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The Laos Mekong Pandaw Cruise

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

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4245 per person

High season from £5345 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

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

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

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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