Day 1: Huay Xay - Embarkation (L, D)
At 12 PM you will embark on the Mekong Sun/ Explorer, comfortable new cruise ships. These unique vessels are the one and only German-Laotian owned cabincruiser on the upper Mekong. Settle into your accommodating cabin and unpack for a four-day cruise. You will cruise southwards and visit some unspoiled Laotian villages on the way. During cruising you are able to spend free time at sundeck, in your cabin or library. Lunch will be served as buffet, dinner as a set menu. The night is spent on a secluded river bank or sandbank. Overnight aboard.
Day 2: Pak Tha (B, L, D)
As you cruise along the green hills, you will start heading upstream towards Pak Tha. At Pak Tha, a small village, you will take off on a long-tail boat excursion on the Namtha River to visit a Khmu village. You will also visit a small village school sponsored by guests of the Mekong Company. The purely natural landscape is only broken by the seldom sights of small villages and local herds of cattle. Enjoy the comfort and service onboard: exclusive, yet casual, you’ll share the boat with no more than 26/30 fellow guests. You will then spend a last relaxing dinner and evening aboard.
Day 3: Pakbeng (B, L, D)
The diversity of the landscape is astonishing, now shifting to tropical hills in the background. Enjoy the tranquility of northern Laos, a real retreat from the hustle-and-bustle of daily life. Later, that day you will have a short stop in the market town of Pakbeng. As you cruise along the green hills, you will start heading upstream towards Pak Tha. Overnight aboard.
Day 4: Pak Ou - Luang Prabang - Disembark (B, L)
This morning you will cruise southwards and visit the famous Pak Ou Caves, with thousands of small Buddha statues inside the caverns.Today and after lunch you will say goodbye to your Laotian crew. Check-out and disembark in Luang Prabang. (Please do not book any connecting flights in LPQ before 6 PM.)
NOTE: Every river cruise on the upper Mekong is a pioneering experience and is subject to constantly changing river conditions, including from flood waters and shallows. Therefore please understand that we must reserve the right to alter the itinerary of this tour due to the logistical complexities involved. Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, local authorities and river and/or road conditions. For safety reasons and according to navigation conditions, these programs may be amended without previous notice.
Started in 2009 visitors of Laos have the opportunity to discover the serene beauty of Southern Laos during a cruise aboard the cruise vessel Mekong Islands. Passengers can choose from a 5- or 7-day cruise option, each starting and ending in the capital of Champasak province Pakse, is located along the Mekong shore.
A cruise on the Mekong Islands is the most comfortable and exclusive way to explore this unique natural region of the so called 4000 islands with its thousands of small river islands almost appearing in a surrealistic way. Get to know the life of the locals during visits to riverside villages as well as cultural highlights like the UNESCO protected temple of Wat Phou, silent witness of the ancient civilization of the Khmer. Deep in the south of the country near Cambodia the largest waterfalls in Asia await the visitor. During the 7-day cruise among others guests will enjoy a day trip to the beauty of the plateau of Bolaven with its numerous waterfalls and panoramic views of the surrounding plains of Southern Laos.
The Mekong Islands - Facts
Built in Laos in 2008/2009
Started operations in September 2009
Two decks with 11 cabins in two categories
All cabins twin bedded, with en suite shower/WC and air conditioning
Eight Classic cabins (approx. 11 m²) on the main deck with a big window providing fantastic views of the surpassing landscapes
Three Superior cabins (approx. 12 m²) on the upper deck all with wide sliding panoramic windows and a French balcony
Large sun deck on the top deck
Restaurant/bar area on the upper deck
All offshore excursions guided in English
European Cruise director on board (English and German speaking)