Day 1 : Luang Prabang Embarkation (D)
- You will embark in the afternoon in one of the two German-Laotian owned river cruise ships: "Mekong Sun" or "Mekong Explorer". These are comfortable new cabin cruisers on the upper Mekong. (Check in is at 2:00 pm) Make yourself comfortable in your cozy cabin and unpack for an eight-day cruise.
- Start with a walk, up to the Phou Si-hill, which offers a spectacular sunset view over the Mekong as well as the Khan River and the surrounding mountains.
- Back on board, enjoy the spacious decks and lounge and attend our welcome reception and dinner this evening. A selection of Asian and continental food will be provided throughout the cruise.
Day 2 : Luang Prabang Cruise (B, L, D)
- In the early morning, you will visit the traditional giving of alms in the streets of Luang Prabang. Breakfast will be served on board.
- During this full-day visit, you will discover the beautiful town and its many highlights, such as the famous Wat Xieng Thong temple. Enjoy the unique atmosphere provided by the many well-preserved French colonial houses, mingling with traditional Buddhist temples.
- In the evening, enjoy strolling along the Mekong or visiting the colorful night market of the local Hmong minority.
Day 3 : Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves (B, L, D)
- If you skipped the traditional giving of alms in the streets of Luang Prabang the day before, you got a second chance to do it today. Your spectacular cruise begins with the departure from Luang Prabang. You will cruise north and visit a Laotian village, observe the traditional production of Lao-Lao, the local liqueur.
- After a short walk through the jungle, you will explore the famous Pak Ou Caves with thousands of small Buddha statues inside the caverns.
- The boat will stop on a secluded river bank or sandbank for the night.
Day 4 : Pak Ou - Taxuang (B, L, D)
- Today is a day to take it all in relaxes on deck, in your comfortable cabin or in the lounge and soak up the untouched scenery. The river traffic thins out as you proceed upstream, and you can enjoy the fantastic landscapes along the river.
- In the afternoon, you will visit a small village school, sponsored by the Mekong River Cruise Company.
Day 5 : Taxuang - Pak beng (B, L, D)
- The diversity of the landscape is astonishing, now shifting to tropical hills in the background. Enjoy the tranquility of northern Laos, a real retreat from the hustle-and-bustle of daily life.
- Later on, you will have a short stop in the market town of Pakbeng.
- As you cruise along the green hills, you will start heading upstream towards Pak Tha.
Day 6 : Pak Beng - Pak Tha Village - Houay Xai/Chiang Khong Border (B, L, D)
- Arriving at the small village of Pak Tha, you will take off on a long-tail boat excursion on the Namtha River to visit a Khmu village. You will also visit a small village school sponsored by the "Mekong Sun"/"Mekong Explorer". The purely natural landscape is only broken by the seldom sights of small villages and local herds of cattle.
- Enjoy the comfort and service onboard: exclusive, yet casual, you will share the boat with no more than 26 fellow guests.
- Today you proceed to the Thai-Laotian border at Chiang Khong (Thailand) and Ban Houay Xai (Laos).
- You will then spend your last evening in Laos with a relaxing dinner.
Day 7 : Golden Triangle Cruise (B, L, D)
- Today is spent on an excursion to the Golden Triangle area at Chiang Saen, where you will visit the Golden Buddha of Sop Ruak and the new Hall of Opium. This fascinating museum, sponsored by the royal family of Thailand, gives a deep background on the history and politics of the opium trade and the health effects of opium abuse.
- This last evening on board will be celebrated with a farewell dinner.
Day 8 : Golden Triangle Disembarkation (B)
- After breakfast, you will have to say goodbye to your Laotian crew and check-out from the "Mekong Sun"/"Mekong Explorer".
- Depending on the season and water level, the check-out will either be at Chiang Saen or Chiang Khong. (Regularly, until early December, the check-out will be at Chiang Saen, afterwards until May it will be Chiang Khong.)