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Shompoo Cruise 1 Day: Pakbeng to Huay Xai (Upstream)

4.8 Excellent

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Trip Length

1 Day


Shompoo Cruise

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Laos River Cruises is pleased to introduce to you the Shompoo Cruise on Laos river, a beautiful and convenient cruise for your journey to explore the Mekong River.

The cruise, with its 200-horsepower engine, sturdy design, and experienced captain will ensure your journey is always the safest and smoothest. With a length of 35 meters, a spacious cabin, airy windows, and a design imbued with a local identity, the Shompoo Laos day cruise promises to bring you unforgettable experiences on a one-day, one-night journey on the Mekong River.

No need to worry about the language barrier! Because all staff and captain on Shompoo Cruise can speak English. You can rest assured that the Shompoo Cruise introduced by Laos River Cruises will bring you memorable services and experiences! Don't hesitate to contact us today for a FREE Laos trip plan!


Strong engine and sturdy structure

Shompoo Cruise has a 200 horsepower engine, a sturdy steel frame and a body made from rare woods such as rosewood and teak. It is very suitable for traveling on the seasonal flows with fast flowing sections and many high waterfalls of the Mekong River. Therefore your journey will always be safe.

Strong engine and sturdy structure

Spacious space on Shompoo Cruise

The spacious cabin with a length of 35 meters and airy space will help you truly enjoy the fresh and cool atmosphere on the Mekong River. You can also enjoy delicious food while admiring the mountains and forests with Laos' special ecosystem on Shompoo Cruise. With spacious space on the boat, you will be able to live and play comfortably on this exciting journey.

Spacious space on Shompoo Cruise

English-speaking staff on Shompoo Cruise

You might know that English is not popular in Laos, country who mostly speak Laotian language. Therefore Laos River Cruises has considered very carefully before recommending Shompoo Cruise - where the captain, engineer, chef, waiter, and tour guide all speak English to bring you comfort and convenience. The staff will support you quickly and carefully without any language barriers.

English-speaking staff on Shompoo Cruise



 Laundry Service

 Safety Deposit Boxes


 Security [24-hour]

 Daily newspaper




 Wooden/parqueted flooring


  Shompoo Cruise 1 Day: Pakbeng to Huay Xai (Upstream)

 Destination: Pakbeng, Huay Xai

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Highlights of Itinerary

  • Enjoy delicious food on board
  • Visit hill tribe villages to better understand the culture of the indigenous people
  • Relax in the beautiful sunset on a cruise


Leaving Pak Beng at 7:00 AM. The morning can be spent with the Laos River Cruises guide for some Q&A about the country.

We arrive at a hill tribe village at around 11:00 AM. Make a trek to this village as the guide explain to you about the living condition, the culture of these indigenous people in rural area.

Just before lunch, the boat will stop to visit a traditional Kamu village (Ban Houa Phalam), a tiny cozy place which host about 90 families.

Return back on board for lunch as we spend the afternoon leisure on board with some snacks to help you pass the time.

Then we reach Huay Xai at 4:30 PM, disembark from the Shompoo cruise. You will then be transfer to your hotel in Huay Xai or the Lao Border Gate (possibility to continue the journey to Thailand on the same day).

 Meals: Lunch

Adventurous boat ride from Pakbeng to Huay Xai
Traditional Kamu village (Ban Houa Phalam)

What's Included/Excluded

  • Crew service during the cruise.
  • Baggage handling during all the cruise.
  • Admission fees for visiting sites serviced by our English-speaking guide.
  • Lunch on board as mentioned in the program (except for charter boat), drinking bottled water, coffee & tea.
  • Shuttle bus from Huay Xai to Chiang Khong (upstream cruise).
  • Visa, immigration and or overstay fees in Laos or in Thailand.
  • Accommodation and meals in PakBeng (if choose option without hotel).
  • Personal insurance
  • Beverages, personal expenses, and tips.
  • Other expenses not mentioned above.


1. Adjustment of Schedule and Cruise Itinerary:

For all schedule, the crew will try to make sure that the itinerary will be as given to you before the trip. If during the trip, any elements that may pose to be an obstacle for the cruise, the crew will consider for alterations and delays at short notice.

2. Fuel Surcharge:

Fuel costs were calculated based on the average of all passengers’ tickets. If the prices of fuel increase near the period of the cruise by more than 10%. We have the right to impose a fuel supplement fee which equals to the amount that exceeds the prices of our initial offers.

3. Deposit

3.1. For booking with more than 35 days

  • 30% of deposit is needed to confirm the booking. The balance must be made 35 days prior to the departure date.

3.2. For booking with less than 35 days

  • Full payment is needed to confirm the booking.

4. Cancellation by Us:

In the case of departures where the amount of passengers less than 6 people, the departure may be cancelled by the operation team. The cruise’s status will be finalized and notified to you. In case of cancellation, we will offer you an alternative cruise or date (subject to availability) or land package. Any surcharges in the alternative option that we give will not be covered by us and we will refund you any decrease in the new total cost of the booking.

5. Cancellation by Customers

  • Cancellations made 45 days or more prior to departure: charge 10% of total price
  • Cancellations made 35 to 44 days prior to departure: charge 20% of total price
  • Cancellations made 20 to 34 days prior to departure: charge 50% of total price
  • Cancellations made less than 20 days prior to departure: charge 100% of total price

► If cancellations happen, wire fees and credit card commissions will be subtracted when calculating refunds.

6. Children Price:

Free of charge for children under 6 years old. Between 6 and 12 years old, we charge 50% of the rate. From 13 years old, full rate is applied.

7. Insurance:

Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended. It will help you to get back any loss in case of cancellation of services such as flight tickets, accommodation or any non-refundable payments. Other insurances such as international medical, baggage loss are also recommended.

