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Cruising the Majestic Mekong

From RMB 11790
Travel days:  7 days
 /  6 nights

  • All flights mentioned in the program in economy class including airport tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All transfers mentioned in the program with air-conditioned vehicles.
  • First entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotel with breakfast.
  • English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing. Other languages are available on request.
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner).
  • 24 hour TUI China telephone hotline (German or English): +86 13910187388
  • Tips.
  • Visa fees.
  • Personal expenses.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • Vientiane 
    Novotel Vientiane Hotel 4*
  • Luang Prabang 
    Santi Resort & Spa 4*P
  • Pakbeng
    The Luang Say Lodge and Cruises 3*/4*
  • Huay Xai
    Gateway Villa 1 Hotel 2*
  • The above mentioned rates are subject to availability. Kindly note that no reservation has been made at this moment.
  • From 1 November 2010 to 30 April 2011 and 1-31 October 2011, the cruise departs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
  • The flight from Huay Xai to Vientiane is only available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
  • The National Museum in Luang Prabang is closed on every Tuesday.
  • The Gateway Villa 1 Hotel is the best available hotel in Huay Xai.
  • For certain sightseeing venues, if a child is taller than 120 cm, entrance fees are calculated as an adult. For further visits or re-entry at some sites, the entrance fee must be paid again and this will be the responsibility of the client.
  • If you have any further ideas, please feel free to contact us. We will do our best to adjust the offer according to your wishes.

Travel content

Sit back, relax, and take the slow boat down the Mekong through the heartland of Laos. Winding its way like a silver ribbon across Laos, for centuries the Mekong River as acted has the lifeline of the Lao people. Despite some new roads having been constructed in recent years, the Mekong boat still plays a vital role in Lao culture. For those looking to venture deep into the heart of this ancient country, from golden temples to out-of-the-way villages, a gentle cruise down the majestic Mekong is the perfect answer.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Sat. Shanghai/Beijing –Vientiane
    • Fly from Beijing/Shanghai to Vientiane
    • Transfer to the hotel
    • Overnight in Vientiane
  • Day 2:
    Sun. Vientiane - Luang Prabang (B)
    • After breakfast transfer to the airport to take flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang.
    • From Luang Prabang to Kuang Si Waterfall, travel overland to visit the local village of Ban Muang Khai.
    • Continue on to Kuang Si Waterfall, located in a perfect natural setting near Luang Prabang. This multi-tiered waterfall tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools. Enjoy swimming in the clear water or just relaxing in the natural environment.
    • Continue to Ban Tha Pene, a nearby Khmu village, before returning to Luang Prabang.
    • Overnight in Luang Prabang
  • Day 3:
    Mon. Luang Prabang (B)
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Sightseeing in Luang Prabang. Set between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. The entire town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
    • Start the day at Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat). The oldest living temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Visoun dates back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddhas. Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to Wat Xieng Thong, the crowning jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city. Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaic and gold-stenciled murals. From there, stroll down the main street of Luang Prabang, stopping at some of the many temples that line its sides, including Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene.
    • Continue to the National Museum (Royal Palace), a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs. This turn-of-the century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos. Afterwards, visit Wat Mai.
    • Overnight in Luang Prabang.
  • Day 4:
    Tue. Luang Prabang - Pakbeng (B L D)
    • Board the Luang Say Lodge and Cruises vessel to begin cruise with guide from Luang Prabang to Pakbeng (upstream), day 1 of 2.
    • Luang Say boat departs from Luang Prabang pier at 07h00 for a cruise up the Mekong River to Pakbeng. A continental breakfast is served on board.
    • On the way to Pak Ou village, at the mouth of the Nam Ou River, a visit is organized to Tam Ting Caves and Tham Phoum Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. A buffet lunch is served on board, afterwards a brief stop is made at Ban Baw to observe the processing of traditional rice alcohol.
    • Boat arrives at Luang Say Lodge before sunset for overnight stop. Meet with local guide. Dinner is served at a terrace overlooking the Mekong River.
    • Overnight in Pakbeng
  • Day 5:
    Wed. Pakbeng - Huay Xai (B L)
    • Aboard The Luang Say Lodge and Cruises from Pakbeng to Huay Xai.
    • Breakfast is served at terrace around 06:00 a.m.
    • Visit the morning market (optional) of Pakbeng where the nearby villagers and hill tribes buy and exchange their goods. Boat departs at 07:00 a.m. for her second part of the trip.
    • One stop is made to visit and admire the authentic rural life of a hill tribe village at Ban Houy Phalam (Kamu Village).
    • Lunch is served on board.
    • Arrive at Houeisay before 5pm. Then transfer to Huay Xai.
    • Overnight in Huay Xai.
  • Day 6:
    Thu. Huay Xai - Vientiane (B)
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Flight from Huay Xai to Vientiane and then sightseeing in Vientiane.
    • The capital city and seat of government sits in a bend of the Mekong River amidst fertile alluvial plains. Vientiane (pronounced 'Wieng Chan' by the locals) is a laid-back city with interesting wats and lively markets.
    • Visit That Luang Stupa, That Luang (Great Sacred Reliquary or Great Stupa): built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD, it is the most important national monument in Laos, a symbol of both the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty.
    • Overnight in Vientiane
  • Day 7:
    Fri. Vientiane –Beijing/Shanghai (B)
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Visit Ho Pha Keo, the former royal temple of the Lao monarchy built in 1565 by King Setthathirat and now converted into a museum containing some of the best examples of Buddhist sculptures found in Laos.
    • Then we will visit Wat Sisaket constructed in 1818 by King Anouvong in the early Bangkok style. The interior walls of the cloister are punctured with small niches that contain more than 2000 silver and ceramic Buddha images.
    • Transfer to the airport to take the flight back to Beijing/Shanghai.
    • End of service.