The popular journey takes two full days, with an overnight stop at the small riverside village of Pak Beng. While clusters of homes and farmed hillsides pop into view from time to time, the majority of the scenery is completely untouched. With a good book, a comfortable cushion and beautiful views on all sides, a slow-boat journey on the Mekong River is surely the most relaxing way to head for the border.
Slow boats are quite long and narrow; passengers sit in the front, and the family that owns and operates the boat lives and cooks in the back
This photo gives a better sense of the sheer length of a slow boat; the village in the photo is Pak Beng