Vientiane - Golden Triangle by Mekong Explorer Cruise
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 Vientiane - Golden Triangle by Mekong Explorer Cruise 13 Days (Code: LC07) ------------- Itinerary VIENTIANE – PAKLAY – THA DEUA – KUANG SI – LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU – PAKBENG – PAK THA – HUAY XAY – GOLDEN TRIANGLE Duration 13 days Tour type Luxury Cruise Package Price only from EUR2380/person Schedule click here to seeDetailed ItineraryDAY 1: VIENTIANE – EMBARKATION (D)In the afternoon, you will embark on the Mekong Explorer Cruise, a comfortable new Laotian cruiseship. This unique vessel is the first German-Laotian owned river ship with cabins on the upperMekong. In the afternoon you will visit the national symbol of Laos, the That Luang temple, and thepicturesque Arc de Triomphe. Return on board and settle into your accommodating cabin and unpackfor an eight-day cruise. (Check-in is after the excursion at 4:00 PM). Enjoy the spacious decks, loungeon board and attend your welcome reception and dinner this evening. A selection of Asian andEuropean food will be provided throughout the cruise.Overnight aboard the Mekong Explorer Cruise.DAY 2: DEPART VIENTIANE (B/L/D)This morning you will start your spectacular river cruise upstream into formerly inaccessible parts ofthe Mekong river. The night is spent on a beautiful sandbank, surrounded by nothing but pure nature.Cherish the tranquility of Laos, a real retreat from the hustle-and-bustle of daily life.Overnight aboard the Mekong Explorer Cruise.DAY 3: WILD NATURE ALONG THE MIGHTY MEKONG (B/L/D)Further north you will discover some of the most remarkable, most impressive landscapes of this still-untamed river. The landscape becomes more and more spectacular: hills covered with tropicalvegetation, awe-inspiring rock formations along the river banks, and a fascinating array of fastcurrents aand slower river parts. The power of the mighty Mekong will give your cruise the feeling of a
real expedition. Enjoy the beautiful views and watch nature’s wonders along the riverbanks before youhead north again and stop at a remote sandbank for the night.Overnight aboard the Mekong Explorer Cruise.DAY 4: PAK LAY (B/L/D)Upstream you will stop at the small riverside community of Pak Lai, known for once possessing manycolonial buildings. The purely natural landscape is only broken by the seldom sights of small villagesand local herds of cattle. Time permitting, a market visit will follow before continuing. Enjoy thecomfort and service onboard: exclusive, yet casual, you’ll share the boat with no more than 26 fellowguests.Overnight aboard the Mekong Explorer Cruise.DAY 5: THA DEUA (B/L/D)During and after breakfast on board, enjoy the beautiful view and possibly watch local fishermen alongthe shore. Today you will see the Mekong ferry crossing at Tha Deua, connecting Luang PrabangProvince with the Sayaboury province. Your voyage then leads into northern Laos amid stunningscenery.Overnight aboard the Mekong Explorer Cruise.DAY 6: KUANG SI – LUANG PRABANG (B/L/D)After breakfast, a shore excursion leads to the Kuang Si-falls, some of the most attractive waterfalls inLaos. Your program also includes a visit to an elephant camp, where you can see the big creatures inaction (Unless they are busy with an off-site contract by the time of your visit). Later you will reachLuang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos, now UNESCO World Heritage Site.Overnight aboard the Mekong Explorer Cruise.DAY 7: LUANG PRABANG (B/L)Today your boat will anchor centrally in Luang Prabang. On a full day visit you will get to know somehighlights of this beautiful city like the Wat Xieng Thong temple and enjoy the unique atmosphereprovided by the abundance of well-preserved French colonial architecture mingling with traditionalBuddhist temples. A short climb up Phou Si-hill will be rewarded with a panoramic sunset view overthe Mekong as well as the Khan River and the surrounding mountains. In the evening, enjoy strollingalong the river promenade or visiting the colorful night market of the local Hmong minority.Overnight aboard the Mekong Explorer Cruise.DAY 8: LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU (B/L/D)In the early morning you will able to visit the traditional giving of alms in the streets of LuangPrabang. After departing Luang Prabang you will cruise north and visit a Laotian village, observe thetraditional production of Lao-Lao, the local liqueur. After a short walk through the jungle you willexplore the famous Pak Ou Caves, with thousands of small Buddha statues inside the caverns. Thenight is spent on a secluded river bank or sandbank.Overnight aboard the Mekong Explorer Cruise.DAY 9: TAXUANG (B/L/D)Today is a day to take it all in – relax on deck, in your comfortable cabin or in the lounge and soak upthe untouched scenery. The river traffic thins out as you proceed upstream, and you can enjoy thefantastic landscapes along the river.
Overnight aboard the Mekong Explorer Cruise.DAY 10: PAKBENG (B/L/D)The diversity of the landscape is astonishing, now shifting to tropical hills in the background. Enjoy thetranquility of northern Laos, a real retreat from the hustle-and-bustle of daily life. Later, that day youwill have a short stop in the market town of Pakbeng. As you cruise along the green hills, you will startheading upstream towards Pak Tha.Overnight aboard the Mekong Explorer Cruise.DAY 11: PAK THA - HUAY XAY / CHIANG KHONG (B/L/D)As you cruise along the green hills, you will start heading upstream towards Pak Tha. At Pak Tha, asmall village, you will take off on a long-tail boat excursion on the Namtha River to visit a Khmuvillage. You will also visit a small village school sponsored by guests of the Mekong Explorer Cruise.The purely natural landscape is only broken by the seldom sights of small villages and local herds ofcattle. Enjoy the comfort and service onboard: exclusive, yet casual, you’ll share the boat with nomore than 26 fellow guests. Today you proceed to the Thai-Laotian border at Chiang Khong (Thailand)and Ban Huay Xay (Laos). You will then spend a last relaxing dinner and evening in Laos.Overnight aboard the Mekong Explorer Cruise.DAY 12: THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE (B/L/D)Today is spent on an excursion to the Golden Triangle area at Chiang Saen, where you will visit theGolden Buddha of Sop Ruak and the new Hall of Opium. This fascinating museum, sponsored by theroyal family of Thailand, gives a deep background on the history and politics of the opium trade andthe health effects of opium abuse. This last evening on board will be celebrated with a farewell dinner.Overnight aboard the Mekong Explorer Cruise.DAY 13: DISEMBARK (B)After breakfast you will say goodbye to your Laotian crew. Check-out and disembark.*Quotation (valid from 2011 - 2013) Net price in EUR/CabinCabin type Single Double Classic 3320 4760Green Season Superior 4890 6980 Suite 6560 8720 Classic 4140 5940High Season Superior 5530 8720 Suite 8210 10900Cruise Departure: • 15 July 2011 - 25 July 2011 (VIENTIANE – GOLDEN TRIANGLE) • 23 Aug 2011 - 01 Sep 2011 (GOLDEN TRIANGLE - VIENTIANE)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 5 passengers to book the tour. • Hot*: we are offering big promotion for early bird and last minute booking. Please contact us for details. • High season: 28 Sep - 31 Mar; Green Season: 01 April - 27 SepIncludes: • Transfers to and from the cruise (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.