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"Slow Boat Rides in the Mekong"

Pak Beng Tourism

Pak Beng is a small village on the Mekong River, located about halfway between the Huay Xai at the Thai border and Luang Prabang in Laos. It is a quiet town which receives very less visitors. It served as a stopover for boats and travellers passing through these towns. For tourists visiting Luang Prabang, it has become a destination to take slow boat rides in the Mekong and also to visit the temples in the town.

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Things to Do in Pak Beng

  • Take the slow boat ride - The Nam Beng joining the Mekong makes for a great place to take a leisurely boat ride. The slow boat journey on the Mekong from Chiang Khong on the Thai border to Pak Beng is the most popular route for travelers wanting to enjoy spectacular landscapes.

  • Speed boat rides - You can also take a speed boat trip between Luan Prabang and PakBeng. The cost of the boat trip varies from 10 to 30 USD and takes between 6 to 9 hours. You can directly book and start journeys at the piers.

  • Wat Khok Koh and Wat Sin Jong Jean - Two ancient Lao-styled temples located in Pak Beng.

  • Elephant sanctuary - Pak Beng is home to an elephant rescue centre, which consists of about 20 elephants that have been rescued from poaching and illegal activities. You can visit this centre to bath and feed the elephants and see them in their natural habitat.

Tips While Visiting Pak Beng

  • ATMs are scarce in PakBeng. It is better to carry sufficient cash before visiting.

  • Accommodation options are limited in the town and can get booked during the peak season.It is recommended to book hotels and guesthouses in advance.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing while taking the boat ride.

  • Be sure to carry umbrellas and sunscreen.

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How to Reach Pak Beng

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The best way to reach Pak Beng is to take the boat ride from Luang Prabang, the nearest city. You can also arrive by the road along the Nam Beng river by renting a tuk-tuk for about 12 USD per person that can be shared or by taxi or minibus for about 461588 LAK and 230794 LAK (50 and 25 USD) respectively.

Local transport in Pak Beng

The best way to explore Pak Beng is on foot or by renting a motorbike. You can also get around the town by hiring a Tuk-Tuk or renting a bicycle daily. Cabs are available too if you want to commute to faraway places more comfortably.

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What's great about Pak Beng?

Pak Beng is a great place to enjoy the scenic views of the surrounding landscapes in slow boat rides, which are unique to the Mekong.

What's not so great about Pak Beng?

If you are short on time, it might not be a feasible idea to include Pak Beng. Also, long hours in the slow boat might be exhausting to some travelers.

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