About us

Mekong River Cruises

Mekong River Cruises, a Lao-German joint venture, launched the first long-distance river cruise of all time on the upper Mekong in 2005. On the mother of all waters, the ships sail on different routes between Chiang Saen in Thailand in the heart of the Golden Triangle, the royal city of Luang Prabang, and the Laotian capital Vientiane.

Mekong River Cruises does not only provide great service; you also enjoy professional onboard infotainment, including lectures and documentaries on the region.

Every river cruise on the upper Mekong is a new expedition and pioneering experience. There are hardly any fixed mooring locations along the route; your captain decides where and when to moor each day according to the river conditions. Changes in the itinerary are common and can be expected; they are part of the pioneering character of the cruises. Experience the real Mekong with our boutique ships while relaxing on the sun deck or in your cabin and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere on board.

Your Advantages Cruising on our unique boutique river vessels on the Mekong in Laos and Thailand

Lernidee Trains & Cruises

The tour operator Lernidee Trains & Cruises in Berlin has the same ownership as Mekong River Cruises in Laos, and thus international sales and marketing are coordinated from our head office in Germany.

Lernidee Trains & Cruises organizes extraordinary trips to fascinating locations: Our more than 100 train journeys, ship cruises, and discovery tours are aimed at people who love to discover new places or experience classic destinations from wholly new perspectives. Lernidee’s success story started in 1986 when the company’s founder Hans Engberding organized a Russian language course on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The course soon became a hit and earned Lernidee its prestigious reputation. Lernidee’s philosophy is based on combining travel and getting to know new places with fascinating experiences and cultural and historical insights. We provide:

We draw on the creativity, experience, and know-how of the 50 staff members of our team to develop unique tours we are implementing in cooperation with reliable partners. Lernidee founder and owner Hans Engberding is traveling around the world in a constant quest for inspiring and fresh ideas for new tours. Each year, he joins several of our tours, inspecting their quality and getting to know the likes and dislikes of our guests.

Why travel with us?

Most of our clever journeys are characterized by a set of special features you will find uniquely with us: