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Mekong Adventure Boutique River Cruise

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,229

The mighty Mekong River flows through 6 different countries. It’s at its best in Laos. Sail past dramatic scenery, visit fascinating local villages and also enjoy visits to interesting cities such as Vientiane and Luang Prabang all while relaxing on board your boutique cruise boat.


The Mekong River is the 12th longest in the world and traverses 6 countries, This 11 day cruise explores the fascinating land of Laos including some of its undiscovered treasures.

You will begin in Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand. Join your Mekong boutique river boat but before doing so, have a tour of the city. This will include the Golden Buddha of Sop Ruak and the new Hall of Opium, a very interesting museum.

The following day sail to Huay Xay on the Thai/Laos border. Continue south to the small village of Pak Tha to join a long-tail boat for an excursion to a local hill tribe village of the Khmu tribe.

The next day brings you some of the most beautiful landscapes along the river travelling through lush vegetation and dramatic rock formations pausing briefly at the market town of Pak Beng.

Before you reach the town of Luang Prabang, visit the Pak Ou Caves with their thousands of small Buddha statues followed by a walk through the jungle to a village just outside the town to see the production of the local liqueur, Lao-Lao. Arrive in the attractive town of Luang Prabang and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This very special town is known for its numerous temples and its French colonial architecture. Enjoy a walk up Phou Si Hill for a panoramic view and to watch a glorious sunset. In the evening, take advantage of the extensive night market of the local hill tribe Hmong people.

The following day will be a full day’s sight seeing exploring the many temples and other interesting buildings of Luang Prabang.

Early the next morning, experience the colourful traditional daily giving of alms and food by the locals to the many monks who parade the main street of the town. Sail again to the Kuang Si Falls, one of the most scenic in Laos.

Continuing your river journey, the next day allows you to see local fishermen at work and also to visit the Sayaboury hydropower dam project. You will be given an on board presentation about the dam. You then pass through interesting riverside scenery and past aboriginal villages. Stop at the bustling river port of Pak Lai with its local market and its numerous exotic offerings.
The following day is at leisure as you continue sailing along the mighty Mekong River.

The next morning, continue to the capital Vientiane and have a tour of the city. This will include the Pha That Luang Temple with its golden dome and the Wat Sisaket Monastery with its 2000 pieces of ceramics and silverware. Overnight in Vientiane.

Today, transfer to Vientiane airport where your Mekong experience comes to an end.

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,229

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Day 1

The Golden Triangle - Meeting with Buddha

You begin where three countries meet-at Sop Ruak, the heart of the infamous Golden Triangle.

Beneath a gleaming, near 40-foot golden Buddha, you enter the Hall of Opium, the museum where you learn how trade of this dangerous narcotic is wound through the region like the Mekong itself. On that very river, you board the Mekong Sun, the boutique vessel that will be your home for the next ten days.

Unpack in your private cabin, complete with private bathroom, then head to the on-board longue and spacious top decks for welcome drinks and dinner in the warm, tropical, open air.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration10 Nights
Accommodation

The Mekong Pearl

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    The Mekong Pearl



    The Mekong Pearl offers 15 cabins on two decks, all of which are outside cabins equipped with air conditioning and private bathrooms with WC and shower. The upper deck offers an indoor restaurant, a bar area and a separate sun deck featuring a retractable roof. ...

    The Mekong Pearl offers 15 cabins on two decks, all of which are outside cabins equipped with air conditioning and private bathrooms with WC and shower.
    The upper deck offers an indoor restaurant, a bar area and a separate sun deck featuring a retractable roof. A small spa on the main deck is the ideal place to relax.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

The Golden Triangle - Huay Xay - Pak Tha

Wake to the lapping of waves and feel the warm morning air. You're on the Mekong, floating downstream on Himalayan waters, wending their way beneath you to the South-China Sea. Soon you'll cruise Laos and enter the spectacular wilds of the north of the country. Stopping at the village of Pak Tha, you take a local long-tail boat to an authentic Khmu village on stilts, deep in the jungle.

As night approaches, and the Mekong Sun moors at a remote sandbank, you dine in nature, enveloped by the
dark.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Pak Beng

Vivid green with wild, filmic, foliage. Bold rock formations emerge from the landscape and the Mekong Sun curves downriver. Your expert captain navigates the rapids and powerful currents. These are remote, untouched stretches of wilderness, only accessible by water.

