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Luang Say Cruise

Cruise Ships in Laos : Luang Say

This simple but characterful vessel provides a comfortable means of travelling by day between Huay Xai and Pakbeng. The boat has an open deck area, affording fantastic views of the varied scenery, from remote mountains to rugged rock faces and sandbanks. Up to 40 guests can travel aboard, with a guide on hand to answer any questions during the journey.

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The charm of this particular cruise is its gentle pace; listen to your guide, swap stories with your fellow passengers and watch the riverside villages slide by.

The first day's sailing is paused after an hour and a half to get the boat's papers stamped, and for you to visit a small ethnic village. Life on these riverbanks has remained relatively unchanged for many years, giving you an opportunity to witness a truly timeless Asia. When you return to the boat, your lunch will be waiting for you — a plentiful array of local Lao dishes. Afterwards, you will sail downstream to Pakbeng, where you spend the night in a traditional hillside lodge. The following day, the Luang Say will take you to the important religious site of Pak Ou, two riverside caves populated with hundreds of Buddha sculptures, before carrying you to your final stop, Luang Prabang.


  • Local Lao dishes are served for lunch on board
  • Complimentary coffee, tea and water available throughout the journey


  • Mekong River — 2 days between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang and vice versa.

Please note: This cruise lasts for two days with one night spent in a lodge at the village of Pakbeng (halfway between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang).

Suggested itineraries

  • Mekong River views, Laos

    Our specialists suggest:
    Our 22-day "Following the Mekong: Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam" itinerary, from £7,130pp.
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Cruising into Laos from Thailand on the Luang Say is a wonderful way to acclimatise to the key change in the pace of life. It’s worth noting that you sleep on shore in a lodge on the riverbank.


  • On board toilets
  • Comfortable seats and benches
  • English-speaking guide to point out sites of interest en route