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Mekong River by Slow Boat - Laos

We bought our slow-boat tickets at the Barge Port in Huay Xai at 8am, as soon as they opened. The tickets to Pak Beng were 95,000Kip/p ($12Usd). They did not sell tickets straight to Luang Phrabang. Our ETD was at 11am and we were told at the ticket booth that our travel time would be 5hrs to Pak Beng.

Mekong River, Laos
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We left at 11:30am. Before we left though, a gentleman boarded our boat and gave us his big speech about what to expect when we arrive in Pak Beng. According to him, our travel time would be 8hrs; There would be no electricity in the town so it will be very dark when we arrive; Tickets to Luang Phrabang are not sold anywhere else other than through him for 120,000Kip/p ($15Usd); It would be very difficult to find a room for the night since there'd be no electricity; He has the cheepest guesthouse for 300Baht ($10Usd), and he has somebody to guide and take us there. None of these were true.
Our total travel time was 6hrs including 3 short stops. We arrived in Pak Beng with enough sunlight to check in at an 80Baht ($3Usd) guesthouse, to shop for our next day's supplies, to buy our 100,000Kip ($13Usd) boat ticket for our next day trip to Luang Phrabang, and to have dinner.
There were a lot of people offering their guesthouses when we arrived and we gave one of them a chance. It was Santisouk Guesthouse. About 50m above the pier is OudomXai, a travel company which sells boat tickets back to Huay Xai and to Luang Phrabang. We bought our ticket there for a different boat and we got a car-type seat reserved for us. A much needed comfort for a long ride.
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Go Hue 2013/08/16 20:52:18 EDT Reply
Nicely done! Thanks for the tip!!!


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Updated: January 9, 2014 Author: Kajtek S