The Laos Mekong (Upstream)

The Laos Mekong (Upstream)

From USD $4,360

Description

Enjoy a three country expedition as we 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 will be the first river expedition since pre war days to cross all Laos. We 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 our high powered little Pandaw. Visit tribal villages and explore into jungle and countryside.

Trip Name
The Laos Mekong (Upstream)
Days
11
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury River Cruising Length: 44.5 m Passenger Capacity: 28 passengers Built: 2016 Champa Pandaw is a K-class ship. The K-class dated back to the 1880s and were comprised of stern wheelers designed to reduce draft, their boilers placed in the bow to improve trim. Smaller than the great line steamers of the age, the K-class ships were used on the Chindwin and upper reaches of the Irrawaddy. Where possible we have reused the old IFC names and many of these original K-class ships had fascinating histories, through times of war and peace. ACCOMMODATION 12 main deck & 2 upper deck staterooms - Staterooms are 14 square meter (150 sqf), finished in teak and brass - Panoramic french sliding doors - Convertible bed configuration - 24hr laundry service WINING & DINING Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team - Personalized meal services - Daily lean & light menu options - Complimentary coffee, water, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, juices - Extensive wine list with premium wines - Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and ship tour - Welcome drink on arrival - Welcome cocktail - Farewell reception - Theme dinners - Open air lounge and bar - Bistro style al fresco dining - 24hrs hospitality bar - Onboard bakery with daily freshly baked breads and rolls ON EXCURSIONS Admissions - Shoe cleaning after excursions - Bottled drinking water - Cold towel service after excursions - Refreshing drink following excursions SAFETY & SECURITY All onboard crew is trained and certified as per international marine standards - Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas - Firefighting system in all ship areas - Expert marine superintendant - 24 hrs watch on duty

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 VIENTIANE
Embarkation 11.30, followed by lunch and afternoon exploration of the delightful French city including visits to the golden Pha That Luang Stupa, 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.
Day 2 - DAY 2 CRUISING THE MEKONG
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 to moor overnight.
Day 3 - DAY 3 PAK LAI
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.
Day 4 - DAY 4 BAN PARK BOR VILLAGE
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.
Day 5 - DAY 5 BAN MOUANG KHAI VILLAGE AND LUANG PRABANG
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.
Day 6 - DAY 6 LUANG PRABANG
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.
Day 7 - DAY 7 PAK OU CAVES
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
Day 8 - DAY 8 PAK BENG
Morning visit to a local Khamo village. Sail upstream on the Mekong passing Pak Beng towards Pak Sit.
Day 9 - DAY 9 BAN HOUAYXAY
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.
Day 10 - DAY 10 CHIANG SAEN
Cruise upriver to the Town of Chiang Sean for border crossing at the Golden Triangle. Farewell cocktails and Thai traditional dance on board for your last evening.
Day 11 - DAY 11 CHIANG SAEN
Disembark by 8.30 in Chiang Sean and group transfer to hotel/airport. En route, explore the Golden Triangle including a visit to the opium museum. Continue to airports or city hotels in Chiang Rai (2 hours) and Chiang Mai (6 hours).
Day 12 - PLEASE NOTE:
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.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
24-08-201903-09-2019USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
24-08-201903-09-2019USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
24-08-201903-09-2019USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
24-08-201903-09-2019USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
15-09-201925-09-2019USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
15-09-201925-09-2019USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
15-09-201925-09-2019USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
15-09-201925-09-2019USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
07-10-201917-10-2019USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
07-10-201917-10-2019USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
07-10-201917-10-2019USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
07-10-201917-10-2019USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
29-10-201908-11-2019USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
29-10-201908-11-2019USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
29-10-201908-11-2019USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
29-10-201908-11-2019USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
20-11-201930-11-2019USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
20-11-201930-11-2019USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
20-11-201930-11-2019USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
20-11-201930-11-2019USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
23-12-201902-01-2020USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
23-12-201902-01-2020USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
23-12-201902-01-2020USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
23-12-201902-01-2020USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
14-01-202024-01-2020USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
14-01-202024-01-2020USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
14-01-202024-01-2020USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
14-01-202024-01-2020USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
05-02-202015-02-2020USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
05-02-202015-02-2020USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
05-02-202015-02-2020USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
05-02-202015-02-2020USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
27-02-202008-03-2020USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
27-02-202008-03-2020USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
27-02-202008-03-2020USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
27-02-202008-03-2020USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
20-03-202030-03-2020USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
20-03-202030-03-2020USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
20-03-202030-03-2020USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
20-03-202030-03-2020USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
11-04-202021-04-2020USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
11-04-202021-04-2020USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
11-04-202021-04-2020USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
11-04-202021-04-2020USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From

Inclusions

    • Discover Vientiane
    • the capital and largest city of Laos, situated on the Mekong near the border with Thailand.
    • Visit Pak Ou Caves that are noted for their miniature Buddha sculptures. Hundreds of very small and mostly damaged wooden Buddhist figures are laid out over the wall shelves. They take many different positions, including meditation, teaching, peace, rain, and reclining (nirvana).
    • Explore Luang Prabang which is known for its many Buddhist temples, including the gilded Wat Xieng Thong, dating to the 16th century, and Wat Mai, once the residence of the head of Laotian Buddhism.

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