Cruise North Laos, Thailand

Laos, Thailand

On Request

Close  Reclining Buddha at the Wat Phou Si, located 150 metres above Luang Prabang, Laos.

Cruise North Laos, Thailand

The Mekong is the heart and soul of Southeast Asia through which it flows. Starting in the Tibetan Plateau, it weaves its way south, through the entire length of Laos and Cambodia before spilling into a delta in Vietnam. Today, much of the north Laos remain unexplored and the best way to see it is to cruise the Mekong.

UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: CRUISE ON THE BOUTIQUE STYLE MEKONG EXPLORER.
 

We Love
  • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast
  • Transfers and tours with local English guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees, boat fees and / or cyclo fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • When travelling in Asia things won't always be like they are in the West so it's best to come with an open mind. If you have some patience, you will find this is an unforgettable place with much to offer.
  • Most hotels in Laos and Cambodia accept credit cards and there are ATM machines in the country. However, cash is still king and credit cards something of a novelty item. Bring lots of money or hit the ATMs regularly.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.
  • You will require a visa to enter Laos. Please check with Laos Embassy for more details.
  • Discretionary gratuity is not included for guides; it is recommended that guests tip the appropriate amount in person.

The Review

The journey starts with three days in the incredibly romantic Luang Prabang, to give you time to see the Buddhist temples and visit the nearby minority villages. Staying at a luxury hotel, you will have a private guided tour of the nearby Pak Ou Caves, filled with hundreds of miniature Buddha statues and the most revered holy sites in Laos.

The cruise then heads north through some of the wildest and most exciting parts of the Mekong River, making pit stops along the way in less-visited attraction: a Hmong minority village, Pakbeng, the mouth of Beng River, Kmu village on the Namtha River and Golden Triangle, once known for the Opium trade. The cruise ends on the Laos-Thailand border where you will be transferred to Chiang Rai in Thailand.

The Mekong Explorer is the largest of modern passenger ship in Laos. The atmosphere on board this floating boutique hotel is comfortable and relaxed. There are only 14 cabins, decorated in colonial style with large panoramic windows. Some even have their own balcony and all the cabins come with one extra, the Mekong adventure.

Throughout your tour, AwimAway will arrange for you to experience the best the country has to offer. This tour combines nicely with touring elsewhere in Southeast Asia e.g. Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. Please let us know your interests and we will be happy to tailormake your itinerary.  


Max your Awim
About 3 hours drive from Luang Prabang is a still quite unknown small town of Nong Khio. Located in a scenic landscape at the confluence of the two rivers, it offers spectacular views on the Pha Nangnon massive, Karst Mountains which hold many caves. Nong Kio is the ideal base for hiking and trekking tours, rated from easy to adventurous and offering the right tour for everyone.

Many ethnic minorities live in small villages around the valley. Take the unique chance to experience the life style of these friendly people by joining the two-day "Fair Trek Cultural Lodge" program created by the village chief with experienced outdoor guides and Lao Government. Earnings from the “Fair Trek” visit are invested in the Village Fund to improve health care, education and local infrastructure.

 
One More Thing
We make no extra charge for festival add-ons or minor changes to hotels at the beginning or at the end of the existing itinerary. If you wish to customise this itinerary then please let us know your interests.

Getting There

There are only three international airports in Laos. Wattay International Airport in Vientiane; Luang Prabang International airport and Pakse International airport. Lao Airlines is the national carrier and monopolises the majority of flights in and out of the country, though many code-share with other air carriers.  

In Thailand, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport is the country's major gateway. Practically every airline carrier that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok. This means there are plenty of services and the competition on the routes helps to keep the ticket prices down.
 

 
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