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RV Pandaw Laos Cruise – The Laos Mekong 11 days

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The secret of our success is that on the ships, whilst luxury and comfort are discreetly present, it is the colonial character and friendly atmosphere that predominate…

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    • Activity Level Moderate
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    • Group Size Medium Group
      50
    All about the RV Pandaw Laos Cruise – The Laos Mekong 11 days.

    The secret of our success is that on the ships, whilst luxury and comfort are discreetly present, it is the colonial character and friendly atmosphere that predominate. With 10 cabin, our Pandaws have ultra shallow drafts and can travel to remote areas, which would be unreachable by other vessels, let alone overland.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Entrance fees
    • Guide services (English language),
    • JGratuities to crew
    • Main meals
    • Locally made soft and alcoholic beverages
    • Ugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
    • mineral water
    • Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • International flights
    • Port dues
    • Airport transfers
    • Laundry
    • All visa costs
    • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
    • Imported beverages such as wines
    • Premium spirits and liqueurs
    • Fancy soft drinks like Perrier
    • Espressos and cappuccinos at bar
    1. Route 1 VIENTIANE- GOLDEN TRIANGLE

      Day 1VIENTIANE

      PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only and subject to reconnaissance. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.Transfer from airports or hotel in Vientiane or from Udon Thani (1.5hrs) in Thailand just across the river. Embarkation 11.30am, followed by lunch and afternoon explorations of the delightful French city including visits to Sisaket Temple, the President’s Hall, Wat Prakeo Temple and the Phatouxay monument. Set sail late afternoon, enjoy a welcome dinner on board and overnight near Vientiane.

      Meals: Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 2CRUISING THE MEKONG
      Today we cruise upstream on the Mekong, passing lush jungle scenery and tiny riverside villages. Morning presentation on the Lao language. Afternoon cooking demonstration on the upper deck. Arrive in Ban Xanakham where we more overnight.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: NA
      Day 3PAK LAI
      Afternoon visit to the French administrative town of Pak Lai with many colonial buildings and a bustling local market. This town boasts the largest elephant festival in South East Asia, usually in February. We return to the ship at Ban Muang where we overnight.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 4BAN PARK BOR VILLAGE
      Afternoon visit and walking tour of Ban Park Bor (Kmu Tribal) Village, a typical village, set on the banks of the Mekong amidst lush jungle

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 5BAN MOUANG KHAI VILLAGE
      In the morning we pass the newly constructed lock that forms part of the Xanyaburi Hydro Electric Power Plant. Continue upstream to the village of Ban Mouang Khai.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 6 LUANG PRABANG
      Morning sightseeing by mini coach to visit the jungle pools and dramatic Khaung Si waterfall. We also visit a butterfly garden and elephant camp. Arrive in the heart of the temple city of Luang Prabang. After lunch, explore by tuktuk this well-preserved and unique world heritage site with its many Buddhist temples, libraries and royal palace. There is a buzzing night market and many delightful cafes and some quite good restaurants ashore.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 7LUANG PRABANG
      Early morning walking tour to see the alms offering by the local people to hundreds of monks who walk around the city every morning. Passengers are invited to join in with offerings we provide for the alms giving. Morning walking tour visiting the National Museum and morning market. Afternoon free to enjoy the beauty and unique atmosphere of Luang Prabang on your own explorations ashore. Enjoy traditional Laos dancing on the upper deck late afternoon. We moor overnight in Luang Prabang.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 8PAK OU BUDDHA CAVES
      Morning sightseeing by local boat exploring the unique Pak Ou Caves, a Buddhist sanctuary with spectacular limestone cliff faces. Sail upstream on the beautiful Mekong towards Ban Bo. After lunch, enjoy a cooking demonstration on the upper deck.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 9PAK BENG
      Morning walking tour of the market town of Pak Beng. After lunch, if time permits, we explore Ban Pak Sip, a traditional riverside village full of charm and life.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: NA
      Day 10CHIANG KHONG (THAILAND)
      Scenic cruising to the border between Laos and Thailand at Huay Say. Here we cross into Thailand where our waiting transport takes you to re-join the ship at the bustling and pretty Thai port town of Chiang Khong. Enjoy farewell cocktails and dinner on board the Laos Pandaw tonight.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 11GOLDEN TRIANGLE
      Disembark by 8.30am in Chiang Sean and explore the Golden Triangle including a visit to the opium museum. Continue to airports or city hotels in Chiang Rai (3 hours) and Chiang Mai (6 hours).

      Meals: Breakfast
      Accommodation: NA
    2. Route 2 GOLDEN TRIANGLE- VIENTIANE

      Day 1GOLDEN TRIANGLE

      PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only and subject to reconnaissance. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.Transfers from airports or any city hotel in Chiang Rai (3 hours) and Chiang Mai (6 hours) with a visit to the Golden Triangle and the now infamous opium museum. Embark your ship by 16.00pm and cruise up river towards the Burma border for sunset.

