Laotian Mekong's splendor Cruise

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Overview

Discover the splendor of the Mekong River and the Unesco World Heritage Wat Phou Temple on a delightful three-day voyage aboard a luxurious floating hotel. Starting and finishing in Pakse, both cruise itineraries (Down and Up) include also the mysterious Oum Muong ruins at Huei Thamo, the 4,000 Islands with its winding waterways, and the Phapheng waterfall on the Laos – Cambodia border. Get on board, relax and enjoy the journey!

Highlights

  • Cruising the Mekong river on a luxurious floating hotel whose design retains an unmistakably oriental character.
  • Discovering the 4000 islands and disembarking for interesting excursions around its authocthonous villages.
  • The majestic Wat Phou ruins in Champassak.
  • Finest Laotian, Vietnamese and Thai dishes on board. 
Arrival – Pakse - Champasak – Wat Phou Temple

Day 1 Arrival – Pakse - Champasak – Wat Phou Temple

Meals: lunch, dinner | Accommodation: On board the Vat Phou cruise

You will be met at the airport this morning and transferred to the Sinouk Coffee House in central Pakse We then transfer you to a longtail riverboat for your 2.5 hour journey to Champassak.

Upon arrival and check in on board Vat Phou boat, lunch is served on the deck. The highlight is the Vat Phou ruins - the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex and boat's namesake. Visiting the museum at the ruins site, walk up to the highest temple and experience the best panoramic viewpoint. As dusk falls, we transfer you back to the Vat Phou boat before sunset observed from the deck.
Dinner is served on board, while the boat docks for the night alongside a remote Laotian village.

 

Ban Houei Thomo – Oum Moung Temple – Khong Island

Day 2 Ban Houei Thomo – Oum Moung Temple – Khong Island

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner | Accommodation: on borad the Vat Phou cruise

Breakfast is on board as we set sail for the village of Ban Huei Thamo. This is a small village a few minute walk away from the mysterious hidden forest temple of Oum Muong. Afterwards we rejoin the boat to continue our cruise southwards. Lunch is on the deck, while leisurely sailing closer to the wild paradise of the "4,000 Islands". Late afternoon we disembark from the boat to walk through Ban Dua Tae, a small Lao Loum Village where the traditional way of life has not changed in centuries. 

Our day's cruise finishes at the most northern tip of Don Khong Island, the largest inhabited island in the river archipelago. After dinner, the evening is yours to relax and enjoy.
 

Khong Island – Khone Island – Khone Phapheng - Pakse

Day 3 Khong Island – Khone Island – Khone Phapheng - Pakse

Meals: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: not included

While you breakfast on the deck, the Vat Phou boat cruises to the small village of Ban Dong Veuthong where you board a small boat to meander among the 4,000 Islands to Don Khone Island. 

You will visit the old French railway and walk across the bridge that links Don Khone and Don Det Islands. We continue on the boat back to the mainland for lunch at a local restaurant in a small fishing village, Ban Xieng Di, on the banks of the Mekong. 

A bus transfers you to the historically significant Khone Pha Pheng waterfall, "the Niagara of the East", close to the Cambodian border. We bring you back to Pakse for the end of cruise experience, arriving around 16h00 p.m.  You will then be transferred to your hotel for the night.

Price per person based on group tour

Group size 2 pax 3-4 pax
Price per person (Oct. 2018-Apr.2019) USD 827 USD 800
Price per person (May-Sept 2018 & 2019) USD 598 USD 571

 


* Prices valid until Sept. 2019

* It is also possible to book the tour in the reverse direction (same prices for the cruise up or downstream).

* Special prices for groups of more than 4 people and the possibility to connect the tour with other stages of your trip around Indochina, by contacting us at info@handspan.com. 

*A private trip for a solo traveler is also available with a surcharge.

Included

  • Vat Phou  Cruise 3day-2night package
  • English speaking cruise guide
  • Accommodation on board Vat Phou Cruise
  • Meals: daily breakfast on board, Lunch, Dinner if stated onthe program

Not included

  • International flights and visas
  • Personal travel Insurance
  • Child or adult in triple sharing room
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses 
  • Supplements on peak season
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