Magnificent Mekong Cruise
14 Days / 13 nights
Explore the stunningly scenic and culturally distinctive lands that lie along the remarkable Mekong River. On this 14-day cruisetour, discover two countries, two cultures and two ways of life linked by Indochina’s most important river—from Chiang Rai to the tranquility of Laos. Experience the quiet charm of northern Thailand and cross into Laos to explore sleepy villages and historic towns aboard two separate Mekong River cruises.  The wet rice fields, hidden homes, life on the river for locals, and underground tunnels are just a few of its unique splendors. The Mekong River Cruise gives travelers a chance to explore territory that is not accessible by any other means of transportation.
 
From US$1,797
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The ultimate Indochina journey - Magnificent Mekong by cruise covers all the highlights that Thailand and Laos have to offer. Start your journey in Thailand's Chiang Rai before crossing the border into Laos and making the first (of several!) river journeys on the mighty Mekong River - the 'lifeblood of Asia'.

Travel through Indochina, sticking close to the Mekong River, taking in sites such as Luang Prabang, the Angkor Temples, Wat Phou, Pakse and finish at Vientiane...

As with all our holidays, we have created lots of free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more ‘complete’ travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

 

  • Day 1: Chieng Rai
    Day 1: Chieng Rai
    Upon arrival in Chieng Rai, our guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free tim at leisure before heading towards an exciting trip.
  • Day 2: Pakbeng
    Day 2: Pakbeng
    You transfer early this morning to the border town of Huay Xay. Here, The Luang Say Cruise will welcome you on board and leaves Huay Xay pier for a cruise down the Mekong to Pakbeng. En route one stop is made to observe rural life along the Mekong and visit minority ethnic groups. A buffet lunch will be served on board while enjoying the panoramic view of the Mekong Delta River. Arrival in Pakbeng, our guide will help you to check-in your hotel. You can then enjoy relaxing time on the terrace overlooking the Mekong River with the sun setting down.
  • Day 3: Pakbeng Market
    Day 3: Pakbeng Market
    The morning starts with a walk to colorful Pakbeng market, exploring the daily activity of local people from the surrounding minority villages. Later, the cruise boards the boat for the second leg of the cruise. A short stop at the Hmong village to discover the traditional life of the H’mong people. Later, continue to Pak-Ou village at the mouth of the Nam Ou River, and then visit Pak Ou Caves "Cave of a thousand Buddha's". On the way to Luang Prabang a brief stop is made to observe the traditional process of manufacturing local rice alcohol. Arrive at Luang Prabang before sunset.
  • Day 4: Luang Prabang
    Day 4: Luang Prabang
    After breakfast you will visit the Royal Palace Museum which hosts a range of interesting artefacts. Your walking tour first begins with taking in some of Luang Prabangs hidden secrets, walking down the quiet back lanes leading to Wat Xiengthong. Along the way we stop at Wat Chomkhong, which is known for its decorative carvings.  This area contains a mix of beautiful old French Colonial buildings, and traditional old Lao houses, which you will have time to admire, along with a stop at the small but charming Wat Phapai.  You will also pass by the Fine Arts School, where you could see some of the quality artwork on display.  Your final visit of the day is the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing the classical Luang Prabang style. 
  • Day 5: Kuang Si Waterfall
    Day 5: Kuang Si Waterfall
    After breakfast, you will visit the local Phosi Market, this is the place where all the locals shop and our guide will show you the diverse offerings on display.  Another stop is Ock Pop Tock, a silk weaving centre.  Here you will be given a guided tour with full information of the sophisticated silk weaving process.  You then continue to Kuang Si Waterfall, where you will enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the beautiful multi tiered falls.  You also have the opportunity to cool off in the turquoise blue pools.  Afterwards you return to Luang Prabang in time to catch the sun setting over the Mekong.
  • Day 6: Xieng Khouang
    Day 6: Xieng Khouang
    Today first starts with a drive to Xiengkhuang, famous for the ‘Plain of Jars’.  The road follows a twisty mountain route as you make our first stop at Houi Hei, which offers great views of the surrounding mountains.  You then continue Ban Kiu Kam Pone, a Khmu village to explore, before arriving in Phou Khoun for lunch.  Later, continue on the road into Xiengkhuang province, reaching our highest altitude of the day 1500m above sea level, just after Phou Khoun.  Then, make a stop at Ban Son Boom, a Hmong village. Your final stops of the day are a reminder that this region played a major part during the Vietnam War – as we visit a hidden Buddha Cave, that served as an army hospital during the war and an optional choice to visit an old Russian tank.  
  • Day 7: Mines Action Group
    Day 7: Mines Action Group
    Today you will visit the Mines Action Group or MAG office to learn about the work they do in clearing land mines and unexploded ordnance in the area. You will then transfer out to the picturesque Jar Site 2, features 90 jars spread out across two adjacent hillsides, and begin your 1 hour trek along the ridge to the impressive Jar Site 3, consisting over around 150 jars located on a scenic hill-top near Lat Khai, offering great views over the surrounding countryside.  In the afternoon we visit Jar Site 1, the largest and the most accessible site, containing over stunning 300 jars. 
  • Day 8: Xieng Khouang
    Day 8: Xieng Khouang
    The day starts with a visit to the interesting Central Market, then (time permitting) driving out to the ancient town of Muang Khoun, the former provincial capital, where you can explore the ruins of a number of ancient pagodas in the Lanna style and Wat Phiawat, a ruined temple containing a huge sitting Buddha.  Afterwards, you will transfer to airport for flight to Vientiane. Our guide will help you checking in your hotel in Vientiane
  • Day 9: Vientiane
    Day 9: Vientiane
    Your half day city tour, begins with the oldest, Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.  The final visit of the day will be the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a much overlooked aspect of Laos and a major problem many of the local people face on a day to day basis in the form of unexploded ordinance as a result of heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War era. 
  • Day 10: Pakse
    Day 10: Pakse
    Tranfer to the airport for the flight to Pakse. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred by road east into the Bolaven Plateau. The Bolaven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Your first stop is to visit Houey Ten, a Katu village specializing in knifemaking. Then, make another stop at the tea plantation, followed by a stop at Tad Fan Waterfall, a picturesque twin chute waterfall.  You then visit a coffee plantation, en route to Tha Teng Market, a colourful ethnic minority food market.  Next you explore another interesting minority village, Ban Bong Neua, an Alak village, that boasts a sacrificial alter. Arrive at the beautiful Tadlo Waterfall in the afternoon, where you have the rest of the day at leisure.  You also have the option of a short elephant ride to take in the beautiful scenery.  
  • Day 11: Wat Phou
    Day 11: Wat Phou
    You head out of the plateau, stopping first at the attractive Paxuam Waterfall. You then transfer to Champassak and onto Wat Phou, another World Heritage Site in Laos, which recognized by UNESCO in 2002. Wat Phou is the site of ruins which were once part of a temple built some time before Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. It contains some of the most Ancient Khmer architectures which date back to between the 7-11th centuries. Afterwards, drive to Don Khong, an area of the 4000 islands which is the widest point of the Mekong River during the rainy season, although during the dry months the river recedes, leaving behind thousands of islands and islets. Arrival in Khong Island via ferry.
  • Day 12: Don Daeng
    Day 12: Don Daeng
    Following breakfast, you will enjoy a visit to the surrounding countryside, and embark on a long tail boat tour to Don Khone, where you disembark and have the option of exploring the island by bicycle, which takes you to visit the remains of the French period and Liphi Waterfall or "the Corridor of the Devil". Afterwards, return to the mainland at the fishing village of Ban Nakasang and drive further south to visit Khone Phapheng, the largest waterfall by volume in South East Asia, a very impressive site near the Lao-Cambodian border, set within an area which is teeming with wildlife, making this area one of the most breathtaking destinations in Laos. Later, you will drive back north and take the boat across the Mekong to the island of Don Daeng, where you have the rest of the day at leisure to relax and explore this peaceful island.
  • Day 13: Don Daeng
    Day 13: Don Daeng
    A free day at leisure today, to relax by the pool or hire bicycles to explore the island and its enchanting little villages. 
  • Day 14: Pakse Departure
    Day 14: Pakse Departure
    After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Pakse and onto the airport for your departing flight.
For budget from US$1,797  (VND 37,952,640) per person...
The price is generally based on group of 6 people for luxury 14 days itinerary in deluxe 4 star hotels (sharing room) including excursions and private guiding from low season (30 April to 1 Sept)

