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Laos Adventure Boutique River Cruise

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,316

Journey down the majestic banks of the Mekong River on this secluded river cruise. Witness the traditional rhythms of Laotian life, swim the waters beneath the magnificent Kuang Si Waterfall, and enjoy the boutique comforts of the Mekong Sun river vessel.


Take a 6-day river cruise through recently-inaccessible regions of the legendary Mekong River.

Your Laos vacation begins in Luang Prabang, at the meeting point of the Mekong and Khan Rivers. This Laotian city boasts a charming blend of French colonial architecture and bustling modern growth. It was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. A city tour will get you acquainted with Luang Prabang’s 33 wats and village-like atmosphere. In the morning, witness the Tak Bat, when saffron-robed monks silently collect alms throughout the city.

From Luang Prabang, embark on the Mekong Sun, an exclusive, state-of-the-art vessel that’s ready to take you down the Mekong River. Built in 2006, the Mekong Sun is a boutique ship perfectly calibrated for river travel. With only 14 cabins, each with wood-paneling, hardwood floors, air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms, the vessel is made for intimate travel of spectacular environments. You can enjoy Laotian food at the onboard restaurant or relax with a cocktail in the bar. There are also two viewing decks perfect for watching the jungle as you sail down the river.

Onboard the Mekong Sun, you will explore the dense jungle wilderness and unspoiled nature of the Mekong River. This secluded river cruise takes you with the current to survey the banks and forests that line the river. During this cruise you’ll witness the traditional lifestyles of Laotian villagers, which revolve around the river and what it provides. Visit a traditional Laotian village school to learn about the educational processes of the region’s youth. At the Kuang Si Waterfalls, you can swim in the crystal-clear waters and turquoise pools beneath the magnificent falls. At the Pak Ou Caves, marvel at thousands of Buddha statues that decorate the cave and observe the production of Lao-Lao, a local liquor.

This Laos tour combines the elegance of a boutique cruise with the unmatched natural and cultural sites of the Mekong riverside.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,316

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Day 1

Embarkation in Luang Prabang

Today you step aboard the tropical hardwood deck of your boutique ship for an unforgettable cruise through Laos on the Mekong River. The ship's romantic cabins, balconies and sun decks combined with the latest shipbuilding technology make you feel immediately at home. In the afternoon you tour the city of Luang Prabang, where you wander the gardens of the Wat Xieng Thong temple, a Buddhist masterpiece of gables and intricate golden carving. At sunset a welcome reception greets you back at the boat. You meet your fellow travelers and friendly Laotian crew, including chefs skilled in both Asian and European cuisine. Time for your first dinner on the mighty Mekong.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration5 Nights
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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

Depart Luang Prabang

You awake to brightly robed monks passing through the streets collecting alms--a daily ritual here in Luang Prabang. As you enjoy breakfast, your boutique ship unmoors and your Mekong cruise begins. The river's lush vegetation spreads out along the riverbanks, over hills, cliffs, and up into the mountain mist. At nightfall your boutique ship anchors on a secluded sandbank, surrounded by the sounds of the jungle, lulling you to sleep on the mighty Mekong.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Wildlife on the Mekong

Standing on your private balcony, you watch the wild Mekong float past. Fishermen by their bamboo houses. Towering rock formations covered in impenetrable green. The riverbank, the jungle some of most impressive landscapes
you'll ever see. Beneath you, the untamed Mekong, with the densest biodiversity of any river on Earth. In places, the river breaks into sudden rapids that your skillful crew navigate with ease. As the day passes stop a village school
meet the students and gain insight into life along the river.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Kuang Si Falls

It's a peaceful, tropical morning on the river. Birds fly between the trees, fishermen cast their nets by the riverbank. At a small village, the anchor is dropped and you hop onto a rickshaw going to the famous Kuang Si Falls. Take a swim in a turquoise pool beneath cascading clear water. In the evening, enjoy the much-loved Mekong River Cruises barbecue on a tranquil riverbank, the smoke curling over the forest canopy in the warm evening air.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Pak Ou Caves

Thousands of small Buddha statues gaze at you from the eerie beauty of the Pak Ou Caves, where they watch in silence over the Mekong.

A short jungle trek later, locals show you how they brew traditional Lao-Lao rice whisky. Elephants dot the landscape if you're lucky you'll spot some. Back aboard, you head to an afternoon in Luang Prabang, one of the most beautiful cities in Asia and a UNESCO. World Heritage site. From Phou Si Hill, you watch the sun set over crumbling colonial ruins, beautiful temples and palm trees. In the distance, mountains of vivid, verdant green.

Dress for dinner and promenade along the Mekong. Take a stroll through the night market, run by Hmong people dressed in dazzling hand-embroidered fabrics.

A farewell dinner on board is accompanied by a Bazi friendship ceremony and local dancers. A final touch of color to an extraordinary day.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Disembarkation in Luang Prabang

After a last breakfast on board, you say goodbye to your Laotian crew and new friends. From elephants to mineral pools and landscapes of a lifetime, It's been an unforgettable adventure.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Feb 7, 14, 28; Mar 8, 14, 21, 28; Apr 4; Jun 24; Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Sep 22, 30; Oct 24; Nov 18; Dec 12.

2019: Jan 20; Feb 10,17; Mar 10, 17, 31; Apr 7; Sep 3, 24; Oct 1, 22; Nov 12; Dec 25, 31

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights' onboard accommodation
  • Meals as specified
  • Coffee, tea and water during mealtimes on board
  • Touring and excursions as per itinerary, including entry fees
  • Presentations and lectures by the cruise director
  • Transfers from/to Luang Prabang airport or central hotel

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes unless specified
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Video or photography fees
  • Items of a personal nature

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 inquire.

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