PAKBENG & HOUAY XAY

Private Charters North Of Luang Prabang

Looking for a private charter to Pakbeng or Houay Xay? Embark on Nava Thip, Bounmi’s stunning 45m handcrafted, traditional slow boat. Nava Thip was locally built with fine Lao craftsmanship and custom-made with ample space for cruising, lounging, and dining.

This premium slow boat features 4 sun-beds, dining areas, lounge areas, open bar area & stool seating, 8 sleeping quarters, 2 bathrooms, 1 shower, karaoke, and a full sound system. Nava Thip Phaphone is also fully fitted with onboard cooking facilities. You’ll be able to take in the sights while our local chef whips up a variety of delicious Lao dishes.

We’ve taken care of the details in order to provide you a casually luxurious cruising experience. You won’t want to get off!

The maximum traveling and dining capacity of this boat is 40 guests. The maximum overnight capacity of the boat is 8 guests. Safety equipment onboard. 

Nava Thip

45m Custom Slow Boat

40 Guests

Pakbeng & Houay Xay Charters

8 Guests

Overnight Onboard

1 & 2 Days

Pakbeng & Houay Xay Charters

PAKBENG & HOUAY XAY

What To Expect

LUANG PRABANG – PAKBENG

Private Charter – 1 Day Upriver

FULL DAY

Meals: Continental Breakfast, Traditional Lao Lunch & Afternoon Snacks.

0700AM – BOAT DEPARTURE & BREAKFAST

Meet your English-speaking guide, boat captain, and crew at the dock. As you cruise upriver to Pak Ou Caves enjoy a continental breakfast.

083AM – PAK OU EXPLORATION

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

1100AM – DEPART PAK OU & CRUISE

Settle back on board and continue your cruise north to Pakbeng.

TRADITIONAL LAO LUNCH & AFTERNOON CRUISE

A delicious lunch and afternoon snacks will be served along the way. Help yourself to fresh fruit, coffee & tea, throughout the day.

0500PM – ARRIVE PAKBENG

Arrive in Pakbeng and disembark.

PAKBENG – LUANG PRABANG

Private Charter – 1 Day Downriver

FULL DAY

Meal: Traditional Lao Lunch & Afternoon Snacks

0800AM – BOAT DEPARTURE & CRUISE

Meet your English-speaking guide, boat captain, and crew at the dock. Begin the journey downriver to Luang Prabang.

MORNING CRUISE & VILLAGE EXPLORATION

Spend the morning relaxing and taking in the stunning scenery before stopping in a local riverside village. With a mix of different ethnic riverside villages en route, your local guide will discuss with you.

1230PM – TRADITIONAL LAO LUNCH

Enjoy a leisurely traditional Lao lunch as the Mekong shoreline passes by. 

0200PM – PAK OU EXPLORATION

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

0300PM – DEPART PAK OU & CRUISE

You will be welcomed back on board with afternoon snacks and chilled refreshments. Enjoy the 1.5-hour cruise downriver back to Luang Prabang.

0430PM – ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

Arrive in Luang Prabang and disembark. 

LUANG PRABANG – HOUAY XAY

Private Charter – 2 Days Upriver

DAY 1 ~ Luang Prabang – Pakbeng

Meal: Continental Breakfast, Traditional Lao Lunch & Afternoon Snacks

0700AM – BOAT DEPARTURE & BREAKFAST

Meet your English-speaking guide, boat captain, and crew at the dock. As you cruise upriver to Pak Ou Caves enjoy a continental breakfast.

083AM – PAK OU EXPLORATION

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

0930AM – DEPART PAK OU & CRUISE

Settle back on board and continue your cruise north to Pakbeng.

TRADITIONAL LAO LUNCH & AFTERNOON CRUISE

A delicious lunch and afternoon snacks will be served along the way. Help yourself to fresh fruit, coffee & tea, throughout the day.

0500PM – ARRIVE PAKBENG

Arrive in Pakbeng and disembark.

DAY 2 ~ Pakbeng – Houay Xay

Meal: Traditional Lao Lunch & Afternoon Snacks

0700AM – BOAT DEPARTURE & CRUISE

Say good-bye to Pakbeng and begin the cruise north to Houay Xay. 

