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Mekong Sun Cruise in Laos
Mekong Sun Cruise in Laos
Mekong Sun Cruise in Laos
Mekong Sun Cruise in Laos
Mekong Sun Cruise in Laos
Mekong Sun Cruise in Laos
Mekong Sun Cruise in Laos
Mekong Sun Cruise in Laos
Mekong Sun Cruise in Laos

Mekong Sun

Laos  |  Launched: 2006  |  14 Cabin(s)

From US $598/pax

Classic Cabin

 10 Cabin(s)

 |   12m²

 |   Double/twin

The ten Classic cabins are on the main deck of the Mekong Sun. Each has an area of 12 square meters and faces the riverside with a wide window accompanied by a French balcony.

Cabin Amenities

  |       Max Rom:  

Satisfaction Guarantee
Satisfaction Guarantee
Free Cancellation
Free cancellation 45 days in advance

 Air Conditioning

 Mini Bar

 Toiletries

 Shower

 Bathrobes

 Bottled Water

 In Room Safe

 Hair Dryer

 Slippers

Economy Cabin

 1 Cabin(s)

 |   12m²

 |   Twin

There is only one Economy room on board on the main deck and it has the same facilities as the Classic but with the exception of locating near the stairway and the generator.

Cabin Amenities

  |       Max Rom:  

Satisfaction Guarantee
Satisfaction Guarantee
Free Cancellation
Free cancellation 45 days in advance

 Air Conditioning

 Mini Bar

 Toiletries

 Shower

 Bathrobes

 Bottled Water

 In Room Safe

 Hair Dryer

 Slippers

Superior Cabin

 3 Cabin(s)

 |   18m²

 |   Double/twin

The Superior staterooms has the space of 18 square meter. On the upper deck, there are two adjacent to each other and each has its own private little balcony. The last one is by the bow of the ship where you have the advantage panoramic view.

Cabin Amenities

  |       Max Rom:  

Satisfaction Guarantee
Satisfaction Guarantee
Free Cancellation
Free cancellation 45 days in advance

 Air Conditioning

 Mini Bar

 Toiletries

 Shower

 Bathrobes

 Bottled Water

 In Room Safe

 Hair Dryer

 Slippers

Mekong SunOverview

The luxury Mekong Sun Cruise will bring you wonderful exclusive experiences during your exploration of the Mekong River. 

Cruise tours with different interesting destinations for you to choose such as Chiang Rai - Vientiane, Luang Prabang - Vientiane, Northern Lao or Golden Triangle - Luang Prabang.

The cruise is inspired by traditional Lao houses, with the main material being wood creating a cozy and classic space. If you are traveling in a small group, Mekong Sun Cruise is a great choice with its intimate and close setting of 14 cabins.

In particular, the facilities on board are very modern and comfortable, with a spacious sun deck with panoramic views of the Mekong River, an outdoor restaurant to help you enjoy meals in fresh air and a spacious bar for entertainment activities.

Let Lao River Cruises accompany you on this wonderful journey!

Highlightsof Mekong Sun

Outdoor restaurant with breathtaking views of the Mekong River

The outdoor restaurant with wooden design and curtains with typical Lao ethnic motifs gives the feeling of being lost in the last century. Dishes with unique Lao characteristics such as Tam Mak Hoong, Laap, Khao soi, Sien Savanh... along with BBQ parties with mixed Asian and European dishes bring you unforgettable culinary experiences.

Luxurious design with traditional culture and modern amenities

The main wood color design both brings a warm feeling and creates a simple, modern vibe for the cruise. The curtain system and seat cushions all have traditional Lao brocade designs, making the cruise ship feel like a ship sailing down the river of history, taking visitors to discover ancient cultural beauties.

Onboard activities featured Lao cultural identity

Mekong Sun Cruise is a great choice for those who love culture and excitement. During your journey, you will see Lao dance performed by many artists from different ethnic groups. Baci's friendship celebration is also a meaningful activity that helps strengthen friendships and expand relationships. Wouldn't it be nice to have another friend on this trip?

