The Laos Mekong (Downstream)

The Laos Mekong (Downstream)

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 (Downstream)
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 CHIANG SAEN
Transfers from airports or any city hotel in Chiang Rai (2 hours) and Chiang Mai (6 hours) including a visit to the Golden Triangle and the now infamous opium museum. Embark your ship by 16.00 and cruise up river towards the Burma border for sunset.
Day 2 - DAY 2 INTO LAOS
Pass through immigration formalities at the Thai/Laos border and re-join the ship. Set sail downstream on the beautiful Upper Mekong River. After lunch, if time allows, sightseeing on foot in a Laos jungle village.
Day 3 - DAY 3 KHAMO VILLAGE
Morning walk in a Khamo village. Sail downstream on the beautiful Mekong then relax with evening cocktails on a sandbank.
Day 4 - DAY 4 PAK OU CAVES & LUANG PRABANG
Continue cruising downstream to Pak Ou, transfer to a local boat and enter the Nam Ou River to visit the extraordinary Pak Ou Buddha Caves. Admire spectacular limestone cliff faces in the Buddhist sanctuary.
Day 5 - DAY 5 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. Traditional Laos dancing on the upper deck late afternoon. Moor overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 6 - DAY 6 KHAUNG SI WATERFALL
Early morning walking tour to observe the morning alms offering by local people to the hundreds of monks who walk around the city every morning. Drive to see the deep jungle pools at the Khaung Si Waterfall, the teak forest trails and butterfly farm.
Day 7 - DAY 7 XAYABURI DAM
Pass through the Mekong water control lock at Xayaburi Hydro Electric Power Plant (itself an interesting and perhaps controversial tourist attraction). Late afternoon walking tour of a local village.
Day 8 - DAY 8 XANAKHAM
Morning visit to Ban Pha Leab with its beautiful limestone mountain. Continue to Pak Houng-Thai Lao Border for an excursion to a plantation village and meet the local people.
Day 9 - DAY 9 VIENTIANE
Pass through a dramatic landscape of jungle and mountain where the river flows fast and wild. Amazing rock formations straddle the river banks. Here we enter the cultivated plains of Vientiane province. Arrive mid-afternoon in Vientiane to moor overnight. Opportunity for independent exploration of this delightful, French influenced city.
Day 10 - DAY 10 VIENTIANE
Morning exploration of the delightful French city including visits to the golden Pha That Luang Stupa, Sisaket Temple, the President’s Hall, Watt Prakeo Temple and the Phatouxay monument. Opportunity for independent exploration and experience the many cafes and bistros in this charming little corner of L’Indochine. Farewell cocktails and dinner.
Day 11 - DAY 11 VIENTIANE
Disembark in Vientiane after breakfast and transfer to airports or hotel in Vientiane or Udon Thani in Thailand (1.5hrs, just across the river).
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
18-10-201928-10-2019USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
18-10-201928-10-2019USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
18-10-201928-10-2019USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
18-10-201928-10-2019USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
09-11-201919-11-2019USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
09-11-201919-11-2019USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
09-11-201919-11-2019USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
09-11-201919-11-2019USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
12-12-201922-12-2019USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
12-12-201922-12-2019USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
12-12-201922-12-2019USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
12-12-201922-12-2019USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
03-01-202013-01-2020USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
03-01-202013-01-2020USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
03-01-202013-01-2020USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
03-01-202013-01-2020USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
25-01-202004-02-2020USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
25-01-202004-02-2020USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
25-01-202004-02-2020USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
25-01-202004-02-2020USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
16-02-202026-02-2020USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
16-02-202026-02-2020USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
16-02-202026-02-2020USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
16-02-202026-02-2020USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
09-03-202019-03-2020USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
09-03-202019-03-2020USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
09-03-202019-03-2020USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
09-03-202019-03-2020USD $6,480Upper Deck Single Use. From
31-03-202010-04-2020USD $4,360Main Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
31-03-202010-04-2020USD $5,240Main Deck Single Use. From
31-03-202010-04-2020USD $5,400Upper Deck Twin/Double Sharing. From
31-03-202010-04-2020USD $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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