Types of CruiseDurationPrivateMax. Capacity
Spiritual Guide & Host3 hrsYes6

MINDFULNESS MEKONG EXPERIENCE

ALMSGIVING AND MEDITATION ACROSS THE MEKONG

Experience mindfulness on the Mekong river with almsgiving and meditation practice, and discover the spiritual side of Laos on this unique Bounmi cruise experience.

This morning tour starts from the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, where a traditional Lao slow boat will be waiting to take you on a journey through the Mekong’s magical waters. You’ll get a glimpse of authentic Laotian life as you cruise past traditional villages where many generations have made their living on the Mekong river, and who will greet you with heart-warming smiles from the shore. Your cruise will make a stop at Wat Had Siew where your tour continues on land at this beautiful Buddhist Lao temple. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the custom of almsgiving and experience the spiritual connection that exists between the monastic communities and local folk. Your spiritual journey continues with a guided meditation session led by Ms. Korn, an esteemed meditation practitioner and teacher who is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience.

Each of our Wellness & Meditation tours were crafted with care and made possible with the rich knowledge, close relationships and personal friendships we’ve created with Laotian natives, local communities, and the mighty Mekong herself.

A MINDFULNESS EXPERIENCE

WHAT TO EXPECT
0830
 

MEETING POINT

Meet your English-speaking tour host (Adele) and your boat captain at the docks.

0830-900
 
CRUISE STARTS

Your host will give you an introduction to the day as you cruise on the Mekong towards Wat Had Siew temple. Learn about the connection of the Mekong river to the spirituality and culture of Laos.

0900 – 0915
 
 ARRIVAL AT WAT HAD SIEW TEMPLE

Arrive at Wat Had Siew and meet Ms. Korn, a devout Buddhist and Meditation and Wellness Specialist who will be leading the almsgiving offering and meditation practice on your tour.

0915 – 1100
 
ALMSGIVING & MEDITATION PRACTICE

You’ll proceed to Almsgiving. You will be given a traditional Lao scarf (Pha Biang) to wear during the alms offering ceremony. This covers the left shoulder as a sign of respect to the Satthu, novice, and temple. After the offering ceremony, Ms. Korn will lead you in the meditation practice.

1100
 
DEPART WAT HAD SIEW TEMPLE

Depart Wat Had Siew and start your journey back to Luang Prabang. Use this time for any Q&As or just sit back and relax as you cruise down the Mekong once again. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

 
1130
 
ARRIVAL IN LUANG PRABANG

The tour is now concluded. Transportation will be provided to take you back to your hotel.

MORE ABOUT THIS CULINARY CRUISE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Choice of Culinary Cruise

  • Mekong Lunch Cruise
  • Mekong Dinner Cruise
  • Sunset Cocktail Cruise
  • Mekong Romance Cruise

Optional Tour Add-Ons

  • Specialty cakes for special occasions.
  • By the bottle – Wine & Champagne.

The Crew

  • Professional boat captain
  • English-speaking tour host – Adele

What’s Included/Not Included

Included:

  • Transportation to and from the boat. (Hotel pick-up)
  • Traditional Lao snacks
  • Chilled beer Lao
  • House wine
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • On-board music system
  • Safe and potable drinking water on-board. We are conscious about cutting back on plastic and preserving our natural environment so we use refillable water bottles on all our cruises and top up the bottles from a 5-gallon jug.

Choice of Menu:

  • Mekong Lunch Cruise – Traditional Lao lunch
  • Mekong Dinner Cruise – Traditional Lao dinner
  • Sunset Cocktail Cruise – Lao appetizers & sparkling wine.
  • Mekong Romance Cruise – Traditional Lao dinner & sparkling wine.

Not included:

  • Personal insurance.
  • Crew gratuities.

 

What To Bring

Suitable footwear and clothing for the appropriate seasons. Mornings and evenings can be cool during the winter months.

Things To Consider

  • Should you be celebrating a special occasion, we would love to help you make it as memorable as possible. We have specialty cakes on order as well as a wine and champagne menu available.
  • We can adjust spice levels of certain dishes to suit your preferences so let us know if you’d like to turn up/down the heat!
  • We have vegetarian options available so do let us know of your choices.
  • We have a selection of music playlists on-board but guests are also welcome to play some of their favourite tunes through our boat’s speaker systems.
  • The season and temperatures. Dry season is between Nov – Apr with average temperatures of 27°C. Rainy season is between May – Oct with average temperatures of 32°C.

Departure Times & Meeting Points

  • Mekong Lunch cruises can be flexible depending on what time you would like to have lunch.
  • The Mekong Dinner, Mekong Romance or Sunset Cocktail cruise departs between 1600PM – 1730PM depending on the time of year.
  • We offer transfers to and from the boat and will pick you up directly at your hotel. If you would like to make your own way to the boat, the confirmation of dock will be provided at the time of your booking.

Prices

Price per Adult
Price per Adolescent
Price per Child
  • Prices are in US Dollars.
  • Prices are per person.
  • Free – Infants 3 years and under.