Facilitiesof Mekong Sun

 Room Service

 Restaurants

 Coffee Shop

 Laundry Service

 Safety Deposit Boxes

 Bar

 Security [24-hour]

 Daily newspaper

 Fishing

 On-demand movies

 Cooking classes

 Library

 rowing

 Doctor on call

 Cycling

Deck Plan

Mekong Sun Cruise in Laos - Deck Plan

Full Itinerary (7)of Mekong Sun

Mekong Sun 5 Nights: Laos Revealed (Upstream)

Destination: Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Caves, Pak Tha, Huay Xai

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Unforgettable voyage of the mighty Mekong River, the "mother of waters"
  • Golden Triangle region where Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet
  • The Pak Ou Caves on the Mekong – containing thousands of Buddha statues
  • The World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, one of the most beautiful ancient towns
  • First-hand experience of the Thai and Lao people's traditional lifestyles
  • Small groups limited to 29 fellow passengers
  • Professional onboard infotainment, including presentations about each region

Itinerary of Mekong Sun 5 Nights: Laos Revealed (Upstream)

Day 1: LUANG PRABANG – BOARDING CRUISE (L, D)

Welcome on board around 11.00 am. This is a unique vessel with cabins on the upper Mekong which is owned by German-Laotian.

Check in your cabin and start a six-day cruise to discover the mighty Laos Mekong River Cruise.

After having lunch onboard, you explore the charming UNESCO Heritage Town of Luang Prabang in the afternoon.

Back on board, you are celebrating this evening with a local dancing performance and a traditional Lao Baci-friendship ceremony. Overnight on board.

Day 2: EXPLORE THE PAK OU CAVES (B, L, D)

Early morning will be spent on board. If you wish to, you can catch the stunning sunrise in the early hours as it rise above the mountains and river afar. We reach a charming town on the shore to interact with the locals as afterward make the trek through the mysterious jungle toward the destination of the day – Pak Ou Caves. There is also the alternative of taking the boat ride to the caves. Arrive at the cave, marvel at the sheer size of the case and the number of Buddha Image with different depictions. Nearby you can see work elephants in action unless they are employed elsewhere at the time of your visit.

Then return back on board as the ship sails to Oudomxay Province.

Day 3: WILD NATURE ALONG THE MIGHTY MEKONG (B, L, D)

As the ship makes its way on the river, there are many opportunities to admire the unique sights of the surroundings and the people living by the shore. The further the sail the more incredible the scenery is. Hills are covered with tropical vegetation, awe-inspiring rock formations along the riverbanks, and a diverse array of rapid currants and slow rivulets. Take in the true green jungle on the towering landscape as you escape from the concrete ones. The power of the mighty Mekong gives your cruise the feeling of a real expedition. Overnight on board.

Day 4: RELAXING AND VILLAGE LIFE (B, L, D)

Today you relax on deck to enjoy astonishingly diverse landscapes and the tranquility of northern Laos-a real retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life back home. As you cruise along the green hills, you start heading toward the small village of Pak Tha. You can join a long-tail boat excursion on the Namtha River, which takes you to a nearby Khmu village, whose school has been supported by donations from Mekong River Cruises guests for many years. In the evening, the dinner will be by the sandbank as the staffs prepare you the traditional BBQ feast. Overnight on board.

Day 5: PAK THA - HUAY XAI (B, L, D)

Soak in the scenery and the purely natural landscape, which is only broken by the seldom sights of small villages and local herds of cattle. In the afternoon, you proceed to the Thailand–Laos border at Chiang Khong, Thailand, and Ban Huay Xai, Laos. In the evening, you enjoy your last dinner on the Mekong. Overnight on board.

Day 6: FAREWELL LAOS MEKONG RIVER CRUISE (B)

After breakfast, you say goodbye to your Laotian crew. You check out and disembark your boutique ship before transferring to the airport or your local hotel. Depending on season and water level the check-out will either be at Chiang Saen or Chiang Khong.

What's included

5 nights aboard your boutique river vessel.
Meals according to itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
Coffee, tea, and water during meal times on board.
All excursions and necessary entry fees according to itinerary.
Presentations and lectures by your cruise director.
Transfers between airports and hotels within city limits.
Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary.
Flights, Visas for Thailand and Laos.
Laundry, telephone calls and personal expenditures.
Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services.
Alcoholic and soft drinks other than mentioned.
Personal insurance.
Video or photography fees (if requested during excursions).

Mekong Sun 5 Nights: Laos Revealed (Downstream)

Destination: Golden Triangle, Pak Ou Caves, Luang Prabang

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Visiting Opium Hall provides insight into the harmful effects of opium
  • ​Learn about traditional culture when visiting the Khmu ethnic village
  • Embark on a thrilling expedition along the Mekong River
  • Immerse in the poetic beauty of the sunset in Luang Prabang
  • Explore the Pak Ou Caves with thousands of Buddha statues
  • Enjoy local specialties and BBQ by the river in the evening

Itinerary of Mekong Sun 5 Nights: Laos Revealed (Downstream)

Day 1: CHIANG RAI – THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE - EMBARKATION (D)

From 8-9 am, you will visit the Golden Triangle area which is a serene landscape after being picked up at your hotel or the Chiang Rai Airport.

