Welcome to Huay Xai


Huay Xai was allegedly home to a US heroin-processing plant during the Secret War, but these days the only things trafficked through are travellers en route to Luang Prabang or the fabled Gibbon Experience, the most talked-about adventure in the country. Yet, with new day trips to nearby ethnic villages, worthwhile voluntourism opportunities and kayaking tours down the Mekong, there are good reasons to stick around for a while.


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$473 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Luang Say Cruise from Luang Prabang overnight at Luang Suay Lodge

Run for both routes depends on date:UP RiverDay 1: LUANG PRABANG - PAK BENGEarly this morning board your boat and commence your journey upstream to Huay Xai near the Thai border. Tuck into breakfast on board, while you cruise to the mouth of the Nam Ou River, and the Pak Ou Caves. You’ll have some time to explore the caves that are jammed packed with Buddhist statuary left by devotees making merit or good luck. Depending on the season, the next stop is the whiskey village where sticky rice is turned into the famed Lao Lao whiskey and distributed nationwide! Take a tipple if you dare its powerful stuff! Arrive at Pak Beng before sunset and stay overnight at Luang Suay Lodge, a rustic hotel featuring wooden bungalows on stilts. Meals: Lunch / DinnerHotel: Luangsay LodgeDay 2: PAK BENG - HUAY XAIWake early to explore the market where locals from surrounding villages come to sell fruit, vegetables and trade goods. After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, board the boat around 8:30am for the second leg of your cruise. Relax with a good book on deck, as you cruise the languid waters and soak up the stunning scenery on your way to Pak Beng. You’ll stop riverside at a small village to meet the locals and get a peek into their lives. Arrive into Huay Xai late afternoon. Meals: Breakfast / LunchDown River will be return as Houayxay – Pakbeng – Luang Prabang Pick-up: Approxe 09:15am base on accommodation area Cruise Dept: 10:00am Luangsay Cruise: Schedule Cruise Up: Tue, Wed and Sat Cruise Down: Sun, Mon and Fri ***Rate will be counted based on Twin/ Double share, if 1pax want to stay in single room the rate will be counted as 1pax rate in contract.

$144 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

2 Days Cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

Huay Xai to Luang Prabang Day 1: Huay Xai - Pakbeng (Meals: L) We will pick you up by minivan at Thai – Lao border No. 4. The Mekong Smile Cruise boat leaves at the slow boat pier for a cruise down the Mekong River. The first stop is Paktha this is (check point). At the second stop we will visit the hill tribal villages to learn their culture and relax, then come back to the cruise a buffet lunch will be served on board. After lunch is your free time to relax and enjoy the Mekong River. The cruise arrives at Pakbeng before sunset for an overnight stay at your own hotel. Day 02: Cruise downstream from Pakbeng – Luang Prabang (Meals: L) Departure time: 8 am. Early in the morning you can visit the Pakbeng market (optional). After breakfast we depart at 8 am to journey down the Mekong River. The first stop is at Ban Baw where you will observe the traditional whisky village, weaving village, handicrafts and textiles. A buffet lunch is served on board. The boat stops again to visit Pak Ou caves. There are two caves, ‘Tham Ting’ and ‘Tham Phoum.’ The caves contain thousands of Buddha images. The Mekong cruise arrives at Luang Prabang, a UNESCO world heritage city, before sunset and we have the van to pick you up at the main pier to Luang Prabang. We will arrive about 4 – 4:30 pm at the new pier.. Package including: 2 Days Cruise Speaking English Staff Entrance Fee for Pak Ou cave Hotel Pick up Lunch on boat Transfer to Luang Prabang Pier Transfer to Thailand border Tea, coffee and fruit on boat Package excluding: Hotel in Pakbeng Soft drink or alcohol drink