asia Backpacker if it wasn’t for Nicki’s attentive guidance that we received upon enquiry. No question too stupid for her to answer, troubleshooting everything as we needed.

    Thank you very much for making the entry into Laos seamless and incredibly enjoyable.


  2. Stephanie Mucchielli

    We had the best time during these two days on the Mékong river to get to Luang Prabang. The boat is great, lots of space, the staff is super friendly, the food is very good. We were on the boat for almost 8 hours each day, but it went by so quick, even our two kids (8 and 13) loved it. I recommend 100%, it’s more expensive than traditional slow boat but very worth it when you compare the expérience… It’s also very easy to communicante with Nikki, she’s lovely and very helpful 😊

  3. Danielle and Marc

    We have been on this trip last week, super happy! Taking it slow, unwinding 2 days floating 330 km into Laos over the Mekong! Sibon, our Laos, well english speaking guide was really super also, Loved the lunches the boat family made, enough choices for everybody, including vegetarians. There was more than enough space, big tables to sit at, a back deck to linger and a small front deck to make the best pictures. Reccomended!

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