Destinations: Vientiane – Paklay – Tha Deua – Kuang Si – Luang Prabang
Relive the pioneering experience of the French Mekong-Expedition of 1866 during your cruise aboard the spacious Mekong Explorer. Enjoy a unique adventure through mainly unexplored regions of central Laos in utmost comfort. Experience truly unspoiled nature along the banks of the Mekong and enjoy fascinating shore excursions to local villages on the route between Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
Day 1: Vientiane
Day 2: Depart Vientiane
Day 3: Wild Nature Along The Mighty Mekong
Day 4: Pak Lai
Day 5: Tha Deua
Day 6: Luang Si- Luang Prabang
Welcome to Vientiane! 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 Vientiane for a bit of exploring. Our first stop will be to visit the That Luang Temple, a large golden stupa known as the national symbol of Lao. Next we will visit the picturesque Patuxai, Laos’ very own Parisian Arc de Triomphe. 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 at dinner. The rest of the evening is yours to relax or retire to your cabin early.
Today we will spend the entire day cruising upstream into formerly inaccessible parts of the mighty Mekong River. You will stare in awe as we sail through Laos’ abundantly lush natural views, including jungle-carpeted mountains, spectacular waterfalls, untouched greenery and quaint local villages. This is truly a journey through a pristine and unspoiled world. We will spend the night on a beautiful sandbank, surrounded by nothing but pure nature.
As we sail further north you will discover some of the most remarkable and impressive landscapes of this still-untamed river. The views will become more and more spectacular: you will see awe-inspiring rock formations along the river banks, endless tropical vegetation and a fascinating array of changes in the river currents. The power of the mighty Mekong will give your cruise the feeling of a real adventure expedition. Enjoy nature’s wonders on the riverbanks before we head north again to stop at a remote sandbank for the night.
As we continue to sail upstream, we will stop at the small riverside community of Pak Lai, a bustling Mekong River port. Dotted with historic French-colonial style structures, the purely natural landscape is only otherwise broken by the seldom sights of small villages and local herds of cattle. Upon your return back to the ship, we will continue our voyage along these mighty waters.
Enjoy the beautiful views as we continue to sail towards Luang Prabang. 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. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery and enjoy a stunning sunset while peering out into the water.
Our first stop will be an excursion along the shore, taking you to the Kuang Si Falls, a gorgeous three-tier waterfall that is sure to leave you amazed. This afternoon you will reach Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos. 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. Here in Luang Prabang we will drop you off at the dock, where you are free to continue your onward journey.
NOTE: Every river cruise on the upper Mekong is a pioneer experience and is subject to constantly changing river conditions including flood waters and shallows. 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, local authorities and river/road conditions. For safety reasons and according to navigating conditions, these programs may be amended without previous notice.