Many people will use Chiang Mai as their jumping off point on their travels to Laos and Indochina. The Thai boarder town of Chiang Kong is only a 5 hour bus ride away. From here it is a simple immigration process which involves getting yourself stamped out of Thailand crossing the Mekong on a long tail boat and then passing through Lao immigration formalities in the Laos town of Huay Xai.
From Huay Xai your choice of travel direction is limited, some will head up towards Luang Nam Tha while the majority will take one of the boats plying the Mekong towards Pakbeng and Luang Prabang. Here at The Travel Hub we arrange both fast and slow boat packages to Luang Prabang from Chiang Mai. See the links below for more information.
If two days on a boat is not for you, we also arrange direct flights from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang and Vientiane with Lao Airlines please contact us for more information.