Spiritual Mekong Experience – Bounmi Cruise

SPIRITUAL MEKONG EXPERIENCE

Meditation, Alms-Giving, & Spiritual Discussions

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.

Our Spiritual Mekong Experiences were thoughtfully crafted and made possible with the rich knowledge, close relationships, and personal friendships we’ve created with Laotian natives, local communities, and the Mekong herself. An exceptional experience of Buddhist traditions and mindfulness.

Nava Song

20m Custom Traditional Slow Boat

6 Guests

Spiritual Mekong Experiences

2hr & 3hr

Spiritual Mekong Experiences

SPIRITUAL MEKONG EXPERIENCE

What To Expect

SPIRITUAL MEKONG EXPERIENCE

Morning Experience

2 Hours

Meditation, Alms-Giving, & Spiritual Discussion

HOTEL TRANSFERS

Your driver and local transportation will meet you at your hotel for transfer to the boat dock. Upon your return to Luang Prabang, transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

MORNING SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE

Take a morning cruise to Wat Had Siew and meet Ms. Korn, a devout Buddhist. As a Meditation & Wellness Specialist, she will be leading your spiritual experience. Take time to walk the grounds and learn about Wat Had Siew before sitting down for meditation, alms-giving, and discussion with the Satthu (Monk).

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Morning Experience

3 Hours

Flower Making Workshop, Meditation, Alms-Giving & Spiritual Discussion

HOTEL TRANSFERS

Your driver and local transportation will meet you at your hotel for transfer to Saynam Wellness Center. Upon your return to Luang Prabang, transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

MORNING SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE

Meet Ms. Korn, a devout Buddhist, and start your Spiritual Experience with an interactive Flower Making Workshop at Saynam Wellness Center. Create your own flowering offering to take to temple and learn more about your choice of Alms-giving, Lao culture, customs & history, and traditional ways of behaving in a Buddhist country. Once at Wat Had Siew Ms. Korn will guide you through meditation, alms-giving, and discussions with the Satthu (Monk).

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Afternoon Experience

3 Hours

Flower Making Workshop, Meditation, Alms-Giving, & In-depth Spiritual Discussions

HOTEL TRANSFERS

Your driver and local transportation will meet you at your hotel for transfer to Saynam Wellness Center. Upon your return to Luang Prabang, transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

AFTERNOON MEDITATION & SPIRITUAL DISCUSSIONS

Meet Ms. Korn, a devout Buddhist, and start your spiritual experience with an interactive Flower Making Workshop at Saynam Wellness Center. Create your flowering offering to take to temple and learn more about your choice of Alms-giving, Lao culture, customs & history, and traditional ways of behaving in a Buddhist country.

Upon arriving at Wat Had Siew, walk up to meet Satthu Oun, a highly respected head monk in Luang Prabang who is well-regarded and sought after for his meditation teachings and practice. Enjoy an afternoon of guided meditation and discussions on Buddhist philosophy with Ms. Korn and the revered Satthu Oun Huan.

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Additional Information

Boat Services & Provisioning

Nava Song ~ 20m Custom Slow Boat 

Complimentary: Traditional Lao snacks, organic herbal tea, soft drinks, juice & water.

Meal Services: Upon request. A casual and comfortable affair with bamboo tables, traditional Lao cushions & bean bags.

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

Bathrooms: 1

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.

Flower Making Workshop (3hr only)

Create your own flowering offering during this highly interactive and entertaining workshop. You will learn more about your choice of Alms-giving, Lao culture, customs & history, and traditional ways of behaving in a Buddhist country before going to the temple.

Alms-Giving

For this experience, each person should think about the form of donation they would like to give before participating in the interactive Flower Making Workshop. This will be explained more and you can make your final decision at that time. Donation included.

Basic Living – One should never be in need of the basics to live. This form of donation could include items such as food, water, gloves, blankets, soaps, personal hygiene products etc.

Health – This form of donation promotes general health. Items include medicines, fruits, health supplements, healthy drinks, super food, medicinal plants, herbs, fruit trees etc.

Purpose – This form of donation promotes purpose and achievements of long-term initiatives that are important to the community. Items could include building supplies, water systems, meditation halls, temple restorations etc.

Spiritual – This form of donation promotes the spirituality in individuals. Items could include flowers, candles, clothing for monks, Buddha statues, Buddhist drums, meditation cushions, chant books etc.

Mindful Meditation Practice

For this experience, select one meditation practice per group 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

Departure time for morning spiritual experiences is flexible and can be arranged for the hours between 0800AM and 0900AM.

Departure time for afternoon spiritual experiences is 0100PM.

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

Included

Private custom slow boat & professional captain.

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

Alms & flowering offering to Wat Had Siew temple.

Pha biang (scarf) for the temple.

Alms-giving practice.

Mindful meditation session with a Buddhist monk.

Herbal teas, soft drinks, juice & water.

Traditional Lao snacks.

Onboard music system.

Morning Spiritual Experiences (3hr)

Flower Making Workshop

Afternoon Spiritual Experience (3hr)

Tea, meditation, and spiritual discussion with Satthu Oun Huan.

Not Included

Traditional Lao cuisine & appetizers.

Beer Lao, cocktails, spirits & mocktails.

Wine & champagne.

Personal insurance.

Crew gratuities.

Please let us know should you have any special requests.

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

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. It is also impolite to step over or through people sitting down.

When at the temple and in the presence of a monk 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 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.

Cruise Rates

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

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