Down the Mekong in depth 10days/9nights

Chiang Rai-Pakbeng-Luang Prabang- Vientiane-Pakse-4000 Islands

Explore the mighty Mekong River in depth tracing its route from northern Laos all the way down to the 4000 Islands in the south, including two luxurious cruises.


Day1. Arrival – Chiang Rai
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel where you have the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Chiang Rai
Meals: _/_/_

Day2. Chiang Rai - Huay Xai – Pakbeng
We transfer early this morning to the border town of Huay Xay. The Luang Say Cruise boat leaves Huay Xay pier at 09:00 hrs for a cruise down the Mekong to Pakbeng. En route one stop is made to observe rural life along the Mekong and visit minority ethnic groups; then, a buffet lunch on board. Arrive Pakbeng before sunset and check-in at LuangSay Lodge. You can then enjoy dinner on the terrace overlooking the Mekong River.
Overnight in Pakbeng
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

NOTE: Luang Say Cruise down Schedule:

  • From 1 Oct 2013 to 30 Apr 2014 Depart every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
  • From 01 May 2014 to 30 Sep 2014: Depart every Monday & Friday
  • No operation in June for maintenance

Day3. Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang
Full breakfast at lodge, (Optional: walk to Pakbeng market, where people from the surrounding minority villages exchange their goods). At 08:30 board the boat for the second leg of the cruise. A short stop to discover a Hmong village before having a buffet lunch on board. Continue to Pak-Ou village at the mouth of the Nam Ou River, and then visit Pak Ou Caves "Cave of a thousand Buddha's". On the way to Luang Prabang a brief stop is made to observe the traditional process of manufacturing local rice alcohol. Arrive at Luang Prabang before sunset. Meet and transfer to the hotel
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Day4. Luang Prabang – half day city walking tour
After breakfast we visit the Royal Palace Museum which hosts a range of interesting artefacts.  We begin our walking tour, taking in some of Luang Prabangs hidden secrets, walking down the quiet back lanes leading to Wat Xiengthong.  Along the way we stop at Wat Chomkhong, which is known for its decorative carvings.  This area contains a mix of beautiful old French Colonial buildings, and traditional old Lao houses, which you will have time to admire, along with a stop at the small but charming Wat Phapai.  We also pass by the Fine Arts School, where we can see some of the quality artwork on display.  Our final visit of the day is the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing the classical Luang Prabang style. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals: Breakfast

Day5. Luang Prabang – Hmong Experience and Kuang Si Waterfall
Leaving Luang Prabang with your private guide and driver, you travel for around one hour and twenty minutes out of the town. On the way you pass through beautiful scenery and rural landscapes with rice terraces and pineapple fields. You visit Ban Longlao a local H'mong village where the culture, customs and language are all different to mainstream Laos. Your trek starts from the H'mong village and takes between two and two and half hours through primary forest and jungle before reaching the spectacular Kuang Si Waterfall. Lunch (not included) can be taken at the falls with time for relaxation, swimming and the possibility to climb to the top of the waterfall. Afterwards you return to Luang Prabang in time to catch the sun setting over the Mekong.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Note: during rainy season the itinerary is subject to change due to the weather conditions, an alternative programme is available.

Day6. Luang Prabang – Vientiane - half day city tour (Flight)
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival you will be checked into your hotel and following lunch we explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. . Enroute to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.  The final visit of the day will be the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a much overlooked aspect of Laos and a major problem many of the local people face on a day to day basis in the form of unexploded ordnance as a result of heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War era. Overnight in Vientiane
Meals: Breakfast

Day7. Vientiane – Pakse – Vat Phou Cruise (Flight)
You will depart Vientiane early for your 6.30am flight to Pakse. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Vat Phou Cruise leaving Pakse for Champassak at 10:00am. Once on board, we head south, arriving at Champassak in time for a riverside lunch, followed by a guided tour of the mysterious pre-Angkorian 10th century temple of Wat Phou, the boat’s namesake. As dusk falls, we board the Vat Phou for a relaxing cruise down-river, enjoying the tropical sunset on the deck. Dinner is served on board, while the boat docks for the night alongside a remote Laotian village. Overnight on board Vat Phou Cruise
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

