Laos Revealed

Cruises between Chiang Rai and Luang Prabang

Travel along formerly inaccessible stretches of Southeast Asia’s most exciting river

from1,710 $per person

8-day cruise between the Golden Triangle and Luang Pabang


Chiang Rai – Luang Prabang (downstream)

Start End Ship Availability
28. Jan 2018 4. Feb 2018 Mekong Pearl check rate & cabin
10. Aug 2018 17. Aug 2018 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
27. Aug 2018 3. Sep 2018 Mekong Sun on request
7. Oct 2018 14. Oct 2018 Mekong Pearl check rate & cabin
15. Oct 2018 22. Oct 2018 Mekong Sun on request
7. Nov 2018 14. Nov 2018 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
4. Dec 2018 11. Dec 2018 Mekong Sun on request
3. Jan 2019 10. Jan 2019 Mekong Sun on request

Luang Prabang – Chiang Rai (upstream)

Start End Ship Availability
10. Oct 2017 17. Oct 2017 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
19. Jan 2018 26. Jan 2018 Mekong Pearl check rate & cabin
4. Jun 2018 11. Jun 2018 Mekong Pearl check rate & cabin
3. Aug 2018 10. Aug 2018 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
18. Aug 2018 25. Aug 2018 Mekong Sun on request
6. Oct 2018 13. Oct 2018 Mekong Sun on request
30. Oct 2018 6. Nov 2018 Mekong Sun on request
24. Nov 2018 1. Dec 2018 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
18. Dec 2018 25. Dec 2018 Mekong Sun on request
17. Feb 2019 24. Feb 2019 Mekong Pearl on request

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Laos Revealed

GOLDEN TRIANGLEHUAY XAYPAK THAPAKBENGPAK OU– LUANG PRABANGKUANG SI – LUANG PRABANG

Savour the magnificent scenery of the Mekong River on this unique cruise from Luang Prabang, in the heart of Laos to the Golden Triangle in Thailand. Travel along formerly inaccessible stretches of Southeast Asia’s most exciting river. Discover 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. The upper Mekong is one of the most difficult rivers in the world to navigate, with fluctuating water levels. Your comfortable cruise vessel masters tight gorges, negotiates labyrinths of sandbanks, and clears churning rapids. Along this part of the Mekong, tranquil stretches of the river combine with striking shore scenery of lush green mountains, impressive rock formations, and secluded villages. The upper Mekong is considered one of the world’s most spectacular rivers navigable by a cruise vessel.

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Mareike Valle

Mareike Valle

Key Account Manager America, Australia, Europe

+49 30 786 000 17
m.valle@cruisemekong.com
From1,710 $per person

8-day cruise between the Golden Triangle and Luang Pabang


Itinerary downstream

Chiang Rai – Luang Prabang

Itinerary upstream

Luang Prabang – Chiang Rai

DAY 1: Chiang Rai – The Golden Triangle – Embarkation (LD)

The Golden Triangle area at Chiang Saen

Meet and greet at 11:30am in Chiang Rai city. Transfer by Bus to the Golden Triangle area at Chiang Saen. You will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant overlooking the Mekong before visiting the Golden Buddha of Sop Ruak and the modern Hall of Opium. This fascinating museum, sponsored by the royal family of Thailand, gives a deep background on the history and politics of the opium trade and the health effects of opium abuse using multimedia exhibitions. In the evening embark on the RV Mekong Sun, a comfortable German-Laotian Boutique Cruise ship. Settle into your comfortable cabin and unpack for a seven night cruise. Tonight you can enjoy the spacious decks, lounge on board and attend your evening welcome reception.
Overnight aboard your Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

DAY 2: Welcome to Laos (BLD)

This morning your cruise will take you from the Golden Triangle region between Burma, Laos and Thailand into the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos (Most nationalities can obtain visa on arrival here against USD in cash plus passport sized picture, pls. inquire with your local embassy about visa regulations). From the town of Huay Xay on the Laotian – Thai border your voyage leads into northern Laos amidst beautiful scenery. Continue to the small village of Pak Tha, where we join a longtail boat for a trip up the Nam Tha River to visit a remote Khmu village. You will visit a small village school sponsored by guests of Mekong River Cruises.
Overnight aboard the Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

