Woke up at 5:15 to get ready for the 6am bus to Chiang Khong and then on to the slow boat to Luang Prabang.
Got to the border, crossed and got on the tuk tuk to the slow boat. Before getting to the boats we went to a house or something where our “guide” told us about the ride, we could but sandwiches and food for the trip and book accommodations in Pakbeng (the stop over for the night).
Chelsea and I booked a single private room for 500 baht. With wifi and a private washroom? I’m good. That’s about less than $10 each. Bought 4 beers for 80000 kip. And 2 bananas, 1 pack of Oreos, 1 sandwich and one bread for $6 CDN.
Then we were on our way to the boat! When we got to the boat it wasn’t what any of us expected. There were rows of double Car seats (at least they’re cushioned!) the space was a bit cramped but being in such close quarters allowed us to talk and make new friends with the people around us.
Been riding on the boat for a few hours now and honestly it’s not too bad in comparison to the alternative which is a 16+ hour bus ride. I’ve made friends with the people sitting around me and listening to music while enjoying them awesome views. People have started to move around and the boat feels less cramped than before. They are even hanging out of the windows lol.
Here are some pics from the Slow Boat to Luang Prabang. The scenery was epic.
When we got to the harbour a truck was there to pick us up but the guest house was literally a minute away. We stayed at the Bounmee guest home and it was okay. Clean and private room shared with Chelsea, all I wanted to do at this point was eat some food and go to sleep.
The seating arrangement on this boat was much better than the day before. It felt way more comfotable and roomy. The ride went by quickly as I made friends witht he couple sitting beside us who were from New Zealand and travelling together for 6 months I believe. They started in Sri Lanka and then did Vietnam and some other places. It was nice to talk to them and learn about their story. They gave me some good insight into Vietnam and I can’t wait to go there!
Before I knew it we pulled up and arrived in Luang Prabang. They drop us 10km from town and sell tuk tuk tickets for 20,000 kip flat rate. I bought my tickets and made my way to Kounsavan Hostel in Luang Prabang!