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.
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.
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.