Highlights of Northern Laos River Cruise

Highlights of Northern Laos River Cruise - 6 Days

Our route: Luang Prabang, Ban Kok San, Kuang Si, Pak Ou, Luang Prabang

Ship: Mekong Sun

Day 1: Embarkation in Luang Prabang

In Luang Prabang we transfer you around 1.00 pm from your hotel in town / upon your arrival at Luang Prabang airport to embark your comfortable boutique-cruise vessel for check-in at 1:30 pm. 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 on board. Meals included: dinner (D).

Day 2: Departure from Luang Prabang

In the early morning you will 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 on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

Day 3: Wild Nature along the Mighty Mekong

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 school, which is supported by guests of Mekong River Cruises. Enjoy the beautiful views and watch nature’s wonders along the shores before you head north again.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 4: Kuang Si Waterfalls

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 TukTuk-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.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 5: Pak Ou Caves

After breakfast on board 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.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 6: Disembarkation

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

Cruise Price: On Per Person basis on Twin sharing

Category Low Season (April to September) High Season (October to March)
Classic Cabin US$ 925 US$ 1400
Superior Cabin US$ 1215 US$ 1965
Deluxe Cabin US$ 1670 US$ 2435

2019 / 2020

Cruise Dates: Validity March 2020

Highlights of Northern Laos

Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang - 6 Days

Departure Arrival Routing Vessel Languages Season
3-Sep-19 8-Sep-19 Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang Mekong Sun EN Green Season
24-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang Mekong Sun EN Green Season
1-Oct-19 6-Oct-19 Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang* Mekong Sun EN High Season
22-Oct-19 27-Oct-19 Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang Mekong Sun EN High Season
12-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang* Mekong Sun EN High Season
25-Dec-19 30-Dec-19 Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang Mekong Sun EN High Season
31-Dec-19 5-Jan-20 Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang Mekong Sun EN High Season
28-Jan-20 2-Feb-20 Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang* Mekong Sun EN High Season
03-Mar-20 08-Mar-20 Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang Mekong Sun EN High Season
17-Mar-20 22-Mar-20 Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang Mekong Sun EN High Season

Price Includes:

  • 5 overnights aboard your boutique river vessel (Mekong Sun or Mekong Pearl).
  • 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.

Price Excludes:

  • 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.

Note:

Payment conditions:
  • Non-refundable deposit of 15% is due after the reservation.
  • Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
  • Sailing dates can be changed due to unforeseen circumstances.

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