About Us

WE ARE A TEAM OF MEKONG RIVER SPECIALISTS PASSIONATE ABOUT
CREATING AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES & MAKING MEMORIES ON THE MEKONG

Cruising the Mekong since 2015

Bounmi is made up of a team of Mekong river specialists who have built a reputation for delivering exceptional Mekong river experiences. We are an independent cruise company located in the quaint UNESCO heritage town of Luang Prabang in Laos, specializing in Mekong river cruises and authentic local experiences.
Bounmi first set sail on the Mekong’s waters in the autumn of 2015 with the launch of our 18m retro-fitted custom slow boat and our signature-style cruises. Every one of our cruises is customized in its own way and unique from the rest. The combination of our unique custom boat, personalized cruise services, and expert local insights into the river has won us rave reviews from delighted customers and kept us cruising ever since. It has been a constant learning experience for us and our brand has evolved over the years to better serve our guests. In 2018, we expanded our operations by working with different local partners to provide you with new cruise experiences, and built a custom 20-meter traditional slow boat that is better fitted for your cruising comfort.
Our passion for being on the river never fades. We believe everyone should experience being on the Mekong river at least once when visiting Luang Prabang, whether it be on a custom boat, traditional boat, fishing boat…whatever floats your boat really! From visiting popular sites to stepping off the beaten track, there are so many great ways to explore the Mekong and we aim to make these experiences accessible to everyone.
The Mekong is our home, our haven, our happy place. We love sharing the Mekong’s magic and secrets with others, creating memorable Mekong moments with our guests, family and friends. We would love to show you around our home, and look forward to hosting you on your Mekong adventure.

BOUNMI CREW

ADELE “SOMJAI”

FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR

Adele is the founder and managing director of Bounmi cruises, based in Luang Prabang. Originally hailing from Canada, she has spent over 18 years living abroad, 9 of those as a child growing up in South East Asia. Adele has always had an affinity with water, having taught professional scuba diving, in-water guiding with humpbacks whales, operating tenders, managing boats, working on yachts and playing with the odd pod of dolphins (of course). Before moving to Laos, the ocean was her life, and the water her office.
Adele arrived in Luang Prabang in 2013, where she first laid eyes on the mighty Mekong and fell in love with river life and Laos culture. With her extensive background in hospitality and tourism industries plus her natural love of being on the water, it was only a matter of time that she founded Bounmi, creating countless magical Mekong moments with guests, friends, and family on a variety of cruise experiences and different styles of boats.

“I go with the flow of the Mekong and am constantly reminded of her endless beauty & power. When I’m on the Mekong, I’m a happy girl!”

GUIDES & SUPPORT CREW

LICENSED LOCAL GUIDES & DRIVERS

On many of our cruises, guests will be accompanied by an expert boat captain, licensed guides, and assisted by our local support crew. All the people we work with have been carefully chosen for their professionalism, cultural knowledge, and fun characters! We are grateful for their dedication in helping us to deliver amazing Mekong experiences, and will continue to expand our team and local network to create more authentic Luang Prabang experiences for you.

OUR BOAT

20-METER CUSTOM TRADITIONAL SLOW BOAT

This one-of-a-kind beauty was custom-made for Bounmi’s cruises and ensures your cruising comfort. The boat has been designed specifically for its intimate size as we love the cozy and personal feel whilst hosting smaller groups. We hope you’ll enjoy her on your private cruise as much as we’ve loved building her for you!

As cooking facilities are not available on this vessel, we offer set menus and table service. We work with a great local chef who takes pride in her cooking and always guarantees a delicious dining experience, using only the freshest ingredients to create fantastic flavours!

The maximum traveling capacity and dining capacity of this boat is 8pax.

35-METER TRADITIONAL SLOW BOAT

A beautiful traditional Lao slow boat with ample space for cruising and dining for large groups. This premium slow boat features 2 lounge sunbeds, tables and chairs, 2 bathrooms, a bar area, buffet and table service, and a sound system. With on-board cooking facilities, our local cooks are able to whip up a wide variety of dishes for the meal buffets during your cruises. The maximum traveling capacity of this boat is 30pax. The maximum dining capacity of this boat is 20pax.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR MEKONG CRUISE

Here at Bounmi, we take pride in providing you with customizable cruise services. Every one of our cruises is customized in its own way and unique from the rest. Should you wish to create your very own cruise itinerary, we will work together with you to create your ideal trip! With our intricate knowledge of the Mekong, its local communities and hidden gems, we are able to suggest different activities and sights that suit your interests. We offer a variety of flexible options and itineraries to meet your needs.

LOCAL AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES

We live on the river and work on the river. It is our home, and we know it like the back of our hands. You’ll have a mix of Adele as your host and/or local natives as your guides. Enjoy a truly authentic experience as you cruise the Mekong on a traditional Lao slow boat, with experienced crew showing you around the various sights and attractions. With Bounmi, you’ll have a team of English speakers armed with expert local knowledge, eager to share the Mekong with you.

PRIVATE MEKONG CRUISES

If you’re looking for a private Luang Prabang boat cruise tailored to your needs, you’ve come to the right place. Bounmi offers one-of-a-kind cruises made just for you. From planning your cruise itinerary, to hotel pick-ups, to guiding you along the Mekong river, we have a fully personalized end-to-end service to help you create your ideal trip. All our cruises are private so you can share the experience with just your favourite people.

Responsible Travel & Eco-Tourism

Laos is leading the way for eco-tourism in South East Asia and Bounmi is proud to be a part of this movement. We work with local individuals and communities to provide our guests with a variety of authentic experiences, and help alleviate poverty with community-based tourism. We also practice a “say no to plastic” approach by using refillable water bottles on all our cruises. We constantly strive to build sustainable tourism models that help support our local communities.