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CRUISING THE UPPER MEKONG

A pioneering voyage of discovery between Vientianne and Jinghong, through the unchartered waters to China's Yunnan Province. The ever changing backdrop contains caves, mountains and riverside life as you sail. The Laos Pandaw, built in 2015, is an intimate river cruise exuding colonial charm with all the comfort of today's luxuries. On board, the local master chef and his experienced culinary team will create wonders from each region as you relax on deck and gaze at the majesty of the Mekong.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stay at remote riverside lodges whilst exploring Luang Prabang and Pakbeng.
  • Explore the Old Mandalay Road and old colonial hill station of Loi Mwe.
  • Visit jungle and tribal villages in Laos.
  • Walk around Menglun Botanical Garden and visit a tea plantation in China.
£5,250
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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Vientiane

    Your voyage starts today with lunch on board before exploring the highlights of Laos' capital city including Sisaket Temple and the Phatouxay Monument. Set sail this afternoon and enjoy dinner on board as you moor near Vientiane.

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  3. Day 2 Cruising The Mekong

    Cruise upstream, passing lush jungle and riverside villages. Enjoy a cooking demonstration on the Upper Deck before mooring overnight in Ban Xanakham.

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  4. Day 3 Pak Lai

    This afternoon visit the French administrative town of Pak Lai with its colonial buildings and bustling local market. Pak Lai is home to the largest elephant festive in SE Asia, usually in February. Return to the ship at Ban Muang for overnight.

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  5. Day 4 Ban Park Bor Village

    This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Ban Park Bor (Kmu Tribal) Village; a typical village set on the banks of the Mekong amidst lush jungle.

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  6. Day 5 Ban Mouang Khai Village

    In the morning sail pass the newly constructed lock that forms part of the Xanyaburi Hydro Electric Power Plant. Continue upstream to the village of Ban Mouang Khai.

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  7. Day 6 Luang Prabang

    Step ashore to visit the jungle pools and dramtic Khaung Si Waterfall, as well as a butterfly farm and elephant camp. The UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang is the spiritual home of Buddism. Explore its highlights by tuk uk including Buddhist temples, libraries and the Royal Palace. Enjoy the buzzing night market and a myriad of delightful cafes and restaurants.

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  8. Day 7 Luang Prabang

    Early morning walking tour to see the alms offering by the local people to hundreds of monks who walk around the city every morning. Morning walking tour visiting the National Museum and morning market. Afternoon free to enjoy the beauty and unique atmosphere of Luang Prabang. Enjoy traditional Laos dancing on the upper deck late afternoon.

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  9. Day 8 Pak Ou Buddha Caves

    Morning sightseeing by local boat exploring the unique Pak Ou Caves, a Buddhist sanctuary with spectacular limestone cliff faces. Sail upstream on the beautiful Mekong towards Ban Bo. After lunch, enjoy a cooking demonstration on the upper deck.

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  10. Day 9 Pak Beng

    Morning walking tour of the market town of Pak Beng. After lunch, if time permits, explore Ban Pak Sip, a traditional riverside village full of charm and life.

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  11. Day 10 Chiang Khong

    Scenic cruising to the border between Laos and Thailand at Huay Say. Here you will cross into Thailand where your waiting transport takes you to re-join the ship at the bustling and pretty Thai port town of Chiang Khong. Afternoon visit the Golden Triangle and Opium Museum. Enjoy cocktails and dinner on board.

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  12. Day 11 Ban Dom Moon

    Sailing on the dramatic upper Mekong arriving at Ban Pha Khao. This afternoon enjoy a village walk up a steep track with a small temple and stunning panoramic views of the surrounding jungle and valleys. Continue to Ban Don Moon for overnight.

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  13. Day 12 Cruising the Mekong

    Continue up the Mekong with Burma on your left and Laos on your right. Arrive at Ban Na Kor (Sob Luoy Port) to a remote sand bank where you will moor tonight. Canapes and cocktails will be served on the sandbank followed by local Laos folklore stories and traditional floating fire lanterns.

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  14. Day 13 Guan Lei

    Arrive in China at Guan Lei Port, where you can take part in a walking tour and pass immigration. You are now in China's Yunnan Province on board the only luxury ship to make this incredible journey. Continue on the Mekong in China past magnificent scenery of dramatic, scenic hillsides.

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  15. Day 14 Jinghong

    Arrive in Jinghong, founded in 1180 by Tai King Phanya Coeng. Its turbulent history has been influenced by Thai, Burmese and Chinese occupations, which can be seen in the buildings and the local language. After lunch, visit the Tropical Plants Research Institute and Manting Park. As a grand finale this evening experience a cultural show at Maxmumbani, where dancers from 38 different ethnic groups display their traditions with acrobatics and fascinating story of China and its people.

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  16. Day 15 Jinghong

    Disembark after breakfast.

  17. Depart

BOOKING NOTES

  • Based on two people sharing a twin/double cabin.
  • Early booking discounts and Single Supplement waivers apply on certain cruises.
  • Cruises go both upsteam and downstream.
  • Not suitable for those with walking difficulties.
  • In low water (December to March) the itinerary might vary.

INCLUSIONS

  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • All meals on board the Pandaw and breakfast at the lodges.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.

EXTRAS

  • International flights.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.
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