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Cruise up the Mekong from Vientiane in Laos to northern Thailand aboard one of Pandaw Expeditions' custom-built ships, hand-finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen and with shallow drafts to allow for remote exploration. Stops will be made en route at small riverside villages and markets, the Unesco-listed town of Luang Prabang and the once notorious Golden Triangle.
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Arrive into Vientiane and transfer to The Ansara Hotel for a 1-night stay. (N)
Transfer to RV Laos Pandaw for a 10-night cruise. Take lunch on the ship just after boarding, then begin an afternoon walking tour of Vientiane, visiting Sisaket temple, the President's Hall, Wat Prakeo temple and the Phatouxay monument. Return to the ship in the late afternoon and begin cruising upriver. (B, L, D)
Spend a full day on the Mekong, passing lush jungle scenery and small riverside villages. A presentation on the Lao language will be held in the morning, followed by a cooking demonstration in the afternoon. (B, L, D)
Arrive at the former French administrative town of Pak Lai, home to buildings dating from the colonial era and a bustling market. This town boasts the largest elephant festival in south-east Asia, which is typically held in February. (B, L, D)
Continue your journey along the Mekong, with time to visit some of the many small riverside settlements en route to learn about local village life. (B, L, D)
This morning transfer to a coach for an excursion to the Kuang Si waterfalls and a butterfly garden. Continue by coach to the ancient temple city of Luang Prabang, where lunch will be taken followed by a tour to visit the city's Buddhist temples. Later in the day there is time to visit the busy night market and shop souvenirs and local snacks. (B, L, D)
Rise early to participate in the daily morning ritual of alms-giving, when saffron-clad monks collect offerings of alms, in the form of rice, from the faithful residents. Later in the morning there will be a guided tour of Royal Palace Museum, with the afternoon free to explore the city at your leisure. Back on board this evening there will be a traditional Laos dance performance followed by dinner. (B, L, D)
Board a small local boat this morning for the journey onwards upriver to the caves of Pak Ou, where thousands of Buddhist statues have accumulated over hundreds of years of pilgrimage. Return to the cruise ship afterwards for lunch, followed by an afternoon cooking demonstration. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to Pak Beng, a small town set on the hillside above the river and home to many wooden houses on stilts and a busy local market. (B, L, D)
Continue to the border between Laos and Thailand. Disembark and then cross into Thailand at Huay Say, then reboard the ship in Chiang Khong. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the area of northern Thailand known as the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos converge. After the tour you will be transferred to the airport in Chiang Rai for a flight to Bangkok. (B)
Arrive into Bangkok, then connect with your flight home. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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LMK2019: 10 Nights