SPIRITUAL MEKONG EXPERIENCES

Spiritual Discussions, Meditation, and Alms-Giving across the Mekong

Discover the spiritual side of Laos on this unique Bounmi cruise experience. Explore the topic of spirituality in spiritual discussions, alms-giving, and meditation, with the beautiful backdrop of the Mekong river to inspire your thoughts and personal reflections. Choose from a morning of alms-giving and meditation, or an afternoon of discussing spiritual philosophy and deep meditation with the revered Satthu Oun Huan.

This tour starts from the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, where a traditional Lao slow boat will be waiting to take you on the Mekong’s magical waters. You’ll get a glimpse of authentic Laotian life as you cruise past Ban Xiengmen where many generations have made their living on the Mekong river, and who will greet you with heart-warming smiles from the shore. Your cruise will make a stop at Wat Had Siew where your tour continues on land at this beautiful Buddhist Lao temple.

If you have chosen the Spiritual Morning Experience, you’ll proceed to alms-giving. You will be given a traditional Lao scarf to cover your left shoulder as a sign of respect. Ms. Korn, an esteemed meditation practitioner and teacher, together with the monk from Wat Had Siew will lead you in a meditation practice. Following this, enjoy a herbal refreshments before making your way back to Luang Prabang.

If you have chosen the Spiritual Afternoon Experience, you’ll enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea with an enlightening side of Buddhist philosophy and meditation discussions with Ms. Korn and Satthu Oun Huan, a highly respected head monk in Luang Prabang who is well-regarded and sought after for his meditation teachings and practice. Together with Ms. Korn, Satthu Oun Huan will guide you in your meditation practice in this uniquely personal experience. There will be time for more spiritual discussions following your meditation practice before cruising back down the Mekong to Luang Prabang.

Each of our Spiritual Mekong Experiences were crafted with care and made possible with the rich knowledge, close relationships and personal friendships we’ve created with Laotian natives, local communities, and the mighty Mekong herself.

Nava Song

20m Custom Slow Boat

6 Guests

Cruise Capacity

Private 2hr & 3hr

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SPIRITUAL MEKONG EXPERIENCES

Additional Information

Your Choice of Meditation Practice

For this tour, select one Meditation Practice from the list below:

Walking Meditation – A simple and universal practice of walking slowly and being fully aware of your feet’s contact with the Earth, using the natural actions and movements of walking to cultivate mindfulness.

Sitting Meditation – A form of meditation practice that cultivates mindfulness through mindful sitting. You would find a reasonably comfortable and erect posture to sit in for 40-60 minutes and stay as still as possible in this position. While sitting, the objective is to watch the rise and fall of your belly as you breathe in and out, being highly aware and conscious of the movements of your body.

Breath of Fire Meditation – This is a form of Pranayama, a breathing practice used to stimulate Kundalini (energy and consciousness) and increase Prana (vital life force). This intense breathing practice requires you to take consecutive quick, short breaths and should be attempted with some care, especially with pregnant women, vertigo sufferers, and people with high blood pressure. The benefits of Breath of Fire practice include calming effects, detox, pain relief, core strengthening and emotional release.

Loving Kindness Meditation – Also known as Metta meditation, this practice stems from Buddhist traditions. The purpose of this meditation is to cultivate unconditional love and kindness towards all things, starting by the loving and acceptance of yourself, and then extending that to include all others, including your enemies.

Six Senses Meditation – Our eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin give us the 5 senses of the human body – sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. Our minds provide us with the sixth sense of our being, an extrasensory perception, intuition, and heightened sensibility. Daily life takes its toll on every one of us, dulling our minds and bodies physically, emotionally, and mentally. Six Senses Meditation focuses on practicing a state of mindfulness on all the senses, recharging them and leading you to a more balanced state of being.

The Crew

Bounmi Managing Director – Adele

This experience was designed by Adele and only made possible through close collaboration with Ms. Korn and Satthu Oun Huan at Wat Had Siew. We hope you enjoy an exceptional experience of Buddhist traditions and mindfulness.

Meditation & Spiritual Specialist – Ms. Korn

The meditation sessions on this tour will be led by Ms. Korn (Kornkanok Sriwan) who has over 15 years of training and teaching experience in the art of meditation. Born in Thailand, Ms. Korn has been practicing Vipassana Meditation throughout her life. She is certified by London Meditation UK in the fields of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Awareness Coaching Foundation Training (ACFT). She is also a member of the London Vedic Meditation Centre, Soto Zen Buddhist Meditation, the British Meditation Society, and London Insight Meditation (Vipassana). Bringing awareness of Eastern spiritual teaching to Western students has been the focus of her career and she brings with her a wealth of knowledge and passion to help others perceive the benefits that can be achieved for both the body and mind through Buddhist meditation practices.

