The Mekong: From Laos to China - Upstream
FRC-836114/194426 Mekong
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • Transfers from Luang Prabang airport/hotel to ship in Luang Prabang (until May 2019) or
    Vientiane / Udon Thani airport/hotel to ship in Vientiane (as of September 2019) v.v.
  • Transfers from Jinghong airport/hotel to ship in Jinghong

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
  • All beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, busd rivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers
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Day 1
Luang Prabang, Laos

Historically the capital city of Laos, today Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site that sits at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. Luang Prabang is steeped in culture and heritage, with landmarks such as the Haw Kham – a former royal palace – now a national museum. Another landmark worth visiting is Vat Xieng Toung – the oldest and perhaps the most beautiful monastery in the city.

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Day 3
Kuang Si Falls

Located just south of Luang Prabang, the Kuang Si Falls is a three tier waterfall which begin in shallow pools atop a steep hillside. The main fall has a cascade of 60metres (200 ft).

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Day 4
Pak Ou Caves, Laos

Located at the mouth of the Ou River is the Tham Ting and Tham Theung caves, which overlook the Mekong River. While also providing a great view over the river, these caves are also noted for their miniature statues of Buddha. There are hundreds of wooden Buddhist statues with the caves, each of which depicts the deity in many different positions.

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Day 5
Mekong River, Vietnam/Cambodia

Flowing through South East Asia, the Mekong is the longest river in the area and flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It is navigable between the latter two nations, and enables cruisers to gain a deeper insight into the ancient Khmer city of Angkor and the elegant former French colonial city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

From its source in the highlands of Tibet, the Mekong flows through China’s Yunnan province, through deep gorges and rapids to form the Myanmar-Laos border. It then curves through Laos to form part of the Laos-Thailand border. In Laos, the Mekong River descends the Cambodian plain, where it receives water from the magnificent Tonle Sap Lake during the dry season, via the Tonle River. Incredibly, during the rainy season, the floodwaters of the Mekong reverse the direction of the Tonle Sap River flow, causing it flow back into the lake and form a huge 93-mile wide reservoir.

Through a series of distributaries in the Mekong Delta, the Mekong River flows into the South China Sea. This delta is crossed by a number of channels and canals, making it one of the greatest rice-growing areas of Asia. This densely populated area is where you will also find Ho Chi Minh City, one of the most renowned cities in South East Asia. Within this fascinating area, you will find an endless series of towns floating on rafts and rich in river life and activity.

Large vessels are able to cruise along the Mekong River for 217 miles upstream, with Phnom Penh being a designated international port. North of the Cambodian border, the Mekong flows in short sections, as far as the Khone Falls – a six-mile-long series of rapids.

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Day 6
Pak Beng, Laos

Pak Beng delivers a glimpse of rural life in Laos, away from the bustling cities and landmarks. Situated between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, it is only easily accessible via the Mekong River and, upon arrival, the locals will be delighted to welcome you into their village.

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Day 7
Mekong River, Vietnam/Cambodia

Flowing through South East Asia, the Mekong is the longest river in the area and flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It is navigable between the latter two nations, and enables cruisers to gain a deeper insight into the ancient Khmer city of Angkor and the elegant former French colonial city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

From its source in the highlands of Tibet, the Mekong flows through China’s Yunnan province, through deep gorges and rapids to form the Myanmar-Laos border. It then curves through Laos to form part of the Laos-Thailand border. In Laos, the Mekong River descends the Cambodian plain, where it receives water from the magnificent Tonle Sap Lake during the dry season, via the Tonle River. Incredibly, during the rainy season, the floodwaters of the Mekong reverse the direction of the Tonle Sap River flow, causing it flow back into the lake and form a huge 93-mile wide reservoir.

Through a series of distributaries in the Mekong Delta, the Mekong River flows into the South China Sea. This delta is crossed by a number of channels and canals, making it one of the greatest rice-growing areas of Asia. This densely populated area is where you will also find Ho Chi Minh City, one of the most renowned cities in South East Asia. Within this fascinating area, you will find an endless series of towns floating on rafts and rich in river life and activity.

Large vessels are able to cruise along the Mekong River for 217 miles upstream, with Phnom Penh being a designated international port. North of the Cambodian border, the Mekong flows in short sections, as far as the Khone Falls – a six-mile-long series of rapids.

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Day 8
Chiang Khong, Thailand

The town of Chiang Khong in northern Thailand is situated close to the Laos border. Explore the fruit market and sample fresh and cheap produce from the area. In the port, you can watch locals load their sampans with a number of goods before being ferried to Laos. Ona more poignant note, you can visit the Chinese Nationalist Soldier cemetery, located just outside Chiang Khong.

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Day 9
Chiang Saen, Thailand
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Day 10
Mekong River, Vietnam/Cambodia

Flowing through South East Asia, the Mekong is the longest river in the area and flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It is navigable between the latter two nations, and enables cruisers to gain a deeper insight into the ancient Khmer city of Angkor and the elegant former French colonial city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

From its source in the highlands of Tibet, the Mekong flows through China’s Yunnan province, through deep gorges and rapids to form the Myanmar-Laos border. It then curves through Laos to form part of the Laos-Thailand border. In Laos, the Mekong River descends the Cambodian plain, where it receives water from the magnificent Tonle Sap Lake during the dry season, via the Tonle River. Incredibly, during the rainy season, the floodwaters of the Mekong reverse the direction of the Tonle Sap River flow, causing it flow back into the lake and form a huge 93-mile wide reservoir.

Through a series of distributaries in the Mekong Delta, the Mekong River flows into the South China Sea. This delta is crossed by a number of channels and canals, making it one of the greatest rice-growing areas of Asia. This densely populated area is where you will also find Ho Chi Minh City, one of the most renowned cities in South East Asia. Within this fascinating area, you will find an endless series of towns floating on rafts and rich in river life and activity.

Large vessels are able to cruise along the Mekong River for 217 miles upstream, with Phnom Penh being a designated international port. North of the Cambodian border, the Mekong flows in short sections, as far as the Khone Falls – a six-mile-long series of rapids.

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Day 11
Ban Dom Moon
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Day 12
Sob Luoy Province, Mekong
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Day 13
Jinghong, China
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