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Mekong Impressions River Cruise Tour 6D5N Upstream Trip

Vientiane - Luang Prabang, Laos
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6 Days 5 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

20 people





Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Mekong River on this unique cruise from the UNESCO World Heritage Town Luang Prabang to the Laotian capital, Vientiane. Travel along formerly inaccessible stretches of Southeast Asia’s most exciting river.

6-Day Mekong River Cruise Through Northern Laos Between Vientiane and Luang Prabang

Discover Vientiane and the former royal capital of Luang Prabang; stroll through colorful markets, and experience firsthand the Laotian people’s traditional way of life. Relax aboard your exclusive boutique ship, and enjoy unspoiled nature along the mighty upper Mekong—one of the most difficult rivers in the world to navigate, with fluctuating water levels, tight gorges, labyrinths of sandbanks and churning rapids.

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DAY 1: Vientiane—Boarding (D)

At 2 pm you check in and board the Mekong Sun or Mekong Pearl, our comfortable Laotian cruise ships. These unique vessels are the first German–Laotian owned cruise ships with cabins that navigate the upper Mekong. You settle into your comfortable cabin, and unpack for a six-day cruise.

Later you participate in a guided city tour including all highlights of the Laotian capital: including the Pha That Luang stupa and the Patuxai, also known as the Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane. That evening, you enjoy the ship’s spacious decks and comfortable lounge before attending your welcome reception and dinner. A selection of Asian and European food is provided throughout the cruise. Overnight on board.

DAY 2: Wild Nature Along the Mighty Mekong (BLD)

Today your Mekong River cruise experience starts. During the day you continuously cruise upriver, where you discover some of the most remarkable, impressive landscapes. In the afternoon, you enjoy the beautiful views and watch nature’s wonders along the riverbanks before stopping at a peaceful spot to moor for the night. Overnight on board.

DAY 3: Powerful Rapids and the Town of Salakham (BLD)

Further north you discover more gorgeous scenery of the wild Mekong. The landscape becomes more and more spectacular: hills covered with tropical vegetation, awe-inspiring rock formations, and a diverse array of rapid currents and slow rivulets. During the day, you visit the dreamy town of Salakham. The power of the mighty Mekong gives your cruise the feeling of a real expedition. You enjoy beautiful views and watch nature’s wonders then head north, where you stop again for the night. Overnight on board.

DAY 4: The Farming Village of Ban Don Saingam (BLD)

Upstream you stop at the small farming village of Ban Don Saingam, where you can participate in a 30-minute trek to explore a hidden cave visited exclusively by our guests. The purely natural landscape is only broken by the seldom sights of small villages and local herds of cattle. In the evening, you enjoy our famous Mekong River Cruises barbecue dinner in a beautiful riverside location. Overnight on board.

DAY 5: Xayabouri Dam (BLD)

During breakfast on board you enjoy the beautiful view, and possibly watch local fishermen along the shore. Don’t miss the Xayabouri Dam, the biggest hydroelectric power plant in Laos. In the afternoon, you meet the inhabitants of a small hill tribe village which is regularly visited by our guests and supported by donations. That evening, you celebrate your last night on board with a farewell dinner. Overnight on board.

DAY 6: Kuang Si Falls and Luang Prabang (BL)

In the morning, a guided shore excursion takes you to the Kuang Si Falls, some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Laos. That afternoon, you reach Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Luang Prabang you say goodbye to your Lao crew. Later you check out and disembark from your Mekong River cruise ship, your comfortable home on an unforgettable journey.


  • + 5 nights in selected cabin type aboard your boutique river cruise vessel
  • + Local English-speaking guides
  • + Entrance fees for sightseeing according to itinerary
  • + Excursions according to itinerary
  • + Tours and transfers according to itinerary
  • + Drinking water in vehicles and on the ship
  • + Meals according to itinerary (B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, and D=Dinner)
  • + Complimentary coffee, tea and water on board your boutique river cruise vessel
  • + Presentations and lectures on board by the cruise director
  • + Transfers between airports and hotels within city limits (only guaranteed if information was correctly provided four weeks prior to departure at the latest)
  • - Flights
  • - Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary
  • - Visas for Laos
  • - Laundry, telephone calls and personal expenditures
  • - Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services
  • - Alcoholic and soft drinks other than mentioned
  • - Personal insurance
  • - Video or photography fees (if requested during excursions)

Tour's Location

Vientiane - Luang Prabang, Laos


Every river cruise on the upper Mekong is a pioneering experience and is subject to constantly changing river conditions, including floodwaters and shallows. Therefore, please understand that we must reserve the right to alter the itinerary of this tour due to the logistical complexities involved. Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather and river conditions. For safety reasons and according to navigating conditions, these programs may be amended without previous notice.

This journey is generally not for guests with limited mobility or who depend on CPAP machines. Please contact us for more information about your specific requirements before booking.
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