5-Day Mekong Voyage to Luang Prabang

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Tour type

Tour Level: High level

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 5 Days

tour highlights

  • Cruise down the 'Mother of Waters', the Mekong River
  • Wander through the sacred Pak Ou Caves
  • Follow the locals and explore the fresh morning market
  • Marvel at the tranquillity of the Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Visit a local Hmong village

tour details

Explore the extreme northeast of Laos as you cruise the mighty Mekong well off the beaten track!

Meet upon arrival at Houei Xay Immigration Checkpoint and transfer to the boat pier to embark on a traditional wooden riverboat. Cruise down the Mekong River, the region’s mighty “Mother of Waters” and en route visit the Hmong minority village of Ban Houeilampen, which is home to 50 families.
Hmong women are renowned for their beautiful embroidered costumes and their impressive silver jewellery. Afterward, visit another village, Ban Kon Teun Lu, which is famous for its weaving. Enjoy a relaxing lunch on board before arriving in Pakbeng in the afternoon. This rustic town-village sits on a steep hillside and offers spectacular views over the Mekong River.

Rest in the evening with dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, continue the cruise toward Luang Prabang. En route, stop at Pak Ou to visit the sacred caves that house over a thousand Buddha statues and enjoy lunch on board.
Arrive in Luang Prabang then transfer and check in at the hotel. The crown jewel of Laos, Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. Magical and charming, it has maintained its long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with its splendid natural scenery and sense of timelessness. In 1995 UNESCO voted Luang Prabang as a World Heritage City.

Explore the town a little on your own before dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Start the day with breakfast at the hotel before visiting Vat Visoun, the site of an impressive stupa, That Makmo. Then walk to the nearby Vat Aham, which is one of the city’s major tutelary shrines, and climb Vat Phousi Hill for an outstanding view over the city.
Continue to visit Vat Mai, built in 1796 and famous for the five-tiered roof of its wooden sim. Stop for lunch at Le Tangor restaurant then head to Vat Xieng Thong, considered as Luang Prabang’s most beautiful temple with roofs that sweep low to the ground. In the compound stand several small chapels housing bronze Buddha images, which were displayed in Paris in 1911, and near the east gate stands the Royal Funeral Chapel. Inside are an impressive 12-metre-high funeral chariot and various funeral urns of each Royal Family member. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts a semi-erotic episode from Ramayana.

Take in the sunset at Vat Prabaht Tai located along the Mekong River before unwinding with dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Eat breakfast at the hotel and then depart by road to the Kuang Si Waterfalls. These waterfalls have a multi-tiered limestone formation and cool, clear pools that are ideal for swimming and relaxing. On the one-hour drive to the waterfalls, visit the Khmu minority village of Ban Thapaene for a glimpse into their lifestyle.
Have a picnic lunch and then return to Luang Prabang after spending time exploring the surrounding area by foot. While en route to Luang Prabang, visit Ban Ou, a lowland Lao village known for its cotton production, and continue on to see silk production at Ban Phanom and Ban Xang Khong village to see how traditional sa paper is made.

Wrap up the evening with dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the National Museum (a former King’s Palace) displaying a collection of personal artefacts of the Royal Family including photos, musical equipment and gifts received from foreign countries. Afterward, stroll through the town’s old quarter to discover the daily lifestyle of the villagers.
If time permits, visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (closed on Mondays), a small museum showcasing exhibits on the region’s ethnic minorities and traditional arts.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

includes

  • Accommodation in shared double/twin room with air conditioning (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= Breakfast, L= Lunch & D= Dinner
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking guides in private air conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Mineral water available in the vehicles

excludes

  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Laos (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for Lao Pimai (New Year)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditures, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities, etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking or when available
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

notes

Upon request, a licensed French, German, Spanish or other language-speaking guide can accompany participants for the whole duration of the trip at an additional cost.

Tour code: MTL5

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