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Overview

There is no better way to explore the Mekong River than aboard a river cruise. Spend three-days exploring the section of Southern Laos known as the ‘4000 islands’. Watch life drift by from the ship’s deck and go ashore to visit timeless villages and wander through ancient temples.

Trip Highlights

Wat Phou Cruise Upstream

Cruise the Mekong’s 4000 Islands

Travel on board an elegant river cruise ship to explore the ‘4000 Islands’ of the southern Mekong River.

Be immersed in Lao culture

Observe life on the river, explore timeless villages and visit Buddhist temples to understand and connect with Lao culture.

Explore the ancient history of Laos

Visit two pre-Angkorian temples and learn about the prosperous Khmer empire which once dominated Southern Laos. 

Itinerary

1

Pakse - Khone Phapheng - Khong Island

Pakse – Khone Phapheng (130 km): 1,5 hour Khone Phapheng – Khong Island by boat (25 km): 2 hours

Depart from Pakse for the two-hour drive to the spectacular falls of Khone Phapheng near the Cambodian border. Khone Phapheng are the highest most impressive waterfalls of the country, which can be viewed from a community-built wooden hut. After visiting the falls, continue to the fishing village of Xieng Di for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, board a longtail boat for a visit to Khong Island.  

Don Det and Don Khone are two very laid back islands, sitting along the border of Strung Treng Province in Cambodia. To overpass waterfalls, the French built a railway and a bridge, which give a unique atmosphere to the place.

After enjoying a tour of these islands, take another longtail boat to the Khong Island village of Ban Veuthong. Board an elegant boat to kick off the cruise in the region known as Si Phan Don, or 4000 Islands. Si Phan Don is a breathtaking spot home to thousands of islands split by cascades and rapids.

Enjoy the amazing views and a sumptuous dinner whilst cruising through these mesmerizing waters.

Overnight on board

2

Khong Island - Oum Muang - Houay Tomo

4000 islands – Houay Tomo by boat (80 km): 4 hours

Enjoy a breakfast on board while the boat sails to Ban Dua Tae, the first visit of the day. Continue the sail north, past the island of Don Xai, heading into the surrounding myriad of islands.

Savour a fabulous lunch whilst cruising onwards to the island of Don Daeng. Disembark to visit the village of Houay Tomo and the mysterious Oum Muang forest temple, just a few minutes’ walk way. Oum Muang is a good example of the Pre-Angkorian temple style and a perfect introduction into the rich history of Southern Laos.

After exploring the Oum Muang area, reboard the boat and watch the sun set over the tranquil river before feasting on a delicious dinner.

Overnight on board

3

Wat Phou - Champasak - Pakse

Wat Phou – Champasak (8 km): 15 min Champasak – Pakse (30 km): 1 hour

This last day of cruising heads north to Ban Wat Luang Kao, where a guided tour will visit the 10th century pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Phou.

A UNESCO World-Heritage site, Wat Phou is a stunning pre-Angkorian temple, which once acted as the most important economic and political centre in the region. Embark on a tour, discovering each of its three various levels.

After the tour, lunch will be served on board before transferring to the mainland at Champasak.

Stop in Champasak to see samples of French colonial architecture before transferring to Pakse, with arriving around 16:00. 

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • 3 days cruise with stops and visits en route
  • Meals as mentioned (B,L,D)
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfer from/to Pakse
  • Assistance of English/French speaking cruise escort during the cruise
  • Coffee, tea, water

Our Services do not Include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance, tips, visa
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

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