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The Laos Mekong Pandaw Cruise

Private Travel | Cruises 13 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £4245 Current prices from: £4245
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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Discover the laid-back cultural centre of Luang Prabang
  • Visit small villages in northern Laos & Thailand
  • Cruise on a Pandaw vessel up the Mekong

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


  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


  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
Sea temp (C)(F)
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Vientiane


Day 2: Vientiane

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)

Day 3: Ban Xanakham

Cruise upstream passing lush jungle scenery and tiny riverside villages. Enjoy lectures on board before arrival in Ban Xanakham. (B, L, D)

Day 4: 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)

Day 5: Ban Park Bor

Afternoon visit to the village of Ban Park Bor, home to the Khmu people. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Ban Mouang Khai

Morning cruise past the Xayaburi hydroelectric power plant, then continue upstream towards the village of Ban Mouang Khai. (B, L, D)

Days 7-8: Luang Prabang

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)

Day 9: 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 10: 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 11: Chiang Khong

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)

Days 12-13: Golden Triangle • Fly home

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)

Meal Basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important Information 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

  • 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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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4245 per person

High season from £5345 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

Destinations on this tour

  • Vientiane

    With a troubled recent history, Laos has only recently opened up to the outsid...

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