Impressions of the Mekong

Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Mekong River on this unique cruise from the UNESCO World Heritage Town Luang Prabang to the Laotian capital, Vientiane. Travel along formerly inaccessible stretches of Southeast Asia’s most exciting river.

From1,140 $per person

6-Day Mekong River Cruise Through Northern Laos Between Vientiane and Luang Prabang


Departure Dates

Vientiane to Luang Prabang (Upstream)

Start End Ship Availability
6. Dec 2019 11. Dec 2019 Mekong Sun sold out
24. Dec 2019 29. Dec 2019 Mekong Pearl check rate & cabin
19. Jan 2020 24. Jan 2020 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
16. Feb 2020 21. Feb 2020 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
8. Mar 2020 13. Mar 2020 Mekong Pearl check rate & cabin
30. Sep 2020 5. Oct 2020 Mekong Sun on request
18. Nov 2020 23. Nov 2020 Mekong Sun on request
6. Jan 2021 11. Jan 2021 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
24. Feb 2021 1. Mar 2021 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
10. Mar 2021 15. Mar 2021 Mekong Pearl on request
17. Mar 2021 22. Mar 2021 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin

Luang Prabang to Vientiane (Downstream)

Start End Ship Availability
1. Dec 2019 6. Dec 2019 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
14. Jan 2020 19. Jan 2020 Mekong Sun on request
11. Feb 2020 16. Feb 2020 Mekong Sun on request
23. Sep 2020 28. Sep 2020 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
11. Nov 2020 16. Nov 2020 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
17. Feb 2021 22. Feb 2021 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin
10. Mar 2021 15. Mar 2021 Mekong Sun check rate & cabin

Our Route

Impressions of the Mekong Map

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Discover Vientiane and the former royal capital of Luang Prabang; stroll through colorful markets, and experience firsthand the Laotian people’s traditional way of life. Relax aboard your exclusive boutique ship, and enjoy unspoiled nature along the mighty upper Mekong—one of the most difficult rivers in the world to navigate, with fluctuating water levels, tight gorges, labyrinths of sandbanks and churning rapids.

Contact Us

Bernhard Steiner

Custom Travel Network, USA

+1 949 888 6668
bernhard@customtravelnetwork.com
From1,140 $per person

6-Day Mekong River Cruise Through Northern Laos Between Vientiane and Luang Prabang


Vientiane to Luang Prabang (Upstream)

Luang Prabang to Vientiane (Downstream)

DAY 1: Vientiane—Boarding (D)

Pha That Luang in Vientiane

At 2 pm you check in and board the Mekong Sun or Mekong Pearl, our comfortable Laotian cruise ships. These unique vessels are the first German–Laotian owned cruise ships with cabins that navigate the upper Mekong. You settle into your comfortable cabin, and unpack for a six-day cruise.

Later you participate in a guided city tour including all highlights of the Laotian capital: including the Pha That Luang stupa and the Patuxai, also known as the Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane. That evening, you enjoy the ship’s spacious decks and comfortable lounge before attending your welcome reception and dinner. A selection of Asian and European food is provided throughout the cruise. Overnight on board.

DAY 2: Wild Nature Along the Mighty Mekong (BLD)

Mekong River

Today your Mekong River cruise experience starts. During the day you continuously cruise upriver, where you discover some of the most remarkable, impressive landscapes. In the afternoon, you enjoy the beautiful views and watch nature’s wonders along the riverbanks before stopping at a peaceful spot to moor for the night. Overnight on board.

DAY 3: Powerful Rapids and the Town of Salakham (BLD)

Further north you discover more gorgeous scenery of the wild Mekong. The landscape becomes more and more spectacular: hills covered with tropical vegetation, awe-inspiring rock formations, and a diverse array of rapid currents and slow rivulets. During the day, you visit the dreamy town of Salakham. The power of the mighty Mekong gives your cruise the feeling of a real expedition. You enjoy beautiful views and watch nature’s wonders then head north, where you stop again for the night. Overnight on board.

DAY 4: The Farming Village of Ban Don Saingam (BLD)

Upstream you stop at the small farming village of Ban Don Saingam, where you can participate in a 30-minute trek to explore a hidden cave visited exclusively by our guests. The purely natural landscape is only broken by the seldom sights of small villages and local herds of cattle. In the evening, you enjoy our famous Mekong River Cruises barbecue dinner in a beautiful riverside location. Overnight on board.

