Nong Khai - Mukhdahan by Mekong Sun Cruise - 8 days
Indochina Treks Travel Co.,Ltd Add: No 10, Hang Chuoi Str, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi Tel: (84) 4 66821230; Fax (84) 4 33769113 Website: http://indochinatreks.com Nong Khai - Mukhdahan by Mekong Sun Cruise 8 Days (Code: LC03) ------------- Itinerary NONG KHAI - PHU WUA NATIONAL PARK - THAT PHANOM - NAKHON PHANOM - MUKDAHAN - UBON RATCHATHANI (OR VV.) Duration 8 days Tour type Luxury Cruise Package Price only from EUR1690/person Schedule click here to seeDetailed ItineraryDAY 1: Welcome aboard – embarkation (D)Your cruise director and friendly crew await you this afternoon (after 2pm) with a warm welcome uponembarkation near the town of Nong Khai. (Nong Khai can be reached by a short flight or by train fromBangkok to Udon Thani (UTH) as well as onland with a transfer from the Lao capitol of Vientianeacross the friendship bridge. Upon request we will be happy to arrange transfers accordingly.) Attendour welcome reception and enjoy Southeast Asian specialties se rved during your dinner menuon board. Overnight onboard your river vessel.DAY 2: Your cruise experience begins today (B/L/D)Breakfast is served on board. In the morning we will take you on a excursion to the historical park ofPhu Prabat, impressed with natural rocks shaped almost mushroom like. Phu Phrabat has also been asacred place for centuries and has recently enlisted to become a UNESCO world heritage site. From atemple close by you can enjoy one of the most impressive Mekong-views along the river in this region.Upon returning aboard your cruise experience begins. Lunch is served aboard while cruising leisurelyin a few hours from the small town of Sri Chiangmai downriver towards Nong Khai. In the evening youcan stroll along the river promenade or bargain at the colorful Indochina market in town. Dinner andovernight aboard your cruise vessel.DAY 3: Bizarre sculptures in Nong Khai (B/L/D)In the morning, a guided tour will get you acquainted with the bizarre, yet interesting Buddhist-Hindusculpture park. Upon your return aboard your cruise experience continues. Along both sides of the
quiet river banks you may spot every once in a while small golden temple spires, while a presentationon tropical fruits grown in this region provides with possibly surprising insight benefits used intraditional local medicine. This cruise caters especially to those travelers who fancy discovery toursand an authentic Asia more than a fixed cruise schedule without having to miss the comfort andatmosphere of a Boutique river cruise ship such as the Mekong Explorer. At night your vessel ismoored at a secluded sandbank or at a small village pier. After dinner, a documentary shows the riverflow of the Mekong from the Tibetan highlands all the way to the South China Sea. Overnight onboardyour river vessel.DAY 4 - 5: Pioneering cruise expedition through remote North-East Thailand (B/L/D)While enjoying your breakfast on board you will reach the starting point for your next shore excursion.A short drive brings you to an impressive cliff monastery, which stands seven levels high above localrice paddies. Western visitors are welcomed very seldom – just like most of the times during yourentire tour. On the fifth day you will go on a short and easy trek (approx. 1 hour) through the tropicalenvironment of Phu Wua National Park. In the afternoon you will cross the river into Laos (as the nextimmigration office is several driving hours away Mekong River Cruises arranges for a special permit bythe provincial Lao government that their guests can enter Laos today without having to passimmigration). Continue to the small village of Pak Khading where we join a long-tail boat for a trip upthe Nam Khading River to visit a remote village. Returning back to Thailand and your cruise vessel;continue your cruise further south. Overnight onboard your river vessel.DAY 6: Nakhon Phanom (B/L/D)In this region picturesque karst-mountains pass by on the Lao side of the river. After a few hourscruise along the mighty Mekong – “the mother of all waters” as the locals call the river here – you willreach the provincial town of Nakhon Phanom. You will get acquainted with the town during a short citytour on a motor-rikscha/TukTuk or by foot. The governor’s palace was formerly the residence of theThai kings while visiting this part of the country, today it serves as a local museum. In the late 1920sHo Chi Minh planned and organized the Vietnamese communist movement from his exile in NakhonPhanom. Your will visit the house where he lived during these years. In Nakhon Phanom werecommend to join your tour guide to have a drink in a local bar – menus with latin characters willprobably be not available anywhere, though. Overnight onboard