Suggested Accommodation: 
Chiang Rai The Legend 
Pak Beng Luangsay Loge
Luang Prabang Villa Santi Hotel & Resort 
Vientiane Mercure Hotel 
Tadlo  Tadlo Lodge
4000 Islands Vat Phou Cruise
Don Daeng/Champasak La Folie Lodge


Notes:

·     All price are note applied to compulsory Gala Dinner on X'mas & New Years's Eves

Includes
·    Accommodation:  shared Double/Twin with daily breakfast.
·    Private transportation as per the itinerary, Luangsay & Vat Phou Cruise as programmed
·    Private experienced English speaking guides.
·    Admission/Entrance fees as per the itinerary

Excludes
·    Tips and gratuities
·    International Air Tickets arrival to and departure from Laos.
·    Domestic air tickets
·    Visa stamping on arrival to Laos (US$ 30 per person)

·    Personal expenses not mentioned above.
Please contact us at  (+84 4) 35622733 /  24hrs number: 877 - 315 - 9164/ info@sisterstoursvn or via our Contact Page for a complimentary consultuation.

 

For travelers who have little more time, there are so many options of pre and post travel options that can be added to any itineraries in Vietnam or lager, in Indochina. Here you will find some of the most popular options. Bring forward your requests; let us plan your unforgettable Indochina trip.

  • Flight to Ho Chi Minh City to explore the mighty Mekong Delta by sampan boat.
  • Share a cup of rice wine or tea with the locals when you stop by a fruit orchard in the Mekong Delta
  • Fly to Siem Reap to shot the sun’s first rays hitting the incredible temples of Angkor.
  • Fly to Myanmar to marvel at the glittering, golden Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most breath- taking religious monuments.