8. Dietary Needs:

Those who have the need for special dietary should contact us at least 30 days prior until embarkation. We will try our best to provide special dietary needs and request that base on product’s availability.

9. Travelers’ Responsibilities:

All who are on board the cruiser must take responsibilities towards other passengers as well as the crew members. We expect you to review the conditions of the trip itinerary, observe all safety requirements (on board and on excursions) and show proper social behavior to anyone on board.

16 Reviews


Big thanks to Shompoo Cruise and all their staff

Pierre - France

We spent 2 special and magical days during this cruise on the Mekong! Very gently we can enjoy the incredible landscapes. The ship's crew is very enthusiastic. Awesome, big thanks to Shompoo Cruise and all their staff :)

emily martinez

Shompoo Cruise is the highlight of our Laos holiday

emily martinez - United States

We absolutely loved our time on Shompoo, pick up and drop off was seamless. We enjoyed all the stops and the food was delicious. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and shared a lot with us about the history of Laos and different cultures. 

Thomas M.

We both love the experence on Shompoo cruise

Thomas M. - Germany

We had an unforgettable time with Shompoo Cruise. The stop at the local village offers an interesting insight into the lives of the Mekong people. We visited a village and enjoyed delicious Laotian whiskey.


I was wrong about cruising on Mekong River

Jacques - France

I never wanted to cruise along the Mekong Delta until my wife suggested it for our anniversary. The two-day trip from Houay Xay to Luang Prabang on the Shompoo cruise was memorable. Travel slowly with delicious food on board. Very good guide. We went there in low season so there were only 20 guests, very comfortable.


Love Sen! He is the best of Shompoo trip

James - United States

The Shompoo cruise was excellently organized. Sen (the guide) was very friendly, well prepared and he told us a lot of interesting things about Lao villages and people.

The food on board was great, too.

The cruise itself is amazing, so I defintely recommend it.

Mr. Fischer

Laos is so beautiful. Higly rcm a cruise trip herre

Mr. Fischer - Germany

Two days on a boat with lots of space, great food and service, and a top tour guide. Our journey started in Luang Prabang and headed upriver to Houaysay. We had the opportunity to visit the Buddha cave in Pak Ou and a Khmu village.

Ethan LSmith

2 day cruise with Shompoo Cruise downriver from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang

Ethan LSmith - Canada

I did the 2 day cruise with Shompoo Cruise downriver from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang and it was incredible. It was a smaller group of 9 people and we all got along really well. The scenery was beautiful and peaceful, the tour guide and the entire boat staff were amazing. I believe you guys chose the best cruise for us!

Olivia Martin

Our family had a great time on Shompoo cruise

Olivia Martin - Canada

Wonderful Shompoo Cruise two day trip on the lower Mekong from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang! The slow boat was clean and beautifully decorated inside. Lunch was included on both days, prepared thoroughly and introduces Lao cuisine.
The river passes between beautiful mountains and it is wonderful to see village life and local fishermen.

Maximilian Hertzog

Excellent 1 night up river Mekong boat trip

Maximilian Hertzog - Germany

I went on this awesome 2-day Shoompoo boat trip from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai. It was such a great experience! The boat and its facilities were fantastic - super comfy and relaxing. The captain's wife cooked delicious meals for us on both days. We stayed overnight in Pak Beng, where we found some cheap accommodation. All in all, it was an amazing experience, and I totally recommend it.

Thorsten Krüger

Perfect way to travel from Luang Prabang to Pakbeng in 1 day

Thorsten Krüger - Germany

That boat ride was so chill, man. The father was driving the boat and the mother and daughter kept serving us loads of food and drinks. The seating was super comfy, but make sure you bring a jacket for the early mornings 'cause it can get pretty cold. Don't worry though, it heats up quick once the sun comes up. We got to see so much life along the river - it was awesome!

Amanda S. Barber

Mind-blowing 1 night Shompoo cruise adventure from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai

Amanda S. Barber - United States

Stop at the Khmer village of Shompoo cruise was freaking amazing and life-changing. Seeing those kids from a village with no electricity, running water or mobile signal but still having huge smiles on their faces made me cry like a baby. Overall, one of the best two-day experiences I've ever had!

Legget Hébert

Relaxed time on the Mekong river with Shompoo cruise

Legget Hébert - France

The trip we took to the local village along the Mekong was so awesome! It felt super authentic and everyone was smiling and having a good time. You gotta check it out if you have the chance! We took the slow boat with Shompoo Cruise and it was totally worth it.

Ancelina Bonsaint

Excellent slow boat experience on Shompoo Cruise

Ancelina Bonsaint - France

We decided to take it easy and go for a Shompoo boat ride, making stops each day to explore caves or visit little villages. The captain and his family were really cool and took good care of us while also cooking up some amazing food. Recommend checking this out.

Rosamonde Frappier

Love every minute of this Shompoo 1 day cruise

Rosamonde Frappier - France

On our Shompoo cruise trip, we will stop at two cool places: Pak Ou caves and a small village. Don't forget to bring some cash with you for these stops. The village we're gonna check out has a donation box that helps the whole community. The locals are really interested in us, and we're just as curious about them!


My favourite 2 days of the entire holiday!

Johanna - Germany

Those 2 days we spent on the Mekong were seriously perfect. We just chilled out the whole time, which is rare for me! The boat was designed well so we had plenty of space to ourselves. They even gave us free drinking water, tea, and coffee which was great. Hope to come back and take a Shompoo cruise 1 night downstream!


Amazing Shompoo Cruises

Baader - Germany

That trip was awesome! Shompoo cruise was super well-planned, everything went smoothly. And a big thank you to Laos River Cruises for hooking us up with such a great experience.

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