CULINARY ON THE MEKONG

A Taste of Laos

Tantalize your taste buds with delicious Laotian cuisine while soaking up the Mekong’s mountainous landscape and lush green jungle. Enjoy professional onboard food and beverage services or indulge in one of our local culinary experiences. Bounmi works with a select number of exceptional locals to provide you with a variety of authentic Luang Prabang tour experiences.

Choose from our selection of Onboard Culinary Cruises and Local Culinary Experiences.

Nava Noi

18m Custom River Boat

6 Guests

Cucumber Island BBQ Only

Nava Song

20m Custom Traditional Slow Boat

4-6 Guests

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Nava Thip

45m Custom Traditional Slow Boat

40 Guests

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What to Expect

Onboard Culinary Experiences

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MEKONG LUNCH CRUISE

2 Hours

Traditional Lao Lunch

HOTEL TRANSFERS

Your driver and local transportation will meet you at your hotel for transfer to the boat dock. Upon your return to Luang Prabang, transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

MEKONG LUNCH CRUISE

Enjoy delicious Lao cuisine and professional onboard services as you witness the sights and sounds of local riverside activity, mountainous landscape, and the magic of the Mekong.

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SUNSET DINNER CRUISE

2 or 3 Hours

Traditional Lao Dinner

HOTEL TRANSFERS

Your driver and local transportation will meet you at your hotel for transfer to the boat dock. Upon your return to Luang Prabang, transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

SUNSET DINNER CRUISE

End the day with a famous Mekong sunset and traditional cuisine. Enjoy professional onboard services while soaking up the golden hour with an array of delicious Lao dishes, drinks, and friends. 

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SUNSET APPETIZERS & DRINKS

2 or 3 Hours

Traditional Lao Appetizers

HOTEL TRANSFERS

Your driver and local transportation will meet you at your hotel for transfer to the boat dock. Upon your return to Luang Prabang, transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

SUNSET APPETIZERS ON THE MEKONG

Kick back on a Mekong sunset cruise with tasty appetizers and refreshing drinks. Witness amazing scenery, colorful skies, and the buzz of local activities along the shorelines of the Mekong River at sunset.

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SPA & SUNSET DINNER

2 or 3 Hours

Professional Spa Treatment & Traditional Lao Dinner

HOTEL TRANSFERS

Your driver and local transportation will meet you at your hotel for transfer to the boat dock. Upon your return to Luang Prabang, transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

SPA & SUNSET DINNER

Relax in the hands of a professional spa therapist while cruising the mighty Mekong River. As sunset hour appears, sit down to enjoy a delicious array of Lao dishes and watch as life along the river drifts by.

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ROMANCE ON THE MEKONG

2 or 3 Hours

Traditional Lao Dinner & Bubbles

HOTEL TRANSFERS

Your driver and local transportation will meet you at your hotel for transfer to the boat dock. Upon your return to Luang Prabang, transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

ROMANCE ON THE MEKONG

Indulge in a little romance with your special someone. Revel in the beauty of a Mekong sunset with some bubbles and traditional Lao cuisine. Enjoy the peacefulness of the “Golden Hour” before nightfall settles in and returning to town by candlelight.

What to Expect

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CUCUMBER ISLAND BBQ

3 Hours – Sunset Only

Traditional Cooking Techniques & BBQ

HOTEL TRANSFERS

Your driver and local transportation will meet you at your hotel for transfer to the boat dock. Upon your return to Luang Prabang, transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

CUCUMBER ISLAND BBQ – SUNSET ONLY

Enjoy a scenic Mekong cruise before stopping for an authentic local experience on famous Cucumber Island (a local favorite). As the sun begins to set take in your surroundings and enjoy the local hospitality. Observe ancient traditional cooking methods using bamboo & fire, help BBQ Mekong fish, eat local dishes, drink, and be merry.

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FARM TO BAMBOO TABLE

4 Hours

Organic Lunches & Sunset Dinners

HOTEL TRANSFERS

Your driver and local transportation will meet you at your hotel for transfer to the boat dock. Upon your return to Luang Prabang, transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

FARM TO BAMBOO TABLE – LUNCH OR DINNER

Enjoy a scenic cruise south to Mekong Eden farm for an organic meal made fresh from the garden. Learn about the food you’re eating while surrounded by nature and fantastic Mekong scenery. Mekong Eden is a sustainable organic farm accessible by boat only.

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VILLAGE LUNCH IN BAN SALEUAN

4 Hours

Village Lunch w/ Ms. Phai

HOTEL TRANSFERS

Your driver and local transportation will meet you at your hotel for transfer to the boat dock. Upon your return to Luang Prabang, transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

VILLAGE LUNCH IN BAN SALEUAN

Take an hour cruise south to Ban Saleuan and soak up some local hospitality. Delight in a village lunch with Ms. Phai, a long-time friend of Bounmi’s, who we absolutely love. Whilst she may not speak English, she will most certainly show you the warmest hospitality while you are guests in her home – a universal gesture that transcends a common language.

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Additional Information

Boat Services & Provisioning

Nava Noi ~ 18m Custom Riverboat 

Complimentary: Traditional Lao snacks & chilled water.

Meal Services: Casual picnic style.

Onboard: Cushions, bean bags, cups, snack dishes, cooler, ice bucket & Bluetooth speaker.

Bathroom: As part of the authentic local experience, Nava Noi does not offer onboard bathroom facilities. Guests must be ok with going “o-natural” or using local facilities along the way. On Nava Noi, we do it as the locals do!

Safety Equipped: Yes

Nava Song ~ 20m Custom Slow Boat 

Complimentary: Traditional Lao snacks, chilled beer Lao, soft drinks, & water.