After transportation, you will arrive at the Golden Buddha of Sop Ruak and the Hall of Opium. The royal of Thailand sponsored this museum, which presents a profound look at history and politics in opium business with the health effect when using it.

Then it is time to board your exclusive river vessel. Mekong Pearl is fascinating luxury ships, which are jointly owned by German and Laotians. Set up your cozy stateroom and unpack your belongings for an 6-day voyage.

During evening time, you can savor the large decks, onboard lounge, and have a welcoming greeting at dinnertime.

Overnight: All overnight aboard your boutique river cruise ship.

Day 2: WELCOME TO LAOS (B, L, D)

The trip on the Mekong River begins this morning with the starting point in the Golden Triangle representing the region coinciding with the rural mountains of Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand.

You will officially come to the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos after stopping near the Laotian town of Huay Xay on the borders of Laos and Thailand.

Then you can visit northern Laos with fabulous views and head to Pak Tha village. The long-tail boat will take you across Namtha River to see ethnic minority Khmu village.

The next destination is a small school funded by the travelers of Mekong River Cruises. Afterward, the cruise ship keeps downstream and anchors the riverbank or at the sand.

Overnight on board.

Day 3: ASTONISHING LANDSCAPES & REMOTE VILLAGES (B, L, D)

During the time of passing the populated area reached only by water, you will experience the untamed river’s most fascinating scenery: hills overlaid with tropical plants, breathtakingly unique rock formations, and a stunning mixture of slow and fast water. Mekong makes you feel the expedition in reality. On the way to visit the local village, enjoy the remoteness of the breathtaking landscape on deck, cabin or the lounge.

Overnight on board.

Day 4: THE PAK OU CAVES (B, L, D)

After morning time on board, we will visit the well-known Pak Ou Caves with thousands of small Buddha statues located at a small riverside village. There are two routes to get there. The first option is a short trek across the forest to see their local distillery. The second one is to reach the village by boat and see the elephants in action nearby (They can be employed elsewhere so you might not see them). In the evening, we have a famous Mekong River Cruises BBQ dinner by the riverside. Overnight on board.

Day 5: THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE TOWN OF LUANG PRABANG (B, L, D)

You will visit the former royal capital of Laos, named Luang Prabang, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First, we take a city walk to Wat Xieng Thong temple with its Golden tiled roofs that surely impress you. During the day, we will explore other must-see points. This evening we walk up Phou Si-hill, where you can see over the Mekong as well as the Khan River and the nearby mountains, stroll along the Mekong promenade, or enter the lively night market of the Hmong minority. The Luang Prabang offers several chances for great dining, you can select freely to have dinner in town or along the Mekong River. Overnight on board.

Day 6: DISEMBARK IN LUANG PRABANG (B)

You can visit the common giving of alms in Luang Prabang’s street or discover the habitual morning market in the early morning. After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to the Laotian crew. Check-out and disembark. The journey with many great memories ends after taking you to your hotel or the airport (Limits among the city).

What's included

5 nights aboard your boutique river vessel.
Meals according to itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
Coffee, tea and water during meal times on board.
All excursions and necessary entry fees according to itinerary.
Presentations and lectures by your cruise director.
Transfers between airports and hotels within city limits.
Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary.
Flights, Visas for Thailand and Laos.
Laundry, telephone calls and personal expenditures.
Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services.
Alcoholic and soft drinks other than mentioned.
Personal insurance.
Video or photography fees (if requested during excursions).

Mekong Sun 5 Nights: Highlights of Northen Laos

Destination: Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Falls, Pak Ou Caves

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Visit Wat Xieng Thong Temple with its unique architecture
  • Enjoy welcome dinner with a blend of Asian and European cuisine
  • Participate in the early morning almsgiving  in Luang Prabang
  • Admire the wild nature along the Mekong River
  • Discover the giant Pak Ou Caves with thousands of Buddha statues
  • Climb Mount Phou Si and enjoy panoramic views

Itinerary of Mekong Sun 5 Nights: Highlights of Northen Laos

Day 1: EMBARKATION IN LUANG PRABANG (D)

Travel to the embarkation point on your own in Luang Prabang. Check in your cruise and afterward, we will begin discovering the city. Visit the biggest highlight – Wat Xieng Thong Temple with its glittering structures and later one or two big attractions in the town.

Afterward, return back on board for relaxation and lounge on the deck or in the room. Early evening, take part in the greeting party before the welcome dinner with an exquisite blend of Asian and European cuisines. Overnight on board.

Day 2: DEPARTURE FROM LUANG PRABANG (B, L, D)

Early start the day today as you make it into the town to participate in the morning alms-giving ceremony as the monks make their ways around the town.

Afterward, back on board for breakfast to energize for the new days. Spend the leisure time on board as the ship make its way southbound towards places you haven’t seen before. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 3: WILD NATURE ALONG THE MIGHTY MEKONG (B, L, D)

As the ship makes its way on the river, there are many opportunities to admire the unique sights of the surrounding and the people living by the shore. The further the sail the more incredible the scenery is. Take in the true green jungle on the towering landscape as you escape from the concrete ones. Overnight on board.

Day 4: KUANG SI WATERFALLS (B, L, D)

Today excursion is for all nature lover with a journey to the sapphire waterfall of Kuang Si. Start with a short tuk tuk ride to the entrance. Start a short hike up to reach the fall and by the trail, you can find all kind of plants and insects. Admire the fall, and if you are so inclined, take a short dip in the lagoon before going back on board for lunch.

Afternoon today, we return back to the bank of Luang Prabang.

Enjoy the fantastic BBQ on board as the ship sail slowly.

Day 5: THE PAK OU CAVES (B, L, D)

After breakfast, make the trek through the mysterious jungle toward the destination of the day – Pak Ou Caves. There is also the alternative of taking the boat ride to the caves. Arrive at the cave, and marvel at the sheer size of the case and the number of Buddha Images with different depictions.

Return back on board as we make our way back to Luang Prabang. Begin the afternoon with a climb to the Phou Si Mountain. Upon reaching the top, you will be rewarded with a bird’s eye view of the surrounding region.

When the evening approaches, take a walk to the narrow lanes by the Mekong River and take in the life around you. In this town, you can also find the local ethnic minority of Hmong.

Return back on board for the farewell dinner and later Baci ceremony.

Day 6: DISEMBARKATION (B)

After breakfast, check out of the cruise, and you will be taken to either your hotel or the airport in Luang Prabang.

Notice: the itinerary might change at the last minute, and we are not responsible for the replacement. The cause is related to the climatic conditions, alterations to cruise schedules, or other operational factors.

What's included

5 overnights aboard your boutique river vessel Mekong Pearl.
All meals and tour program as per above itinerary.
Coffee, tea and water during meal times on board.
All excursions and necessary entry fees.
Presentations and lectures by your cruise director.
Transfers from/to Luang Prabang airport or your hotel in town.
Flights.
Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary.
Visas for Laos.
Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures.
Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services.
Alcoholic and soft drinks other than mentioned.
Personal Insurance.

Mekong Sun 5 Nights: Impressions of the Mekong (Upstream)

Destination: Vientiane, Salakham, Ban Don Saingam, Xayaburi Dam, Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Capture the breathtaking scenery along the river with pristine nature
  • Observe and experience life in Salakham village
  • Hike to a secluded cave for a quiet atmosphere in Ban Dom Saingam
  • Visit one of Laos' largest dams - Xayaburi Dam
  • Enjoy local specialties and BBQ by the river in the evening

Itinerary of Mekong Sun 5 Nights: Impressions of the Mekong (Upstream)

Day 1: VIENTIANE EMBARKATION (D)

This afternoon travel to the embarkation point on your own. Check-in your cabin and have some rest from the heat as the ship commences its journey.

Along the way, there are endless precious opportunities for you to capture these breathtaking sights by the river with untouched nature at its fullest. The peace and calmness it brings also are a good setting for you to meditate, enjoy a book, or simply just be for a while.

Later in the evening, join in with other passengers in the restaurant to feast on the Asia / European cuisine prepared by experienced staff.

Day 2: WILD NATURE ALONG THE MIGHTY MEKONG (B, L, D)

As the ship makes its way on the river, there are many opportunities to admire the unique sights of the surroundings and the people living by the shore. The further the sail the more incredible the scenery is. Take in the true green jungle on the towering landscape as you escape from the concrete ones.

Overnight on board.

Day 3: CRUSING - SALAKHAM (B, L, D)

Continue north toward the town of Luang Prabang. Admire the spectacular rock formations and the green wild forest covering the grounds. Have a chance to see and participate in life at the village of Salakham. Return back on board then we resume the journey up north against the age-old current of Mekong River.

Overnight on board.

Day 4: BAN DON SAINGAM (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we start the day at Ban Dom Saingam. Leaving the ship and by foot, we will hike to the secluded cave which is reserved only for the passengers on board. On the way, get yourself lost in the tranquil atmosphere with some callings from cattle and the herders as they navigate them toward the feeding ground.

Enjoy a BBQ dinner on a spot by the river. Overnight on board.