DAY 3: Pakbeng (BLD)

Relax on deck

The river traffic increases as you pass through a densely populated region accessible only by water. Relax on deck, in your comfortable cabin or in the lounge and soak up the remote scenery. Our voyage continues to the small town of Pak Beng, where we hope to meet elephants in a nearby camp. Once back on your Mekong cruise you will continue downstream and anchor at a sand bank.
Overnight aboard the Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

DAY 4: The Pak Ou caves (BLD)

The famous Pak Ou-caves

After a relaxing morning onboard we stop at a small riverside village for a visit and to see their local distillery. From here, you can optionally go on a short jungle trek through the forest to the famous Pak Ou Caves, with thousands of small Buddha statues inside the caverns. Alternatively you can reach the caves comfortably by boat as well. This evening we enjoy our famous Mekong River Cruises BBQ dinner in a beautiful riverside location.
Overnight aboard the Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

DAY 5: The UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang (BL)

Today you reach Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a walk up Phou Si-hill, which offers a spectacular view over the Mekong as well as the Khan river and the surrounding mountains. Among other highlights during this full day excursion through Luang Prabang, the famous Wat Xieng Thong temple with its Golden tiled roofs will surely leave you in awe. In the evening, enjoy strolling along the Mekong promenade or visiting the colorful night market of the local Hmong minority. As Luang Prabang offers many opportunities for fine dining, tonight you are free to choose from the numerous offerings in town or along the Mekong River.
Overnight aboard the Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

DAY 6: The mighty Mekong (BLD)

BBQ dinner in a beautiful riverside location

In the early morning you will able to visit the traditional giving of alms in the streets of Luang Prabang. Breakfast is on board. Today you will experience more of the town during a morning visit and enjoy the unique atmosphere provided by the abundance of well-preserved French colonial architecture mingling with traditional Buddhist temples. After returning back on board for lunch your cruise will take you further downriver, where 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 on the river. 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 shores before you stop at a remote sandbank for the night.
Overnight aboard the Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

DAY 7: Kuang Si Waterfalls (BLD)

The famous Kuang Si Falls

An excursion by local Tuk Tuks will take you to the Kuang Si-falls, one of the most attractive waterfalls in Laos. Back aboard your cruise returns northbound reaching Luang Prabang after lunch. This afternoon you are free to explore the beautiful town on your own pace, rent an E-bike to reach some of the lively outskirts of the town (optionally against premium) or spend some time shopping for souvenirs or presents for your loved ones at home. In the evening enjoy a traditional Lao Baci Ceremony and watch some local dances on board before celebrating with your local crew your farewell dinner.
Overnight aboard the Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

DAY 8: Disembark Luang Prabang (B)

Disembarkation

After breakfast you will say goodbye to your Laotian crew. Check-out and disembark.
End of services with your transfer to the airport or your hotel in Luang Prabang (within city limits)

Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L), dinner (D).

DAY 1: Luang Prabang - embarkation (D)

Upon your arrival at Luang Prabang airport you will be picked up and transferred to town. In the afternoon, you will embark on the Mekong Sun, a comfortable new Laotian cruise ship (Check in is after 4 PM). Settle into your accommodating cabin and unpack for an eightday 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 colourful 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.
Overnight aboard your Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

DAY 2: UNESCO World heritage town of Luang Prabang (BL)

Breakfast on board. Today the ship stays in Luang Prabang, while we take you on a full day of sightseeing to get to know the beauties of this UNESCO World Heritage town. Apart from numerous temples, the atmosphere is enriched by neighbouring French colonial architecture. As Luang Prabang offers many opportunities for fine dining, tonight you are free to choose from the numerous offerings in town or along the Mekong River.
Overnight aboard your Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

DAY 3: Departure from Luang Prabang (BLD)

