Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang Mekong Sun Cruise

. Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang or vv - 8 days

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IMPORTANT: The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only and subject to reconnaissance. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

DAY 1: Chiang Rai – The Golden Triangle – Embarkation

Meet and greet at 11:30am in Chiang Rai city. Transfer by Bus to the Golden Triangle area at Chiang Saen. You will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant overlooking the Mekong before visiting the Golden Buddha of Sop Ruak and the modern Hall of Opium. This fascinating museum, sponsored by the royal family of Thailand, gives a deep background on the history and politics of the opium trade and the health effects of opium abuse using multimedia exhibitions. In the evening embark on the RV Mekong Sun, a comfortable German-Laotian Boutique Cruise ship. Settle into your comfortable cabin and unpack for a seven night cruise. Tonight you can enjoy the spacious decks, lounge on board and attend your evening welcome reception.
Overnight aboard your Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Sun Cruise

DAY 2: Welcome to Laos

This morning your cruise will take you from the Golden Triangle region between Burma, Laos and Thailand into the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos (Most nationalities can obtain visa on arrival here against USD in cash plus passport sized picture, pls. inquire with your local embassy about visa regulations). From the town of Huay Xay on the Laotian – Thai border your voyage leads into northern Laos amidst beautiful scenery. Continue to the small village of Pak Tha, where we join a longtail boat for a trip up the Nam Tha River to visit a remote Khmu village. You will visit a small village school sponsored by guests of Mekong River Cruises.
Overnight aboard the Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Sun Cruise

DAY 3: Pakbeng

The river traffic increases as you pass through a densely populated region accessible only by water. Relax on deck, in your comfortable cabin or in the lounge and soak up the remote scenery. Our voyage continues to the small town of Pak Beng, where we hope to meet elephants in a nearby camp. Once back on your Mekong cruise you will continue downstream and anchor at a sand bank.
Overnight aboard the Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Sun Cruise

DAY 4: The Pak Ou caves

After a relaxing morning onboard we stop at a small riverside village for a visit and to see their local distillery. From here, you can optionally go on a short jungle trek through the forest to the famous Pak Ou Caves, with thousands of small Buddha statues inside the caverns. Alternatively you can reach the caves comfortably by boat as well. This evening we enjoy our famous Mekong River Cruises BBQ dinner in a beautiful riverside location.
Overnight aboard the Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Sun Cruise

DAY 5: The UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang

Today you reach Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a walk up Phou Si-hill, which offers a spectacular view over the Mekong as well as the Khan river and the surrounding mountains. Among other highlights during this full day excursion through Luang Prabang, the famous Wat Xieng Thong temple with its Golden tiled roofs will surely leave you in awe. In the evening, enjoy strolling along the Mekong promenade or visiting the colorful night market of the local Hmong minority. As Luang Prabang offers many opportunities for fine dining, tonight you are free to choose from the numerous offerings in town or along the Mekong River.
Overnight aboard the Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Sun Cruise

DAY 6: The mighty Mekong

In the early morning you will able to visit the traditional giving of alms in the streets of Luang Prabang. Breakfast is on board. Today you will experience more of the town during a morning visit and enjoy the unique atmosphere provided by the abundance of well-preserved French colonial architecture mingling with traditional Buddhist temples. After returning back on board for lunch your cruise will take you further downriver, where you will discover some of the most remarkable, most impressive landscapes of this still-untamed river. The landscape becomes more and more spectacular: hills covered with tropical vegetation, awe-inspiring rock formations along the river banks, and a fascinating array of fast currents and slower river parts on the river. The power of the mighty Mekong will give your cruise the feeling of a real expedition. Enjoy the beautiful views and watch nature’s wonders along the shores before you stop at a remote sandbank for the night.
Overnight aboard the Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Mekong Sun Cruise

DAY 7: Kuang Si Waterfalls

An excursion by local Tuk Tuks will take you to the Kuang Si-falls, one of the most attractive waterfalls in Laos. Back aboard your cruise returns northbound reaching Luang Prabang after lunch. This afternoon you are free to explore the beautiful town on your own pace, rent an E-bike to reach some of the lively outskirts of the town (optionally against premium) or spend some time shopping for souvenirs or presents for your loved ones at home. In the evening enjoy a traditional Lao Baci Ceremony and watch some local dances on board before celebrating with your local crew your farewell dinner.
Overnight aboard the Mekong River Cruise Boutique-Boat. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Sun Cruise

DAY 8: Disembark Luang Prabang

After breakfast you will say goodbye to your Laotian crew. Check-out and disembark.
End of services with your transfer to the airport or your hotel in Luang Prabang (within city limits). 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price/person 

The tour price of this itinerary would vary depending on date of departure and number of participant. Please contact us @ info@indochinatreks.com for best available rate.

Mekong Sun Cruise Departures

Mekong Sun Cruise Departures for 2020

Itineraries

2020
July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

VIENTIANE TO CHIANG RAI, 11 days 10 nights

Golden Triangle -

Vientiane

N/A N/A N/A 17 7, 28 19
Vientiane -

Golden Triangle

N/A N/A N/A N/A 18 9

GOLDEN TRIANGLE BY MEKONG SUN, 8 days 7 nights

Chiang Rai -

Luang Prabang

6, 27 22 12 N/A N/A N/A
Luang Prabang -

Chiang Rai

18 15 5 N/A N/A N/A

LUANG PRABANG ROUND TRIP, 6 days 5 nights

Luang Prabang 13 2, 30 N/A 4 N/A N/A

VIENTIANE - LUANG PRABANG, 5 days 4 nights

Vientiane On request, please contact us!
Luang Prabang

Mekong Sun Cruise Departures for 2021

Itineraries

2021
Jan Feb Mar April May July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

VIENTIANE TO CHIANG RAI, 11 days 10 nights

Golden Triangle -

Vientian

On request, please contact us!
Vientiane -

Golden Triangle

GOLDEN TRIANGLE BY MEKONG SUN, 8 days 7 nights

Chiang Rai -

Luang Prabang

On request, please contact us!
Luang Prabang -

Chiang Rai

LUANG PRABANG ROUND TRIP, 6 days 5 nights

Luang Prabang On request, please contact us!

VIENTIANE - LUANG PRABANG, 5 days 4 nights

Vientiane On request, please contact us!
Luang Prabang

Important information

What's included ?

Price Includes

Tour Inclusions

  • 7 overnights in selected cabin type aboard your boutique river cruise ship Mekong Sun
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned, by air-conditioned vehicles
  • Water in the vehicles and on the ship
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Coffee, tea, and table water during meal times onboard your boutique river cruise ship
  • Presentations and lectures onboard by the cruise director
  • Transfers from/to Chiang Rai and Luang Prabang airports or hotels within city limits (only if information was correctly provided 4 weeks prior to embarkation, at the latest)

Price Excludes

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation

  • More than 180 days prior to check-in: 20% of total rates
  • From 120 to 179 days prior to check-in: 35% of total rates
  • From 61 to 119 days prior to check-in: 60% of total rates
  • From 31 to 60 days prior to check-in: 85% of total rates
  • Less than 31 days prior to check-in/No-Show: 100% of total rates

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