Day 5: XAYABOURI DAM (B, L, D)

While enjoying the breakfast, you can take in the gorgeous sights by the river and maybe catch a village doing laundry. Today’s highlight is one of Laos’ biggest dam that provide electricity all around the country – Xayabouri Dam.

Then afternoon visit to a hill tribe that is supported by the cruise.

Enjoy the final dinner on board this evening.

Day 6: KUANG SI – LUANG PRABANG (B, L)

Today excursion is for all nature lover with a journey to the sapphire waterfall of Kuang Si. Start with a short tuk tuk ride to the entrance. Start a short hike up to reach the fall and by the trail, you can find all kind of plants and insects. Admire the fall, and if you are so inclined, take a short dip in the lagoon before going back on board for lunch.

Afternoon today, we make the way to the bank of Luang Prabang. Check-out of the cruise and you will be transferred to your hotel or the airport in Luang Prabang.

What's included

5 overnights aboard your boutique river vessel Mekong Pearl.
All meals and tour program as per above itinerary.
Coffee, tea and water during meal times on board.
All excursions and necessary entry fees.
Presentations and lectures by your cruise director.
Transfers from/to Vientiane / Luang Prabang airport or your hotel in town.
Flights.
Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary.
Visas for Laos.
Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures.
Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services.
Alcoholic and soft drinks other than mentioned.
Personal Insurance.

Mekong Sun 5 Nights: Impressions of the Mekong (Downstream)

Destination: Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Falls, Ban Don Saingam, Salakham, Vientiane

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Explore beautiful Luang Prabang with a unique almsgiving ceremony
  • Visit the majestic Kuang Si Waterfall and a path full of plants and insects
  • Capture the unique beauty of nature and local life along the Mekong River
  • Enjoy famous dishes like Laab, Khao Soi, Beerlaos,...
  • Discover the capital Vientiane with its outstanding historical sites

Itinerary of Mekong Sun 5 Nights: Impressions of the Mekong (Downstream)

Day 1: LUANG PRABANG EMBARKATION (D)

This afternoon travel to the embarkation point on your own. Check in your cabin and have some rest if you wish.

You can make further discoveries about the town of Luang Prabang on your own this afternoon before dinner time when you join in with other passengers in the restaurant to feast on the Asia / European cuisine prepared by experienced staff.

Day 2: LUANG PRABANG - KUANG SI FALLS - XAYABOURI DAM (B, L, D)

Early birds can take part in the Alms giving ceremony this morning - a very sacred ritual of Laotian.

Today's excursion is for all nature lovers with a journey to the sapphire waterfall of Kuang Si. Start with a short tuk-tuk ride to the entrance. Start a short hike up to reach the fall and by the trail, you can find all kinds of plants and insects. Later, I went back on board for lunch.

Afternoon’s highlight is one of Laos’ biggest dam that provides electricity all around the country – Xayabouri Dam.

The ship docks in a sandbank tonight.

Day 3: BAN DON SAINGAM (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we start the day at Ban Dom Saingam. Leaving the ship and by foot, we will hike to the secluded cave which is reserved only for the passengers on board. On the way, get yourself lost in the tranquil atmosphere with some callings from cattle and the herders as they navigate them toward the feeding ground.

Enjoy a BBQ dinner on a spot by the river. Overnight on board.

Day 4: CRUSING - SALAKHAM (B, L, D)

Continue north toward the town of Luang Prabang. Admire the spectacular rock formations and the green wild forest covering the grounds. Have a chance to see and participate in the life at the village of Salakham. Return back on board then we resume the journey down south along with the age old current of Mekong River. Overnight on board.

Day 5: WILD NATURE ALONG THE MIGHTY MEKONG (B, L, D)

As the ship makes its way on the river, there are many opportunities to admire the unique sights of the surroundings and the people living by the shore. The further the sail the more incredible the scenery is. Take in the true green jungle on the towering landscape as you escape from the concrete ones. Overnight on board.

Day 6: VIENTIANE DISEMBARKATION (B)

The afternoon today, we make the way to the bank of Luang Prabang. Check-out of the cruise for your onward journey.

What's included

5 overnights aboard your boutique river vessel Mekong Pearl.
All meals and tour program as per above itinerary.
Coffee, tea and water during meal times on board.
All excursions and necessary entry fees.
Presentations and lectures by your cruise director.
Transfers from/to Vientiane / Luang Prabang airport or your hotel in town.
Flights.
Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary.
Visas for Laos.
Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures.
Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services.
Alcoholic and soft drinks other than mentioned.
Personal Insurance.

