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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.
(N)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
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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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