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Enjoy Hanoi, Vietnam by boat! The Mekong is the artery of life in Laos: a trading route, a source of food and water, and a social center for the settlements along its banks. Known locally as The Mother of Waters, the Mekong river has been venerated and worshiped for thousands of years. We offer a fantastic opportunity to discover the splendor of the Mekong River and the Unesco World Heritage Vat Phou Temple on a delightful three-day voyage aboard a luxurious floating hotel. Our boat staff and guide are always available to help you with any need you may have during your cruise on the Mekong. About The Vat Phou Boat: The Vat Phou boat is a 34 meter long, 7.5 meter wide steel hulled teak barge, equipped with two 260 HP Isuzu diesel engines. The design retains a character that is unmistakably oriental and enables you to relax in comfort while you cruise the Mekong, you enjoy the ever changing pageantry of river scenery and life as you pass smoothly by. We have 14 staff on each Mekong cruise departure. This includes 2 full time captains, 2 mechanics, 2 cooks, 3 cleaning staff and 5 bar or wait staff. We also have on board an English, French and Thai speaking guide who can help answer any questions and point out interesting sights along the way. There are two decks on the Vat Phou boat. The lower deck has 10 cabins, the kitchen/galley and our evening air-conditioned dining room. The upper deck has 2 cabins, the bar and a two large open air shaded decks – one at each end of the boat. The ship is fully equipped with safety equipment meeting international standards. The front upper deck has rattan armchairs, sofas, coffee tables and lounges. This area is perfect for lying back to read a book, taking photographs of life along the Mekong River or having an afternoon nap. The rear upper deck has chairs, sofas and coffee tables. We also have the bar area here where our staff can serve you tea, coffee or drinking water, which are all included free during the cruise. You are also able to purchase beer, soft drinks, wine and spirits. Breakfast and lunch are usually served here, watching the sun dance on the waters surface. The cabins of the Vat Phou Boat: The Vat Phou boat has 12 elegant twin shared cabins, each with a view over the southern Mekong River in Laos. Every cabin is fully air-conditioned and also has a fan for optimum temperature control. The cabins are fitted with dressing tables and a wardrobe so you can unpack easily and relax. The private bathrooms have a hot shower and a western style toilet for your convenience. Our Vat Phou staff clean your cabin daily. Life jackets are available in a variety of sizes including children’s sizes. Cruises (Minimum 4 persons on boards): • 3 Days/2 Nights Down River: Day 1: Pakse – Departing 09.30 – 10.00 After meeting at the Sinouk Coffee House in central Pakse at 9:30am, we transfer you to our cruise boat via long tail riverboat, for your 2.5 hour journey to Champassak. Champasak/Lunch – 12.30 Upon boarding at the Vat Phou boat, we help you to your cabins to unpack, before serving lunch on deck. All meals are included on the Vat Phou Mekong cruise and our galley produces the finest of Laotian, Vietnamese and Thai dishes, lovingly prepared and beautifully presented. Vat Phou Temple – 14.30: The highlight of the afternoon is the Vat Phou ruins – the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex and our 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. Sunset Cruise – 17.00 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: Tomo Village – Departing 07.00 – 10.30 Breakfast is on board as we set sail for the village of Tomo. 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. Cruise / Lunch – 12.30 Lunch is on the deck, while we leisurely sail closer to the wild paradise known as the 4,000 Islands All meals are included on the Vat Phou Mekong cruise and the galley produces the finest of Laotian, Vietnamese and Thai dishes, lovingly prepared and beautifully presented. Ban Deua Tia / Khong Island – 16.30 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, you will also visit the local school and share some time with the students. Our day’s cruise finishes at the most northern tip of Don Khong, the largest inhabited island in the river archipelago. After dinner, the evening is yours to relax and enjoy. Day 3: Don Khone – Departing 7.00 While you have breakfast on the deck, the Vat Phou boat cruises down 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, the French colonial house and walk across the bridge that links Khone and Det Islands. Lunch – 12.00 Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant on Don Khone Island along the banks of the river. Phapheng Waterfall/Pakse – 13.00-16.30 This afternoon you will visit the Khone PhaPheng waterfalls, the “Niagara of the East”. After your visit to Phapheng waterfall you will be transferred back to Pakse by bus where the tour will end. • 3 Days & 2 Nights – Up River Day 1: Pakse - Departing 09.30 – 10.00 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 PhaPheng waterfalls. Phapheng Waterfall/Lunch – 12.00 Visit the Khong PhaPheng waterfalls, the “Niagara of the East”. You will then be driven