Welcome to Pak Beng


A halfway riverine stop between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai (lunch for speedy longtails, overnight for slowboats), this one-street town is short on architectural charm, but there are some good places to stay and nice spots to eat, including bakeries and Western-friendly cafes.


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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.

$504 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Overnight Luang Say Cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang overnight at Luangsay Lodge

Down River Itinerary:  Cruise Down: Sun, Mon and Fri Day 1: HUAY XAI - PAK BENG It’s an early start to the day as you board the boat for your cruise down the mighty Mekong. 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. The cruise will overnight at Pak Beng at the Luang Suay Lodge, a rustic hotel featuring wooden bungalows on stilts. Meals: Lunch / DinnerHotel: Luangsay Lodge Day 2: PAK BENG - LUANG PRABANG Wake 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 10am for the second leg of your cruise. The highlight today 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! You will also stop off at the Pak Ou Caves at the mouth of the Nam Ou River. The Pak Ou Caves are only small but jammed packed with Buddhist statues left by devotees making merit and hoping for good luck. Take a photo and make a wish! The boat then starts the final leg of the journey, arriving in Luang Prabang late afternoon. Meals: Breakfast / LunchUp River Itinerary: Contrast with Down River Cruise Up: Tue, Wed and SatDay 1: LUANG PRABANG - PAK BENGDay 2: PAK BENG - HUAY XAI   

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