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Mekong Adventure Boutique River Cruise

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,075

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.

If you are travelling downstream, 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$ 5,075

Itinerary

Day 1

The Golden Triangle and Embarkation

Today you will be picked up around 2:00pm from either the Vientiane Airport or your city hotel. After a short sightseeing program to explore the highlights of the Lao capital, including the Pha That Luang temple and Wat Sisaket, board your vessel the Mekong Sun. Settle in and enjoy an evening welcome reception

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration10 Nights
Accommodation

The Mekong Sun

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    The Mekong Sun



    The river vessel Mekong Sun (built in 2006) is a unique boutique ship capable of mastering the wild sections of the upper Mekong. Accommodation and service is top level and guests enjoy an exclusive yet casual travelling experience, while they reside in one of the ...

    The river vessel Mekong Sun (built in 2006) is a unique boutique ship capable of mastering the wild sections of the upper Mekong. Accommodation and service is top level and guests enjoy an exclusive yet casual travelling experience, while they reside in one of the 14 exclusive passenger cabins or enjoy the services of the restaurant or bar. A selection of Asian and continental food is provided throughout the cruise. Special requirements can be catered for and wine, beer as well as spirituous beverages are available.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

On Board

This morning you start your spectacular river cruise upstream to formerly inaccessible parts of the Mekong. Relax on deck, in your cabin, or in the lounge as you absorb the remoteness of these spectacular surroundings.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

On Board

In addition to excursions, both on water and on land, enjoy an onboard program of presentations, talks and documentaries on topics such as the French Mekong Expedition of the 1860s, the daily life of a Buddhist novice monk, and the flora and fauna of the Mekong region. A visit to a small riverside community acquaints you with the life of the local Lao people. At night, anchor at a secluded sand or river bank.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Pak Lay and Thai-Laotian Border

As you continue upstream, stop at the small riverside community of Pak Lay and visit the local market with many exotic offerings. You'll spend the night aboard the vessel close to the Thai-Laotian border.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Tha Deua

This morning you will likely observe local fishermen along the shores while continuing upstream. Stop to meet the residents of a small riverside village. Back on board, your vessel will pass by the largest construction project in Laos -- the future site of the Sayaboury dam. Your cruise director will give a short presentation on hydropower projects on the Mekong, and this will open up a discussion on the Mekong's ecology and its people. You'll also notice the ferry connecting Luang Prabang and Sayaboury provinces as it crosses the Mekong.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Kuang Si Falls - Luang Prabang

Today a shore excursion takes you to the Kuang Si Falls, one of the most scenic waterfalls in Laos. This afternoon, arrive beautiful Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town's unique atmosphere stems from its unusual mix of traditional Buddhist temples and French colonial architecture. Begin with a walk up Phou Si Hill, which offers a spectacular sunset view over the Mekong and Khan rivers and the surrounding mountains. In the evening, stroll along the Mekong promenade or visit the colourful night market of the local Hmong minority. Watch a traditional Bazi Ceremony and local dances during and after dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Luang Prabang

Breakfast is served on board. Today the ship remains in Luang Prabang and you will enjoy a full day of sightseeing. As Luang Prabang offers many opportunities for fine dining, tonight you are free to choose from the numerous offerings in town or along the Mekong River (please note that dinner is at your own expense).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves

In the early morning you will be able to witness the traditional giving of alms to monks in the streets of Luang Prabang. Breakfast is served on board. Cruise further north and visit a Laotian village, where you'll observe the traditional production of Lao-Lao, the local liqueur. After a short walk through the jungle (optional), explore the famous Pak Ou Caves, with thousands of small Buddha statues inside the caverns. The night is spent anchored at a beautiful sandbank, surrounded by nothing but pure nature.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Pakbeng

The river traffic thins out as you proceed upstream, looking out over the river and its scenic beauty. Later in the day, pause briefly for a look around the market town of Pakbeng.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Pak Tha

Today is a day to absorb the grandeur of this mighty river and its unspoiled natural surroundings. Enjoy the tranquillity of northern Laos as the landscape shifts to lush tropical hills. Your boat now turns north, heading towards Pak Tha. This evening, celebrate your last night on board with a farewell dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Pak Tha - Chiang Rai

At the small village of Pak Tha, take a long-tail boat excursion along the Namtha River to visit a local Khmu village. Back on board the Mekong Sun, continue towards the Thai-Laotian border at Chiang Khong (Thailand) and Ban Huay Xay (Laos). The unspoiled landscape is accented by the occasional sight of small villages and local herds of cattle. In the afternoon, say goodbye to your Laotian crew, check out and transfer across the Thai-Lao Mekong friendship bridge into Thailand, where you also pass immigration. You will then be transferred to the Chiang Rai Airport (flights must depart at 8:00pm or later) or your city hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURE DATES (Upstream):

2017: Oct 28; Nov 18; Dec 9, 30

DEPARTURE DATES (Downstream):

2017: Oct 17; Nov 7, 28; Dec 19
2018: Jan 16

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 or v.v.
  • 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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9 Dec 2017
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