DAY 5: Xayabouri Dam (BLD)

During breakfast on board you enjoy the beautiful view, and possibly watch local fishermen along the shore. Don’t miss the Xayabouri Dam, the biggest hydroelectric power plant in Laos. In the afternoon, you meet the inhabitants of a small hill tribe village which is regularly visited by our guests and supported by donations. That evening, you celebrate your last night on board with a farewell dinner. Overnight on board.

DAY 6: Kuang Si Falls and Luang Prabang (BL)

The Kuang Si Falls in Laos

In the morning, a guided shore excursion takes you to the Kuang Si Falls, some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Laos. That afternoon, you reach Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Luang Prabang you say goodbye to your Lao crew. Later you check out and disembark from your Mekong River cruise ship, your comfortable home on an unforgettable journey.

DAY 1: Luang Prabang—Boarding (D)

Luang Prabang

In the afternoon, you board your comfortable Laotian cruise ship. These unique vessels are the first German-Laotian owned river ships with cabins on the upper Mekong. You settle into your comfortable cabin and unpack for a five-day cruise. Today your cruise ship remains in Luang Prabang, giving you the opportunity to explore this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. That evening, you can explore the nightly market where locals sell their handicrafts. Later you enjoy the spacious decks and lounge of your river ship, and attend your welcome reception and dinner. A selection of Asian and European food is provided throughout the cruise. Overnight on board.

DAY 2: Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Falls and Xayabouri Dam (BLD)

The famous Kuang Si Falls

In the early morning, you can view the traditional giving of alms in the streets of Luang Prabang. Back on board during breakfast, your ship starts out for your spectacular river cruise downstream into formerly inaccessible parts of the Mekong River. Later a guided shore excursion takes you to the Kuang Si Falls, some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Laos. In the afternoon, don’t miss the Xayabouri Dam, the biggest hydroelectric power plant in Laos. Today your cruise ship moors overnight at a peaceful sandbank. Overnight on board.

DAY 3: The Farming Village of Ban Don Saingam (BLD)

Today you visit an almost forgotten cave, and experience nature on some easy hiking trails. You take in the beautiful views, and possibly watch local fishermen along the shore. Later you can enjoy a presentation about the history and culture of Laos or simply relax on deck. The comfort and service on board provides an exclusive, yet casual atmosphere. That evening, you enjoy our famous Mekong River Cruises barbecue dinner in a beautiful riverside location. Overnight on board.

DAY 4: Powerful Rapids and the Town of Salakham (BLD)

Further downstream you discover some of the most remarkable, most impressive landscapes of the wild Mekong. The landscape becomes more and more spectacular: hills covered with tropical vegetation, awe-inspiring rock formations, and a diverse array of rapid currents and slow rivulets. During the day, you visit the dreamy town Salakham. The power of the mighty Mekong gives your cruise the feeling of a real expedition. You enjoy beautiful views and watch nature’s wonders along the riverbanks before you head further downriver and stop for the night. Overnight on board.

DAY 5: Wild Nature Along the Mighty Mekong (B)

During the day, you continuously cruise down-river, where you discover remarkable, impressive landscapes. In the afternoon, you enjoy more amazing landscapes and sights from the comfort of your boutique ship before stopping at a peaceful spot for the night. Overnight on board.

DAY 6: Vientiane (B)

Vientiane - The Arc de Triomphe

Today you head towards Vientiane, the capital of Laos. In Vientiane, you say goodbye to your Lao crew. Later you check out and disembark from your Mekong River cruise ship, ending your unforgettable journey through this wondrous region.

From1,140 $per person

6-Day Mekong River Cruise Through Northern Laos Between Vientiane and Luang Prabang


Tour Prices Include

  • 5 nights in selected cabin type aboard your boutique river cruise vessel
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing according to itinerary
  • Excursions according to itinerary
  • Tours and transfers according to itinerary
  • Drinking water in vehicles and on the ship
  • Meals according to itinerary (B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, and D=Dinner)
  • Complimentary coffee, tea and water on board your boutique river cruise vessel
  • Presentations and lectures on board by the cruise director
  • Transfers between airports and hotels within city limits (only guaranteed if information was correctly provided four weeks prior to departure at the latest)

Not Included

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

This journey is generally not for guests with limited mobility or who depend on CPAP machines. Please contact us for more information about your specific requirements before booking.