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£5325

Laos Mekong Explorer

Discover the hidden gems of Laos on this leisurely cruise to less-visited reaches of the Mekong River. The remarkable journey is a Jules Verne exclusive, sailing on a small ship of the Pandaw fleet, with all meals included, and all tours intriguing

This memorable Upper Mekong cruise lets you enjoy the languid pace of Laos riverbank life, and experience the peace, personal service, and understated luxury of the RV Champa Pandaw river cruiser. Traditionally crafted, with colonial-era character and contemporary comfort, the intimate vessel has a panorama deck for ever-changing views, an open-air lounge and bar, bistro-style al fresco dining, and just 14 staterooms. Its route reveals the serenity of the country’s lush landscapes, the spirituality of its countless temples, the craftwork of artisans, and the culture of its various tribes. Joining the vessel in Thailand’s rural Chiang Rai region, the journey crosses into Laos for a downriver float to its capital, Vientiane, sweeping around a Mekong curve and echoing the river’s unhurried tempo. In between are visits to tribal villages and a living museum of local life; a sanctuary for formerly working elephants, where mahouts bathe their animals in the river pools; the Pak Ou Caves, with their thousand Buddhist icons; the pottery town of Ban Chan; and beguiling Luang Prabang, matching its mystical landscape of mountains and waterfalls with the same sense of timelessness.

Overview

  • Day 1  - Flight
  • Day 2  - Chiang Rai
  • Day 3  - Chiang Rai/Chiang Khong
  • Day 4  - Cross Thai/Laos border
  • Day 5  - Ban Luang Tong Lao / Pak Beng Elephant Sanctuary
  • Day 6  - Ban Bor / Yoi Hai Khmu Villages
  • Day 7  - Pak Ou Caves
  • Days 8 – 9  - Luang Prabang
  • Day 10  - Kuang Si Waterfall
  • Day 11  - Xayabouri Dam
  • Day 12  - Ban Pak Yun To Pak Lay
  • Day 13  - Vientiane
  • Day 14  - Return flight
  • Day 15  - Arrival London
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Tour Highlights

  • Small vessel cruising
  • Meet local communities
  • Explore the unique Pak Ou Caves
  • Enchanting Luang Prabang
  • Swim at Kuang Si Waterfall
  • Visit calm Vientiane

Discover the hidden gems of Laos on this leisurely cruise to less-visited reaches of the Mekong River. The remarkable journey is a Jules Verne exclusive, sailing on a small ship of the Pandaw fleet, with all meals included, and all tours intriguing

Accommodation

The Riverie by Katathani - Chiang Rai

A modern 4-star hotel with views to Kok River and the centre of Chiang Rai, surrounded by a lush garden. Restaurants, bar, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 271 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa - Chiang Rai

A traditional 4-star hotel in Thai Lanna architecture on the banks of the Mae Kok River with panoramic views of the hills, mountains and river. Restaurants, bar, outdoor pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 73 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV and balcony/terrace.

Salana Boutique Hotel – Vientiane

A stylish 4-star Boutique Hotel in central Vientiane. Restaurant, bar, spa, WiFi (free). 41 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa - Chiang Rai

A traditional 4-star hotel in Thai Lanna architecture on the banks of the Mae Kok River with panoramic views of the hills, mountains and river. Restaurants, bar, outdoor pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 73 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV and balcony/terrace.

Vessels

RV Champa Pandaw

Operated by Pandaw River Expeditions, the newly built RV Champa Pandaw has a mix of Laotian, Burmese and Thai crew, and is hand finished in brass and teakwood with an air-conditioned dining room, observation deck, open air lounge and bar, and WiFi (free/limited). Enjoy a range of Asian and Western cuisine served either as a buffet or à la carte with the occasional themed dinner. Tea, coffee, water, locally made soft drinks and locally made alcoholic beverages are included on board. Bottled drinking water is distributed before excursions and shoe cleaning, cold towels and a refreshing drink is offered post excursion. 12 Main Deck and two Upper Deck twin/double cabin (150 sq. ft.) with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, luggage storage, wardrobe, nightly turndown service, complimentary evening canapés and panoramic sliding door.

Extension Options

Bangkok Extension

Spend two nights in Bangkok, exploring the Thai capital. Stay at the central 4-star Montien Hotel Surawong. Breakfast daily.

Montien Hotel Surawong – Bangkok

A modern 4-star hotel in central Silom, surrounded by landscaped gardens and close to a MRT station. Restaurants, bar, gym, outdoor pool and WiFi (free). 343 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Hua Hin Extension

Travel to the Gulf of Siam for a three-night beach extension staying at the 5-star Centara Grand Beach Resort Hua Hin (the former Railway Hotel. Set amongst tropical gardens with restaurants, bars, pools, gym, spa and WiFi (free). Breakfast daily.

Centara Grand Beach Resort - Hua Hin

Located in the Gulf of Siam lies this 5-star colonial style hotel. Set amongst tropical gardens with restaurants, bars, pools, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 249 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Extra Nights

Stay in Thailand or Laos before you start your tour or before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa - Chiang Rai
(per night) £64 (2025 £52)
Single supplement £64 (2025 £52)
Transfer from Chiang Rai £47 (2025 £52)

Montien Hotel Surawong - Bangkok
(per night) £65 (2025 £77)
Single supplement £65
Transfers from Bangkok to Hua Hin £95 (2025 £110)

Centara Grand Beach Resort - Hua Hin
(per night) £105 (2025 £175)
Single supplement £105 (2025 £175)
Transfer from Bangkok to Hua Hin £95 (2025 £110)

Salana Boutique Hotel - Vientiane
(per night) £62 (2025 £66)   
Single supplement £52 (2025 £54)
Transfer from Vientiane £38

Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa - Chiang Rai

A traditional 4-star hotel in Thai Lanna architecture on the banks of the Mae Kok River with panoramic views of the hills, mountains and river. Restaurants, bar, outdoor pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 73 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV and balcony/terrace.

Montien Hotel Surawong – Bangkok

A modern 4-star hotel in central Silom, surrounded by landscaped gardens and close to a MRT station. Restaurants, bar, gym, outdoor pool and WiFi (free). 343 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Salana Boutique Hotel – Vientiane

A stylish 4-star Boutique Hotel in central Vientiane. Restaurant, bar, spa, WiFi (free). 41 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Centara Grand Beach Resort - Hua Hin

Located in the Gulf of Siam lies this 5-star colonial style hotel. Set amongst tropical gardens with restaurants, bars, pools, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 249 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double cabin
Thai Airways from Heathrow

November
November 11 (Monday)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • Single Supplement
  • £1995
Upgrades
  • Upper Deck Twin/Double
  • £245
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £800
  • Arrival transfer
  • £38 (2025 £42)
  • Departure transfer
  • £38
Extension Options
  • Bangkok Extension (2 nights)
  • 2024: Nov
  • £225
  • 2025: Feb
  • £295
  • Single Supplement
  • 2024: Nov
  • £175
  • 2025: Feb
  • £155

  • Hua Hin Extension (3 nights)
  • 2024: Nov
  • £455
  • 2025: Feb
  • £615
  • Single Supplement
  • 2024: Nov
  • £325
  • 2025: Feb
  • £415

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