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Laos Adventure Boutique River Cruise

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 1,867

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:
AU$ 1,867

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Day 1

Embarkation in Luang Prabang

In Luang Prabang we transfer you around 1:00pm from your hotel in town/upon your arrival at Luang Prabang airport to embark your comfortable boutique-cruise vessel for check-in at 1:30pm. This unique boutique vessel is a German-Laotian owned river ship with stylish cabins. Settle into your accommodating cabin and unpack for a six-day cruise. Begin with a walk-up Phou Si-hill, which offers a spectacular sunset view over the Mekong as well as the Khan River and the surrounding mountains. In the evening, enjoy strolling along the Mekong promenade or visiting the colorful night market of the local Hmong minority. Enjoy the spacious decks, lounge on board and attend our welcome reception and dinner this evening. A selection of Asian and European food will be provided throughout the cruise.

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

Depart Luang Prabang

In the early morning you will able to observe the traditional giving of alms in the streets of Luang Prabang. Breakfast is on board and half day sightseeing guided city tour with visits of the famous Wat Xieng Thong temple among others. Afterwards your spectacular cruise begins with the departure from Luang Prabang southbound through beautiful scenery. The night is spent on a secluded river bank or sandbank.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Wild Nature along the Mighty Mekong

Further downstream you will discover some of the most remarkable, most impressive landscapes along the Mekong River. Enjoy your morning on board before we turn around and head back upstream to visit a traditional Hmong Hill tribe village in the afternoon. Here you will visit a local village school, which is supported by guests of Mekong River Cruises. Enjoy the beautiful views and watch nature's wonders along the shores before finding a place to moor the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Kuang Si Waterfalls

After breakfast on board, enjoy the beautiful view and spot local fishermen onshore as you cruise upstream again. After a few hours of cruising up the river, you will stop and continue by local Tuk Tuk-Trucks to visit the famous Kuang Si-waterfalls, some of the most remarkable waterfalls in Laos. After passing Luang Prabang you will stop again at a sand- or river bank for the night. This evening we enjoy our famous Mekong River Cruises BBQ dinner in a beautiful riverside location.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Pak Ou Caves

After breakfast on board you will explore the famous Pak Ou Caves, with thousands of small Buddha statues inside the caverns. After a short walk through the jungle (optional) you visit a Laotian village. In the village you can observe how the local liqueur Lao-Lao is being distilled traditionally. Before returning to your Mekong vessel, you will see elephants in action (unless they are busy with an off-site contract by the time of your visit). After re-embarkation you will enjoy a few hours of cruising the Mekong River amidst beautiful landscapes before reaching again Luang Prabang, where you enjoy the afternoon at leisure. You are celebrating this last evening on board with a farewell dinner and a traditional Lao Baci-friendship ceremony.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Disembarkation in Luang Prabang

After breakfast you will say goodbye to your Laotian crew. Check-out and disembark (until 10am). End of service with the transfer to the airport.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Dec 25, 31
2020: Jan 28; Mar 3, 17; Aug 20; Sep 16; Oct 7; Nov 5, 25; Dec 23

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transfers from/to Luang Prabang airport or central hotel
  • 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

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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16 Sep 2020
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