Meal Services: A casual and comfortable affair with bamboo tables, traditional Lao cushions & bean bags.

Onboard: Glassware, serving dishes, wine & ice buckets, trays, coolers & Bluetooth speaker.

Bathrooms: 1

Safety Equipped: Yes

Nava Thip ~ 45m Custom Traditional Slow Boat 

Complimentary: Traditional Lao snacks, chilled beer Lao, soft drinks, water, tea & coffee. 

Meal Services: A delicious experience served buffet-style with comfortable seating throughout the boat. Pick your view!

Bar Services: Open area with bar tops & stool seating. Bar menu available.

Day Beds: 4

Lounge Areas: 2

Dining Area: 1

Bathrooms: 2

Music System & Karaoke: Yes

Onboard Cooking Facilities: Yes

Safety Equipped: Yes

Water Filtration: Yes

Solar: Yes

Food & Beverage Services

Traditional Lao Cuisine & Appetizers

Delight in traditional Lao dishes prepared fresh by our experienced, local chef, Ms. Bountan. Vegetarian options available and spice levels can be adjusted. Do let us know of your food preferences or if you any special requests.

Wine & Champagne

Enjoy a selection of wine & champagne by the bottle. Provisioning upon request.

Bar Menu (Nava Thip Only)

Beer Lao & Heineken, house wine by the glass, Torresella Prosecco (by the bottle), cocktails, spirits, coffee drinks, mock-tails & juice. Provisioning upon request if cruising on Nava Song or Nava Noi.

Local Culinary Experiences

Cucumber Island BBQ

Learn about ancient traditional cooking methods using bamboo & fire. Help barbecue local Mekong fish or just kick back, enjoy the sunset, and your local host will take care of the rest.

Farm to Bamboo Table

Mekong Eden Farm offers Lao traditional cuisine mixed with fusion recipes and baking from their wood oven. No MSG added. Menus are forever changing with the seasons.

Village Lunch w/ Ms. Phai

Delight in a village lunch with Ms. Phai. Ms. Phai keeps a clean home and is a fantastic local host. Her lunches are delicious and often prepared with fresh organic produce from the village. Yum!

*Chilled beer Lao for sale on-site when enjoying local experiences. Guests are welcome to drinks from the boat coolers or bar however to support our local partners if wishing to indulge in a beer or two please buy direct from them. Cheers!

The Crew

Bounmi Host

Bounmi’s English-speaking hosts have been carefully selected for their professionalism and experience, ensuring quality service and customer care.

Professional Boat Captain

Bounmi’s captains are local experts on the river and safety conscious.

Departure Times & Meeting Points

Departure Time

Mekong Lunch Cruises & Local Experiences can be flexible, let us know what time you would like to have lunch.

Mekong Dinner Cruises & Local Experiences can be arranged for the hours between 0230PM and 0530PM, depending on cruise choice, season and availability.

Meeting the Boat

We offer transfers to and from the boat and will pick you up directly at your hotel. Within city limits.

If you would like to make your own way to the boat, dock confirmation will be provided at the time of your booking.

What’s Included/Not Included

Included on Slow Boats ~ Nava Thip & Nava Song

Private custom slow boat & professional captain.

Transportation to and from the boat (hotel pick-up within city limits).

English-speaking Bounmi Host.

Meal as per itinerary.

Chilled beer Lao, soft drinks, & water.

Lao tea & coffee (Nava Thip only).

Traditional Lao snacks.

Onboard music system.

Karaoke (Nava Thip only).

Not Included on Slow Boats ~ Nava Thip & Nava Song

Cocktails, spirits, mocktails, & juice.

Wine & champagne.

Personal insurance.

Crew gratuities.

Included on Riverboat ~ Nava Noi

Private custom riverboat & professional captain.

Meals as per itinerary.

Traditional Lao snacks & chilled water.

Bluetooth speaker. 

Not Included on Riverboat ~ Nava Noi

Hotel transfers.

Beer Lao, cocktails, spirits, mocktails, & juice.

Wine & champagne.

Personal insurance.

Crew gratuities.

Please let us know should you have any special requests.

What To Bring

What to Bring

Suitable footwear and clothing for the appropriate seasons. Mornings and evenings can be cool during the winter months.

Sun protection and bug spray.

Things To Consider

Culinary Cruises

Should you be celebrating a special occasion, we would love to help you make it as memorable as possible. Let us know if you have any special requests.

We have a selection of music playlists on-board but guests are also welcome to play some of their favorite tunes through our boat’s speaker systems. Nava Thip is equipped with Karaoke.

Visiting Local Sites of Interest

When visiting local villages and temples along the Mekong river, do be aware that oftentimes there are no paved pathways and you’re usually met with uneven ground and stairways. We ask each of our guests to please be aware of your fitness level and to mind your steps and actions when on tour. Especially in the rainy season.

Cultural Considerations

It is polite to remove your shoes before entering any temple or local Lao home. Your feet should never be used for pointing, especially in the direction of a monk or novice. One should not stand directly above or pass over top another person’s head, especially a monk and/or elder. In general, it is best not to touch another person’s head if you don’t know them. Children included.

Responsible Tourism

We kindly ask our guests not to hand out money to children in the villages they visit. Should you wish to support any of the villages or temples that you come across, please let us know and we’ll be happy to advise on how to do that responsibly.

Seasons & Temperatures

Dry season is between Nov-Apr with average temperatures of 27°C. Rainy season is between May-Oct with average temperatures of 32°C.

Cruise Rates

Please contact us directly for Culinary Cruise rates.

Note we are in the process of updating our website rates. New rates coming soon!

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