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"Pickup service was good. Services on board was great, the village sightseeing was god, and guide spoke good English. If I could wish for two things; taking drink orders at the tables on top deck during nighttime and a stop or two at the floating market, not just driving by. Information and payment was good. Would recommend to friends. Thank you for a good trip, and experience. "
Mr. Henrik Sørensen Hoff & his wife on Mekong Eyes 2 days Cantho - Phu Quoc on March 26-27, 2013
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Luang Say Cruises (Laos)

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Luang Say Cruises (Laos)
Luang Say Mekong Cruises has 03 boats travelling from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang, or from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai. Both cruises stop over for one night in our Luang Say Lodge in Pakbeng.

The boats are 34 metres long with a 420 HP engine and a steel hull for strength and safety. The boats have a capacity for 40 people in comfortable seats and benches. Each seat has an open air vista. Coffee tables with magazines and booklets are available to read during your cruise.

The central section of Luangsay boats have bench seats, a perfect spot for a game of cards, to share your Mekong stories, or to have lunch.

Each cruise departure has both a French and English speaking guide who are able to answer your questions and point out any sights of interest along the way. They also have a fearless captain, a qualified mechanic and a boat boy.

On board there are two western style toilets, one at the back of the boat and one next to the bar in the central section.

Life jackets are available in a variety of sizes including childrens sizes. There are also rails around the sides of the boat for safety. Luggage can be stored overnight in a large compartment underneath the deck where it can be locked away.
The Boat
View from the Boat
The Dock
Luang Say Lodge
Pak Ou cave
Temple in Luang Prabang
Accommodation (for cruising with Luang Say Cruises)
On the left bank of the river, the Luang Say Lodge is backed by mountainous jungle. The large pavilions of solid teak and rosewood all have beautiful vistas looking out over the Mekong river and the mountains beyond. The traditional Laotian architecture provides accommodation of comfort and character, each bedroom equipped with high ceiling mosquito nets, electric fans and a large private bathroom with hot shower and western style toilet.

The Luang Say Lodge sits majestically above the Mekong River, blending artfully into the natural environment through careful landscaping, raised platforms and indigenous styling. It features 17 large pavilions, each elegantly furnished in dark toned wood and white fabrics, and offering stunning views on three sides of the Mekong.

A central riverbank restaurant is reached by wooden walkways from the pavillions. Here you will enjoy fine, mainly organic, food and can order a choice of drinks from the well stocked bar.

On days with passengers exceeding 20 people, the lodge will include an ethnic minority dance performance in the restaurant area. The performers are a mixture of our Luang Say Lodge staff, local villagers and school children.

The Bungalows at Luang Say Lodge
Built in 1998, the LuangSay Lodge is situated on four hectares of land with a traditional Laotian architectural design of 20 large bungalows, each with large open air windows looking out over the Mekong River and mountains.

Each room is fitted with comfortable beds, mosquito nets, electric mosquito coils, a ceiling fan and private bathrooms. Your spacious bathroom has a hot shower and a western style toilet.

There are wooden walkways linking all the rooms to the central restaurant and bar area, through our lovely gardens.

The Cuisine
The LuangSay lodge has a central riverbank restaurant, overlooking the Mekong River, is reached easily by wooden walkways from the guest bungalows.

The guests can either eat together or at their own separate tables.

The traditional Lao food buffet style dinner, and the continental breakfast are served in this restaurant area.  Most of our vegetables are grown in our own gardens or the local villages organically, with no artificial fertilizers or insecticides. The restaurant can cater for special meals requests, if you advise us in advance.

The Lodge has a fully equipped bar serving soft drinks, beer Lao and spirits which you can purchase.  You can also try monthly cocktail or wine selection choice while watching the sun go down, served by our smiling staff.

Laotian coffee, tea and drinking water, are included free for the duration of your stay at the Lodge.

Traditional ethnic minority dance performances by Hmong, Khmu and Lue artists are given free with large groups.

Route map details
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When is the best time to do this route?
The cold season from November to February is the busiest time of the tourist year for Laos. Visitors from colder climates will probably not find it too cold, but temperatures can drop to around 15 degrees during the day, and even lower overnight. You should bring a warm wind proof jacket with you during this time.   During this time of the year, morning fogs give the scenery photos a very romantic touch and once these have burned off, the skies are usually a vivid blue.

The hot season from March to May, is generally hot and very dry.  Cool cotton clothes, sunhats, sun cream and lots of drinking water are essential at this time of the year.  The water levels in the rivers can drop quite rapidly. Amazing rock formations jut up out of the river and the local villagers spend a lot of time on the riverbanks.

The rainy season from June to November, obviously has rain fall to contend with, but the scenery is lush and green, the rivers high, and the local produce is fresh and abundant.  There are often fewer tourists, which means that prices are lower and restaurants, hotels and tourist activities and sites are less busy.  As the rain subsides and the swollen river levels drop, crops are planted along the river banks.  The weather is still quite warm, and often hot and sunny during the day.
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