Freestyle In and Around Luang Prabang

If you’re looking for a local experience, this free-and-easy independent cruise lets you explore the Mekong in and around Luang Prabang. Guests can go with the flow and enjoy a variety of activities without having to cruise too far. Visit a local handicraft village or make a stop at the famous local hang-out, Cucumber Island. Step into the sandals of a local Laotian fishermen and experience using some traditional fishing techniques. Or, we’ll take care of the cushions, mats and tents so you can just rock up with your beach essentials and spend time relaxing on the Mekong’s sands surrounded by amazing scenery.

Bounmi works with a select number of exceptional locals to provide you with a variety of authentic Luang Prabang tour experiences. We develop close relationships with the people we work with and are excited to be able to offer these types of authentic local experiences to our visitors.

Nava Noi

17m Custom Fishing Boat

6 Guests

Tour Capacity

4hr - 8hr

Local Mekong Experience


Additional Information

Choice of Tour Duration

4 to 8 hours

These Local River Experiences are a minimum 4-hr experience. If you would like to extend your time on the river we are happy to accommodate.

Optional Tour Add-Ons

Licensed English-Speaking Tour Guide

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

Expat Tour Host & Bounmi Managing Director – Adele

If you would like to enjoy a little expat insight and hospitality. Adele would be happy to join you. See pricing.


Let us know if you would like to enjoy a delicious local lunch on your cruise. Please ask to see our menu & pricing.

Wine & Champagne

Available upon request. Please ask to see our menu & pricing.

Specialty Cakes

Available upon request. Please ask to see our menu & pricing.

The Crew

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 the season, river conditions and sunset times. Kindly inquire upon booking.

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, the confirmation of dock will be provided at the time of your booking.

If staying within walking distance of the Mekong, we ask that you meet us on the Mekong. We will provide the location to the most convenient dock in relation to your hotel.

What’s Included/Not Included


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

Fishing equipment (upon request).

Cushions, mats, bamboo tables, tents, music (upon request).

Chilled non-alcoholic beverages & water.

Traditional Lao snacks.

Portable music system.

Not Included

Expat tour host (optional add-on).

English-speaking guide (optional add-on).

Food & alcohol (optional add-on).

Personal insurance.

Crew gratuities.

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.

Swimming gear and towel for the beach.

Please ensure you are dressed appropriately and respectfully for visiting any religious sites in Laos.

Ladies should have their shoulders and knees covered. Men should also have their shoulders covered but knee shorts are acceptable.

Things To Consider

Mekong Water Level & Beach Access

The Mekong river is home to some fantastic sandy beach shores and small islands that pop up when the river’s water level drops. Accessing beach areas depends on the season and water level of the Mekong.

The Mekong river is changing and continues to be affected by new dam construction. Laos has many construction projections underway on tributary rivers feeding into the Mekong and on the Mekong itself. Consequently, the river’s water level can be unpredictable at times.

Fishing Experiences

You’ll most likely get wet so you may want to consider bringing a change of fresh clothes.

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 own fitness level and to take this into consideration on your tour.

Cultural Considerations

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.

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.


Price per Adult
Price per Adolescent
Price per Child
  • Prices are in US Dollars.
  • Prices are per person.
  • Free – Infants 3 years and under.