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6 Day Impressions of the Mekong (Vientiane to Luang Prabang)

Vientiane – Pak Lay – Tha Deua – Kuang Si – Luang Prabang 

Enjoy a short yet memorable cruise journey through the magnificent scenery of the Mekong River. Embark on the boutique Mekong Sun and set sail from the peaceful Vientiane to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang; stroll through colorful markets and experience firsthand the Laotian people's traditional way of life.  Travel along formerly inaccessible stretches of Southeast Asia's most exciting river, relax aboard your exclusive river vessel and enjoy the unspoiled nature of Upper Mekong.

Trip code : RVLATL06SN

Duration : 6 days

Destination : Laos

Travel Dates :2022

  • Sail along the  upper Mekong aboard a boutique river vessel – one of the most spectacular river cruises in the world.
  • Feel like a real explorer as you navigate one of the most difficult rivers in the world
  • First-hand experience of the Thai and Lao peoples’ traditional lifestyles
  • The waterfalls at Kuang Si, inviting you to swim in their lovely natural pools
  • Unforgettable impressions of the mighty Mekong River, the “mother of waters”
  • Professional onboard infotainment, including lectures and documentaries on the region

Welcome to the Mekong get ready for an unforgettable experience!

This afternoon, you will embark on either of our boutique ships the Mekong Sun or Mekong Pearl, both vessels are built in a comfortable Laotian style. These unique vessels are the first German-Laotian owned river ships with cabins on the upper Mekong. Settle into your accommodating cabin and unpack for a six-day cruise. (Check-in is at 2 pm).

In the afternoon you will participate in a guided city tour including all highlights of the Laotian capital: amongst others the That Luang Stupa and the Victory gate. Back onboard your river vessel, enjoy the spacious decks, lounge on board and attend your welcome reception and dinner this evening. A selection of Asian and European food will be provided throughout the cruise.

Overnight on board.

Today your Mekong river cruise experience starts.

During the day you will cruise up-river, as we move up the river you will discover remarkable and impressive landscapes. In the afternoon enjoy the beautiful views and watch nature’s wonders along the shores before you stop at a remote place to stay for the night.

Overnight on board.

As we cruise up north you will experience the landscape changing to glorious untamed nature.

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.The power of the mighty Mekong will give your cruise the feeling of a real expedition.

During the day you will visit the dreamy district town Salakham. Enjoy the beautiful views and watch nature’s wonders along the riverbanks before you head north again and stop for the night.

Overnight on board.

Upstream you will stop at the small farming village of Ban Don Saingam, where you can participate in a 30 minutes trekking to explore a hidden cave visited exclusively by Mekong River Cruises guests. The purely natural landscape is only broken by the seldom sights of small villages and local herds of cattle.

This evening we enjoy our famous Mekong River Cruises BBQ dinner in a beautiful riverside location.

Overnight on board.

During and after breakfast on board, enjoy the beautiful view and possibly watch local fishermen along the shore. Don’t miss passing the log of the Xayabouri dam, the biggest hydropower facility in the whole of Laos.

In the afternoon you will meet the inhabitants of a small hill tribe village which is regularly visited by our guests and supported by donations. This last evening on board will be celebrated with a farewell dinner.

Overnight on board.

During the morning a guided shore excursion will take you to the Kuang Si-waterfalls, some of the most attractive waterfalls in Laos.

This afternoon you will reach Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In Luang Prabang you will say goodbye to your Lao crew. Check out and disembarkation.

End of Cruise arrangements

NOTE: Every river cruise on the upper Mekong is a pioneering experience and is subject to constantly changing river conditions, including floodwaters, low water levels, and morning fog. Therefore, please understand that we must reserve the right to alter the itinerary of this tour because of the logistical complexities involved. Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather and river conditions. For safety reasons arising from the existing navigating conditions, these programs may be amended without previous notice.

This journey is generally not for guests with limited mobility or who depend on CPAP machines. Please contact us for more information about your specific requirements before booking.


  • 5 nights in selected cabin type aboard your boutique river cruise vessel
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing according to itinerary
  • Excursions according to itinerary
  • Tours and transfers according to itinerary
  • Drinking water in vehicles and on the ship
  • Meals according to itinerary (B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, and D=Dinner)
  • Complimentary coffee, tea and water on board your boutique river cruise vessel
  • 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)

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