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(N)Day 2: Vientiane
Arrive into Vientiane and transfer to Ansara Hotel for a 1-night stay. (N)Day 3: Board Pandaw vessel
Transfer to RV Laos Pandaw for a 14-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)Day 4: Cruising the Mekong
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)Day 5: Pak Lai
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)Days 6-7: Visit riverside villages
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)Day 8: Luang Prabang
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 for souvenirs and local snacks. (B, L, D)Day 9: Luang Prabang
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)Day 10: Pak Ou caves
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)Day 11: Cruise to Pak Beng
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)Day 12: Golden Triangle, Thailand
Continue to the border between Laos and Thailand. Cross into Thailand at Huay Say and into the area of northern Thailand known the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos converge. Visit local markets, villages and the unique Hall of Opium museum, before returning to the ship for the night. (B, L, D)Days 13-14: Cruising the Upper Mekong
Cruise along a dramatic section of the Upper Mekong to the village of Ban Pha Khao, then disembark for a walk through the village to a hilltop temple for superb views of the surrounding jungle and valleys. The following day, continue upriver with Burma to your left and Laos to the right, and moor near a remote sand bank for canapes and cocktails. (B, L, D)Day 15: Arrive in China
Cross the border into China Guan Lei port, then enter into Yunnan Province. Continue along the Mekong past dramatic scenery onto Jinghong. (B, L, D)Day 16: Jinghong
Arrive into Jinghong this morning, the capital of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture and home to many of China’s minority ethnic groups including the Dai, Hani and Yi people. Afternoon visit to the Tropical Plants Research Institute and Manting Park. Enjoy an evening cultural show at Maxmumbani, where dancers from 38 different ethnic groups display their traditions with acrobatics and tell the fascinating story of China and its people. (B, L, D)Day 17: Disembark in Jinghong • Fly to Shanghai
Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to Jinghong airport and fly to Shanghai, where you will spend 1 night at the Central Hotel. (B)Day 18: Fly home
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information Tour itinerary:
Please note the cruise itinerary is subject to change, depending on river and navigation conditions and at the captain’s discretion. During low water season (typically December-April) it may be necessary it transfer to a hotel near the Laos-China border and conduct sightseeing in the Yunnan area by smaller boat instead.Cruise dates:
The above 14-night itinerary refers to travel from September 2020 onwards. For travel before that date, the itinerary is 13-nights long and begins in Luang Prabang.Superior tour:
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.Single supplement
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The Central Hotel towers over the heart of Shanghai, adjacent to Century Square on the pedestrianised section of Nanjing Road, famed for its shopping and entertainment. The 317 spacious guestrooms are furnished in an elegant style, and come well equipped with a host of conveniences including bathroom with bath and shower, hairdryer, air conditioning, internet access, tea and coffee facilities and international television. The hotel has a choice of restaurants and bars, and a fitness centre with sauna and beauty salon.
The RV Laos Pandaw has been converted from a 40-metre barge that was used to carry heavy loads of cement and rice up to China. With 400 hp truck engines she is just the thing for tackling the fast flow of the Upper Mekong river. The vessel has 10 main deck staterooms, finished in teak and brass with panoramic sliding doors, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows and generous closet space and under-bed storage. Boat facilities include an open-air lounge and bar, bistro-style dining room with outside seating and air conditioning inside, 24-hour hospitality bar and an onboard bakery with daily freshly baked breads and rolls. <br><br>
Ansara Hotel is a charming boutique hotel located in the peaceful neighbourhood of Vat Chanthabury and just a short stroll away from the Mekong river. Having just 14 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, the emphasis is on personalised service and comfort for the guest. The lobby bar and terrace lounge are ideal places to relax and unwind, while La Signature serves delightful French cuisine.
Low season from £7595 per person
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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