by bus to the Nakasang pier, you board a small wooden boat, which will take you to Don Khone Island for lunch at local restaurant on the banks of the river. Don Khone – 14.00 You will visit the old French railway, the French colonial house and walk across the bridge that links Khone and Det Islands. Khong Island > Sunset Cruises > Dinner – 17.00 After this fascinating glimpse into the not so distant past, your small wooden boat continues cruising among the 4,000 Islands to the Vat-Phou boat at Ban Dong Veuthong in Don Khong Island. At 17:30 pm, check into your cabin while the boat sets off. Enjoy dinner onboard as the sun is setting. We will dock riverside for the night. Day 2: Ban Deua Tia/Khong Island – Departing 07.00 Breakfast is on board the Vat Phou boat as we set sail to Ban Deua Tia. You will walk through this small village, seeing centuries old traditions still being used. You will also visit the school and share some time with the local students. 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 archipelago. Cruise/Lunch – 12.00 Lunch is on the deck, while we leisurely sail up the Mekong River. All meals are included on the Vat Phou Mekong cruise and the galley produces the finest of Laotian, Vietnamese and Thai dishes, lovingly prepared and beautifully presented. Tomo Village – 16.00 Late afternoon we disembark from the boat to walk through the village of Tomo and the mysterious Oum Muong forest temple, just a few minutes walk way. Dinner is aboard Vat Phou, then you have the rest of the evening to relax and enjoy the silence. Day 3: Vat Phou Temple – Departing 7.00 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 our boat’s namesake. Lunch – 12.00 After your visit of Vat Phou temple, you return to the boat for one last meal as we cruise to our final desination. Champasak/Pakse – 13.00-16.00 A long-tail boat will return you to Pakse, arriving around 4.00pm in the afternoon. This is the end of your cruise, and the beginning of whatever is next on your itinerary. Prices: - October 01 - March 31: $820 USD - April 01 - September 30: $570 USD - October 01 - March 31: $820 USD Prices are per person based on double/twin share. Prices Include: - 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 a qualified crew during the cruise - Group/individual insurance Deposit: - $410 USD
We are spirit for travel and adventure has been capturing the hearts and imagination of passionate travelers since the 1990’s, by providing comfortable and breathtaking journeys along the Mekong River. In Laos, we have been slowly but steadily built a collection of travel gems into some of the most stunning destinations in this region. These include a journey northwards aboard the Luang Say Cruise boat, exploring the unique scenes of life along the Mekong up to the hidden oasis and pristine beauty of Luang Say Lodge. Alternatively the Vat Phou Cruise unveils the exotic and mystical nature of the Mekong River in Southern Laos.
You’ll get directions to the departure location when you make a booking.
70% refund up to 21 days prior.
Departure Days: - April 01 - September 30: Tuesday, Saturday - October 01 - March 31: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Cancellation Policy: - If cancelled before 21 days prior to departure, 70% will be refunded. - If cancelled within 8-14 days prior to departure, 50%will be refunded. - If cancelled within 7 days prior to departure, 10% will be refunded. Additional Fees: - 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. Important Information: - Operated with minimum 4 persons on boards. - Prices listed are for double occupancy. there is a surcharge for a single travelers. - 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 discounted 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.” Frequently Asked Questions: • What time does the border at Houei Say open and close? The Lao and Thai immigration checkpoints at Houei Say and Chiang Khong both open at 8 am, and close at 6 pm. • What should I wear? You should wear light, loose-fitting, cotton clothing for your cruise. Short-sleeved shirts and light-weight trousers are ideal. Long, light trousers are a good idea since shorts leave your legs exposed to insect bites. Halter tops (necks) and hot pants are discouraged. Lao and mountain people are offended by tight and overly revealing clothing. The best footwear are sports shoes or walking boots, especially in rainy season when village visits can be slippery. A hat is advised for the tropical sun, and sunglasses are certainly a good idea. Evenings and early mornings can be surprisingly chilly in winter – even sometimes close to freezing (or at least feeling that way) in December and January, so bring a sweater, socks, and a casual jacket, windbreaker (cheater), or anorak. • Do I need my own Insurance? Even if Luang Say journeys are fully insured for accident or misadventure. We do strongly advise our customers to have their own insurance as well, since claims can be complex and time consuming. • Do we have porters for our bags? Yes we do have porters. • Does the boat have safety equipment? The boat is equipped with fire extinguishers and life jackets in adult and children's sizes. A boat mechanic travels on every cruise.