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Chiang Rai - Huay Xai - Luang Prabang

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Chiang Rai - Huay Xai - Luang Prabang


We planned the following in novembre and I would like to know if this is realistic or we would have to book something more in advance.

Day 1: Arriving in the evening in Chang Rai, Hotel already booked

Day 2: Searching somebody who sell us a trip to Luang Prabang and do a litte bit sight seeing in Chiang Rai, staying in the same hotel

Day 3: Starting the trip with travelling to Huay Xai? (by local bus, taxi?) / Jump on a slow boat for a 2 day trip? / Spend the night in a village next to the mekong river?

Day 4: Jump again on the boat and head to Luang Prabang? Where we already booked a hotel.

Maybe somebody knows a website for mekong trips from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang, 2 days slow boat? I heard about 100 people on a little boat, I don't care about that very much but my travel buddy is very scared about so many people in so less space, maybe there is a way to book something more comfortable for her?

Thanks in advance!!

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I think that you would have to leave very early on day three to get to the border, deal with exiting Thailand and immigration to Laos and to make it in time for the slow boats down to LPB. Most boats like to be leaving around 9am give or take Lao time. Most people head to Chiang Khong the night before and stay there, otherwise you would need a private taxi and an early start to go in the morning.

If you don't want to use the public boats and prefer ones that limit passenger numbers then I would recommend Nagi of the Mekong or Shompoo cruise (you can google for both for more info). I wouldn't try to arrange the public boat from Chaing Rai as it will cost more, better to book it once in Huay Xai.


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2. Re: Chiang Rai - Huay Xai - Luang Prabang

Try the Nagi of Mekong. We travelled on the boat back in April and it was great and only 7 of us.

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Hi there,

We did a similar trip to what you are planning. You will probably need to spend a night in Chaing Khong or Huay Xai before your boat trip, as the boats leave 8-9am in the morning and it take 3 hours from Chiang Rai. We went with the Nagi of Mekong, and Adisak organised a driver and sightseeing from Chaing Rai and booked our hotel for us. I've written the info and photos on my blog:


Use the search / spyglass feature at the top of the forum to search for other info on the boat.


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It is better you contact a local tour operator with local route experience. contact Lao E-Travel

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5. Re: Chiang Rai - Huay Xai - Luang Prabang

There are three "package tour" boats, the LuangSay, Nagi of Mekong and Shompoo and then there are public boats. All three of the tour package boats can be booked online in advance (a good idea since November is the beginning of winter high travel season). The public boats you get what you get when you get there.

The LuangSay is the more upscale offering, with a quite nice hotel in Pak Beng. Nagi and Shompoo are a bit simpler, with guesthouse accommodation in Pak Beng. All the tour boats have smaller numbers of passengers. Public boats you fend for yourself in Pak Beng, along with all the other passengers.

As others have mentioned you will need to go to Chiang Khong the night before you sail (unless you are keen on waking up at 3 am to take a private van there).

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We recently did Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang on the Nagi of Mekong and they were fantastic. Suggest you email them(email address on website) ahead of arrival and they will arrange your booking. You will need to get to Chiang Khong the night before , it's about 2 hours on the bus from Chiang Rai. Enjoy

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