DOWN THE MEKONG RIVER

DOWN THE MEKONG RIVER

Laos

 5 days 4 nights

Places visited: hOUEIXAI - PAKBENG - LUANG PRABANG - VIENTIANE

  • Time 5 days 4 nights
  • Place start Houeixai
  • Transport By air, car, and cruise
  • Tour Style Cruise
  • Pricing Contact us
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Highlights: 

The Mekong River is a sleepy, undeveloped river waiting to be explored. It is Southeast Asia’s longest river and is perfect for leaving your busy life behind to immerse yourself in the beautiful and exotic riverscape. On this mythical journey you will hear many legends about the river, which is hollowed out of massive limestone cliffs along both sides of its river. We make a stop at Pakou to admire the fascinating gilded Buddha cave on the bank of the Mekong River.

ITINERARY

Laos   -  5 days 4 nights

DAY 1: CHIANG RAI – HOUEIXAI – PAKBENG

This morning you will have an early morning transfer from Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong, the exit point from Thailand on the banks of the Mekong River. After passing through immigration, you will cross the river to Houeixai in Laos where your guide will be waiting for you at the immigration point.

DOWN THE MEKONG RIVER

After completing immigration formalities, you board a traditional slow boat for the trip down the Mekong River. The scenery along this part of the Mekong is really stunning.  As your journey downriver you will stop at some Hmong, Yao and Khmu ethnic minority villages and have the opportunity to observe their traditional lifestyle.

Upon arrival in Pakbeng, we visit local market where you can hear the banter colorful hill tribe traders exchanges their goods. 

Overnight in Pakbeng

DAY 2: PAKBENG – PAK OU CAVE – LUANG PRABANG B

This morning we continue downstream pass areas of un-spoilt forest with little villages along the riverbanks and perhaps the odd elephant or two with his mahout. You will visit a fishing village and a rice winemaking village and perhaps even taste some of the infamous beverage known locally as Lao Lao. 

DOWN THE MEKONG RIVER

We will pull over for a visit to Pak-Ou Caves, an ancient pilgrimage site and containing thousands of gold lacquered Buddha images left there over hundreds of years.

Arriving in Luang Prabang around sunset, we will transfer to your hotel. Your evening is free to explore the town or relax at your hotel.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG – CITY TOUR - KUANG SI WATERFALLS B

This morning you have the option and opportunity to rise early and participate in the daily morning ritual of Alms Giving, you will experience saffron-clad monks collecting offerings or ‘Alms’ from faithful local residents. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the daily Kuang Si Water fallprocession.

After breakfast we will head out to see the city’s oldest temples, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roof sweeping low to the ground representing classical Lao architecture, the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham. 

From here we drive to Khouangsi Waterfall stopping along the way to visit the morning Phousi Market, this where all locals of Luang Prabang come to do their daily shopping.  You will see a variety of local foodstuffs and products including dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, fish, vegetables and fruit, everything needed for daily life in Laos.

On arrival at the Khouangsi Waterfall you will have the opportunity to cool off with a refreshing swim in the topaz pools below the falls, walk along the forest trails and visit the Bear Sanctuary.

DOWN THE MEKONG RIVER

Returning to town late afternoon we climb to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred gilded stupa and to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the sun setting over the Mekong River. 

Your evening is free to explore the Night Market where you can find a unique selection of handmade textiles and handicrafts locally made by both ethnic Lao and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang, and sample some local cuisine at one of the many restaurants the town has to offer.

Overnight in Luang Prabang 

DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG – VIENTIANE B

This morning we visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. You can enjoy a coffee at the centre’s café if you chose before we transfer to the airport for your flight to Vientiane.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. You are seeing the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit the national icon of Laos, That Luang Stupa, stopping along the way to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph, from there you visit COPE Center. The COPE was created in response to the need to provide UXO survivors with the care and support they required, namely by way of orthotic and prosthetic devices. This museum was set after in 1997 to help covering the victim during Indochina war. 

Heading for the waterfront your evening is free to enjoy a few drinks watching the sunset over the Mekong River, explore the Night Market and take in some of the city’s nightlife.

Overnight in Vientiane

DAY 5: VIENTIANE – DEPARTURE B

You are free this morning until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Please note standard of check-out time is 12:00.

Policy & services

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room

  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply)

  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle

  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary 

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned

  • Other services than mentioned

  • International and domestic Flights

  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature

  • Tips, Travel insurance

Notes: 

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.

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