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Enjoy a three country expedition as you will traverse Laos to touch Thailand and Burma at the once notorious Golden Triangle. From Vientiane, the old French capital, and so redolent of L’Indochine Pandaw it will be the first river expedition since pre war days to cross all Laos. You stop two nights at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang with its dazzling wood carved monasteries and then on deep into the mountains, through rapids and gorges on a high powered colonial cruise vessel. Visit tribal villages and explore into jungle and countryside. As the first year of operation, please anticipate many a change - but a great adventure!
The cruise may be fantastic on its own or as an add-on for your holiday. This tour starts in Vientiane and ends in Chiang Mai or vice versa, however transfers from other locations can be arranged as required. Discuss options with our Asia Travel Experts.
Transfer from airports or hotel in Vientiane or from Udon Thani (1.5hrs) in Thailand just across the river. Embarkation 11.30am, followed by lunch and afternoon explorations of the delightful French city including visits to Sisaket Temple, the President’s Hall, Wat Prakeo Temple and the Phatouxay monument. Set sail late afternoon, enjoy a welcome dinner on board and overnight near Vientiane.
Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, situated on the Mekong near the border with Thailand. Vientiane became the capital in 1563 due to fears of a Burmese invasion.
Itinerary Option: If you wish to spend some more time in Vientiane before embarking on the cruise, discuss additional nights in Vientiane with our Asia experts.
Today we cruise upstream on the Mekong, passing lush jungle scenery and tiny riverside villages. Morning presentation on the Lao language. Afternoon cooking demonstration on the upper deck. Arrive in Ban Xanakham where we moor overnight.
Afternoon visit to the French administrative town of Pak Lai with many colonial buildings and a bustling local market. This town boasts the largest elephant festival in South East Asia, usually in February.
Morning visit and walking tour to Khamo tribal village, a typical village, set on the banks of the Mekong amidst lush jungle. In the afternoon pass through the Xanyaburi Hydro Electric Power Plant.
In the morning visit a Hmong village and continue upstream to the village of Ban Mouang Khai. Afternoon sightseeing by minibus visiting the jungle pools and dramatic Khaung Si waterfall then on to a butterfly garden. Arrive in the heart of the temple city of Luang Prabang where there is a buzzing night market and many great cafes and some good local restaurants.
In the morning explore by tuktuk this well-preserved and unique world heritage site with its many Buddhist temples, libraries and royal palace. Visit the National Museum and have the afternoon free to explore the beauty and unique atmosphere of Luang Prabang on your own. Enjoy traditional Laos dancing on the upper deck late afternoon. Moor overnight in Luang Prabang.
Early morning walking tour to see the alms offering by the local people to hundreds of monks who walk around the city every morning. Passengers are invited to join in with offerings we provide for the alms giving. Morning sightseeing by local boat exploring the unique Pak Ou Caves and Elephant camp, a Buddhist sanctuary with spectacular limestone cliff faces. Evening cocktails on a sandbank. Sail upstream on the beautiful Mekong towards Ban Bo.
Morning visit to a local Khamo village. Sail upstream on the Mekong passing Pak Beng towards Pak Sit.
Early morning walking tour in a Khamo village then cruise through stunning scenery to the border of Laos and Thailand. The night is spent on the Lao side in the Huay xay area where we take a late afternoon village walk.
Scenic cruising to the border between Laos and Thailand at Huay Say. Here we cross into Thailand where our waiting transport takes you to re-join the ship at the bustling and pretty Thai port town of Chiang Khong. Enjoy farewell cocktails and dinner on board the Laos Pandaw tonight.
Disembark by 8.30am in Chiang Sean and explore the Golden Triangle including a visit to the opium museum. Continue to airports or city hotels in Chiang Rai (3 hours) and Chiang Mai (6 hours).
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The beautifully crafted cruise ships have been hand finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen. Whilst luxury and comfort are discreetly present, it is the colonial character and friendly atmosphere that prevail. Each ship has an ultra shallow draft allowing for travel to remote areas, which would be unreachable by other vessels, let alone overland.
All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.
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All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!
10 nights aboard your Cruise Ship. All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us.
The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only and subject to reconnaissance. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.
Availability of accommodation and season.
"Thank you for arranging our Mekong Cruise, it was smooth sailing and the people and food were very nice. You went above and beyond to assist with changes. Laos was a beautiful place too." — Catherine, Adelaide, March 2019
"We had a great time, especially the boat trip on the Mekong. Guides were wonderful in Laos and Thailand." — Mr and Mrs Sweet, Perth, December 2018
"The recent holiday with Thai Hill tribes and Laos Mekong cruise was very good. City accommodation was excellent, and accommodation in mountain lodges was basic. It all went well and various guides and drivers were up to the usual high standard. The Mekong river cruise was very special as there were only 10 other people on the boat, and they were all very nice people. The Captain did say he had never seen a group of strangers get on so well together. We did drink the Bar dry a couple of times !! We found Laos to be a fascinating country with delightful people. " — Mr and Mrs Clark, Bribie Island, September 2018
"Our Laos cruise trip was really fabulous. We really enjoyed the excellent cabins, food, excursions and the very friendly staff make Pandaw very enjoyable. Thank you for all your help. We have just this morning paid our deposit on Arctic, through your sister company Chimu. Very excited about this!" — Mr and Mrs Pepperdine, Geelong, March 2018
"We enjoyed the Laos cruise and great to interact with the locals. Vientiane was wonderful and people very friendly." — Wright and Kershaw Family, Sydney, December 2017