Upper Mekong Ports & Landings


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Upper Mekong Ports & Landings
Cruise into a hive of untapped nature, culture, and heritage along the Upper Mekong. Visit ports that once boomed as ancient trade hubs. Immerse yourself in Mekong riverside lifestyle. The Mekong opens the door to an authentic Lao experience.


Ban Say: Looking for an authentic Mekong landing only used by locals? Visit remote Ban Say to experience life tied to the Mother River. Meet villagers, isolated by mountains for more than 500 years. To meet Ban Say, click here.

Xieng Khaeng: Get up close to Xieng Khaeng, a string of isolated Mekong villages established centuries years ago. You can meet the people living in these ageless settlements by Mekong riverboat. To meet Xieng Khaeng, click here.

Xieng Kok: Be among the first to venture to distant Xieng Kok. Meet locals at the lazy landing for ferrying goods to and from Myanmar. With a bit of searching, hard-core adventurers can reach Xieng Kok from Houay Xay by longboat. To meet Xieng Kok, click here.

Ban Mom: Kick back in lazy Ban Mom Port on the Mekong’s approach to the Golden Triangle. Inspect the market’s bizarre selection. Dine in rural fashion at a local noodle shop. See a side of riverside Laos few know exist. To meet Ban Mom, click here.

Ton Paeng: Navigate your way to Ton Paeng, and access the Golden Triangle Circuit. Stroll around the small port. Sleep in a simple guesthouse, and hang out with the locals at the Ton Paeng Disco. To meet Ton Paeng, click here.

Houay Xay: Unwind in Houay Xay and beat the crowds rushing to Luang Prabang-bound boats. Stroll around this historic port and see its sites. Explore the Mekong Riverbank, buy your cruise ticket, and wake up to a relaxing day. To meet Houay Xay, click here.

Pak Tha: Take a walk around this remote Mekong outpost at the mouth of the Nam Tha River. It serves as port to transport goods and people between Luang Namtha and The Mekong. You can even camp on its beach. To meet Pak Tha, click here.

Pak Beng: Spend a day at Pak Beng before continuing on your Mekong cruise. You can investigate caves, take a forest hike, inspect ancient temples, visit handicraft villages, and enjoy an elephant camp.To meet Pak Beng, click here.

Luang Prabang: Cruise to Laos’ top Mekong port…Luang Prabang. Choose a multi-day voyage that calls on the UNESCO town. Explore the province on a Mekong boat tour, and relax riverside with a refreshment and snack. To meet Luang Prabang, click here.

Tha Deua: You’ve arrived at The Land of the Elephants. Check out the activity at this local Mekong pier, and then ride into Sayabouly Town, the tourism hub of the province, and gateway to the Elephant Sanctuary. To meet Tha Deua and Sayabouly, click here.

Pak Lay: Check out this once-major Mekong port, and explore its French colonial architecture and ancient temples. You can also embark on trek-and-cave tours from this rarely visited historical town. To meet Pak Lay, click here.

Meet The Mekong’s Ports & Landings

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