NOTE: Vat Cruise down or up Schedule:

  • From 1 Oct 2013 to 30 Apr 2014 Depart every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday for cruise up or down
  • From 01 May 2014 to 30 Sep 2014: Depart every Tuesday for cruise up & Saturday for Cruise down
  • No operation in June for maintenance

Day 8:  Vat Phou Cruise (Huei Thamo - Oum Moung Temple - Khong Island)
After a leisurely breakfast on board, we set sail for the village of Huei Thamo, only a few minutes walk away from the spectacular hidden ancient forest temple of Oum Moung. We rejoin the boat for a leisurely cruise southbound and enjoy lunch on the deck, continuing south to the wild paradise of the “4,000 islands” region. In the afternoon we will arrive at Ban Dua Tae, a traditional Laotian Village where the traditional way of life has not changed in centuries.  We observe traditional village life and learn about the daily activities within the village. This evening we enjoy a quiet dinner on board, under the stars, serenaded by the songs by the songs of the buffalo toads. Overnight on board Wat Phou Cruise
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 9: Vat Phou Cruise (Veuthong - the “Niagara of the East - Xieng Di) – Pakse
Today we will enjoy breakfast on the upper deck, while cruising to the small village of Ban Veuthong, where we will board a small longtail boat to Khong Island, the largest island in the 4,000 islands region.  After visiting the island, we take a long tail boat back to the mainland for lunch amid the bygone splendid of another age; colourful French colonial houses and an old customs post, alongside a stone quay. We will transfer by minivan to the encaptivating, scenic splendor of the Khone Phapeng waterfall, “the Niagara of the East“, close to the Cambodian border. We return to Pakse for “civilization”, which is a two-hour journey by road, arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight in Pakse. 

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 10 : Pakse – Departure
After breakfast; you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.

Meals: Breakfast


Tour price per person in US$ for group of:
Price valid from 01-Oct-13 to 30-Sep-2014






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+ Supplement Peak Season at Le Sen from 12-16 Apr’14: USD20/room/night
+ Supplement Peak Season at Maison Souvannaphoum from 24 Dec’13 – 01 Jan’14: USD40/room/night

Inclusive of above prices:

Exclusive of above prices:

  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Accommodation in twin shared room
  • Domestic air ticket as stated only
  • Join Boat trip Luangsay & Vat Phou Cruise package as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals: daily breakfast at hotel, lunch/dinner where stated only
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling and drinking water
  • Visa stamping fee on arrival
  • Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Other foreign language guide
  • Peak tourist season or special event rates
  • Child or adult in triple sharing room
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses



2 Star

3 Star

4 Star

5 Star

Chiang Rai

Laluna Hotel
(Standard room)

Laluna Hotel
(Standard room)

Wiang Inn Hotel
(Superior room)

Legend Resort  
(Superior room)


Luangsay Lodge
(Standard room)

Luangsay Lodge
(Standard room)

Luangsay Lodge
(Standard room)

Luangsay Lodge
(Standard room)


Luang Prabang

Villa Chitdara or similar
(Deluxe room)

My Dream resort or similar
(Deluxe room)

Le Sen Hotel or similar
(Deluxe room)

Maison Souvannaphoum
(Garden Wing room)



Avalon Hotel
(Standard room)

City Inn
(Deluxe room)

Ansara Hotel or similar
(Savvy room)

Green Park
(Deluxe room)


Vat Phou Cruise

Vat Phou Cruise

Vat Phou Cruise

Vat Phou Cruise


Champa Residence

Pakse hotel
(Deluxe room)

Champasak Palace
(V.I.P room)

Champasak Grand
(Premier room)

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