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Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang TL3001: 3 Day 2 Night Slow Boat to Luang Prabang

Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang Slow Boat


A transportation package featuring hassle free budget travel from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang and one night’s accommodation as well. You will enjoy a boat ride down the infamous Mekong river as it winds its up down to Luang Prabang. You will spend a total of 2 days aboard the boat as well as an overnight stay in the town of Pakbeng located directly on the Mekong.

Price from:
2,000 Baht








Day 1
You will start your trip as our team picks you up at 10:00AM from your accommodation in Chiang Mai for the 4-hour scenic drive to the border town of Chiang Kong. Upon arrival you will check in at your accommodation in Chiang Kong. You will have the rest of the day to freely explore this picturesque Mekong Riverside town. A simple dinner meal will be served.

Day 2
Enjoy the simple breakfast that will be provided prior to you being picked up and transferred to the Thai Immigration office on the Mekong. Once you will have completed the formalities at the Thai immigration and have had your passport stamped, we will cross into Laos via the new Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge which spans the Mekong and get your Laos visa. We will provide you with a simple packed lunch for the boat trip. At about 10am, your slow boat will leave the dock for your first day of this 2-day river journey down the Mekong to the lovely town of Luang Prabang. The boat will arrive at Pakbeng at approximately 5:00PM where you will stay overnight. Please note: you must make your own accommodation arrangements for your stay in Pakbeng. See below for further instructions.

Day 3
The slow boat will leave Pakbeng at 09:00am for the last day of transport on the Mekong to Luang Prabang. The boat is scheduled to dock at Luang Prabang at approximately 5:00PM.

Important note:

This is neither a tour nor a tour package; it is simply a transport package. Our staff members are only working to ensure that you reach to the right buses, accommodation and boats. No tour guide is part of this programme. You will be required to make your own visa arrangements at the border (this is possible for the majority of nationalities on arrival at the border post in Huay Xai and there is no need to make prior arrangements). The price of this programme excludes visa fees and excludes any visa help as well. There might be an independent visa service offered by the accommodation in Chiang Kong, note that this is not a service provided by Travel Hub nor is it provided by the package operator; Travel Hub and the tour operator are therefore not responsible for the quality of any of these services offered. This programme is a 'no frills' budget package but is also definitely an extremely rewarding journey to make. Accommodation provided is also "no frills" do not expect luxury!


Day 1
• Pick up from your Chiang Mai Hotel - 10:00AM
• Drive 4 hours to Chiang Kong
• Arrive at Chiang Kong accommodation
• Free time to explore the town of Chiang Kong
• Overnight in Chiang Kong

• Chiang Kong

Day 2
• Breakfast - 07:30
• Pick up and proceed to Thai Immigration - 08:30
• Cross the Mekong river
• Laos Immigration
• Board boat to Pakbeng - 10:00
• Arrive in Pakbeng approx. 17:00
• Overnight in Pakbeng

• Pakbeng

Day 3
• Board boat to Luang Prabang - 09:00
• Arrive in Luang Prabang approx. 17:00



Slow boat to Luang Prabang Slow boat to Luang Prabang Slow boat to Laos
Pakbeng Slow boat to Luang Prabang Slow boat Luang Prabang
Slow boat to Luang Prabang Slow boat to Luang Prabang Boarding the boat at Pakbeng


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Price of this transport package will depend on your accommodation choice in Chiang Kong
Per person Package price
Nomad Guest House fan room Chiang Kong (twin room with bathroom) 2 persons

2,000 BAHT

* The Nomad Guest House also has a limited number of air-conditioned rooms. Air conditioned rooms are available at a surcharge of 400 baht per room and can be paid directly with the hotel on arrival. Air con rooms are subject to availability and can not be guaranteed or pre-booked.
* For single travellers a single room can not be guaranteed at Nomad Guest House. It is possible that you will be roomed with another person of the same sex.

This tour includes:
• Pick up from guest house in Chiang Mai
• Minibus to Chiang Kong
• 1 night accommodation in Chiang Kong
• 1 evening meal
• 1 breakfast
• 1 Lunchbox
• Boat ticket both days to Luang Prabang

This tour excludes:
• Drinks
• Visa fees
• Food (other than the 3 meals stated)
• Accommodation in Pakbeng

• No evening meal with upgraded hotel option (Guest House only)


Travel Hub is a Chiang Mai Tour Operator - You are booking direct! We guarantee our rates are the lowest on the web! We guarantee lowest rates for all our partner activities too! Find a cheaper rate for the same programme and we will beat that price!...terms
Group Join in Tour
You will join a group of up to 12+ persons. There can be more persons on the boat
Operated By Partner operator
This tour is operated by a specialist operator





info icon Tour Transport
Transport from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang will be by air conditioned minibus. Transport from Chiang Kong/Huay Xai to Luang Prabang will be by a traditional cargo boat which has been adapted to carry passengers. The seating often consists of wooden benches which can become a bit uncomfortable after a seven hour stretch on the Mekong River so please be prepared for this. We suggest bringing a cushion. Some days the boats can be quite comfortable with an open deck so you can kick back and relax. The type of boat you get depends on the day you travel

info icon Provisions
With in this transport package you will be provided with a simple evening meal on day 1, breakfast and a simple lunchbox on day 2. All other meals will be by your own arrangements

info icon Departures
This trip requires a minimum of 2 persons booked, for a departure

1 Accommodation
On this tour one nights accommodation is included in Chiang Kong at Nomad Guset House. See above for the options. Note No accommodation is included for the night in Pakbeng. Pakbeng is a very small town and the main street leading from the pier is lined with small guest houses. There is plenty of choice to suit most budgets.

Basic accommodation at Nomad Guest House    

info icon Pick up and drop off
Free pick up is included to and from any Chiang Mai city hotel. Sorry we can not pick up from out of town resorts. This package will terminate at the ferry pier Luang Prabang and you will need to make your own way to your Luang Prabang accommodation

Need more information or have any questions before you book? Please do not hesitate to contact us.
















































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