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11 Days Cruising Vientiane - Chiang Khong with Pandaw Cruise

Pak Ou Cave - Laos
Upstream: Vientiane - Sanakham - Ban Paklay - Pak Lai - Tha Deua - Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Cave and Nam Ou River - Pak Beng - Chiang Khong (Thailand)
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Booking Pandaw Cruise Saigon to Siem Reap Cruise 7 Day
Downstream: Chiang Khong (Thailand) - Tachilek and the Golden Triangle - Pak Beng - Pak Ou Caves and Nom Ou River - Luang Prabang - Tha Deua - Pak Lai - Ban Paklay - Vientiane Booking Pandaw Cruise Siem Reap to Saigon in 7 Days 

 

Day 1: Vientiane

Transfer from airports in Vientiane or from Udon Thani in Thailand just across the river and join ship for lunch and afternoon explorations of the delightful French city. Evening in port for dinner on board or ashore in the many cafes, bistros and elegant restaurants of this charming little corner of L’Indochine.
 

Day 2: Sanakham

Cast off up the Mekong with a stop at Ban Sanakham, an important border crossing between Laos and Thailand.
 

Day 3: Ban Paklay

Leaving the cultivated plains of Vientiane we enter a dramatic landscape of jungle and mountain where the river flows fast and wild. Amazing rock formations straddle the river banks. Moor on a sand bank overnight.
 

Day 4: Pak Lai

A French administrative town with many colonial buildings and a bustling local market. This town boasts the largest elephant festival in South East Asia, usually in February.
 

Day 5: Tha Deua

A walk ashore at this important crossing and further explorations of village life. Otherwise continue upstream into Sayabouri Province.
 

Day 6: Luang Prabang

Moored in the heart of the temple city we explore 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.
 

Day 7: Luang Prabang

Observe the morning alms round with a thousand monks collecting from door to door. Then we go inland to explore Hmong villages and swim in the deep jungle pools at the Khaung Si waterfall and for the fit trek forest trails. Then evening at leisure to explore the city further and visit many of the craft studios and workshops.
 

Day 8: Pak Ou Cave and Nam Ou River

We stop to explore these Buddhist sanctuaries and enter the Nam Ou river with its spectacular cliff faces. Continue on river all day through rapids and deep pools.
 

Day 9: Pak Beng

Stop for a walk in this market town deep in the Laos jungle . At Pak Tha we take a side trip up the Namtha River by local long tail boat to visit a Khmu village.
 

Day 10: Chiang Khong (Thailand)

This is the Thai Laos border post and the end of our voyage. In the afternoon we go by coach to the Golden Triange tourist area with its Opium Museum and if security permits cross into Tachilek the notorious Burma border town with its fascinating black market where you can buy literally anything – probably the world’s best duty free area!
 

Day 11: Disembark Chiang Khong

Morning transfers to airports Chiang Rai (2 hours) and Chiang Mai (4 hours).

Day 1: Chiang Khong (Thailand)

Transfers from airports at Chiang Rai (2 hours) and Chiang Mai (4 hours). Cruise up river towards the Burma border.
 

Day 2: Tachilek and the Golden Triang

We go by coach to the Golden Triange tourist area with its Opium Museum and if security permits cross into Tachilek the notorious Burma border town with its fascinating black market where you can buy literally anything - probably the world’s best duty free area!
 

Day 3: Pak Beng

Stop for a walk in this market town deep in the Laos jungle . At Pak Tha we take a side trip up the Namtha River by local long tail boat to visit a Khmu village.
 

Day 4: Pak Ou Caves and Nam Ou River

We stop to explore these Buddhist sanctuaries and enter the Nam Ou river with its spectacular cliff faces. Continue on river all day through rapids and deep pools.
 

Day 5: Luang Prabang

Moored in the heart of the temple city we explore 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.
 

Day 6: Luang Prabang

Observe the morning alms round as a thousand monks collecting from door to door. Then we go inland to explore Hmong villages and swim in the deep jungle pools at the Khaung Si waterfall and for the fit trek forest trails. Then evening at leisure to explore the city further and visit many of the craft studios and workshops.
 

Day 7: Tha Deua

A walk ashore at this important crossing and further explorations of village life. Otherwise continue upstream into Sayabouri Province.
 

Day 8: Pak Lai

A French administrative town with many colonial buildings and a bustling local market. This town boasts the largest elephant festival in South East Asia, usually in February.
 

Day 9: Ban Paklay

We pass through a dramatic landscape of jungle and mountain where the river flows fast and wild. Amazing rock formations straddle the river banks. Moor on a sand bank overnight. We stop at Ban Sanakham an important border crossing between Laos and Thailand. Here we enter the cultivated plains of Vientiane province.
 

Day 10: Vientiane

Morning explorations of the delightful French city with evening in port with its many cafes and bistros in this charming little corner of L’Indochine.
 

Day 11: Vientiane

Transfer to airports in Vientiane or Udon Thani in Thailand (just across the river).

Saigon to Siem Reap itinerary

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Siem Reap to Saigon itinerary

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Inclusion:

  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew, main meals ocally 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.

Exclusion:

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Imported beverages such as wines premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar

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