Custom Cruise – Bounmi Cruise

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Mekong Experiences Designed For You

Indulge in the Mekong on a cruise custom-made for you. Discover the stunning scenery and sights of the river on one of our handcrafted slow boats, each equipped to take you on different adventures along the Mekong. From visiting popular sites to stepping off the beaten track, there are so many great ways to explore the Mekong and we aim to make these experiences accessible to everyone.

Nava Thip

45m Custom Slow Boat

40 Guests

Custom Cruise

Nava Song

20m Custom Slow Boat

7 Guests

Custom Cruise

Nava Noi

18m Custom Riverboat

6 Guests

Custom Cruise

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What To Expect

HOTEL TRANSFER

Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you at your hotel for transfer to the boat.

DEPART LUANG PRABANG

Meet your captain at the dock. Depart Luang Prabang and begin your cruise on the Mekong.

MEKONG SITES & ACTIVITIES

Sites of interest will be selected according to your interests and schedule. An itinerary will be customized and provided at time of reservation. See Mekong Sites & Activities below.

ENJOY YOUR TIME ON THE MEKONG

Spend time cruising and exploring the Mekong according to your customized itinerary.

ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

Arrive back at Luang Prabang. Transportation will be ready to take you back to your hotel.

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Mekong Sites & Activites

Below are a few suggestions and sites of interests for spending time on the Mekong. There are many combinations and different ways to enjoy the river. Choose sites to suit your interests and feel free to share your thoughts. We will take care of the logistics.

  • South

    Ban Muang Khay - Kuang Si Dock

    Ban Muang Khay is the second of two dock locations when visiting Kuang Si waterfalls. Depending on guests’ boat selection and schedule, cruises to Kuang Si waterfalls may or may not dock here.

  • South

    Kuang Si Waterfalls & Activities

    Guest’s visiting Kuang Si waterfalls will disembark at Ban Sing or Ban Muang Khay, where transportation will be waiting to take them onward by land. For more information on Kuang Si waterfalls and activities in the area please see our Kuang Si Waterfall cruise.

  • South

    Ban Saleuan - Lao Loum Village

    Delight in a village lunch with Ms. Phai and if you are up for it, take a short trek to Tham Pha Dao, Ban Saleuan’s small cave.

  • South

    Ban Sing - Kuang Si Dock

    Ban Sing is the first of two dock locations when visiting Kuang Si waterfalls by boat. This is the main dock and is located across the river from Ban Saleuan.

  • South

    Mekong Eden Farm

    Mekong Eden Farm is a sustainable organic farm accessible by boat only. Stop for an agro-ecological garden tour or enjoy a freshly prepared organic lunch or sunset dinner while overlooking stunning views of the Mekong. 

  • South

    Lao Pottery House & Restaurant

    Lao Pottery House is a small village that has been manufacturing pottery for over 400 years. Stop and explore the village, participate in a 1-hour traditional Lao pottery making experience, or join a half-day pottery workshop.

  • Across from Luang Prabang

    Temples of Chomphet

    Stop to discover one of the historical Buddhist temples in Chomphet. Explore the caves of Wat Sack Kalin, admire the beautifully manicured grounds of Wat Kokpab, or walk up to Wat Nong Sakeo for a stunning view overlooking Luang Prabang & the Mekong.

  • Across from Luang Prabang

    Cucumber Island - A Local Favourite

    For a true local experience hop over for a little fun on Cucumber island. Join the locals at one of the bamboo huts along the shoreline or relax at our private beach (local style) offering a great sunset view.

  • North

    Local Handicrafts, Textiles & Lao Whiskey Making.

    Make a stop in Ban Sang Khong (Saa Paper Village) and explore the many shops specializing in Lao handicrafts and textiles. Or visit Ban Xang Hai (Whiskey Village) for a taste of Lao Lao whiskey and learn how this local rice whiskey is made. 

  • North

    Lang Ban Garden Restaurant

    Stop for a bite to eat and enjoy traditional Lao dishes at this scenic restaurant overlooking the Mekong. On route to Pak Ou caves.

