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Laos to China cruise with Pandaw

Private Travel | Cruises | General interest 18 Days & 16 Nights Lead-in price: £7595 Current prices from: £7595
Cruise up the Mekong from Vientiane in Laos to southern China, stopping en route at small riverside villages and markets, visit the Unesco-listed town of Luang Prabang and explore the once notorious Golden Triangle. The cruise continues north into China to explore a remote area of Yunnan province, little-visited by tourists, before ending in the riverside port town of Jinghong.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Discover the laid-back cultural centre of Luang Prabang
  • Visit small tribal villages in northern Laos & Thailand
  • Cruise on a remote section of the Upper Mekong into China

Luang Prabang

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 3086 3290 3391 3391 3290 3188 3188 3188 3086 2882 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1763 2068 2373 2373 2373 2272 2272 2068 1763 1355
Sunshine hours 6 7 6 7 6 5 4 4 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 161 201 331 1104 1616 25710 2419 29912 1827 1215 402 120
Rainy Days 5 4 6 12 17 19 22 25 18 10 5 4
Humidity M H VH VH E E VH VH VH H M L
UV 8/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 9/VH 8/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Pakse

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3391 3493 3595 3391 3188 3086 3086 3086 3188 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 2170 2475 2577 2577 2475 2475 2475 2373 2373 2272 1966
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 7 5 5 4 5 6 8 8
Daylight hours 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 20 90 221 773 2199 40616 37515 50620 29912 1165 331 50
Rainy Days 3 3 4 9 17 25 25 28 19 14 4 3
Humidity VH E E E E E E E E E VH VH
UV 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 9/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Vientiane

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 2373 2577 2882 3086 2984 2984 2882 2882 2882 2781 2577 2272
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 0 20 30 60 171 201 211 241 221 50 10 0
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Arniston

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2577 2272 2068 1966 1864 1864 1966 2170 2373 2577
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 1763 1661 1457 1254 1050 948 948 1050 1254 1457 1661
Sunshine hours 9 8 7 6 6 5 6 6 7 7 8 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 291 331 351 572 422 512 492 582 331 412 321 231
Rainy Days 7 8 9 10 11 11 11 13 10 10 8 7
Humidity E E VH H M L L M H VH VH E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2068 1864 1763 1763 1661 1661 1661 1763 1864 1966

Cape Town

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2577 2577 2475 2272 1966 1763 1763 1763 1864 2068 2272 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1457 1254 1050 846 846 846 948 1050 1254 1457
Sunshine hours 11 10 9 7 6 5 6 6 7 9 10 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 321 311 432 823 1365 1897 1646 1636 964 612 402 432
Rainy Days 5 4 5 8 12 13 13 14 11 9 6 6
Humidity L L L N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 1864 1763 1763 1661 1559 1559 1559 1661 1763 1864

Cederberg Wilderness Area

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2577 2577 2475 1966 1661 1355 1355 1355 1661 1966 2272 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1050 1050 948 643 337 236 134 134 337 439 745 948
Sunshine hours 12 11 10 8 7 6 7 8 8 10 11 12
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 120 191 241 361 723 773 663 703 301 281 231 201
Rainy Days 2 3 4 5 7 7 8 8 6 4 3 4
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Constantia

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2577 2577 2475 2272 1966 1763 1763 1763 1864 2068 2272 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1457 1254 1050 948 846 846 948 1050 1254 1457
Sunshine hours 11 10 9 7 6 5 6 6 7 8 10 10
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 341 351 422 1014 1576 1747 1667 1526 954 723 452 412
Rainy Days 5 4 5 8 12 13 13 13 11 8 6 7
Humidity E E VH H M L M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 3/M 4/M 6/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1966 1864 1763 1661 1559 1559 1661 1661 1763 1966

Durban

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 2882 2781 2679 2475 2373 2272 2373 2373 2475 2577 2781
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2068 1763 1457 1152 1152 1254 1559 1661 1864 2068
Sunshine hours 6 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 11 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1406 1255 1185 683 562 311 301 542 763 984 1165 1014
Rainy Days 16 13 12 9 6 4 4 6 10 15 16 15
Humidity M M M L N N N N N N L L
UV 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 5/M 4/M 4/M 5/M 7/H 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2679 2577 2475 2373 2272 2272 2272 2272 2475 2577

Franschhoek

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2781 2373 1966 1864 1661 1763 1966 2170 2475 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1355 1152 846 745 643 643 846 948 1152 1355
Sunshine hours 11 10 9 7 6 6 6 7 7 9 10 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 261 271 321 793 1416 1456 1416 1385 793 622 402 301
Rainy Days 4 4 5 8 10 10 10 10 9 7 6 6
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Graaf Reinet

