At the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers, lies Luang Prabang, 300kms north of Vientiane. Glimpse a synthesis of traditional architecture, Lao urban structures and colonial remnants. Watch monks and their novices in burnt sienna robes; inhale aromas of ‘frangipani’ lined streets; visit produce markets and savor spicy foods. North of Luang Prabang, the mighty Mekong meanders through verdant mountains and picturesque valleys creating magical vistas in its wake. Starting from the Tibetan Plateau, it winds its way to the Mekong delta in Vietnam, briefly forming the border of Laos with Thailand en route. It provides livelihood transport and water to millions of people in the towns between. The Luang Say cruise provides an ideal opportunity to see green fields smattered with hilltribe villages intertwined by canals and rivulets. Observe self-sustaining rural river life and see minorities sell their wares along the Nam Ou River. The cruise stops at Tam Ting ‘Caves of a Thousand Buddhas’ and a hill-tribe village (weather permitting) to watch the traditional process of Lao whiskey production.

Themes

  • Heritage
  • Landscape

Highlights

  • Traditional Architecture
  • Picturesque Valleys
  • Tam Ting Caves

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Laos Tours: Where the past meets the present
Luangsay Cruise

Style: Cruise

This 1 night/2 day cruise on the Mekong allows you to explore the relatively inaccessible north of Laos.

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Activities in Luang Prabang / Mekong

Luang Prabang to Huay Xai Cruise Activities

Experience a delightful river boat cruise on the mighty Mekong River, as you travel upriver from Luang Prabang to Houay Xai. Set sail from the Luang Prabang pier head for your one-night Luangsay Cruise. Along the way, stop by for a visit to the spellbinding Tam Ting Caves on the Mekong River, north of Luang Prabang. Also known as the ‘Caves of a Thousand Buddhas’, these dramatic limestone caves have been a sacred pilgrimage site for centuries. Admire the thousands of exquisitely crafted, miniature figures of the Buddha that are mostly made of wood. Return to your river boat after the stopover, and enjoy your elegant overnight accommodation aboard the cruise boat. Mealtimes are guaranteed to be delicious affairs aboard the Luangsay Cruise.

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