Upper Mekong Cruise & Angkor

Sublime and seductive, the visual and cultural highlights of Indochina are amongst the most breathtaking in Asia. This priceless adventure takes you from the tree-lined boulevards and colonial charms of Vientiane to the UNESCO treasures of ancient Luang Prabang, from where you will join a 5-night cruise along the waterways of the Mekong itself. A wonderful chance to explore the intimacy and grandeur of the river, it affords ample opportunity to visit temple caves and riverside communities, before flying on to the fabulous Angkor temples at Siem Reap, to enjoy probably the finest archaeological site anywhere in Southeast Asia. A fitting end to an incredible odyssey.

Itinerary Overview

Day 1 - Fly to Vientiane Day 2/3 - Vientiane Day 4 to 8 - Upper Mekong Cruise Day 9 to 11 - Siem Reap Day 12 - Fly to the UK

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Price Includes

• Scheduled flights • Accommodation and meals • Transportation • Sightseeing

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    Vientiane

    Vientiane
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    MV Mekong Sun

    MV Mekong Sun
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    Pak Ou Caves

    Pak Ou Caves
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    Luang Prabang

    Luang Prabang
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    Kuang Si-waterfalls

    Kuang Si-waterfalls
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    Mekong River

    Mekong River
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    Temples of Angkor

    Temples of Angkor
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    Tonle Sap Lake

    Tonle Sap Lake
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    Vientiane

    Vientiane

    Delightfully serene, the enchanting Laotian capital is a city of colonial grandeur and beautiful gilded temples besides the banks of the Mekong. There is little of the frantic pace of other Asian cities about this attractive city and its tree-lined boulevards hide a wealth of colonial and historic monuments, including the That Luang stupa, the most revered site in the country and a potent symbol of Lao nationalism, said to hold relics of the Buddha himself.

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    MV Mekong Sun

    MV Mekong Sun

    The MV Mekong Sun was built in 2006 and is a German-Laotian owned river ship with 14 stylish air-conditioned cabins with a mainly European clientele. With a maximum of 28 guests, offering the highest possible comfort available in this region of the world. A mix of traditional local and Western-style food is served on board, using only the freshest and finest local ingredients. 11 Classic cabins are on the main deck with a size of 12m², all facing out onto the water, with wide sliding windows and a French balcony providing views of the passing landscapes. 3 Superior cabins offer an upgraded option, one in the bow of the main deck (16m²) and two on the upper deck (18m²). The two upper deck cabins have their own small private balcony and the one in the bow has a superb panoramic view to the front. All cabins have an en suite shower and WC. A spacious sundeck has a bar service and a restaurant/bar area.

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    Pak Ou Caves

    Pak Ou Caves

    Near Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou river) the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) are caves overlooking the Mekong River, 25 km to the north of Luang Prabang. The caves are noted for their miniature Buddha sculptures. Hundreds of very small and mostly damaged wooden Buddhist figures are laid out over the wall shelves. They take many different positions, including meditation, teaching, peace, rain, and reclining (nirvana).

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    Luang Prabang

    Luang Prabang

    Luang Prabang is the jewel of Laos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. The ancient royal city has dozens of temples and religious sites, both large and small. The best way to see these sites is on foot or by bicycle. The biggest concentration of temples is in the old quarter, much of which forms a peninsula between the Mekong and the Khan rivers. The Wat Xieng temple is the most stunning in the city, richly decorated with coloured glass and gold. The Royal Palace, now a museum, houses a collection of artefacts belonging to former rulers of the Kingdom of Lane Xang,whose capital was Luang Prabang. In between temple and palace visits, there are many small restaurants perched high on the banks of the Mekong where you can watch life go by at a very slow pace.

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    Kuang Si-waterfalls

    Kuang Si-waterfalls

    Kuang Si Falls is another “must-see” attraction in Luang Prabang. The falls are truly spectacular and the biggest waterfall in Luang Prabang.At the very bottom of the falls there are several blue pools of water and small cascades (3-5 metres high); some of the falls are multi-tiered. Most of the pools are open for swimming (one is closed as being a sacred site) though the water is a bit cold because this area is shaded by big trees. This makes the falls a popular cool-off place among locals and tourists alike during the hot season.

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    Mekong River

    Mekong River

    The timeless jungles of Indochina offer some of the most idyllic cruising anywhere.Meandering through Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, the Mekong and its tributaries weave a magical course through a cultural landscape little changed over the centuries.

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    Temples of Angkor

    Temples of Angkor

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the extraordinary jungle temples of Angkor represent some five centuries of Khmer culture. Covering 155 square kilometres of Cambodian countryside in the vicinity of Siem Reap, these priceless pearls are a wonderful collection of bas-relief carvings and hidden temples. The most photogenic and iconic of all the temples, the imposing setting of Angkor Wat is without doubt one of the highlights of any journey through Indochina. Stunningly preserved and visually captivating, it takes on an almost ethereal glow in the golden light of the setting sun.

