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Laos Mekong River Cruise

Laos Mekong River Cruise

Laos Mekong River Cruise Map

3 Days / 2 Nights

from / to Pakse

Tour Highlights
• 3 days and 2 nights of river cruise
• Tour the river aboard a long tail riverboat
• Enjoy man-made and natural wonders at Wat Phou
• Go deep into the jungle at Houay Tomo
• Go island hopping at 4000 Islands
• Marvel at nature’s wonders at Khone Phapheng Waterfalls
See a very local side of Laos on this unique three day cruise down the Mekong. Stop besides tiny villages, discover temples hidden in the forest, and lose yourself in the tranquility of a long tail riverboat cruise. Charming, simple, relaxing; this cruise is exactly what Laos is all about.


Day 1: Pakse- Champassak- Wat Phou (L/D)

Depart from Pakse in the early morning, heading south on a local long tail riverboat. This is the most serene way to travel and your cruise will bring an endless succession of local scenes. Laos life has forever been played out on the riverside; villages are hidden near the shore, fishermen head out in wooden boats, and pristine jungle surrounds your journey.

Enjoy a riverside lunch in Champassak and then tour one of the country’s most impressive sights. Everyone knows of Angkor Wat, but few have heard about Wat Phou, a spectacular temple that dates back to a long time before the famous temples in Cambodia. Moss clings to the stone walls, creepers and roots twirl around the temple, and this UNESCO world heritage site is impressive at every angle.

Before returning to the boat you’ll also take a tour through Champassak, admiring the beautiful colonial architecture and the quaint streets. Return to the boat for a relaxing cruise down-river, enjoying the tropical sunset on the open deck. Dinner is served on board before the boat docks alongside a remote Laotian village.

Overnight on board.

Day 2: Houay Tomo – Oum Muang- Khong Island (B/L/D)

Breakfast is served on board as you cruise towards the cute village of Houay Tomo. Hidden in the jungle behind the village, isolated and lost in the wilderness, is the spectacular temple of Oum Muang. Approaching it feels like something from a Hollywood epic, the trees suddenly rescinding and this dramatic temple standing proud.

Rejoin the boat for lunch and cruise south towards the 4000 Islands, a place where traditional rural life remains unchanged for centuries. You’ll pass countless islands, many of them merely sandbanks, but some of them covered in traditional Laotian Villages. After a stop at Ban Dua Tae village you’ll continue into the broadest part of the Mekong River and dock beside Khong Island.

Enjoy dinner on board. Overnight on board.

Day 3: Khong Island – Khone Phapheng – Pakse (B/L)

Breakfast is served on the deck as you cruise to the charming village of Ban Veuthong. From here the boat cannot go any further and you transfer to a smaller long-tail boat which rides out to Khone Island. Don Det and Don Khone are as laid back as they come, two islands that symbolize both the beauty of the area and the charming simplicity of local life.

Wander to waterfalls and past tiny villages, reveling in the serenity of the 4000 Island area. You’ll return to the mainland for lunch and then take a minivan out to the impressive Khone Phapheng Waterfall. Savor the falls from unique wooden huts and then be transferred north to Pakse, arriving at this quaint town at around 15:00.

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.11.2015 – 30.04.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Vat Phou Cruise / Cabins 1.008 1.399
Note: On 24.12 and 31.12, some hotels charge for compulsory gala dinners. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.During certain dates, seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year (15.02. – 21.02.15). Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

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Departure days:
October – April:Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
May – September: Saturdays and Thursdays
Services included in our rates:
• accommodation inc. breakfast (B)
• other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
• local specialized tour guide (English-speaking)
• all transfers (hotel/airport to ship and back)
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
• one high-quality guidebook per room
Services NOT included in our rates:
• international flights from and to your country of origin
• travel insurance
• meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
• visa fees
Travel dates [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• fixed departure data (see above)
• no minimum number of travellers
• this tour is a cruise
As this is a private tour, you can depart on the day of your choosing and alter the daily sightseeing program to suit your interests. Inquire with our team to extend this tour or to combine it with our other programmes.

Our Selection of Hotels for You

Vat Phou Cruise:
• passenger ship renovated in 1993
• 12 cabins including WC/showers and air conditioning
• restaurant
• sun deck

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