Overnight on the Mekong – Bounmi Cruise

OVERNIGHT ON THE MEKONG

Daytime Adventures & Tranquil Nights

Discover the Mekong under the cover of starry night skies on an overnight experience you’ll never forget. Explore local villages and sights by day, and spend the night falling asleep on the river surrounded by nature. The quiet of the night brings with it stillness and a sense of peace that calms the soul of even the most frantic city-dweller.

Nava Thip

45m Custom Slow Boat

8 Guests

Overnight on the Mekong

1 - 3 Nights

Overnight on the Mekong

OVERNIGHT ON THE MEKONG

What To Expect

MEKONG OVERNIGHT

Overnight Charter – 1D/1N

DAY 1

Meal: Dinner

HOTEL TRANSFER

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

BOAT DEPARTURE – 2HR BEFORE SUNSET

Meet your captain and crew at the dock. Depart Luang Prabang and begin your overnight experience on the Mekong.

SUNSET CRUISE SOUTH

Enjoy a peaceful and scenic, sunset cruise south before arriving at our rest stop for the night.

REST AREA & DINNER

Jump off and explore your surroundings before delighting in a traditional Lao dinner on-board.

OVERNIGHT ONBOARD

While guests are enjoying dinner, sleeping quarters will be prepared for the night. After dinner, feel free to enjoy the rest of the evening as you wish.

DAY 2

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

0730AM – BREAKFAST

Wake from your restful slumber and enjoy a continental breakfast and eggs to order.

0830AM – VILLAGE EXPLORATION & TREK

After breakfast head out to explore the village and take a short trek to visit Tham Pha Dao, the village’s local cave.

0930AM – CRUISE NORTH & LUNCH

Once settled back on board we will begin the scenic 3.5hr cruise north to Pak Ou caves. Lunch will be enjoyed along the way.

0100PM – PAK OU CAVES EXPLORATION

Arrive at Pak Ou and explore the caves with your local guide.

0145PM – CRUISE SOUTH

Depart Pak Ou and begin cruising back to Luang Prabang.

0230PM – VILLAGE EXPLORATION

Make a stop along the way to explore another riverside village.

0330PM – CRUISE SOUTH

Continue the cruise downriver back to Luang Prabang.

0430PM – ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

Arrive back in Luang Prabang. Transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

SOUTH TO NORTH

Overnight Charter – 2D/1N

DAY 1

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

HOTEL TRANSFER

Your guide and local transportation will meet you at your hotel for transfer to the boat dock. 

0900AM* – BOAT DEPARTURE

Meet your boat, captain and crew at the dock to begin your cruise downriver. 

*Boat departure for guests including activities at Kuang Si waterfalls is 0800AM.

MORNING CRUISE – SOUTH

Sit back and relax as you enjoy a peaceful and scenic cruise in the south.

1200PM – LUNCH

Enjoy delicious Lao cuisine while watching life on the Mekong drift by.

AFTERNOON CRUISE – NORTH

Spend the afternoon relaxing and taking in more magnificent scenery as we pass by Luang Prabang and Pak Ou caves before arriving at our rest stop for the night.

0530PM – REST AREA & DINNER

Upon arrival at a small Khmu riverside village jump off and explore your surroundings. When everyone is ready for dinner enjoy a variety of delicious Lao dishes.

OVERNIGHT ON-BOARD

While guests are enjoying dinner, sleeping quarters will prepared for the night. After dinner, feel free to enjoy the rest of the evening as you wish.

DAY 2

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

0730AM – BREAKFAST

Wake from your restful slumber and enjoy a continental breakfast and eggs to order.

0800AM – CRUISE NORTH

Depart from local village and head to discover another Khmu riverside village.

0930AM – VILLAGE EXPLORATION

Spend an hour with your guide experiencing the simple life in this local Khmu village.

1030AM – CRUISE SOUTH

Depart local village and begin the cruise downriver to Pak Ou caves.

