Types of CruiseDurationPrivateMax. Capacity
Spiritual Guide & Host3 hrsYes6

SPIRITUAL MEKONG EXPERIENCE

SPIRITUAL DISCUSSIONS AND MEDITATION PRACTICE ACROSS THE MEKONG

Explore the topic of spirituality in spiritual discussions and meditation, with the beautiful backdrop of the Mekong river to inspire your thoughts and personal reflections. Discover the spiritual side of Laos on this unique Bounmi cruise experience.

This afternoon tour starts from the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, where a traditional Lao slow boat will be waiting to take you on a journey along 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. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea with an enlightening side of Buddhist philosophy and meditation discussions with Ms. Korn, an esteemed meditation practitioner and teacher, and Satthu Oun Huan, a highly respected head monk in Luang Prabang who is well-regarded and sought after for his meditation teachings and practice. It is extremely rare to receive a private audience with Satthu Oun Huan and thus, we are deeply honoured (and incredibly excited) that he has opened his doors to Bounmi’s guests. Together with Ms. Korn, Satthu Oun Huan will guide you in your meditation practice in this uniquely personal experience. There will be time for more spiritual discussions following your meditation practice, before cruising back down the Mekong to Luang Prabang.

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 SPIRITUAL MEKONG EXPERIENCE

WHAT TO EXPECT
1330
 
MEETING POINT

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

1330 – 1400
 
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.

1400 – 1415
 
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 giving you a short introduction.

1415 – 1600

 

AFTERNOON TEA, SPIRITUAL DISCUSSIONS & MEDITATION PRACTICE

Enjoy afternoon tea with a side of discussions on Buddhist philosophy and meditation with Ms. Korn and the revered Satthu Oun Huan. Satthu Oun Huan and Ms. Korn will then guide you in your meditation practice, followed by spiritual discussions.

1600

 

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.

1630
 
ARRIVAL IN LUANG PRABANG

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

MORE ABOUT THIS SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE…

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Your Choice of Meditation Practice

For this tour, select one Meditation Practice from the list below:

  • Walking Meditation – A simple and universal practice of walking slowly and being fully aware of your feet’s contact with the Earth, using the natural actions and movements of walking to cultivate
    mindfulness.
  • Sitting Meditation – A form of meditation practice that cultivates mindfulness through mindful sitting. You would find a reasonably comfortable and erect posture to sit in for 40-60 minutes and stay as still as possible in this position. While sitting, the objective is to watch the rise and fall of your belly as you breathe in and out, being highly aware and conscious of the movements of your body.
  • Breath of Fire Meditation – This is a form of Pranayama, a breathing practice used to stimulate Kundalini (energy and consciousness) and increase Prana (vital life force). This intense breathing practice requires you to take consecutive quick, short breaths and should be attempted with some care, especially with pregnant women, vertigo sufferers, and people with high blood pressure. The benefits of Breath of Fire practice include calming effects, detox, pain relief, core strengthening and emotional release.
  • Loving Kindness Meditation – Also known as Metta meditation, this practice stems from Buddhist traditions. The purpose of this meditation is to cultivate unconditional love and kindness towards all things, starting by the loving and acceptance of yourself, and then extending that to include all others, including your enemies.
  • Six Senses Meditation – Our eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin give us the 5 senses of the human body – sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. Our minds provide us with the sixth sense of our being, an extrasensory perception, intuition, and heightened sensibility. Daily life takes its toll on every one of us, dulling our minds and bodies physically, emotionally, and mentally. Six Senses Meditation focuses on practicing a state of mindfulness on all the senses, recharging them and leading you to a more balanced state of being.

The Crew

Bounmi Founder & English-speaking host – Adele. 

Satthu Oun Huan

  • Satthu Oun Huan is a highly respected head monk in Luang Prabang. Regarded as #1 in Luang Prabang for practicing and teaching meditation, he oversees two Wats in the Chomphet district – Wat Had Siew and Wat Nong SaKeo. It is deemed a honour to be able to speak with him personally, and this is a unique opportunity given only to a fortunate few.

Meditation & Spiritual Specialist – Ms. Korn

  • The meditation sessions on this tour will be led by Ms. Korn (Kornkanok Sriwan) who has over 15 years of training and teaching experience in the art of meditation. Born in Thailand, Ms. Korn has been practicing Vipassana Meditation throughout her life. She is certified by London Meditation UK in the fields of Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Awareness Coaching Foundation Training (ACFT). She is also a member of the London Vedic Meditation Centre, Soto Zen Buddhist Meditation, the British Meditation Society, and London Insight Meditation (Vipassana). Bringing awareness of Eastern spiritual teaching to Western students has been the focus of her career and she brings with her a wealth of knowledge and passion to help others perceive the benefits that can be achieved for both the body and mind through Buddhist meditation practices.

Bounmi Crew

  • Bounmi founder & English-speaking tour host – Adele
  • Professional boat captain

What’s Included/Not Included

Included:

  • Transportation to and from the boat (hotel pick-up).
  • Offering to Wat Had Siew temple
  • Pha Biang (scarf) for temple.
  • Mindfulness meditation session.
  • Spiritual discussion with Satu.
  • Afternoon tea at the temple.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Light snacks on-board.
  • 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.

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

  • DO dress appropriately when entering religious sites. Ladies should have their shoulders and knees covered. Men should also have their shoulders covered but knee shorts are acceptable.

DO take note of these cultural considerations about your feet:

  • Remove your shoes before entering any temple.
  • Be aware of your feet positions at all times.
  • Your feet should never be pointed in the direction of a monk or novice. You should never use your feet to point.
  • Should you wish to visit the local villages and temples along the Mekong river, do be aware that oftentimes there are no paved pathways and you’re usually met with uneven ground and stairways. We ask each visitor to please be aware of your own fitness levels and take this into consideration on your tours.
  • 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

  • Departure time is flexible and can be arranged for the hours between 1PM and 2PM.
  • 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.