Mekong Sun 10 Nights (Downstream)

Destination: Golden Triangle, Pak Ou Caves, Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Falls, Ban Don Saingam, Salakham, Vientiane

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Witness the majestic mountains and the beauty of Mekong River
  • Enjoy the fresh air and sparkling beauty of the river at night
  • Explore unique architecture and cuisine in Luang Prabang
  • Capture the architectural symbol of Vientiane - Pha That Luang 
  • Visit the famous Pak Ou Caves with thousands of Buddha statues
  • Admire Kuang Si Waterfall - the most beautiful natural waterfall

Itinerary of Mekong Sun 10 Nights (Downstream)

Day 1: THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE - BOARDING (D)

After pickup between 8 am and 9 am at your local hotel or Chiang Rai Airport, you will visit the well-known Golden Triangle area. The city tour begins with the Golden Buddha of Sop Ruak and the Hall of Opium Museum. The Hall of Opium attracts tourists by the history and politics of the opium commerce and its health effects to the users. Then, you will stay in a spacious accommodation and prepare for an 11-day voyage. In the evening, a welcome dinner and reception are for you after having a great time to experience the ship’s large decks and lounge. Overnight on board.

Day 2: THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE - HUAY XAY AND PAK THA (B, L, D)

In the morning, the once-in-a-lifetime experience officially begins with the first point from the Golden Triangle region where borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet. You will visit a place near Huay Xay belonging to Laos on the Laos- Thailand border. Then, you board a ship through the fabulous views of northern Laos to the Pak Tha’s small village. Afterwards, the long-tail boat will take you to Khmu village passing Namtha River. You keep downriver and enjoy the atmosphere there until the cruise vessel anchors on the sand during night time. Overnight on board.

Day 3: ASTONISHING LANDSCAPES AND REMOTE VILLAGES (B, L, D)

Passing the abundant population area reached by water only, you will explore the most stunning scenery: hills overlaid with tropical plants, breathtakingly unique rock formations, and a fabulous mixture of slow and fast water. You will experience an exploration of reality through the power of the Mekong River. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of these amazing environments in the lounge, your cabin, or on deck. Enter Oudomxay Province after a while. Overnight on board.

Day 4: PAK OU CAVES (B, L, D)

After a great morning on board, we will visit the famous Pak Ou Caves, located at a small riverside village, with thousands of small Buddha statues inside. Now, you can go on a boat or trek through the forest to the local village to view the distillery. Not far away, the elephants may work (unless they are employed elsewhere at the time of your visit). It is surrounded by incredible limestone mountains and enjoy your dinner on board. Overnight on board.

Day 5: THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE CITY OF LUANG PRABANG (B, L)

Now, we head to UNESCO World Heritage Site- Luang Prabang known as the former capital of Laos. First is the city walk tour to well-known Wat Xieng Thong temple gold-coloured rim tile roofs, which impresses you. You will visit other must-see destinations during this round trip through Luang Prabang. Walking up Mount Phou Si to see breathtaking views of the Mekong and Khan Rivers and the surrounding mountains. You will be attracted by the walkway along the Mekong or join the lively Hmong night market. There are various cuisines in Prabang for you to select from their offerings beside the Mekong River and in town. Overnight on board.

Day 6: THE ROYAL CAPITAL, LUANG PRABANG (B, D)

If you wake up early, you can see the common giving of alms in the street of Luang Prabang, and experience the peaceful morning market. After having breakfast on board, the guided city tour will consist of the National Museum of Luang Prabang in an old royal palace and a local handicraft village. After that, you are free to explore the city center with many places such as local shops, restaurants, or cafeterias. Before dinner time on board, you join the Baci friendship commemoration and a celebration of performing a traditional Lao dance. Overnight on board.

Day 7: KUANG SI FALLS (B, L, D)

The breakfast served on board, you savor the amazing views and may see the spot local fishermen onshore when you board farther downriver. After a couple of hours, you will travel by tuk-tuks to see the breathtaking Kuang Si Falls, considered the most beautiful masterpiece of nature in the whole country. In the afternoon, do not forget the Xayaburi Dam, the largest hydroelectric power plant in Laos. You can enjoy a delicious Mekong River Cruises barbecue dinner along the river bank. Overnight on board.

Day 8: THE FARMING VILLAGE OF BAN DON SAINGAM (B, L, D)

Now, you will discover the hidden cave and feel natural by some simple hiking trails. In the afternoon, you see the stunning scenery on the sun deck or join the talk about Laos’s history and culture. Then, you take a rest on board, and have a good time served by a boutique ship in a particular but casual air. Overnight on board.