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3086 2781 2475 2170 1864 1966 2068 2373 2577 2781 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1457 1152 846 541 541 643 745 948 1152 1355
Sunshine hours 11 9 9 8 7 7 8 9 9 9 10 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 321 432 512 281 231 131 161 211 131 321 321 341
Rainy Days 5 7 8 6 4 4 3 4 4 6 6 6
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Grahamstown

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2781 2577 2475 2272 2068 1966 2068 2272 2272 2373 2577
Min temp (C)(F) 1457 1559 1457 1152 846 643 541 643 846 1050 1254 1355
Sunshine hours 8 8 7 7 6 6 7 7 7 7 8 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 622 713 77030 492 452 341 371 532 622 773 703 683
Rainy Days 9 9 9 7 5 4 4 5 7 10 10 9
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Hermanus

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2373 2170 1966 1864 1763 1763 1864 2068 2272 2373
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1661 1457 1355 1152 948 846 948 1050 1254 1457 1559
Sunshine hours 10 9 8 7 6 5 6 6 7 8 9 10
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 201 231 291 462 693 833 763 783 512 482 331 201
Rainy Days 5 5 6 8 11 11 11 12 10 8 6 7
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1966 1864 1763 1661 1559 1661 1661 1661 1864 1966

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 2984 2882 2679 2475 2373 2373 2475 2577 2577 2272 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 1864 1661 1355 1152 1152 1254 1457 1559 1457 1864
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 7 9 8
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 11 10 11 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1255 1195 873 562 432 281 291 392 412 984 331 934
Rainy Days 12 11 10 8 6 4 5 5 8 11 6 11
Humidity E E VH H M M M H VH VH E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 5/M 4/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Johannesburg

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2577 2272 2068 1763 1864 2068 2373 2475 2577 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1355 1050 643 337 337 541 948 1254 1355 1457
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 10 10 9 8 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1345 934 924 562 151 90 40 80 281 763 1124 1134
Rainy Days 14 10 11 8 3 2 1 2 3 9 13 14
Humidity L L N N N N N N N N N L
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Knysna

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2475 2272 2272 2068 1966 1864 1864 1864 1966 2170 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1559 1457 1254 1050 948 1050 1050 1254 1355 1559
Sunshine hours 9 8 7 7 6 6 6 7 7 8 8 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 683 622 733 783 713 693 673 954 753 904 743 653
Rainy Days 10 10 10 9 9 9 8 10 11 12 10 11
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 3/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2068 2068 1966 1864 1864 1864 1966 2068 2170

Kruger National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3493 3391 3290 3086 2882 2679 2679 2882 3086 3086 3290 3391
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2170 2068 1763 1254 846 948 1152 1457 1763 1966 2170
Sunshine hours 9 8 8 8 9 8 9 9 9 8 9 9
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 813 622 381 301 100 60 70 90 131 422 572 823
Rainy Days 6 7 5 4 2 2 1 1 2 5 6 7
Humidity VH VH H M M L L L M M H VH
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Langebaan

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3086 2882 2577 2272 1966 1864 2068 2272 2577 2781 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1966 1661 1355 1152 1050 1254 1457 1661 1864 2068
Sunshine hours 11 11 9 8 6 6 6 7 8 9 10 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 60 60 90 261 392 532 492 361 271 161 120 80
Rainy Days 3 2 4 6 10 10 11 10 9 6 4 5
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 1864 1763 1763 1661 1559 1559 1559 1661 1763 1864

Montagu

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 2882 2475 2170 1864 1763 1966 2170 2373 2679 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1355 1050 745 439 439 541 745 948 1254 1355
Sunshine hours 11 10 9 7 6 6 7 7 8 9 9 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 141 181 251 392 381 412 371 442 261 271 251 171
Rainy Days 5 5 6 7 7 7 8 8 8 7 7 6
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Mpumalanga

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 2475 2577 2475 2272 1966 1763 1763 1864 1966 2068 2272 2373
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 100 100 80 60 20 20 40 30 60 70 90 90
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Paarl

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 2984 2577 2170 1966 1864 1864 2170 2475 2781 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1559 1254 948 745 643 745 948 1457 1355 1559
Sunshine hours 12 11 10 8 6 6 6 7 8 9 11 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 171 211 261 743 1185 1335 1175 1094 161 492 291 211
Rainy Days 4 3 4 7 11 11 11 11 10 7 5 6
Humidity E E VH H M M M M VH VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 9/VH 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Paternoster

