Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai / Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai

Taking the 2 day slow boat down the Mekong River from Luang Prabang, Laos to Chiang Rai, Thailand and how to do it yourself!

“The first day from Luang Prabang to Pak Beng is around 8 hours and is the most scenic of the entire journey where the Mekong is encircled by an every changing mountainous landscape, tiny villages and lush jungle surroundings. Sitting back on the comfortable seats with the breeze in your hair taking it all in is quite wonderful. Over the course of the 8 hours you will also likely get to know the other passengers on board, many of which will also be long term travellers and it becomes quite a social place too. We were also lucky that the boat wasn’t too crowed and so we could move the seat around for more space.”

The Roaming Renegades | 2017

Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai by Slow Boat

“Anyway we were soon motoring along at a dizzy 30 km/h, it isn’t called the slow boat for nothing! We quickly realised our second mistake – not bringing any food, as hunger soon came calling. There was food for sale on the boat but sadly it only consisted of overpriced instant noodles. We had to make do for the first day and it wasn’t something we were going to repeat.”

Our Dream Adventure | 2014

From Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai: An Overland Journey on the Slow Boat.

“Cruising along the Mekong was picturesque and relaxing. Passengers were passing the time reading a book, working on laptops, listening to music, chatting with one another, or sleeping. Most of the locals seemed to opt for the latter option. The scenery was beautiful with mountains framing the riverbanks, sharp jagged rocks jutting out of the water, sandy shorelines where children could be seen playing, fish traps set up hoping to catch the day’s dinner, and a river that twisted and turned around the corners, leaving you wondering what might appear on the other side. The days were hot and the early mornings and evenings were cool, sometimes even downright cold!”

See you Soon | 2012


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