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    Tonle Sap Lake

    Tonle Sap Lake

    Tonle Sap is the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia. Its dimension changes depending on the monsoon and dry season. Surrounded by floating villages, 90% of the communities earn a living by catching fish and farming. This lake is a haven for biodiversity with over 300 species of fresh water fish, as well as snakes, crocodiles, tortoises, turtles and otters. More than 100 varieties of water birds including storks and pelicans also inhabit the area.

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    What's included:

    Scheduled direct flights, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges First class accommodation in Vientiane & Siem Reap Comfortable boutique style river boat – the MV Mekong Sun is not exclusive to Bales passengers Meals as outlined (during the cruise coffee, tea, water and juices are included) Private car and driver for transfers in Vientiane & Siem Reap/Shared transfers to/from the cruise vessel in Luang Prabang Private sightseeing as detailed on a private basis in Vientiane & Siem Reap with local English speaking Guides & on a shared basis (dual language English/German) during the cruise Departures on Sundays throughout the year from the UK according to the cruise schedule

    • 1

      Day 1 - Fly to Bangkok, connecting with your flight to Vientaine.

      Midday departure by Thai Airways International to Bangkok (11 hours 20 mins), connecting to the Thai Airways flight to Vientiane (1 hour 10 mins).

      Meals: Inflight

      Hotel: No Hotel

    • 2

      Day 2 - Arrive in Vientaine this afternoon and transfer to the Green Park Hotel. The rest of the day at leisure.

      Upon arrival in the Laotian capital this afternoon you will be met and transferred to the Green Park Hotel (deluxe room) for a 2 night stay. Vientiane (translated as 'sandalwood city') dates from the 10th century, but has been the capital of Laos from the early 16th century to the present. Vientiane is a relatively small, laid-back city, with tree-lined boulevards and old Buddhist temples. The rest of the day is at leisure and a walk along the promenade is especially pleasant in the evening.

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      Hotel: Green Park Hotel

    • 3

      Day 3 - Morning of sightseeing in Vientiane. The afternoon is at leisure.

      With its tree-lined boulevards and old French colonial buildings near the Mekong, Vientiane is a relaxed, attractive city. It also has many old temples, and this morning visit the Pha That Luang (Great Stupa), the most important national monument in the country and the Wat Si Saket, the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. Also visit Wat Phra Keo museum, originally built to house the famous Emerald Buddha, now in Bangkok. The afternoon is at leisure with the option to visit the Xieng Khuan Buddha Park.

      Meals: B

      Hotel: Green Park Hotel

    • 4

      Day 4 - Transfer to the airport for the flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival transfer to the Mekong River to board the MV Mekong Sun. Excursions available in the afternoon and evening.

      Transfer to the airport for the morning Lao Airlines flight to Luang Prabang. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Luang Prabang was once the country’s former capital and today is considered one of Indo-China’s cultural gems. Upon arrival you will be met by representatives of Mekong Cruises and transferred to the Mekong River to board your cruise vessel where you will be spending the next 5 nights. Later in the afternoon begin with a guided walk up Phou Si-hill, which offers a spectacular sunset view over the Mekong as well as the Khan River and the surrounding mountains. In the evening, enjoy strolling along the Mekong promenade or visiting the colourful night market of the local Hmong minority. Back on board your boat there will be a welcome reception this evening before dinner. Overnight in your cabin aboard your river vessel, the MV Mekong Sun (classic cabin).

      Meals: B & D

      Hotel: MV Mekong Sun

    • 5

      Day 5 - In the early morning observe the giving of alms in the streets of Luang Prabang. Sites today include Wat Xieng Thong temple, Wat Khili and Wat Sene temple.

      In the early morning you will able to observe the traditional giving of alms in the streets of Luang Prabang. Breakfast is on board and the rest of the morning will be spent on a guided city tour with visits of the famous Wat Xieng Thong temple, Wat Khili and the Wat Sene temple as well. Your spectacular cruise begins with the departure from Luang Prabang after lunch from where you will cruise north through beautiful scenery. The night is spent on a secluded river bank or sandbank. Overnight onboard your river vessel.

      Meals: B, L & D

      Hotel: MV Mekong Sun

    • 6

      Day 6 - Explore the Pak Ou Caves before walking though the jungle to a Laotian village.

      After breakfast on board you will explore the famous Pak Ou Caves, with thousands of small Buddha statues inside the caverns. After a short walk through the jungle (optional) you visit a Laotian village. In the village you can observe how the local liqueur Lao-Lao is being distilled traditionally. Before returning to your Mekong vessel, you will see often see elephants at work. After re-embarkation you will enjoy a few hours of cruising down the Mekong River amidst beautiful landscapes. Overnight onboard your river vessel.