The famous Pak Ou-caves

Breakfast is on board. Today your spectacular cruise begins with the departure from Luang Prabang from where you will cruise north and visit a Laotian village and observe the traditional production of Lao-Lao, the local liqueur. After a short walk through the jungle you will explore the famous Pak Ou Caves, with thousands of small Buddha statues inside the caverns. The night is spent on a secluded river bank or sandbank.
Overnight aboard your Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

DAY 4: Pakbeng (BLD)

The river traffic thins out as you proceed upstream, and you can enjoy the fantastic landscapes along the river. The scenery along the river is incredible… With a little luck you will be able to see working elephants in action today (unless they are busy with an off-site contract by the time of your visit). Later, that day you will have a short stop in the market town of Pakbeng.
Overnight aboard your Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

DAY 5: Pak Tha (BLD)

Today is a day to take it all in – relax on deck, in your comfortable cabin or in the lounge and soak up the untouched scenery. The diversity of the landscape is astonishing, now shifting to tropical hills in the background. Enjoy the tranquility of northern Laos, a real retreat from the hustle-and-bustle of daily life. As you cruise along the green hills, you will start heading upstream towards Pak Tha.
Overnight aboard your Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

DAY 6: Pak Tha – Huay Xay (BLD)

As you cruise along the green hills, you will start heading upstream towards Pak Tha. At Pak Tha, a small village, you will take off on a long-tail boat excursion on the Namtha River to visit a Khmu village. You will also visit a small village school sponsored by guests of the Mekong Sun. 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 30 fellow guests. Today you proceed to the Thai-Laotian border at Chiang Khong (Thailand) and Ban Huay Xay (Laos). You will then spend a last relaxing dinner and evening in Laos.
Overnight aboard your Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

DAY 7: The Golden Triangle (BLD)

The Golden Triangle area at Chiang Saen

Today is spent on an excursion to the Golden Triangle area at Chiang Saen, where you will visit the Golden Buddha of Sop Ruak and the new Hall of Opium. This fascinating museum, sponsored by the royal family of Thailand, gives a deep background on the history and politics of the opium trade and the health effects of opium abuse. This last evening on board will be celebrated with a farewell dinner.
Overnight aboard your Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

DAY 8: Farewell (B)

After breakfast you will say goodbye to your Laotian crew. Check-out and disembark. Depending on season and water level the check-out will either be at Chiang Saen or Chiang Khong.

Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L), dinner (D).

From1,710 $per person

8-day cruise between the Golden Triangle and Luang Pabang


Classic Highlights

  • The once infamous Golden Triangle region, where Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet, including visit to the Hall of Opium Museum
  • The UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, a superb fusion of a multitude of temples, monasteries, and architectural gems from the French colonial age–one of Asia’s most beautiful historical towns

Our Unique Highlights

  • First-hand experience of the Thai and Lao peoples’ traditional lifestyles
  • The waterfalls at Kuang Si with opportunity to swim in their lovely natural pools
  • The Pak Ou Caves on the Mekong– lined with thousands of Buddha statues
  • Traditional Baci ceremony on board

Life on Board

  • Experience the wild Upper Mekong aboard a boutique river vessel–one of the most spectacular river cruises in the world
  • Relaxing on the sun deck with bar service–enjoy a cocktail or the tasty BeerLao
  • Laid-back atmosphere on board– casual clothing welcome
  • A maximum of 28 guests on board
  • Professional onboard infotainment, including lectures and documentaries on the region
  • Meals are freshly prepared in the well-equipped galley and ingredients bought from local merchants during the tour (vegetarian specialties available on request)
  • Self-service: pluck fresh bananas right from the stalk or have a piece of papaya, dragon fruit or mangosteen
  • Traditional Asian massage treatments available on board

Services

Services included

  • 7 overnights in selected cabin type aboard your boutique river cruise ship Mekong Sun
  • 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 ship
  • Presentations and lectures onboard by the cruise director
  • Transfers from/to Chiang Rai and Luang Prabang airports or hotels within city limits (only if information was correctly provided 4 weeks prior to embarkation, at the latest)

Services not included

  • Flights
  • Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary
  • Visas for Thailand and 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