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Laos Revealed Boutique River Cruise

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,472

Float through one of the world’s most laid back countries on this Mekong River cruise. Set out from Chiang Rai and let the lifestyle and local culture of Laos seduce you.


This 8-day cruise along the Mekong departs from Chiang Rai, taking you to see the best of Laos along the river before disembarking in Luang Prabang.

Before meeting your boutique cruise ship, enter the Golden Triangle, seeing the Golden Buddha of Sop Ruak and the modern Hall of Opium museum, which explores the great significance of the royal family in Thailand.

Check into your cabin aboard ship and relax as you sail toward the Laos border. Your first destination is the small village of Pak Tha, where a longtail boat takes you far from the tourist spots, up to a remote Khmu village. Then go on to a section of Laos accessible only by water, bound for the small town of Pak Beng, where you’ll visit an elephant conservation camp. Then stop in at a Laotian village where you can see how Lao-Lao, a local liqueur is made. Nearby, explore the Pak Ou Caves, where thousands of small Buddha statues line the caverns.

Laos’ most popular destination of course awaits you further along the river. Disembark in the World Heritage listed city of Luang Prabang, where you’ll enjoy a full day excursion, a visit to Wat Xieng Thong, the impressive golden roofed temple, and bargain up a storm in the Hmong night market. In the morning, take in perhaps Laos’ most iconic sight, the giving of alms to Luang Prabang’s monks.

Continue downriver through the untamed landscapes of Laos, stopping to enjoy the most impressive views of the countryside, and stay overnight moored at a secluded sandbank, immersing you in nature. Then see one of Laos’ most beautiful natural sights, as a Tuk Tuk takes you to Kuang Si-falls, before returning to Luang Prabang after lunch. You’ll have time at leisure to enjoy this sleepy city before you depart.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,472

Itinerary

Day 1

Chiang Rai - The Golden Triangle

Meet your group at 11:30am in Chiang Rai city, then transfer by bus to the Golden Triangle area at Chiang Saen. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant overlooking the Mekong before visiting the Golden Buddha of Sop Ruak and the modern Hall of Opium. This fascinating interactive museum, sponsored by the royal family of Thailand, gives a deep background on the history and politics of the opium trade and the health effects of opium abuse. In the evening, embark on the RV Mekong Sun, a comfortable German-Laotian boutique cruise ship. Settle in enjoy an evening welcome reception.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration7 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

Golden Triangle - Laos

This morning your cruise will take you from the Golden Triangle region between Burma, Laos and Thailand into the People's Democratic Republic of Laos. (Please note: Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival here, using USD cash plus passport sized picture; please enquire with your local embassy about visa regulations.) From the town of Huay Xay on the Laotian-Thai border, your voyage takes you into northern Laos amidst beautiful scenery. Continue to the small village of Pak Tha, and join a longtail boat for a trip up the Nam Tha River to visit a remote Khmu village. Visit a small village school.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Pakbeng

The river traffic increases as you pass through a densely populated region accessible only by water. Relax on deck in your comfortable cabin or in the lounge, and soak up the remote scenery. Our voyage continues to the small town of Pak Beng, where we hope to meet elephants in a nearby camp. Once back on board, continue downstream and anchor at a sand bank.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Pak Ou Caves

After a relaxing morning onboard, stop at a small riverside village for a visit and to see their local distillery. From here, you can optionally go on a short jungle trek through the forest to the famous Pak Ou Caves, with thousands of small Buddha statues inside the caverns. Alternatively, you can reach the caves comfortably by boat. This evening, enjoy a barbecue dinner in a beautiful riverside location.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Luang Prabang

Today you will reach Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a walk up Phou Si hill, which offers a spectacular view over the Mekong as well as the Khan river and the surrounding mountains. Famous Wat Xieng Thong temple with its golden tiled roofs will surely leave you in awe. In the evening, strol along the Mekong promenade or visit the colorful night market of the local Hmong minority. 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 6

Luang Prabang - Mekong

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 on board, then continue exploring more of the town. Soak up its unique atmosphere -- a mix of well-preserved French colonial architecture mingled with traditional Buddhist temples. After returning back on board for lunch, your ship will take you further downriver, where you will discover some of the most remarkable and impressive landscapes of this still-untamed river. The landscape becomes more and more spectacular: hills covered with tropical vegetation, awe-inspiring rock formations and a fascinating mix of fast and slow currents. Stop at a remote sandbank for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Kuang Si Waterfalls

An excursion by local tuk tuk will take you to the Kuang Si falls, one of the most attractive waterfalls in Laos. Back on board, your ship returns northbound, reaching Luang Prabang after lunch. This afternoon you are free to again explore the beautiful town at your own pace. Optionally (additional cost), rent an E-bike to reach the lively outskirts town. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Lao Baci Ceremony and watch some local dances on board the ship before celebrating with your local crew during a farewell dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Depart Luang Prabang

After breakfast, you will say goodbye to your Laotian crew, then transfer to either Luang Prabang Airport or a Luang Prabang city hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Upstream: Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang
2018:
Jan 27; Aug 10, 27; Oct 15; Nov 7; Dec 4
2019:
Jan 3

Downstream: Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai
2018:
Jun 5; Aug 3, 18; Oct 6, 30; Nov 24; Dec 18

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 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
  • Departure airport transfer in Luang Prabang
  • Meals as specified
  • Water in vehicles and on the ship
  • Coffee/tea/water during meal times on board ship

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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27 Aug 2018
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