1130AM – PAK OU CAVES EXPLORATION

Arrive at Pak Ou and explore the caves with your local guide.

1215PM – CRUISE & LUNCH

Depart Pak Ou caves. Lunch will be ready upon your arrival back on-board.

0100PM – VILLAGE EXPLORATION

Arrive in a local village for exploration with your guide.

0200PM – CRUISE SOUTH

Depart local village and cruise back to Luang Prabang.

0400PM – ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

Arrive back in Luang Prabang. Transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

SOUTH TO SAYABOULI

Overnight Charter – 2D/1N

DAY 1

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

HOTEL TRANSFER

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

1000AM – DEPART & CRUISE SOUTH

Meet your captain and crew at the dock. Depart Luang Prabang and begin your overnight experience on the Mekong.

LEISURELY DAY CRUISE – SOUTH

Spend the day relaxing and taking in the magnificent scenery around you as we cruise to Sayabouli.

LUNCH

Enjoy a traditional Lao lunch along the way as you watch the Mekong drift by.

LATE AFTERNOON – REST AREA & DINNER

After arriving at our rest stop, jump off and explore your surroundings before delighting in a traditional Lao dinner on-board.

OVERNIGHT ON-BOARD

While guests are enjoying dinner, sleeping quarters will prepared for the night. After dinner, feel free to enjoy the rest of the evening as you wish.

DAY 2

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

0730AM – BREAKFAST

Wake from your restful slumber and enjoy a continental breakfast and eggs to order.

0800AM – CRUISE TO SAYABOULI DAM

Depart for a sightseeing cruise to Sayabouli dam. If guest would like to stop for a tour please let us know in advance.

LEISURELY DAY CRUISE – NORTH

After spending time in and around the dam we will begin the journey up river. Spend the day relaxing and taking in the magnificent scenery around you as we cruise back to Luang Prabang.

LUNCH & VILLAGE EXPLORATION

Along the way we will stop to stretch our legs and explore local village life along the Mekong. Guest will also enjoy a traditional Lao lunch served when hungry.

0430PM – ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

Arrive back in Luang Prabang. Transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

SAYABOULI & NORTH

Overnight Charter – 3D/2N

DAY 1

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

HOTEL TRANSFER

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

1000AM – DEPART & CRUISE SOUTH

Meet your captain and crew at the dock. Depart Luang Prabang and begin your overnight experience on the Mekong.

LEISURELY DAY CRUISE – SOUTH

Spend the day relaxing and taking in the magnificent scenery around you as we cruise to Sayabouli.

LUNCH

Enjoy a traditional Lao lunch along the way as you watch the Mekong drift by.

LATE AFTERNOON – REST AREA & DINNER

After arriving at our rest stop, jump off and explore your surroundings before delighting in a traditional Lao dinner on-board.

OVERNIGHT ON-BOARD

While guests are enjoying dinner, sleeping quarters will prepared for the night. After dinner, feel free to enjoy the rest of the evening as you wish.

DAY 2

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

0730AM – BREAKFAST

Wake from your restful slumber and enjoy a continental breakfast and eggs to order.

0800AM – CRUISE TO SAYABOULI DAM

Depart for a sightseeing cruise to Sayabouli dam. If guest would like to stop for a tour please let us know in advance.

LEISURELY DAY CRUISE – NORTH

After spending time in and around the dam we will begin the journey up river. Spend the day relaxing and taking in the magnificent scenery around you as we cruise back to Luang Prabang.

LUNCH & VILLAGE EXPLORATION

Along the way we will stop to stretch our legs and explore local village life along the Mekong. Guest will also enjoy a traditional Lao lunch served when hungry.

LATE AFTERNOON – REST AREA & DINNER

After arriving at our rest stop, jump off and explore your surroundings before delighting in a traditional Lao dinner on-board.

OVERNIGHT ON-BOARD

While guests are enjoying dinner, sleeping quarters will prepared for the night. After dinner, feel free to enjoy the rest of the evening as you wish.

