Mouhot Explorer 2 day kayaking adventure with village home-stay

Activity Level – Moderate & Challenging

Kayaking distance – 60 kms over 1 day



This Mouhot Explorer – 2 day kayaking adventure on the Mekong with village home-stay tour is our most challenging explorer adventure. It’s the Garnier Tour lite, the same as the Garnier Tour (3D/2N) but omits the overnight beach camp and is a full day’s kayaking trip down the river to Luang Prabang after leaving Ban Lad Khammune. A reasonable level of fitness is required as ~60kms needs to be kayaked in a single day. However, the fast current certainly helps and will whip you along without too much effort. We’ll also make regular stops for snacks and water.

Whether you’re arriving from Chiang Khong/Huay Xai or Luang Prabang you’ll arrive at Ban Lad Khammune about midday where you’ll meet your guide and host family. You can then spend some time exploring the village, have a swim, trek up to the Tadtom waterfall, play Pétanque, talk and play with the children at the school, visit the temple, or just chill out on the beach with a beer in the sun.

Mouhot 2 day kayaking adventure with village home-stay at Ban Lad Khammune

Mouhot 2 day kayaking adventure with village home-stay at Ban Lad Khammune


After dinner you will be welcomed with a traditional, warm Laos Baci (bicee) ceremony, a national custom, complete with the local village “band”.

Baci is a spiritual ritual to celebrate important events and occasions, like births and marriages, and welcoming strangers. This ancient ceremony is a very humbling and authentic experience, as the village elders line up to tie a cotton thread around your wrist to welcome you and also wish you good luck and safe travels.


A very humbling experience

Traditional Lao baci welcoming ceremony


Village orchestra tuning up

Village orchestra “tuning up”










Ban Lad Khammune school classical Lao dancing troupe

Ban Lad Khammune school classical Lao dancing troupe

You may then be entertained by the school dance troupe with graceful, traditional Laos dances, who may ask you to join them.

They have initiated this cultural entertainment themselves and resurrected Laos classical dance tuition at the school.

As a general rule should they ever ask, do not give money to villagers. Ask your guide if in doubt, he’s there to help.


If you’re lucky enough to have Xangnoi (pronounced Sarngnoy) as your guide he’ll probably have his guitar with him and if you want can spend the night on the beach swapping travel stories, singing and listening to the music.

On the second day following breakfast you’ll be briefed by your guide on the day’s plan along with how to use the kayaking equipment and safety procedures, and your bags will be loaded aboard the support boat. After about 20 clicks we’ll take a drink break on a river beach, then a few rapids later we’ll arrive at the famous Pak Ou Caves, home of over 1,000 Buddha images nestled deep inside a limestone cave, where we’ll stop for 45 minutes for you to take a look. (Your entry fee is included in the tour price).


Pak Ou Caves

Pak Ou Caves, home to thousands of Buddha images, the caves’ guardians for centuries

Thousands of Buddha images have been guardians of the Pak Ou Caves for centuries


Off downstream again we’ll stop for a picnic lunch at a Buddhist temple called Wat Don Koun on an island, before arriving at Ban Don Mai port late afternoon, where a tuk-tuk will whisk you back to Luang Prabang and drop you off outside the central Post Office at the crossroads in Chao Fa Ngum Road opposite the new Azerai  Hotel.

This fabulous 60 km trip from Ban Lad Khammune to Luang Prabang is a trip of a lifetime, don’t miss it. It won’t last long, as many dams are planned and this magnificent river wilderness will soon be inundated.


Price includes all connecting transportation from Luang Prabang, guide(s), accommodation, meals, entrance fees, support boat etc.


NB: If arriving downriver from Huay Xai your transport, accommodation and meals before you reach Ban Lad Khammune are not included. Talk to us about accommodation at Pak Beng as there are many guest houses and resorts there ranging from US$20 up. In peak season (Dec – Apr) you’ll need to book, which we can assist you with if required.



  • You’ll stay at Ban Lad Khammune, where you’ll sleep in a private house on comfortable mats with a quilt and mosquito net. We do not supply pillows, please use your packs.



  • Day 1 – Village lunch & dinner
  • Day 2 – Breakfast, refreshments & a picnic lunch on a beach
  • Tea and coffee at home-stay, bottled water with all meals. Any snacks and beer are at your own cost. Beer Lao is an excellent brew and costs ~US$1.50 per large bottle and can be bought on the boat or in the villages



Whether you’re coming downriver by slow boat from Chiang Khong (in Thailand) and/or Huay Xai in Laos (across the Mekong River from Chiang Khong); or upriver from Luang Prabang, our kayaking tours all start from Ban Lad Khammune, a remote riverside village 60kms upriver from Luang Prabang. The only way there is by boat. See Getting There for detailed directions.

  • If coming upriver from Luang Prabang it takes about 3 hours and your tuk tuk and ferry transport are included in the ticket price
  • If coming downriver from Chiang Khong/Huay Xai by slow boat it takes a day and a half, and you’ll have to pay your own ferry costs and overnight accommodation and meals at Pak Beng. There are many guest houses and resorts there ranging from US$20 up. If peak season you’ll need to book your accommodation. We can arrange both river-boat public fare and Pak Beng accommodation for you if you require it.


You may like to visit our Downloads page to view these documents, which will make your stay more enjoyable:

  • What you need to bring
  • Village Etiquette Guide for a happy stay
  • Sustainable Eco & Community Tourism guide

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