      Meals: B, L & D

      Hotel: MV Mekong Sun

    • 7

      Day 7 - Cruise the mighty Mekong. You will visit a local village school and enjoy views along the shores.

      The ship will head south to the Mekong ferry crossing at Tha Deua, connecting Luang Prabang Province with the Sayaboury province. Further downstream 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 tropical vegetation, awe-inspiring rock formations along the river banks, and a fascinating array of fast currents and slower river parts. The power of the mighty Mekong will give your cruise the feeling of a real expedition (due to sudden drops in water level on some days, it may be necessary to make the afternoon excursion down south and upstream again – the wildest and possibly most exciting part of the Mekong – in a local Lao slow boat before returning back onboard). You will visit a local village school, which is supported by guests of the Mekong River Cruises fleet. Enjoy the beautiful views along the shores before you head north again and stop at a sandbank for the night. Overnight onboard your river vessel.

      Meals: B, L & D

      Hotel: MV Mekong Sun

    • 8

      Day 8 - After cruising up the river for a few hours, stop and visit Kuang Si-waterfalls.

      After breakfast on board, enjoy the beautiful view and spot local fishermen onshore as you cruise upstream again. After a few hours of cruising up the river, you will stop and continue by bus to visit the famous Kuang Si-waterfalls, some of the most remarkable waterfalls in Laos. On the way you will stroll through the small village of Tha Pan, where you can observe how the local communities live in Northern Laos. In the afternoon you will return to Luang Prabang. This last evening on board will be celebrated with a farewell dinner with a traditional Lao Baci-friendship ceremony.

      Meals: B, L & D

      Hotel: MV Mekong Sun

    • 9

      Day 9 - Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Stay at the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.

      After breakfast you will say goodbye to your Laotian crew. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your morning Lao Airlines flight to Siem Reap (1 hour 40 mins) for a 3 night stay at the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (superior room). Located a short drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat where you will pay a sunset visit to this most spectacular of ancient sites, an unforgettable experience.

      Meals: B

      Hotel: Victoria Angkor Hotel

    • 10

      Day 10 - Full day exploring the temples and jungles of Siem Reap.

      Full day exploring the spectacular temples and jungle ruins around Siem Reap, without doubt one of the highlights of your epic journey and surely one of the most breathtaking and magical sites in the whole of the Indochina region.

      Meals: B

      Hotel: Victoria Angkor Hotel

    • 11

      Day 11 - Visit the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia: Lake Tonle Sap. Afternoon at leisure.

      This morning take to the expansive and rich waters of Lake Tonle Sap to explore something of life along the shores of the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. A UNESCO Reserve and of vital importance to the local communities, the lake covers nearly 15 per cent of Cambodia’s land mass. This afternoon is at leisure.

      Meals: B

      Hotel: Victoria Angkor Hotel

    • 12

      Day 12 - Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok, connecting with your flight to London Heathrow.

      This morning transfer to the airport for the Bangkok Airways flight to Bangkok. Connect to the Thai Airways flight to London Heathrow where you will arrive later this evening.

      Meals: B & Inflight

      Hotel: No Hotel

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    Your hotel details

    This holiday includes the following hotels and accommodation:

    • Green Park HotelGreen Park HotelGreen Park Hotel

      Green Park Hotel

      The Green Park Hotel is situated next to the peaceful Nong Chanh Park, the biggest park in city, right in the heart of Vientiane’s business district and only a few minutes away from the airport and commercial centres. Each of the 34 rooms are attractively decorated and are equipped with cable television, telephone, mini bar, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and feature either a private balcony or terrace. The hotel restaurant serves both local and international cuisine. There is also a spa which offers a variety of traditional treatments.

    • MV Mekong SunMV Mekong SunMV Mekong Sun

      MV Mekong Sun

      The MV Mekong Sun was built in 2006 and is a German-Laotian owned river ship with 14 stylish air-conditioned cabins with a mainly European clientele. With a maximum of 28 guests, offering the highest possible comfort available in this region of the world. A mix of traditional local and Western-style food is served on board, using only the freshest and finest local ingredients. 11 Classic cabins are on the main deck with a size of 12m², all facing out onto the water, with wide sliding windows and a French balcony providing views of the passing landscapes. 3 Superior cabins offer an upgraded option, one in the bow of the main deck (16m²) and two on the upper deck (18m²). The two upper deck cabins have their own small private balcony and the one in the bow has a superb panoramic view to the front. All cabins have an en suite shower and WC. A spacious sundeck has a bar service and a restaurant/bar area.

    • Victoria Angkor HotelVictoria Angkor HotelVictoria Angkor Hotel

      Victoria Angkor Hotel

      The Hotel Victoria Angkor is located in the centre of Siem Reap facing the Royal Gardens. Built in classic colonial style, all 130 rooms and suites have private facilities as well as an electronic safe, satellite television and mini bar. Additional hotel features include a swimming pool, 2 bars and 3 dinning outlets.