  • North

    Local Riverside Villages

    On route to Pak Ou caves local villages sprinkle to shorelines. Apart from stopping at Saa Paper Village or Whiskey village, one can stop in Ban Muang Khum, a Lao Loum village known for harvesting and producing Khaiphan “riverweed” (seasonal). Ban Sanouk is a small village shared by Hmong & Khmu people. The villagers are friendly and the women are often selling small embroidered textiles. Ban Muang Keo sits on the confluence of the Nam Ou river and the Mekong, close to Pak Ou caves. It is a Lao Loum village offering a much simpler and smaller scale of whiskey village.

  • North

    Pak Ou Caves

    Pak Ou caves, also known as Buddha caves, hold great significance for the Lao people and are one of Luang Prabang’s more popular sites of interest. The cruise to the caves offers magnificent views of mountainous landscapes. For more information please see our Pak Ou Cruise. Minimum 4 hours.

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Additional Information

Boat Options & Information

Nava Thip ~ 45m Custom 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! Upon request.

Bar Services: Bar area with an open layout, 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 Power: 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. Upon request.

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

Bathroom: 1

Safety Equipped: Yes


Nava Noi ~ 18m Custom Riverboat 

Complimentary: Chilled water.

Meal & Beverage Services: Casual picnic style. Upon request.

Onboard Provisions: 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

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)

Import & local beer Lao, house wine by the glass, Torresella Prosecco (by the bottle), cocktails, spirits, coffee drinks & juice. Provisioning upon request Nava Song or Nava Noi.

The Crew

Bounmi Host

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

Licensed English-Speaking Tour Guide

Our guides have been carefully chosen for their professionalism, cultural knowledge, and fun characters!

Professional Boat Captain

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

Departure Times & Meeting Points

Departure Time

Departure time is flexible and dependent on customized itinerary, 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 way to the boat, dock confirmation will be provided at the time of your booking.

What’s Included/Not Included

Nava Thip & Nava Song

Included

Private custom slow boat & professional captain.

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

English-speaking tour guide or Bounmi host.

Entrance/activity fees & meals as per customized 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

Traditional Lao cuisine & appetizers.

Cocktails, spirits & juice.

Wine & champagne.

Personal insurance.

Crew gratuities.


Nava Noi

Included

Private custom riverboat & professional captain.

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

Guide services, entrance, activity fees & meals as per customized itinerary.

Chilled water.

Bluetooth speaker. 

Not Included

Traditional Lao cuisine & appetizers.

Beer Lao, spirits, juice & soft drinks.

Wine & champagne.

Personal insurance.

Crew gratuities.


Please let us know should you have any special requests.

Food for Thought

How much time do you have to spend on the Mekong? Ultimately, the amount of time you have will dictate which sites are possible to visit and have time to enjoy. 

Would you like to incorporate sunset into your cruise? If so, then departure time will be dictated by what time the sun is setting at that time of year.

What sites pique your interest? More popular? Off the beaten track? A mix?

Would you like to enjoy some Lao cuisine along the way? Lunch? Sunset dinner?

How much time to spend at each stop? A good rule of thumb is to give yourself about an hour or so per stop however this really depends on everyone’s pace. 

Activity and fitness level of everyone? When visiting local sites be aware that oftentimes there are no paved pathways and you’re usually met with uneven ground and stairways.

What To Bring

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

Please ensure you are dressed appropriately and respectfully for entering any religious site in Laos. Villages have their own local temples, so kindly take note of this if you wish to pay them a visit. Ladies should have their shoulders and knees covered. Men should also have their shoulders covered but knee shorts are acceptable.

Sun protection and bug spray.

Things To Consider

Visiting Local Sites of Interest

When visiting local sites 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 the top of 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

The dry season is between Nov-Apr with average temperatures of 27°C. The rainy season is between May-Oct with average temperatures of 32°C.

Cruise Rates

Please contact us for custom rates & itineraries. 

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