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Impressions of the Mekong - Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,262

Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Mekong River on this unique river cruise from the capital, Vientiane, to the UENSCO World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang. Enjoy first-class accommodations on the Mekong Sun and spot villages, waterfalls, and dams on this journey along Southeast Asia’s most exciting river.


This 6-day Mekong cruise takes you along the Mekong River from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. It features first-class accommodations aboard a river vessel, shared tours, and is a great way to explore Laos.

Your journey begins in Vientiane, the Laotian capital, where you’ll head on a guided city tour to see the most famous landmarks from That Luang Stupa to Victory Gate. At the day’s end, board the Mekong Sun to begin your journey along Southeast Asia’s most famous river. The Mekong Sun is a 4-star vessel with 14 exclusive passenger cabins that are ready to escort travellers down the river in style. With an on-board restaurant capable of whipping up delicious Asian and European meals, large windows, and plenty of room on deck, the Mekong Sun is a great ship on which to explore the Mekong.

On your first full day onboard, venture through a jungle landscape and witness the wild nature on either sides of the river. Pass into an area of mighty rapids and fascinating rock formations bordering the river. Head on a guided excursion into the district town of Salakham. Continue upstream and stop off at the small farming village of Ban Don Saingam and then head to a hidden cave that is only accessed by the Mekong Sun. Cruise past tiny villages and herds of cattle breaking up the jungle before mooring in a picturesque spot to enjoy a dinner BBQ. The next day, watching local fisherman go to work in the morning before passing Xayabouri Dam, the largest hydropower facility in Laos. Afterwards, meet with hill tribe villagers. On your final day, head on a shore excursion to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls before reaching Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Disembark in Luang Prabang, where you’re free to extend your stay or connect to your onward destination.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,262

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Day 1

Vientiane - Luang Prabang

In the afternoon, you will embark on the Mekong Sun or Mekong Pearl, a comfortable Laotian cruise ship. These unique vessels are the first German-Laotian owned river ships with cabins on the upper Mekong. Settle into your accommodating cabin and unpack for a six-day cruise. In the afternoon you will participate in a guided city tour including all highlights of the Laotian capital: amongst others the That Luang Stupa and the Victory gate. Back onboard your river vessel, enjoy the spacious decks, lounge on board and attend your welcome reception and dinner this evening. A selection of Asian and European food will be provided throughout the cruise. Overnight on board.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration5 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

Wild Nature along the Mighty Mekong

Today your Mekong river cruise experience starts. During the day you will continuously cruise up-river, where you will discover some of the most remarkable, most impressive landscapes. In the afternoon enjoy the beautiful views and watch nature's wonders along the shores before you stop at a remote place to stay for the night. Overnight on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Fascinating Rapids and the District Town Salakham

Further north you will discover some of the most remarkable, most impressive landscapes of this still-untamed river. The landscape becomes more and more spectacular: hills covered with tropical vegetation, awe-inspiring rock formations along the river banks, and a fascinating array of fast currents and slower river parts. During the day you will visit the dreamy district town Salakham. The power of the mighty Mekong will give your cruise the feeling of a real expedition. Enjoy the beautiful views and watch nature's wonders along the riverbanks before you head north again and stop for the night. Overnight on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

The Farming Village Ban Don Saingam

Upstream you will stop at the small farming village Ban Don Saingam, where you can participate in a 30 minutes trekking to explore a hidden cave visited exclusively by Mekong River Cruises guests. The purely natural landscape is only broken by the seldom sights of small villages and local herds of cattle. This evening we enjoy our famous Mekong River Cruises BBQ dinner in a beautiful riverside location. Overnight on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Xayabouri Dam

During and after breakfast on board, enjoy the beautiful view and possibly watch local fishermen along the shore. Don't miss passing the log of the Xayabouri dam, the biggest hydropower facility in the whole of Laos. In the afternoon you will meet the inhabitants of a small hill tribe village which is regularly visited by our guests and supported by donations. This last evening on board will be celebrated with a farewell dinner. Overnight on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Kuang Si Waterfall - Luang Prabang

During the morning a guided shore excursion will take you to the Kuang Si-waterfalls, some of the most attractive waterfalls in Laos. This afternoon you will reach Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Luang Prabang you will say goodbye to your Lao crew. Check out and disembarkation. This is the end of the trip.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

The Mekong Sun
2020:
Nov 18
2021: Mar 17

The Mekong Pearl
2021: 
Mar 10

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights' accommodation in selected cabin type aboard your boutique river cruise vessel
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned, by air-conditioned vehicles
  • Water in the vehicles and on the ship
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Coffee, tea, and table water during meal times onboard your boutique river cruise vessel
  • Presentations and lectures onboard by the cruise director
  • Transfers from/to Vientiane and Luang Prabang airports or hotels within city limits (only guaranteed if information was correctly provided 4 weeks prior to embarkation, at the latest)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visas fees for Thailand and Laos
  • Item of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the itinerary

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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