      Meals: Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 2INTO LAOS
      We go through the immigration formalities at the Thai/Laos border and re-join the Laos Pandaw. Set sail downstream on the beautiful Upper Mekong River. After lunch, if time allows, enjoy sightseeing by foot in a Laos jungle village.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 3PAK OU CAVES
      Morning walking tour of the local trading town of Pak Beng. Continue cruising downstream to Pak Ou, where we transfer to a local boat and enter the Nam Ou River to visit the extraordinary Pak Ou Buddha Caves. Admire spectacular limestone cliff faces in the Buddhist sanctuary.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 4LUANG PRABANG
      In the early morning we will arrive in Luang Prabang. After breakfast, there is an opportunity for you to explore the beautiful temple city of Luang Prabang with its many Buddhist temples, libraries and Royal Palace. There is a buzzing night market and many delightful cafes and some quite good restaurants ashore.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 5LUANG PRABANG
      arly morning walking tour to observe the morning alms offering by local people to the hundreds of monks who walk around the city every morning. Passengers are invited to join with the offerings we provide for the alms giving. Mid-afternoon traditional dance performance on board the Laos Pandaw. We moor overnight in Luang Prabang.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 6MUANG KHAY VILLAGE
      Morning sightseeing by mini coach. We drive to see the deep jungle pools at the Khaung Si Waterfall and for the teak forest trails and butterfly farm. Time permitting, we will also visit the elephant camp. After lunch, enjoy a cooking demonstration on board and wonderful scenic cruising on the mighty Mekong River.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 7XAYABURI DAM
      Pass through the Mekong water control lock at Xayaburi Hydro Electric Power Plant (itself an interesting and perhaps controversial tourist attraction). Late afternoon walking tour of a local village.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 8PAK SAO
      Morning visit to Ban Pak Huoang, an interesting local village on the Thai/Laos border. Continue to Pak Sao where we enjoy an excursion to a plantation village and meet the local people..

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 9VIENTIANE
      We pass through a dramatic landscape of jungle and mountain where the river flows fast and wild. Amazing rock formations straddle the river banks. Here we enter the cultivated plains of Vientiane province. We arrive mid-afternoon in Vientiane where we moor overnight. Opportunity for independent exploration of this delightful, French influenced city.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 10VIENTIANE
      Morning explorations of the delightful French city including visits to Sisaket Temple, the President’s Hall, Wat Prakeo Temple and the Phatouxay monument. Opportunity for independent exploration enjoying the many cafes and bistros in this charming little corner of L’Indochine. Farewell cocktails and dinner on your final night aboard the Laos Pandaw.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
      Day 11VIENTIANE
      Disembark in Vientiane after breakfast and transfer to airports or hotel in Vientiane or Udon Thani in Thailand (1.5hrs, just across the river)

      Meals: Breakfast
      Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise
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    Important Notes:

    • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
    • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.

    Price Includes

    • Entrance fees
    • Guide services (English language),
    • JGratuities to crew
    • Main meals
    • Locally made soft and alcoholic beverages
    • Ugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
    • mineral water
    • Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage

    Price Excludes

    • International flights
    • Port dues
    • Airport transfers
    • Laundry
    • All visa costs
    • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
    • Imported beverages such as wines
    • Premium spirits and liqueurs
    • Fancy soft drinks like Perrier
    • Espressos and cappuccinos at bar

    Cancellation by Customer

    • Cancellation before 120 days prior to the start of the cruise:30 % of the total rate
    • Between 120 and 61 days prior to the start of the cruise: 50 % of the total rate
    • Between 60 and 30 days prior to the start of the cruise: 70 % of the total rate
    • Less than 30 days prior to the start of the cruise: 90 % of the total rate
    • 15 days or less: 100% of the cruise price

    Children Policy

    • Free of charge for children below 5 years old, in parents’ room and using existing bedding.
    • Baby cots are available.
    • Children above 5 ears must occupy a separate bed and pay full rate (Single or double occupancy).

    Services

    • 24-hour Security
    • Doctor on call
    • Observatory
    • Reception
    • Rowing boat
    • Safety box at reception
    • Tender for sightseeing
    • Baby cot
    • Bar
    • Cabin Service (Snack Meals)
    • Fresh flower
    • Laundry service
    • Library
    • Restaurant

    Departure Info

    • Shuttle Bus: Departs from Sofitel Plaza Hanoi
    • Check-in: N/A
    • Check-out: N/A
    • Guide: English Speaking Guide

    Activities on Board

    • Cycling
    • Kayaking
    • Spa & Massage
    • Swimming

    Activities on Request

    • Birthday / Wedding anniversary/ Honeymoon
    • Wedding ceremony

    These are cruise properties for Pandaw Laos Cruise:

    SpecificationsRV Laos PandawRV Yunnan Pandaw
    Building matertialsbrass and teakMetal Boat
    Operated sinceBuilt in 2015 in LaosBuilt in 2016 in Thailand
    Length44.50 m44.50 m
    Width8.90 mBeam: 8.90 m
    HeightNANA
    Depth1.20 mDraught: 1.20 m
    Dining RoomyesYes
    Bar/ SundeckyesYes
    Massage cabinYesNA
    Number of Cabin10 main deck staterooms14
    Overall Rating
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