Impenetrable jungle runs for miles on every side. For the people who live along this shore, the river is their only contact with the outside world. You look for elephants at work and arrive in the small town of Pakbeng. The last outpost of civilization on the edge of a lost world.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Pak Ou Caves

You breakfast among calling birds, then relax on the deck, soaking up the calm. At a riverside village stop, you sample Lao-Lao, the fearsome rice spirit, with local distillers.

Trek through the jungle to the famous Pak Ou Caves. Shielded from the world, the stunning sight of thousands of small Buddha statues greets you.

Dine along a sheltered sandbank, with smoke from the barbecue drifting above the trees of this incredibly exotic and tranquil setting.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Luang Prabang

Following the river, you float out of the forest and into Luang Prabang, once the royal capital of Laos and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. From Phou Si Hill, you look out over the city, at French colonial buildings, Buddhist temples and monasteries mingling with tropical gardens under a mountain skyline.

You visit Wat Xieng Thong temple with its gleaming golden roofs and take an evening promenade along the Mekong. After sunset, enter the sounds and smells of the night market and its Hmong traders dressed in dazzling fabrics.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

Luang Prabang

The next day, it's just you and this fabulous city, and truly one of the world's hidden gems. By e-bike or foot, you explore the old town, visit the elephants, relax at riverside cafes, taste exotic dishes and immerse yourself in
Luang Prabang's unique, laidback charm. Nowhere on Earth is quite like this.

Elephant camp visit on request, bookable on-site

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Falls

Every morning at dawn in Luang Prabang, brightly robed monks pass through the streets collecting alms. You wake to watch this sacred ritual, then settle into breakfast, gazing over the rooftops from the top deck.

You take a bus to Kuang Si Falls, one of the great natural wonders of Laos. Crystal clear waters tumble through tropical vegetation into opulent turquoise pools. It’s perfect and you take a swim. Bliss.

You visit a small village, re-board and head into the roaring Keng-Luang rapids. The experienced crew ease your ship through the torrent, its crashing white waters an exhilarating reminder of the raw strength of the river around you.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Tha Deua - Pak Lay

The ramshackle, brightly colored Tha Deua ferry you see moored to the shore is the only way to cross the Mekong for miles, and further downstream, you pass the controversial Sayaboury hydropower project and learn
from your crew about its consequences for local people and their environment.

Stopping at the small community of Pak Lay, you walk through lush forest to a cave few travelers have ever seen. Glimpses of a world that may not last forever.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Cruising near the Thailand-Laos Border

Beneath you, the serene Mekong Sun carves ripples in the water. They spread gently to the bank, landing in Laos on one side, and in Thailand on the other. Today the Mekong sets the pace, and you relax on board, watching the
two countries drift by. Steep riverbanks give way to fertile fields, and, as the sun sets, you anchor at a remote sandbank, dine and sleep on this epic river.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Vientiane

From the heart of the Golden Triangle, the Mekong draws you in to Vientiane, the vibrant capital of Laos. You visit the quiet enclosure of the golden Pha That Luang Temple, the national symbol, and pay your respects at the French-inspired Arc de Triomphe, a stunning monument commemorating the country's fight for independence.

As the sun sets on the last day of your journey, you gather for a farewell dinner on board with crew, captain and companions, and celebrate your remarkable journey together.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Disembarkation in Vientiane

A final breakfast, and a last chance to watch the morning sunlight on the water. Then it's time to say goodbye to the Mekong Sun and her crew.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURE DATES:

2019: Jan 6, 27; Mar 10; Sep 5, 29; Oct 22; Nov 19; Dec 12
2020: Jan 5, 28; Feb 23

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights' accommodation in selected cabin
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Shared coach transportation from Chiang Rai to Golden Triangle
  • Arrival and departure transfers (Chiang Rai and Vientiane)
  • Meals as specified
  • Water in vehicles and on the ship
  • Coffee/tea/water during meal times on board ship

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Visa fees

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates will apply. Limited seats/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Departure dates are subject to change, and operator reserves right to cancel departure up to 21 days prior; the cruise itinerary is subject to change due to river conditions, floodwaters, low water levels and morning fog. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request -- please inquire.

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