Highlights of Northern Laos

Join our unique cruise on formerly inaccessible segments of South-East Asia’s most exciting river!
Relax on board your exclusive river vessel Mekong Sun and enjoy the unspoiled nature along the mighty Mekong.

from970 $per person

6-days Cruise Package through Northern Laos

Cruise through Northern Laos (6 days)

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3. Sep 2019 8. Sep 2019 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
1. Oct 2019 6. Oct 2019 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
22. Oct 2019 27. Oct 2019 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
31. Dec 2019 5. Jan 2020 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
28. Jan 2020 2. Feb 2020 Mekong Sun on request
3. Mar 2020 8. Mar 2020 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
10. Mar 2020 15. Mar 2020 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
17. Mar 2020 22. Mar 2020 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin

The Highlights of the Tour

Northern Laos Explorer


This cruise is a perfect package for those who would like to visit Luang Prabang in combination with a unique cruise experience on the Mekong: Savour the fantastic scenery of the Mekong River on your spectacular cruise starting and ending in the former royal city of Luang Prabang, now UNESCO World Heritage.

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Bernhard Steiner

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from970 $per person

6-days Cruise Package through Northern Laos

DAY 1: Embarkation in Luang Prabang (D)

In Luang Prabang we transfer you around 1.00pm from your hotel in town/upon your arrival at Luang Prabang airport to embark your comfortable boutique-cruise ship MV Mekong Sun for check-in at 1:30pm. This unique boutique vessel is a German-Laotian owned river ship with stylish cabins. Settle into your accommodating cabin and unpack for a six-day cruise. Begin this afternoon with a guided city tour with visits of the famous Wat Xieng Thong temple among others. Enjoy the spacious decks, lounge on board and attend our welcome reception this evening. A selection of Asian and European food will be provided throughout the cruise. Overnight aboard your river vessel.

DAY 2: Departure from Luang Prabang (BLD)

Luang Prabang

In the early morning you will be able to observe the traditional giving of alms in the streets of Luang Prabang. Breakfast is on board before your spectacular cruise begins with the departure from Luang Prabang southbound through beautiful scenery. The night is spent on a secluded river bank or sandbank. Overnight onboard your river vessel.

DAY 3: Wild nature along the mighty Mekong (BLD)

Further downstream 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. The power of the mighty Mekong will give your cruise the feeling of a real expedition (due to sudden drops in water level on some days, it may be necessary to make the afternoon excursion down south and upstream again – the wildest and possibly most exciting part of the Mekong – in a local Lao slow boat before returning back onboard). You will visit a local village, which is supported by guests of the Mekong River Cruises fleet. Enjoy the beautiful views and watch nature’s wonders along the shores before you head north again. Overnight onboard your river vessel.

DAY 4: Kuang Si waterfalls (BLD)

The famous Kuang Si Falls

After breakfast on board, enjoy the beautiful view and spot local fishermen onshore as you cruise upstream again. After a few hours of cruising up the river, you will stop and continue by local Tuk Tuk-Trucks to visit the famous Kuang Si-waterfalls, some of the most remarkable waterfalls in Laos. After passing Luang Prabang you will stop again at a sand- or river bank for the night. This evening we enjoy our famous Mekong River Cruises BBQ dinner in a beautiful riverside location.

DAY 5: The Pak Ou caves (BLD)

The famous Pak Ou-caves

Today you will explore the famous Pak Ou Caves, with thousands of small Buddha statues inside the caverns. After a short walk through the jungle (optional) you visit a Laotian village. In the village you can observe how the local liqueur Lao-Lao is being distilled traditionally. Before returning to your Mekong vessel, you will see elephants in action (unless they are busy with an off-site contract by the time of your visit). After re-embarkation you will enjoy a few hours of cruising the Mekong River amidst beautiful landscapes before reaching again Luang Prabang, where you enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Enjoy a walk up Phou Si-hill e.g., which offers a spectacular sunset view over the Mekong as well as the Khan River and the surrounding mountains. In the evening, you can stroll along the Mekong promenade or visit the colorful night market of the local Hmong minority before celebrating this last evening on board with a farewell dinner with a traditional Lao Baci-friendship ceremony.

DAY 6: Disembarkation (B)

After breakfast you will say goodbye to your Laotian crew. Check-out and disembark (until 10am). End of service with the transfer to the airport or your hotel within city limits .

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

from970 $per person

6-days Cruise Package through Northern Laos

Services incl. in the cruise rate:

  • 5 overnights aboard your boutique river vessel Mekong Sun
  • All meals and tour program as per above itinerary
  • Coffee, tea and water during meal times on board
  • All excursions and necessary entry fees
  • Presentations and lectures by your cruise director
  • Transfers from/to Luang Prabang airport or your hotel in town

Not incl. in the cruise rate:

  • Visa fees
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks, tips, personal expenses or not mentioned services of any kind
  • Any flights; Video or photography-fees (if requested during excursions)

NOTE: Every river cruise on the upper Mekong is a pioneering experience and is subject to constantly changing river conditions, including floodwaters and shallows. Therefore please understand that we must reserve the right to alter the itinerary of this tour due to the logistical complexities involved. Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather and river conditions. For safety reasons and according to navigating conditions, these programs may be amended without previous notice.