Day 9: POWERFUL RAPIDS AND THE TOWN OF SALAKHAM (B, L, D)

The landscapes become more and more remarkable when downstream with the hills covered by tropical plants, dramatic rock formations along riversides, and different array speeds of rivulets. Then head to the magnificent town of Salakham. You can feel the real expedition by the power of the mighty Mekong. You enjoy the splendid scenery and see the wonders of nature along the riversides before the vessel goes downstream and anchors for the night. Overnight on board.

Day 10: VIENTIANE, THE CAPITAL OF LAOS (B, L, D)

You keep downriver along with the Mekong, and is considered the “Mother of All Waters”. Laotian capital-Vientiane is the next stop where you see the Pha That Luang stupa known as an architectural symbol of Laos, and Patuxai is considered the Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane. Last is the evening celebration of your cruise with a bon voyage dinner on board, with the kind crew, cruise director, and captain. Overnight on board.

Day 11: DISEMBARKATION IN VIENTIANE (B)

After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to your Laotian crew. You check out and disembark your boutique ship before transferring to the airport or your local hotel. What an unforgettable experience!

What's included

10 nights in a selected cabin type aboard your boutique river cruise ship.
Local English-speaking guides.
Entrance fees for sightseeing according to the itinerary.
Excursions according to itinerary.
Tours and transfers according to itinerary.
Drinking water in vehicles and on the ship.
Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Complimentary coffee, tea, and water on board your boutique river cruise ship.
Presentations and lectures on board by the cruise director.
Transfers between airports and hotels within city limits (only guaranteed if information was correctly provided four weeks prior to departure at the latest).
Flights
Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary.
Visas for Thailand and Laos.
Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures.
Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services.
Alcoholic and soft drinks other than those mentioned.
Personal Insurance
Video or photography fees (if requested during excursions).

Mekong Sun 10 Nights (Upstream)

Destination: Vientiane, Salakham, Ban Don Saingam, Xayaburi Dam, Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Caves, Huay Xai

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Savor the scenery of the Mekong River from Thailand's Golden Triangle to Laos
  • Relax aboard exclusive river ship and enjoy unspoiled nature along the mighty Mekong
  • Discover Vientiane and the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang
  • Visit the famous Pak Ou Caves and the breathtaking Kuang Si Falls

Itinerary of Mekong Sun 10 Nights (Upstream)

Day 1: VIENTIANE - BOARDING (D)

Checking in and boarding the Mekong Sun which is a boutique river vessel first of its kind to provide cabins on upper Mekong by Germany and Laos at 2 pm. First you receive your nice accommodation and prepare for a 12-day voyage. In the afternoon, the tour guide will take you to visit the famous places in Laotian capital, including Pha That Luang stupa and Patuxai, considered as the Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane. Back to your cruise ship and relax in the expansive decks and lounge. Then join the greeting reception and dinner. We offer a choice of European and Asian food on the ship. Overnight on board.

Day 2: WILD NATURE ALONG THE MIGHTY MEKONG (B, L, D)

The experience on the Mekong River begins with an upriver route where travelers can see the most breathtaking and stunning scenery. In the afternoon, you enjoy the splendid landscape and the wonders of nature along the Mekong riversides before the vessel anchors at a peaceful place to have a night off. Overnight on board.

Day 3: POWERFUL RAPIDS AND THE TOWN OF SALAKHAM (B, L, D)

The views are more and more astounding in further north: hill overlaid tropical plants, dramatic rock formations, and fast currents and sluggish rivulets. You have a day to discover the dreamy town of Salakham and you will feel like an expedition in reality by the power of the impressive Mekong. Do not forget to enjoy the scenic landscape and nature’s wonders along the riverside before the boutique reaches the north and stay there for a night. Overnight on board.

Day 4: THE FARMING VILLAGE BAN DON SAINGAM (B, L, D)

Go upriver, you will visit Ban Don Saingam, where the trekking in 30 minutes to discover the cave takes place by Mekong River Cruises guests. The entirely natural environment is only broken by the rare sightings of tiny communities and local livestock herds. Overnight on board.

Day 5: XAYABURI DAM (B, L, D)

You can catch the wonderful landscape and local fishermen along the bank when having breakfast on board. Remember to visit the largest hydroelectric power plant in Laos called Xayaburi Dam. During the afternoon, you see the life of a small tribe living in the hill, who are often visited by tourists and assisted by funds. Overnight on board.

Day 6: KUANG SI FALLS AND LUANG PRABANG (B, L, D)

The tour guide will take you to Kuang Si Falls, one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in Laos in the morning. The afternoon is for Luang Prabang, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former royal Laotian capital. Walking up Mount Phou Si at night to see the stunning view of the Mekong and Khan Rivers and then mountains around. Afterwards, you can take a walk along Mekong bank and join the Hmong night market before dining on board and participating in a Lao dance and a Baci friendship celebration. Overnight on board.