your river vessel.DAY 7: Thailand and Laos - two worlds apart yet so close (B/L/D)This morning you will cross the river into Laos (see below for visa requirements for Laos). In the townof Thakhek you will find many remaining buildings from the French colonial era. Once planned tobecome the capitol of Laos under French rule, today’s Thakhek is a typical charming and sleepy Laoprovincial town that you get acquainted with during a guided stroll. In the surroundings of the city atthe foot of a karst mountain panorama a Buddhist-grotto was discovered only a few years ago in 2004and will also be part of your visit. After returning back to Thailand you will reach the holy pilgrimcenter of That Phanom. Legend has it that Buddha himself came here to command that after his deathone of his breastbones be treasured in That Phanom as a reliquary. The devoutness of the localpilgrims which you will notice during your visit of the temple and its Buddhist mural-walls and well
kept garden is quite impressive. At night you will celebrate your farewell dinner together with yourcrew and captain! Overnight onboard your river vessel.DAY 8: Farewell to Isaan (B/L)After breakfast you will disembark and leave with your entire luggage. You can leave towards UbonRatchathani (UBP) from where frequent flights to Bangkok are offered by Thai Airways. If time allowsyou will be visiting the Ubon national museum after your lunch in a local restaurant. End of service inthe afternoon upon reaching Ubon Ratchathani airport. *There are many other possibilities to continue your exploration of Thailand and/or Laos, e.g. spend anight in a lovely river lodge in Khong Chiam or cross the Mekong Bridge into Southern Laos to Pakse(where you can enjoy another fantastic cruise through the region of 4,000 islands on the MekongIslands river vessel). Whatever you prefer, we will be happy to arrange your individual tour servicesupon request!NOTE: Every river cruise on the Mekong Sun Cruise is a pioneer experience and is subject toconstantly changing river conditions, including from floodwaters and shallows. Therefore pleaseunderstand that we must reserve the right to alter the itinerary of this tour due to the logisticalcomplexities involved. Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending onweather, local authorities and river and/or road conditions. For safety reasons and according tonavigating conditions, these programs may be amended without previous notice.* The cruise is also operated in the opposite direction starting with the bus transfer from UbonRatchathani airport in the morning and ending with the transfer out to Nong Khai. All services areidentical and the same program will then be conducted from south to north!* After mid-January, due to lower water levels, the ending point of the downstream cruise will beapprox 50 - 80kms north of Nakhon Phanom. For these departure dates the excursion on day 6 - 7will be operated by bus, no visits will be missed. The checkout will be in the morning of day 7 and thelast night is spent in panoramic hotel at the Mekong instead of the boat. The same itinerary is appliedfor the Upstream departure for the first night.Quotation (valid from 2011 - 2013) Net price in EUR/CabinCabin type Single Double Classic 2240 3380High Season Superior 3055 4460 Suite 3800 5340Please email us @ email@example.com for more information.Note*: • Rates for season 2012/2013 are subject to change without prior notice with the exception of confirmation booking with deposit. • The Cruise operates only there are at least 10 passengers to book the tour.
• Hot*: we are offering big promotion for early bird and last minute booking. Please contact us for details.Includes: • Transfers to and from Nong Khai or Ubon (depending on cruise direction) • English speaking guides. • All meals, coffee and tea, mineral water. • Admission fees for all sightseeing places. • Presentation and lectures by cruise director. • All excursions and entrance fees.Excludes: • All visa cost. • Personal expenses. • Drinks at bar, laundry. • Tips and gratuities.Cruise Schedule: (NK = Nong Khai; MK = Mukhdahan)Cruise Departures Direction Cruise Departure DirectionHigh Season 2011/2012 High Season 2012/201328 Nov - 05 Dec 11 NK - MK 27 Nov - 04 Dec 12 NK - MK05 Dec - 12 Dec 11 MK - NK 04 Dec - 11 Dec 12 MK - NK12 Dec - 19 Dec 11 NK - MK 18 Dec - 25 Dec 12 NK - MK19 Dec - 26 Dec 11 MK - NK 25 Dec - 01 Jan 13 MK - NK26 Dec - 02 Jan 12 NK - MK 08 Jan - 15 Jan 13 NK - MK02 Jan - 09 Jan 12 MK - NK 15 Jan - 22 Jan 13 MK - NK10 Jan - 17 Jan 12 NK - MK 29 Jan - 04 Feb 13 NK - MK17 Jan - 24 Jan 12 MK - NK 04 Feb - 11 Feb 13 MK - NK30 Jan - 05 Feb 12 NK - MK 19 Feb - 26 Feb 13 NK - MK05 Feb - 11 Feb MK - NK 26 Feb - 05 Mar 13 MK - NK13 Feb - 19 Feb NK - MK04 Mar - 10 Mar MK - NK