MORNING

Settle in as you begin the journey upriver to Houay Xay. Relax and take in the sights of the magnificent Mekong.

1230PM – TRADITIONAL LAO LUNCH & CRUISE

A delicious lunch and afternoon snacks will be served along the way. Help yourself to fresh fruit, coffee & tea, throughout the day.

AFTERNOON STOP

The captain will make a short stop to clear documents as we near Houay Xay.

0430PM – ARRIVE IN HOUAY XAY

Arrive in Houay Xay and disembark.

HOUAY XAY – LUANG PRABANG

Private Charter – 2 Days Downriver

DAY 1 ~ Houay Xay – Pakbeng

Meal: Traditional Lao Lunch & Afternoon Snacks

0930AM – BOAT DEPARTURE & CRUISE

Meet your English-speaking guide, boat captain, and crew at the dock. Begin the journey downriver to Pakbeng.

MORNING – VILLAGE EXPLORATION & DOCUMENTS

Get comfortable and settle in as you begin the journey to Pakbeng. The captain will make a short stop to clear documents and guests will have a chance to visit an ethnic riverside village. Hop off and explore on land with your guide. With a mix of different ethnic riverside villages en route, your local guide will discuss with you.

1230PM – TRADITIONAL LAO LUNCH

Enjoy a leisurely traditional Lao lunch while taking in the sights.

AFTERNOON – VILLAGE EXPLORATION

Spend the afternoon relaxing and soaking up the Mekong. You will make another stop to explore on land with your guide. You will be welcomed back with chilled refreshments and afternoon snacks.

0400PM – ARRIVE PAKBENG

Arrive in Pakbeng. Disembark.

DAY 2 ~ Pakbeng – Luang Prabang

Meal: Traditional Lao Lunch

0800AM – BOAT DEPARTURE & CRUISE

Meet your English-speaking guide, boat captain, and crew at the dock. Begin the journey downriver to Luang Prabang.

MORNING CRUISE & VILLAGE EXPLORATION

Spend the morning relaxing and taking in the stunning scenery before stopping in a local riverside village. With a mix of different ethnic riverside villages en route, your local guide will discuss with you.

1230PM – TRADITIONAL LAO LUNCH

Enjoy a leisurely traditional Lao lunch as the Mekong shoreline passes by. 

0200PM – PAK OU EXPLORATION

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

0300PM – DEPART PAK OU & CRUISE

You will be welcomed back on board with afternoon snacks and chilled refreshments. Enjoy the 1.5-hour cruise downriver back to Luang Prabang.

0430PM – ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

Arrive in Luang Prabang and disembark. 

PAKBENG & HOUAY XAY

Additional Information

Boat Information

Nava Thip ~ 45m Custom Slow Boat 

Complimentary: Chilled water, tea & coffee. 

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

Music System & Karaoke: Yes

Onboard Cooking Facilities: Yes

Safety Equipped: Yes

Water Filtration: Yes

Solar Power: Yes

Food & Beverage Services

Traditional Lao Lunch

Guests will enjoy an array of different traditional Lao dishes for lunch, 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).

Private Shower: 1

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

Overnight Guests

Overnight Guests

Guests staying onboard will enjoy a traditional Lao dinner and comfortable sleeping quarters for the night. Wake up to a continental breakfast and morning refreshments as you begin another days’ cruise on the Mekong.

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

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 45m custom slow boat, professional captain & crew.

Transportation to or from the boat (within city limits – Luang Prabang services only).

English-speaking tour guide.

Complimentary welcome drink.

Continental Breakfast (Luang Prabang – Pakbeng upriver only)

Traditional Lao lunch as per itinerary.

Afternoon snacks & fresh fruit

Entrance fee @ Pak Ou caves.

Chilled water, coffee & tea.

Onboard music system & Karaoke.

Not Included

Hotel transfers to or from the boat (Pakbeng & Houay Xay services)

Additional food/beverage/transportation services not mentioned. 

Overnight Accommodations (optional).

Immigration Fees.

Entry Visa & Fees for Laos.

Mocktails, juice, & soft drinks.

Beer, wine, champagne, cocktails, & spirits.

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.

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 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

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

PAKBENG & HOUAY XAY CHARTERS