Day 7: THE ROYAL CAPITAL, LUANG PRABANG (B, L)

You can experience the common giving of alms in Luang Prabang’s street  and local morning market in the early time. Then you have an on board breakfast and guided city tour, including the National Museum, located in an old royal palace then a traditional handicraft village. The afternoon is for you to discover the city by yourself. There are many offers for dining in Luang Prabang so you can select one of the famous restaurants within town or Mekong’s riverside. Overnight on board.

Day 8: PAK OU CAVES (B, L, D)

While you have breakfast, go upstream and head to the must-see Pak Ou Caves where the thousands of small Buddha statues are placed. From this, you can trek acrossing the forest or by boat to the riverside village and see the distillery. The elephants are nearby unless they go somewhere else to work. Upstream to Oudomxay Province in the afternoon. Overnight on board.

Day 9: THE MIGHTY MEKONG (B, L, D)

There is less traffic to the upstream and you can have a great time in peaceful surroundings. Relax on your accommodation, lounge or deck and feel the atmosphere as the great views get more fabulous: hills overlaid tropical flora, dramatic rock formations in riverside, fast currents and sluggish rivulets. You can feel the exploration in reality by the power of the strong Mekong. Overnight on board.

Day 10: RELAXATION AND VILLAGE LIFE (B, L, D)

Avoid the speedy daily life and relax on deck to see the views around and the peace of northern Laos. You will reach Pak Tha when the ship passes the green hills.

Join a long-tail boat excursion on the Namtha River, which takes you to a nearby Khmu village, whose school has been sup-ported by donations from Mekong River Cruises guests for many years. In the evening, in an ideal riverbank location, you have a tasty Mekong River Cruises barbecue dinner. Overnight on board.

Day 11: HUAY XAY AND FAREWELL MEKONG (B)

Say goodbye to the Laotian crew after breakfast and check out. Before noon you reach Ban Huay Xay and disembark your boutique ship. After visiting the temple and traditional market you will pass the Thailand-Laos border at Friendship Bridge before transferring to the airport or your local hotel at Chiang Rai city limits. It is difficult to say goodbye and the voyage will instill in your memory.

What's included

10 nights in selected cabin type aboard your boutique river cruise ship.
Local English-speaking guides.
Entrance fees for sightseeing according to the itinerary.
Excursions according to itinerary.
Tours and transfers according to itinerary.
Drinking water in vehicles and on the ship.
Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Complimentary coffee, tea, and water on board your boutique river cruise ship.
Presentations and lectures on board by the cruise director.
Transfers between airports and hotels within city limits (only guaranteed if information was correctly provided four weeks prior to departure at the latest).
Flights
Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary.
Visas for Thailand and Laos.
Laundry, telephone calls and personal expenditures.
Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services.
Alcoholic and soft drinks other than mentioned.
Personal Insurance
Video or photography fees (if requested during excursions).

MEKONG SUN CRUISE POLICY

General conditions

  • For group bookings, passengers must provide us a rooming list 2 weeks before the begin date.
  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice. The total cost is calculated based on the fuel’s price and other factors like exchange rates, etc. In case of these price exceeds over 10% of the original cost, we retain the right to impose a supplement to the rate that we agreed upon confirmation.
  • We reserve the right to cancel a departure 30 days prior to the embarkation date if the amount of confirmed passengers is insufficient for operation. In such case, we will suggest an alternative option for cruising or land package. If none of the option suits with your schedule, then we can give you the refund. 
  • Mekong River Cruises reserves the right to cancel a cruise departure until at latest 4 weeks before embarkation if less reservation than the applicable minimum number of passengers are made. In such a case all payments are refunded by Mekong River Cruises.

Individual and small group bookings payment conditions

  • To make a booking, a 30% deposit is required. The remaining payment must be paid 60 days prior to the beginning date of the cruise.
  • We reserve the right to charge interest of 5 % per month on overdue bills.
  • We are not responsible for extra charges like bank fees for international transactions or 3-4% of processing fee for payments by credit cards.

Individual and small group bookings cancellation policies

  • Cancellation before 130 days prior to the start of the cruise: 30 % of the total rate
  • Between 70 and 129 days prior to the start of the cruise: 50 % of the total rate
  • Between 40 and 69 days prior to the start of the cruise: 75 % of the total rate
  • Less than 39 days prior to the start of the cruise: 100 % of the total rate

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