Kayak & Mountain Bike Adventures & Private Riverboat Cruises

All our tours are named after early western explorers who risked their lives to explore this mountainous but stunningly beautiful country, facing dangers everyday from wild animals, raging rivers, and tropical diseases. Many died in their attempts to discover this magnificent country.

For a brief background on these intrepid, early explorers who risked their lives, go to History of Tour Names

Today you can travel in relative safety and comfort but unplugged for much of the trip. The only way to get to most of our tour villages is by boat, as in many places along the river there is no road access, distributed electricity, mobile networks or internet, although it is changing rapidly. It takes 3 to 4 hours coming upriver to Ban Lad Khammune from Luang Prabang or a day and half to get there from Chiang Khong or Huay Xai, if coming downriver by slow-boat from Thailand, as you must spend one night at the halfway point at Pak Beng. See Getting There for directions.

 

 

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Mekong River route from Huay Xai on the Thai border to the UN world heritage city of Luang Prabang, more than 300 kms

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Young village girl with baby sister

Our 3 day river cruises start from Huay Xai and most of our kayak tours start from Ban Lad Khammune, a smaller village of about 400 people, 60 kms upriver from Luang Prabang, where the school building trust which Mekong Kayaks supports, recently built a 6 room school. See Who We Are and Bridging the Gap Mekong Trust 

 

 

We were the first westerners to come here about 16 years ago and now a contribution from every Mekong Kayaks’ tourist who stays overnight keeps it equipped with school supplies, text books, etc. The recent addition of a Laos English teacher means some of the children can now speak a little English and will be keen to engage you. In addition your home stay provides paid, sustainable employment for the villagers, where there is normally little paid work available.

 

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Click on your choice of tour below for more details

 

1 Day Tours:     – Kayaking on 2 rivers and Mountain Biking

 

De Carné Twin Rivers Explorer, 1 day kayaking on Nam Ou & Mekong Rivers, Whiskey Village and Pak Ou Caves

 

Activity Level – Moderate

 

Kayaking distance ~ 20 kms

 

Delaport Mountain Bike & Kayaking Explorer – 1 day mountain biking to Ban Keng Kaen, then kayaking back to Luang Prabang – with Pak Ou Caves

 

Activity Level – Moderate to Challenging

         

Biking distance ~ 25 kms                         Kayaking distance ~ 30 kms

 

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Shooting rapids on the Mekong with guide Tin, a Class 5 kayaker as featured on Discovery Channel

 

Kicks off in Luang Prabang and includes all connecting transportation, bike, kayak, safety gear, restaurant lunch, snacks and bottled water, Pak Ou Caves fee, support boat, professional English speaking guide, etc

 

 

 

2 Day Tours:     – Cruising and Kayaking with Village Home-stay

 

Mouhot Kayak Explorer – 2 day river adventure with village home-stay at isolated Ban Lad Khammune village

 

Activity Level – Moderate to Challenging

 

Kayaking distance – 60 kms over 1 day

 

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Rice whiskey still heating fermented rice to make whiskey

 

Kicks off in Luang Prabang and includes all connecting transportation, kayak, safety gear, meals, snacks and bottled water, Pak Ou Caves fee, support boat, professional English speaking guide, etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Day Tours:     – Cruises, Kayaking, Biking, Camping and Village Home-stay

 

 

Garnier Kayak Explorer – 3 day river adventure with village home-stay at isolated Ban Lad Khammune village and beach camp

 

Activity Level – Moderate & Exhilarating

 

Kayaking distance – 60 kms over 2 days

 

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Captain Wandee’s private 45m VIP river boat, complete with reclining seats, sun roof, western style loo, and amazing fresh Lao food cooked on-board

Kicks off in Luang Prabang and includes all connecting transportation, kayak, safety gear, meals, snacks and bottled water, activities, Pak Ou Caves fee, support boat, professional English speaking guide, etc

If coming from Huay Xai/Chiang Khong our guide will meet you at Ban Lad Khammune village. See Getting There for details

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pavie Mountain Bike & Kayak Explorer – 3 day biking and river adventure with village home-stay at isolated Ban Lad Khammune village and beach camp

 

Activity Level – Moderate & Challenging

 

Biking distance ~ 25kms                    Kayaking Distance – 60 kms over 2 days

 

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River fisherman

 

Kicks off in Luang Prabang it includes all connecting transportation, kayak, mountain bike, safety gear, meals, snacks and bottled water, activities, Pak Ou Caves fee, support boat, professional English speaking guide, etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lagrée 3 day private river cruise on the mighty Mekong from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang with Ban Lad Khammune village home-stay

 

Activity Level – Chilled & Intriguing

 

Cruise distance – 303 kms over 3 days

 

Includes all connecting transportation, meals, 3 nights accomodation, snacks, coffee, tea and bottled water, Pak Ou Caves fee, professional English speaking guide, etc.

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