Satthu Oun Huan

Satthu Oun Huan is a highly respected head monk in Luang Prabang. Regarded as #1 in Luang Prabang for practicing and teaching meditation, he oversees two Wats in the Chomphet district – Wat Had Siew and Wat Nong SaKeo. It is deemed an honour to be able to speak with him personally, and this is a unique opportunity given only to a fortunate few.

Professional Boat Captain

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

Departure Times & Meeting Points

Departure Time

Morning Spiritual Experience – Departure time is flexible and can be arranged for the hours between 0800AM and 0900AM.

Afternoon Spiritual Experience – Departure time is flexible and can be arranged for the hours between 0100PM and 0200PM.

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, 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

Included

Private custom slow boat & professional captain.

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

Bounmi Managing Director – Adele.

Meditation & Spiritual Specialist – Ms. Korn.

Alms & flowering offering to Wat Had Siew temple.

Pha Biang (scarf) for temple.

Alms-giving practice.

Mindfulness meditation session.

Tea & spiritual discussion with Satthu Oun Huan (afternoon only).

Non-alcoholic beverages, herbal teas & water.

Traditional Lao snacks.

On-board music system.

Not Included

Personal insurance.

Crew gratuities.

What To Bring

What to Bring

Please ensure you are dressed appropriately and respectfully for entering Wat Had Siew.

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

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 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.

It is polite to remove your shoes before entering any temple or local Lao home. Note: Your feet should never be used for pointing, especially in the direction of a monk or novice. It is also impolite to step over or through people sitting down.

When at temple and in the presence of a monk and/or elder, one should consider their body and head position, in relation to the monk(s) or elder(s) in the room. 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.

Prices

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

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What to Expect

Spiritual Morning Experience (2 or 3-hours)

MEETING POINT

Meet your English-speaking tour host (Adele) and your boat captain at the docks.

CRUISE STARTS

Your host will give you an introduction to the day as you cruise on the Mekong towards Wat Had Siew temple. Learn about the connection of the Mekong river to the spirituality and culture of Laos.

ARRIVAL AT WAT HAD SIEW TEMPLE

Arrive at Wat Had Siew and meet Ms. Korn, a devout Buddhist and Meditation and Wellness Specialist who will be leading the almsgiving offering and meditation practice on your tour.

ALMS-GIVING & MEDITATION PRACTICE

You’ll proceed to Alms-giving. You will be given a traditional Lao scarf (Pha Biang) to wear during the alms offering ceremony. This covers the left shoulder as a sign of respect to the Satthu, novice, and temple. After the offering ceremony, Ms. Korn will lead you in the meditation practice.

DEPART WAT HAD SIEW TEMPLE

Depart Wat Had Siew and start your journey back to Luang Prabang. Use this time for any Q&As or just sit back and relax as you cruise down the Mekong once again. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

ARRIVAL IN LUANG PRABANG

The tour is now concluded. Transportation will be provided to take you back to your hotel.

Spiritual Afternoon Experience (3-hours)

MEETING POINT

Meet your English-speaking tour host (Adele) and your boat captain at the docks.

CRUISE STARTS

Your host will give you an introduction to the day as you cruise on the Mekong towards Wat Had Siew temple. Learn about the connection of the Mekong river to the spirituality and culture of Laos.

ARRIVAL AT WAT HAD SIEW TEMPLE

Arrive at Wat Had Siew and meet Ms. Korn, a devout Buddhist and Meditation and Wellness Specialist who will be giving you a short introduction.

AFTERNOON TEA, SPIRITUAL DISCUSSIONS & MEDITATION PRACTICE

Enjoy afternoon tea with a side of discussions on Buddhist philosophy and meditation with Ms. Korn and the revered Satthu Oun Huan. Satthu Oun Huan and Ms. Korn will then guide you in your meditation practice, followed by spiritual discussions.

DEPART WAT HAD SIEW TEMPLE

Depart Wat Had Siew and start your journey back to Luang Prabang. Use this time for any Q&As or just sit back and relax as you cruise down the Mekong once again. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

ARRIVAL IN LUANG PRABANG

The tour is now concluded. Transportation will be provided to take you back to your hotel.

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