Mekong Explorer - Downstream
Pandaw cruises exclusive to Jules Verne from Thailand’s Golden Triangle along the ‘Mother of all Waters’ and through Laos, the ‘earthly paradise of South East Asia’
The landlocked, ancient kingdom of Lan Xang has remained a well-kept secret, free of tourist traps and enabling it to retain its unique appeal and personality. Come with us on a very personal journey and discover temples, parks and a welcoming, peaceful people.
Laos is an incredibly beautiful and intriguing country well worth exploring. This Southeast Asian nation is known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. Attractions include the jungle-covered landscape littered with awe-inspiring temples and the colourful markets of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang, one of Asia’s most serene cities.
Tagbat is the highlight of any Laos tour. Rise early to watch 2,000 monks walking through the streets of the old royal capital in a ceremony embraced by the local people, who turn out daily to give alms to the monks.
Away from the cities and off the beaten track, you’ll find yourself in unspoilt tropical forest breathing in a landscape of jagged limestone cliffs, magnificent jungle and the snaking Mekong River, which is also your path to the impressive Khmer empire temples of Wat Phou.
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Weather & Climate
Throughout the country, the climate is hot and tropical, with the rainy season between May and October when temperatures are at their highest, up to 35°C.
When to go
The dry season runs from November to April, which is the best time to visit as the temperature is at its most comfortable.
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"We were guided through a floating village where we saw locals fishing and selling goods straight from their pontoon-like houses and children rowing home from their floating school"
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Make up for lost time...
We are delighted to unveil our new brochure - a practical summary of over 200 Jules Verne programmes for 2021 and beyond, our Travel Collection so to speak.
NEW DATES ADDED!
Departures up to 2021!
Welcome to our Worldwide Journeys bringing you innovative itineraries delivered by travel experts.
Our brand new Great Journeys of the World brochure, with its new look, feel and vibrancy, discerning travellers the perfect combination of luxury and service.
Our ‘Secret’ itineraries have been specifically designed to introduce lesser-visited places that afford a more personal but equally rewarding experience.
Our 'Wildlife' itineraries visit some of the few truly wild places left on earth, complementing our ever popular wildlife experiences.
Welcome to our new River & Coastal Cruises brochure bringing you 55 innovative cruise itineraries delivered by travel experts.
Within this compilation of travel arrangements we have sought to ‘amaze and surprise’ the first-time visitor and enthral the returning traveller.
We are delighted to introduce our new edition of ‘Singular’, an exceptional collection of Solo Group & No Single Supplement arrangements.
Our latest edition of Highlights presents a new portfolio of great value tours worldwide offering a select range of concise, more affordable, itineraries.
Discover the World
Enjoy a more intimate and sociable atmosphere, benefit from more personal attention from our guides and delve into your destination in more detail.