Destinations: Luang Prabang–Pak Ou–Tha Deua–Kuang Si–Luang Prabang
Experience, enjoy and relax on this boutique Mekong Sun Cruise with delicious food, drinks and tastefully spacious cabins. Discover some of the most remarkable, most impressive landscapes of this still-untamed river around Luang Prabang. Enjoy peaceful and serene view, where the Mekong river shows a pathway full of splendid landscapes and a succession of mountains covered by lush vegetation.
Day 1: Luang Prabang
Day 2: Luang Prabang Departure
Day 3: Pak Ou Caves
Day 4: Wild Nature Along The Mighty Mekong
Day 5: Kuang Si- Luang Prabang
Day 6: Final Port
Welcome to Luang Prabang! Your journey will begin in the late afternoon where you will board your Mekong Explorer cruise ship. Settle into your cabin and get ready for a breathtaking 6 day adventure through the pristine jungles and mysterious rivers of Laos. Today we will stay in Luang Prabang for a bit of exploring. Take a leisurely walk up Phou Si hill where you can enjoy a spectacular sunset view over the mountains surrounding the Mekong and Khan rivers.This evening, enjoy a stroll along the Mekong promenade or take a visit to the colourful night market of the local Hmong minority group. With a magnificent fusion of traditional architecture, colonial european buildings and Lao urban structures surrounded by lush greenery, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is sure to impress. 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.
Today, you will begin the day by observing the traditional alms giving ceremony in the streets of Luang Prabang. Our first stop will be a visit to the Wat Xieng Thong temple, also known as the temple of the golden city. As we walk around the city, we will also discover the temples of Wat Khili and Wat Sene.Once you return to the boat enjoy some free time to explore the spacious decks and lounge on board before a lovely dinner and welcome reception. A delicious selection of both Asian and European food will be available for you to enjoy for dinner. The rest of the evening is yours to relax or retire to your cabin early.
After a lovely breakfast on board, our first stop this morning will be in a Laotian village where you will observe how Lao-Lao, the local liqueur, is traditionally distilled. After a relaxing stroll through the jungle, we will head to Pak Ou Village, where you will visit the breathtaking Tam Ting Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. Before returning to the ship, if you’re lucky you will catch a glimpse of the village’s working elephants in action!As we continue to sail up the Mekong River you will have time to relax and enjoy the majestic beauty of Laos. The night will be spent on a secluded river bank.
Today, as we sail, watch local fishermen along the shore and discover the daily life of the Laotian locals. Today you will be able to witness the Mekong ferry crossing at Tha Deua, the region connecting the Luang Prabang province with the Sayaboury province. Today you will witness some of the most remarkable and impressive landscapes in Laos as we sail along the mighty Mekong River. As you take in the beautiful scenery, we will visit some local villages along the shores. Discover a local village school, which is supported by the guests of the Mekong River Sun Cruise. Enjoy nature’s breathtaking wonders such as hills covered in tropical vegetation and rock formations along the river banks as we continue to sail. Appreciate the tranquility and diverse landscape of this region, a real retreat from the hustle-and-bustle of daily life in the big cities. Continue your cruise sailing alongside stunning mountains and rolling green hills as you enjoy the stunning sunset.
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 bus to visit the famous Kuang Si-waterfalls, some of the most remarkable waterfalls in Laos. On the way you will stroll through the small village of Tha Pan, where you can observe how the local communities live in Northern Laos. In the afternoon you will return to Luang Prabang. This last evening on board will be celebrated with a farewell dinner with a traditional Lao Baci-friendship ceremony. Overnight onboard Mekong Sun Cruise.
After breakfast you will say goodbye to your Laotian crew. Check-out and disembark. End of service with the transfer to the airport.
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.