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2475 2373 2170 1966 1763 1763 1763 1864 2068 2170 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1457 1355 1152 1050 948 948 1050 1152 1254 1457
Sunshine hours 11 10 9 8 6 6 6 7 8 9 10 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 60 40 100 201 331 452 371 381 191 120 90 70
Rainy Days 3 2 3 6 8 9 9 10 7 5 4 3
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 1864 1763 1763 1661 1559 1559 1559 1661 1763 1864

Pilanesberg National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3086 2882 2679 2373 2068 2170 2475 2882 3086 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 1763 1559 1152 745 337 337 643 1152 1152 1661 1763
Sunshine hours 9 8 8 8 9 9 10 10 10 9 9 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1064 1014 773 522 151 90 40 30 161 572 793 1245
Rainy Days 11 9 9 5 1 1 1 1 3 7 10 12
Humidity E E E VH H M M H VH E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Plettenberg Bay

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2577 2373 2272 2068 1966 1966 1966 1966 2068 2272 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1559 1355 1152 948 846 846 948 1152 1355 1559
Sunshine hours 9 8 8 7 6 6 7 7 7 8 9 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 663 743 773 753 683 693 974 793 904 773 663
Rainy Days 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 10 10 11 10 10
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 3/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2170 2068 1966 1864 1864 1864 1966 2068 2170

Port Elizabeth

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2679 2475 2272 2170 2068 2068 2170 2272 2373 2577
Min temp (C)(F) 1864 1864 1763 1457 1152 846 846 948 1152 1355 1457 1661
Sunshine hours 9 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 351 392 502 522 512 492 422 582 542 552 492 341
Rainy Days 8 8 10 8 8 7 7 9 8 11 10 8
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2170 2068 1864 1864 1763 1763 1864 1966 2068

Pretoria

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2781 2475 2272 1966 2068 2272 2679 2781 2781 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1457 1152 643 337 337 541 1050 1254 1457 1559
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 8 9 9 10 10 10 9 9 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1345 753 793 552 120 90 30 60 201 753 1034 1144
Rainy Days 13 10 10 7 2 2 1 2 3 9 12 14
Humidity E E E VH H M M H VH E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Stellenbosch

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 2781 2679 2373 1966 1763 1661 1763 1864 2170 2475 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1355 1050 846 745 643 643 745 948 1152 1254
Sunshine hours 11 10 9 8 6 6 6 7 8 9 10 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 341 291 452 803 1325 1656 1506 1566 894 653 422 442
Rainy Days 5 4 5 8 12 13 12 13 11 9 6 6
Humidity L L L N N N N N N N N L
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Swellendam

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3086 2882 2577 2272 2068 1966 2068 2272 2475 2781 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 1763 1559 1254 948 643 643 745 948 1152 1457 1559
Sunshine hours 10 9 8 7 6 6 6 7 7 8 9 10
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 371 452 482 653 512 442 452 602 381 502 402 311
Rainy Days 6 6 7 8 9 9 10 10 9 9 7 7
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 3/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

The Drakensberg Mountains

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2373 2170 1966 1661 1661 1966 2170 2272 2272 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1254 1254 1050 745 236 -228 -228 134 541 846 948 1152
Sunshine hours 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 9 8 7 7 8
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 11 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1978 1697 1536 572 181 131 120 231 311 773 1205 1757
Rainy Days 18 17 16 9 4 2 2 4 6 14 16 19
Humidity E E E VH M M M H VH E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 5/M 4/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Winelands

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3086 2882 2577 2170 1864 1763 1864 2068 2373 2679 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1661 1457 1254 948 745 643 745 846 1152 1355 1457
Sunshine hours 12 11 10 8 6 6 6 7 8 9 11 12
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 251 221 351 622 1225 1486 1275 1245 723 502 321 351
Rainy Days 4 4 4 7 11 11 11 12 10 18 5 5
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 1864 1763 1763 1661 1559 1559 1559 1661 1763 1864

Worcester

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 2882 2577 2170 1966 1864 1966 2170 2475 2679 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1457 1254 846 643 541 643 846 1050 1254 1457
Sunshine hours 11 10 9 8 6 6 7 7 8 9 10 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 100 131 151 321 502 673 632 612 361 331 201 131
Rainy Days 4 4 5 8 10 10 10 10 9 7 6 6
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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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

(N)

Meal Basis

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

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • The Central Hotel
    The Central Hotel

    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.

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  • RV Laos Pandaw
    RV Laos Pandaw

    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 &nbsp;and air conditioning inside, 24-hour hospitality bar and an onboard bakery with daily freshly baked breads and rolls.&nbsp;<br><br>

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  • Ansara Hotel
    Ansara Hotel

    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.

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Dates & prices

LCC2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £7595 per person

High season from £9595 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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