4 tiny tots at Baan Lad Khammune

Wandee's 45m river boat

Explore the Mighty Mekong River in Laos on a Mekong Kayaks’ kayaking tour or river adventure cruise, with village home-stay, beach camp, or mountain biking

Live the Adventure

Explore the mighty Mekong River in Laos on a Mekong Kayaks’ exhilarating river tour by kayak, riverboat or mountain bike, through a wilderness untouched by time, where you can push your boundaries as you follow in the footsteps of famous Lao explorers after whom our tours are named.

Step back in time and experience authentic, Lao riverside village hospitality and culture, that’s been unchanged for generations. The river is the villagers only means of contact with them outside world, as there are no roads, cars, or distributed power. Even Google Earth doesn’t know many of the names of these villages along the river, they are so isolated.

Just chill out and immerse yourself in the majesty and serenity of the spectacular scenery along the Mekong, as you kayak or cruise the world’s 12th longest river, as it snakes through jungle clad gorges beneath karst mountain peaks.

Kayak Adventure Tours

Kayak Adventure Tours

+  Village Home Stay
+ Camping + Mountain Biking

1 Day, 2 Days, 3 Days
Or Longer

Kayak Adventure Tours

Cruising Adventure Tours

+  Village Home Stay
+ Mountain Biking
1 Day, 2 Days, 3 Days
Or Longer

From Huay Xai the Mekong first threads its way south, turns east then turns south west at the Nam Ou River confluence opposite the Pak Ou Caves before flowing towards the United Nation’s World Heritage city of Luang Prabang.


  The Choice is Yours

Choose a Mekong River tour from a 1 day Twin Rivers Explorer kayaking tour on two of South East Asia’s most famous rivers; the Nam Ou and the Mekong, to a 2 or 3 day exhilarating exploration of the Mekong River.

Or take a Mekong Kayak’s 300+ km 2 or 3 day boat cruise in VIP comfort from Huay Xai on the Thai/Laos border to Luang Prabang.

Or contact us for a multi-day, private, kayaking and camping expedition.

The choice is yours.

We donate US$10 to the Bridging the Gap Mekong Trust for every client that goes on an overnight tour

For every client on an overnight tour we donate US$10 to the Bridging the Gap Mekong Trust, who for the last 20+ years has been building  and sustaining isolated village schools along the river.

These donations fund the construction of new schools, builds hygienic toilets, and buys much needed desks, text books, pads, pens and sports’ equipment, etc.

The old school at Baan Lad Khammune was a dangerous wreck about to collapse

New School at Baan Lad Khammune

The new Baan Lad Khammune school with 6 primary classrooms was built with a generous donation from the Morgan Foundation in New Zealand.

The entire village and school is now under threat from the rising river with the construction of the new dam at Pak Ou.

The river is expected to rise about 80m which means the village will have to be relocated.

For the Curious:

Quest to discover the source of the Mekong River

The source of the Mekong River can be traced to the Lasagongma Spring, a glacial stream located on the slopes of Mount Guozongmucha in the Tanggula Mountains in Qinghai province Tibet, at an elevation of 4,900 meters. Surprisingly it remained undiscovered despite many expeditions to find its source. Finally, 25 years after men first landed on the moon the river’s source was finally discovered on the 17 September 1994 by Dr Michel Peissel’s expedition.

As it flows south east, it is first named the Za Que then the Lancang River, before becoming the Mekong meaning “Mother of Waters” in the Thai language. It flows for 4,909 kms through 6 countries China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia before discharging into the South China Sea in South Vietnam, making it the 12th longest river in the world. 

The recent construction of hydroelectric dams along the Mekong in China and Laos are having a severe effect on the river’s hydrology and ecosystems.

This will have dire consequences on breeding fish migration and the more than 65 million people that depend on the river for food. 

Google Earth image of partial coffer dam construction at Pak Ou, Luang Prabang. Feb 2024