Travel along formerly inaccessible stretches of Southeast Asia's most exciting river. Discover Vientiane and the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, stroll through colourful markets, and experience firsthand the Laotian people’s traditional way of life. Relax aboard your exclusive river vessel and enjoy the unspoiled nature along the mighty upper Mekong – one of the most difficult rivers in the world to navigate, with fluctuating water levels, tight gorges, labyrinths of sandbanks and churning rapids.

  • Day 01: Vientiane – Embarkation

    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 five-day cruise. (Check-in is at noon). Shortly after embarkation, your vessel starts for your spectacular river cruise upstream into formerly inaccessible parts of the Mekong river. The night is spent on a beautiful sandbank, surrounded by nothing but pure nature. 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: All overnights aboard your boutique river cruise ship. Meals included: dinner (D). 

  • Day 02: Wild Nature Along the Mighty Mekong

    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. 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 at a remote sandbank for the night.

    Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). 

  • Day 03: Pak Lay

    Upstream you will stop at the small riverside community of Pak Lai, known for once possessing many colonial buildings. The purely natural landscape is only broken by the seldom sights of small villages and local herds of cattle. Enjoy the comfort and service onboard: exclusive, yet casual, you’ll share the boat with no more than 26 fellow guests.

    Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). 

  • Day 04 and Day 05: Tha Deua

    During and after breakfast on board, enjoy the beautiful view and possibly watch local fishermen along the shore. You will see the Mekong ferry crossing at Tha Deua, connecting Luang Prabang province with the Sayaboury province. After passing Xayaburi embankment dam, you will meet the inhabitants of a small village which is regularly visited by our guests and supported by donations.

    Overnights on board. Meals included (x2): breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). 

  • Day 06: Kuang Si to Luang Prabang

    A 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. Meals included: breakfast (B).

    Your journey adventure may be over, but we know you will enjoy the memories you have made for years to come. 

Details

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Your Boutique Vessel: Mekong Sun:

  • Operating in Laos and Thailand since 2006.
  • 2 decks with 14 cabins.
  • 10 classic cabins on the main deck (12 m²/129 sq ft), all facing out onto the water, with wide, sliding windows and a French balcony for an excellent view of the passing landscape.
  • 3 superior cabins, 2 cabins (18 m²/194 sq ft) on the upper deck with small private balcony; one cabin (16 m²/172 sq ft) on the bow of the Sun with panoramic view to the front.
  • 1 economy cabin #12 on the main deck (12 m²/129 sq ft), facing out onto the water, with wide, sliding windows and a French balcony for an excellent view of the passing landscape, close to stairway.
  • All cabins with en-suite shower/WC and air conditioning.
  • Large sun deck with bar service and restaurant/bar area.
  • All offshore excursions guided in English.

Your Boutique Vessel: Mekong Pearl:

  • Operating in Laos and Thailand since autumn 2017.
  • 2 decks with 15 cabins.
  • 6 Classic cabins on the main deck (12 m²/129 sq ft), all facing out onto the water, with wide, sliding windows and a French balcony for an excellent view of the passing landscape.
  • 1 SGL Classic cabin on the main deck.
  • 6 Superior cabins (16 m²/194 sq ft), 4 cabins on the main deck and 2 cabins  on the upper deck; with wide, sliding windows and a French balcony.
  • 2 Deluxe cabins (22 m²) on the upper deck with private balcony.
  • All cabins with en-suite shower/WC and air conditioning.
  • Large sun deck with bar service and restaurant/bar area.
  • SPA area on the main deck.
  • All offshore excursions guided in English.
  • 18 persons staff care about 29 travellers maximum.

Route details:

Vientiane - Pak Lay – Tha Deua – Kuang Si – Luang Prabang 

Travel dates (Vientiane – Luang Prabang) for 6 days: 

  • 17 June, 2018 - 22 June, 2018 with Mekong Sun
  • 16 September, 2018 - 21 September, 2018* with Mekong Sun 
  • 02 February, 2019 - 07 February, 2019 with Mekong Sun 
  • 20 March, 2019 - 25 March, 2019 with Mekong Pearl
  • 23 June, 2019 - 28 June, 2019* Mekong Pearl
  • 24 August, 2019 - 29 August, 2019 with Mekong Pearl
  • 15 September, 2019 - 20 September, 2019* with Mekong Sun
  • 04 November, 2019 - 09 November, 2019 with Mekong Sun
  • 06 December, 2019 - 11 December, 2019* with Mekong Sun
  • 17 December, 2019 - 22 December, 2019 with Mekong Sun
  • 24 December, 2019 - 29 December, 2019* with Mekong Pearl
  • 16 February, 2019 - 21 February, 2020* with Mekong Sun
  • 08 March, 2020 - 13 March, 2020* with Mekong Pearl

*Upon request. Currently chartered. 

Journey Highlights:

  • The wild upper Mekong aboard a boutique river vessel – one of the most spectacular river cruises in the world.
  • The UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, a superb fusion of numerous temples, monasteries, and French colonial architecture. One of Asia’s most beautiful historical towns.
  • First-hand experience of the Thai and Lao peoples’ traditional lifestyles.
  • The waterfalls at Kuang Si, inviting you to swim in their lovely natural pools.
  • Unforgettable impressions of the mighty Mekong River, the “mother of waters”.
  • Professional onboard infotainment, including lectures and documentaries on the region.

Inclusions:

  • 5 overnights 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 (B= Breakfast, =Lunch, and D=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).

Not included: 

  • Flights
  • Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary
  • Visas for Laos*
  • Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks other than mentioned
  • Personal Insurance

Travel and documents and vaccinations:

  • Passport and visa* required
  • No vaccinations are prescribed 
    *Depending on your nationality, you will need visas for the following countries (passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure date from Southeast Asia). 

Payment Conditions:

  • Deposit payment of 15% of the travel price has to be paid directly upon receipt of the travel confirmation/invoice.
  • Rest payment has to be made until 60 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Conditions:

  • Up to 92 days prior to the start of the cruise: 15 % of the total rate.
  • Up to 42 days prior to the start of the cruise: 45 % of the total rate.
  • Up to 11 days prior to the start of the cruise: 80 % of the total rate.
  • Less than 11 days prior to the start of the cruise: 90 % of the total rate.

Remarks:

  • Every river cruise on the upper Mekong is a pioneering experience and is subject to constantly changing river conditions, including floodwaters, low water levels, and morning fog. Therefore, please understand that we must reserve the right to alter the itinerary of this tour because of the logistical complexities involved. Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather and river conditions. For safety reasons arising from the existing navigating conditions, these programs may be amended without previous notice.
  • Minimum number to operate a cruise is 10 passengers. 
  • Maximum number to operate a cruise is 28 passengers. 

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