Restaurant Norrasai Road, That Luang Village, Luang Prabang Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Nava Mekong Dinner on Cruise is special ?
Your trip to Luang Prabang, Laos would be never complete without three experiences: a Mekong River cruise truip, traditional Lao dance and Lao food. The Nava Mekong, the first dining cruise on the Mekong in Luang Prabang. With a 30mn demonstration of traditional Lao dances
Dining on the mighty Mekong is to being in Luang Prabang what walking over the Brooklyn Bridge is to being in New York. Essential. To ensure you don’t ’miss the boat’, we’ve launched the Nava Mekong, the foremost regular dinner cruise opportunity in the royal capital.
The cruise embarks daily at 5:30 pm and motors downstream to moor near a traditional village where traditional Lao dancers perform age-old sets that include interpretations of the royal ballet, rural life, folk tales and legends. The boat returns at 9 pm.
Widened at the beam to accommodate 10 four-top tables, the traditional Lao river boat also embarks every morning at 10:30 am for a four-hour lunch cruise. During this cruise, the Nava stops at the Pak Ou Caves for adventuring among the 4,000 sacred Buddhist statues and images scattered about the two limestone grottoes.
- “Great lunch cruise”
- “Stunningly beautiful”
- “Great sunset on the Mekong”
- “Pleasant River Cruise”
- Main cuisine Speciality
- Noise level Small
- Budget High-end
- Alcohol YES
- Air condition NO
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card NO
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian NO
Norrasai Road, That Luang Village, Luang Prabang
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You can’t go to Luang Prabang and not take a trip on the Mekong! We had only allowed ourselves five nights in Luang Prabang so the 4-hour Nava Mekong lunch trip was really all the time we could spare but it certainly gives you a taste of life on this great river. A big advantage of the Nava Mekong is that you have plenty of space to move around the boat as there are so few other customers – about a dozen or so on our trip but even if it were full this would probably be no more than about 20. We headed upstream for the first couple of hours stopping off at the “whiskey village” and finishing up at the Pak Ou caves. The highlight of the “whiskey village” was the beautiful temple there: so simple in comparison with the intricacies of the ones in Luang Prabang – and so colourful. That alone made the stop worthwhile. The caves were only of marginal interest to us. The whole point of taking this trip was to get a sense, a feel of the Mekong river and that we certainly got. The lunch meal was surprisingly good though the time taken to serve it meant that some dishes were not as hot (temperature-wise) as they could have been. We started with a coconut soup with chicken, onion and ginger. This was followed by six tiny starters, two each of: a steamed fish mousse (with a hint of peanut?), some minced pork wrapped in thin omelette and chicken wrapped and grilled in banana leaf. The main course comprised slivers of pork stir-fried with onions, thinly sliced mushrooms, baby sweet corn, cauliflower, carrots and broccoli, and stir-fried vegetables (baby sweet corn, cauliflower, carrots and broccoli) with a very spicy chilli sauce. A plate of fresh fruit completed the repast. The meal was very good though the chilli dishes could have been hotter! For us, this was a great trip and, at US$25 a head, good value for money. Can thoroughly recommend.