Welcome to Laos and a wonderful travel on our luxury floating hotel on this legedendary river. Cruise on the Mekong river in south Laos!Itineraries : 3days/2nights
Activities : cruising,sightseeing
The Vat Phou Mekong cruise proposes a 3 day / 2 night cruise that starts and finishes in Pakse, Laos. This cruise on the southern part of the Mekong river in Laos visits the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Vat Phou ruins at Champassak, the mysterious Oum Muong ruins at Huei Thamo, the 4,000 Islands with its myriad of waterways, and the Pha Pheng waterfall on the Laos - Cambodia border.
Your cruise through this historically significant area of south-east Asia / French Indochine is on board our Vat Phou boat, a former teak wood ferry boat, and now fully restored as a luxurious cruising floating hotel.
The boat is appointed with everything for your comfort, safety and enjoyment.
We have 12 air conditioned cabins with private bathrooms, two large open shaded air decks, a bar, and a restaurant. Our boat staff and guide are always available to help you with any need you may have during your cruise on the Mekong.
The Mekong is the artery of life in Laos: a trading route, a source of food and water, and a social centre for the settlements along its route. Known locally as The Mother of Waters, the Mekong river has been venerated and worshipped for thousands of years.
We offer very comfortable Mekong cruises, a cultural journey and an opportunity to understand a bit more about life on this legendary river and in Laos.
The Vat Phou Mekong Cruise is a journey that starts and finishes in Pakse, with two separate itineraries. Both cruise itineraries visit the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Vat Phou ruins at Champassak, the mysterious Oum Muong ruins at Huei Thamo, the 4,000 Islands with its winding waterways, and the Pha Pheng waterfall on the Laos - Cambodia border.
+From 1 Oct 2013 to 30 Apr 2014 and 1-31 Oct 2014
Departures every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday on a cruise down or cruise up
+From 1 May 2014 to 30 Sep 2014
Departures every Saturday and Tuesday
+No operation in June for maintenance
CRUISE DOWN RIVER
Day 1: Pakse / Champassak / Vat Phou
After meeting at the Sinouk Coffee House in central Pakse at 9:30am, we transfer you to a longtail riverboat for your 2.5 hour journey to Champassak. Upon arrival at the Vat Phou boat, we help you to your cabins to unpack then serve lunch on deck. The highlight of the afternoon is the Vat Phou ruins - the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex and boat's namesake. You have time to visit the museum at the ruins site, walk up to the highest temple and take as many photos as you would like. As dusk falls, we transfer you back to the Vat Phou boat for a chance to enjoy the tropical sunset on the deck. Dinner is served on board, while the boat docks for the night alongside a remote Laotian village.
Day 2: Huei Thamo / Oum Muong Temple / Khong Island
Breakfast is on board as we set sail for the village of Huei Thamo. This is a small village a few minutes walk away from the mysterious hidden forest temple of Oum Muong. Afterwards we rejoin the boat to continue our cruise southwards. Lunch is on the deck, while leisurely sailing closer to the wild paradise of the "4,000 Islands" Late afternoon we disembark from the boat to walk through Ban Deua Tia, a small Laotian Village where the traditional way of life has not changed in centuries. Our day's cruise finishes at the most northern tip of Don Khong, the largest inhabited island in the river archipelego. After dinner, the evening is yours to relax and enjoy.
Day 3: Don Khone / Pha Pheng Waterfall / Pakse
While you breakfast on the deck, the Vat Phou boat cruises the Mekong to the small village of Ban Veuthong, where you board a small boat to meander among the 4,000 Islands to Khone Island. You will visit the old French railway and walk across the bridge that links Khone and Det Islands. We continue on the boat back to the mainland for lunch at a local restaurant in a small fishing village, Xieng Di, on the banks of the Mekong. A bus transfers you to the historically significant Pha Pheng waterfall, "the Niagara of the East", close to the Cambodian border. We then bring you back to Pakse for the end of the cruise experience, arriving around 5.00-5.30 pm.
CRUISE UP RIVER (the same tour but in reverse):
Day 1: Pakse / Pha Pheng Waterfall / Khone Island
After meeting at the Sinouk Coffee House in central Pakse at 9:30am, you will board a bus to travel Route 13 to the historically significant Pha Pheng waterfalls, the "Niagara of the East". You will then be driven to the fishing village of Xieng Di for lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, you board small boats for a visit to Khone Island to see the old French railway and walk the bridge that links Khone and Det Islands. The boat drop you at the Khong Island village of Ban Veuthong, where you will board the waiting Vat Phou boat for a sunset cruise and dinner on the Mekong river, docking riverside for the night.
Day 2: Khong Island / Oum Muong Temple / Huei Thamo
Breakfast is on board the Vat Phou boat as we set sail to Ban Deua Tia. You willl walk through this small Village, seeing centuries old traditions still being used. The Vat Phou boat then continues to cruise north on the Mekong, past the island of Don Xai, and many other small islets in the river archipelego. After lunch, you visit the village of Huei Thamo and the mysterious Oum Muong forest temple, just a few minutes walk way. Dinner aboard Vat Phou then you have the rest of the evening to relax and enjoy the silence.
Day 3: Vat Phou / Champassak / Pakse
While enjoying breakfast on board, the Vat Phou continues its Mekong cruise to Champassak. The highlight this morning is the Vat Phou ruins - the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex and boat's namesake. You have time to visit the museum at the ruins site, walk up to the highest temple and take as many photos as you would like. We return you to the boat for your final lunch on board. A small boat will then take you back to Pakse, arriving around 5.00-5.30 pm.
3 days cruise with stops and visits as mentioned in the program with English speaking guide.
2 nights accommodation on board.
Meal plan as mentioned in the tour program.
Coffee, tea & drinking water on board and during meals.
Admission fee at visiting points as mentioned in the program.
Services of qualified crews during the cruise.
Visa approval and fees for Laos.
Transfer from hotel / airport to pier in Pakxe or v.v.
Other drinks and meals not mentioned in package.
Other personal expenses.
Operated with minimum 4 persons on boards.
For safety reasons and according to weather conditions, the program may be amended without prior notice.
Optional visit is only a tour guidance for you to visit depending on our program timing and at your own arrangement.
Child age 2-12 years old discount 50% when sharing room with parents. Infants (under 2 years old) are free of charge.
"The cruise itineraries can be changed or reversed without prior notice."
PRICE:IN USD AND PER PERSON
|Cabin Type||Double Cabin (High season)||Single Supplement (High season)||Double Cabin (Low season)||Single Supplement (Low season)||Online Booking|
+High season:01 Nov 2013 - 30 Apr 2014 & 01 Oct 2014- 31 Oct 2014
+Green Season:01 Jul 2014- 31 Aug 2014 . Price:US$525/person .Single supplement US$180
+Low season:01 May 2014 - 30 Jun 2014 & 01 Sep 2014- 30 Sep 2014