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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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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. (L, D)
Cruise upstream passing lush jungle scenery
and tiny riverside villages. Enjoy lectures on
board before arrival in Ban Xanakham.
(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)
Afternoon visit to the village of Ban Park Bor, home to the Khmu people. (B, L, D)
Morning cruise past the Xayaburi
hydroelectric power plant, then continue
upstream towards the village of Ban Mouang
Khai. (B, L, D)
Arrive in Luang Prabang for a tour to the
Khouangsi waterfall, the butterfly garden and
an elephant camp. Afternoon exploration of
the city’s Buddhist temples, libraries and the
royal palace. The following day, join an early
morning walking tour to see the alms-giving
to the local monks, then visit the National
Museum. (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 your flight home, arriving the next day. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Available on request.
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LMK2020: 10 Nights