DAY 3

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

0730AM – BREAKFAST

Wake from your restful slumber and enjoy a continental breakfast and eggs to order.

0830AM – VILLAGE EXPLORATION & TREK

After breakfast head out to explore the village and take a short trek to visit Tham Pha Dao, the village’s local cave.

0930AM – CRUISE NORTH & LUNCH

Once settled back on board we will begin the scenic 3.5hr cruise north to Pak Ou caves. Lunch will be enjoyed along the way.

0100PM – PAK OU CAVES EXPLORATION

Arrive at Pak Ou and explore the caves with your local guide.

0145PM – CRUISE SOUTH

Depart Pak Ou and begin cruising back to Luang Prabang.

0230PM – VILLAGE EXPLORATION

Make a stop along the way to explore another riverside village.

0330PM – CRUISE SOUTH

Continue the cruise down river back to Luang Prabang.

0430PM – ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

Arrive back in Luang Prabang. Transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

OVERNIGHT ON THE MEKONG

Additional Information

Boat Information

Nava Thip ~ 45m Custom Traditional Slow Boat 

Complimentary: Welcome drink, chilled beer Lao, soft drinks, water, tea & coffee. Traditional Lao snacks and fruit are available throughout the day. 

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

Bar Services: Bar area with an open layout, bar tops & stool seating. Bar menu available.

Day Beds: 4

Lounge Areas: 2

Dining Area: 1

Private Bathrooms: 2

Private Shower: 1

Music System & Karaoke: Yes

Onboard Cooking Facilities: Yes

Safety Equipped: Yes

Water Filtration: Yes

Solar Power: Yes

Food & Beverage Services

Continental Breakfast & Traditional Lao Cuisine

Contemplate the morning with a continental breakfast and eggs to order. For lunch and dinner delight in an array of different 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

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.

Sleeping Onboard

Single Sleeping Quarters

Individual sleeping quarters are open-air and curtained off for privacy. Located forward, every quarter offers a mosquito net, fresh bedding, pillow, and solar light & fan for use throughout the night. 

Double Sleeping Quarter

Our double sleeping quarter offers guests a more private option. Located on the stern, once you draw the curtain it’s all yours. Provisioned with a mosquito net, fresh bedding, pillow, and solar lights & fans for use throughout the night. 

Curtained Sleeping Quarters: 7 (6 Single & 1 Double). Open-air.

Single Bed Size (6):  110cm x 200cm. Forward.

Double Bed Size (1):  180cm x 200cm. Stern.

Clean Bedding & Pillows: Yes

Mosquito Nets: Yes

Fans & lights at night: Yes (solar)

Towels & Bathroom Amenities: Yes. Locally made & all-natural (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel & body lotion).

The Crew

Licensed English-Speaking Tour Guide

Bounmi’s guides have been carefully chosen for their professionalism, cultural knowledge, and fun characters!

Professional Boat Captain, Crew & Night Security

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

Departure Times & Meeting Points

Departure Time

Departure times vary and are noted in specific itineraries. See “What to Expect”. 

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

Nava Thip

Included

Private custom slow boat, professional captain, crew & night security.

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

Complimentary welcome drink.

English-speaking tour guide.

Entrance fees as per your overnight itinerary.

Meals as per your overnight itinerary.

Comfortable sleeping quarters (bedding, pillows & mosquito nets).

Solar power lights and fans for sleeping.

Bath towels & shower amenities (locally made and all-natural).

Chilled beer Lao, soft drinks, water, coffee & tea.

Traditional Lao snacks & fresh fruit.

Onboard music system & Karaoke.

Not Included

Cocktails, spirits & juice.

Wine & champagne.

Personal insurance.

Crew gratuities.


Please let us know should you have any special requests.

What To Bring

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

Personal overnight sundries.

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 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. Most villages have a local temple, so kindly take note of this if you wish to visit them. Ladies should have their shoulders and knees covered. Men should also have their shoulders covered but knee shorts are acceptable.

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 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

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

OVERNIGHT ON THE MEKONG