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An incredible way to start a trip to Laos

This was such a wonderful way to begin my trip to Laos ... it helped me to adjust to the slow pace... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Relaxing River Cruise

We are so happy we choose this company. It is worth paying the extra money compared to the public... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robyn F
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The Laos Mekong River Cruise goes from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and vice-versa. We offer a 2 day slow boat cruise on overnight in Pakbeng, and we will be happy to help you to get to Chiang Khong - Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai, Thailand. Please join us...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
07/152 Ming Muang Road, Huay Xai 05000, Laos
+856 20 56 649 094
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was such a wonderful way to begin my trip to Laos ... it helped me to adjust to the slow pace of Lao life and was the perfect introduction to Lao culture. Ka was a wonderful guide - informative, but not intrusive; funny; and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We are so happy we choose this company. It is worth paying the extra money compared to the public slow boats. We organised everything by email and did an internet payment. Everything worked perfectly. We got picked up from our guest house which was just...More

Thank Robyn F
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

We went on the two day slow boat cruise from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang. It’s a beautiful journey with some interesting stop offs at local villages. As we went in low season our boat only had 6 passengers, meaning we had plenty of room...More

Thank Sophie C
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

We were extremely happy with the tour provided by Smile Cruise. We were picked up in Chiang Mai by a driver whom took us to the Thai border town of Chiang Kong. Right from our initial enquiry, this company was easy and professional to deal...More

1  Thank PipB1982
Reviewed 7 June 2018

We, a group, of four, travelled from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai in April 2017. Bookings and payment were made online before we left Australia. Not having used this company before we were a little nervous that some parts of the trip would not work...More

5  Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

We did the 2 say trip from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai. This trip isn't full of activities but that's what we were looking for. Insanely relaxing, beautiful, safe, and with a very knowledgeable guide. Would highly recommend!

2  Thank mvbeebe
Reviewed 20 May 2018

Had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Staff was efficient, friendly, attentive and helpful, including transportation from Chiang Rai, crossing Laos border and then reaching Luang Prabang hotel. In between, boat was spotless, food terrific, scenery beautiful and interesting. Relaxing and stimulating at same time. A highlight...More

1  Thank Emanuela C
Reviewed 18 May 2018

Good luck working with these people on bookings. We had a tight schedule on our trip, and it was ruined by the incompetence of this tour company. We planned and confirmed travel for a 3-day trip from Chiang Mai with Pheng several weeks in advance....More

1  Thank J C
Houmpheng D, Owner at Mekong Smile Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2018

Hi Margaret Cowles, thank you again for your review, We appreciate any feedback. Because off low season, we need minimum of the people to join in I thank you in anticipation of your understanding. Many thanks Pheng

Reviewed 27 April 2018

Travelled with friends who insisted on this, and it was one of the best parts of my entire SE Asia trip. From the pickup and assistance across the border, to the boat rides and random stops with expert guiding and local knowledge from Kat, all...More

2  Thank MarcusD27
Reviewed 13 April 2018

A lovely way to explore the Mekong and get from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang. The trip went very smoothly and I was grateful for help to cross the border from Thailand into Laos. Hotel pick up was on time and a nice air conditioned...More

3  Thank Diane G
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Katy J
17 July 2018|
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Response from Marisa C | Reviewed this property |
Rogerio is right, actual time on the boat is two days, and you will spend the night in a guest house in Pakbeng. But if you're coming from Chiang Mai, you'll need to factor in time to get from Chiang Mai to the Thai/Lao... More
12 November 2017|
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Response from Houmpheng D | Property representative |
Hi, for the booking go to website Mekong Smile Cruise Many thanks Pheng
Ann W
9 November 2016|
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Response from andrewkingsley | Reviewed this property |
Hope your trip goes well..just an afterthought. when going to the villages. children need paper and pens and books.we also collected the free stuff from the hotels we stayed at and took those. toothbrushes soap and other... More