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Mekong Adventure Boutique River Cruise

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,383

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$ 3,383

Itinerary

Day 1

The Golden Triangle and Embarkation

Pick up in your hotel in town between 1 - 2 pm. After a short sightseeing program to highlights of the Lao capital such as the Pha That Luang temple and the Wat Sisaket Monastery, you board the Mekong Pearl, a comfortable new cruise vessel, in the evening. This unique vessel is German-Laotian owned and outfitted with stylish cabins. Settle into your accommodations and unpack for a twelve-day cruise. Enjoy the spacious decks or onboard lounge, and join this evening’s welcome reception and dinner. A selection of Asian and European food will be provided throughout the cruise.

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

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

Your specially designed river vessel allows you to go on this remarkable voyage quite comfortably, something that previously was unthinkable. You travel some 800 km through delightful riverscapes, passing aboriginal villages and visiting World Heritage Sites. You discover some of Southeast Asia’s last unknown regions. Upstream you stop at the small riverside community of Pak Lai, where the local market with its many exotic offerings is quite a sight. Back aboard, you take in the passing river scenery from the safety and comfort of your exclusive river vessel. You spend the night aboard the vessel close to the Thai-Laotian border.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Tha Deua

During and after breakfast on board, you enjoy the view and will perhaps see local fishermen along the shore while continuing along the "mother of all waters", as the locals call the Mekong River. You meet the residents of a small riverside village, which guests on Mekong cruises have often chosen to sponsor. Today you also pass the much-discussed Sayaboury hydropower dam project. An afternoon presentation about the Mekong River and its future by your cruise director supplies background information on this huge construction site and the differing opinions about it held by the countries along the river, the Mekong River Commission, and the local residents. You also see the Mekong ferry crossing at Tha Deua, connecting the provinces of Luang Prabang and Sayaboury.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Kuang Si Falls - Luang Prabang

Another shore excursion takes you to the Kuang Si Falls, one of the most scenic waterfalls in Laos. This afternoon you reach Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town’s unique atmosphere stems from its unusual mixture of numerous 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, enjoy strolling along the Mekong promenade or visiting 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, where we take you on a full day of sightseeing, so you can truly experience the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage town with its wonderful mix of architectural styles. Luang Prabang offers many opportunities for fine dining, so tonight you are free to choose from the numerous offerings in town or along the Mekong River.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves

In the early morning, you are able to observe the traditional giving of alms in the streets of Luang Prabang. Breakfast is served on board. Today you cruise further north and visit a Laotian village, where you see the traditional production of Lao-Lao, the local liqueur. After a short walk through the jungle (optional) you 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. With a little luck you will be able to see working elephants in action today (unless they are employed elsewhere at the time of your visit). Later in the day, you pause briefly for a look at the market town of Pakbeng.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Pak Tha

Today is a day to just bask in this unique environment - relax on deck, in your comfortable cabin, or in the lounge as you absorb the grandeur of this mighty river and its unspoiled natural surroundings. The landscape now shifts to lush tropical hills. Enjoy the tranquillity of northern Laos, a real retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life back home. Cruising upsteam past this verdant backdrop, your boat now turns north, heading towards Pak Tha. At the small village of Pak Tha you go on a long-tail boat excursion along the Namtha River to visit a local Khmu village. The small village school enjoys frequent sponsorship by Mekong cruise guests. After reboarding your cruise vessel, you 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. You spend a last relaxing dinner and evening aboard, celebrating with a farewell dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Pak Tha - Chiang Rai

Today you say goodbye to your Laotian crew, check out, and transfer across the Thai-Lao Mekong friendship bridge, where you also pass immigration. Your sightseeing tour today includes a visit to the Golden Buddha of Sop Ruak and the new Hall of Opium. This fascinating museum, sponsored by the royal family of Thailand, provides an in-depth look at history and politics of the opium trade and health impact of opium use. You are then transferred to your Chiang Rai hotel (within city limits) or to the airport, where frequent flights to Bangkok are available (no flights departing before 20:00pm can be reached).

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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27 Sep 2018
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