Day 1 - Flight
Day 2 - Bangkok
Day 3 - Chiang Saen 
Day 4 - Cruising the Mekong 
Day 5 - Pak Beng/Pak Ou
Days 6 & 7 - Luang Prabang 
Day 8 - Kuangsi
Days 9 - Xayaburi Dam 
Day 10 - Ban Pak Huoang/Pak Sao 
Days 11 & 12 - Vientiane 
Day 13 - Bangkok 
Day 14 - Return Flight

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Mekong Explorer

A unique Pandaw cruise from Thailand’s Golden Triangle along the ‘Mother of all Waters’ and through Laos, the ‘earthly paradise of South East Asia’

This unique arrangement offers insight into this little-known corner of Indochina, linked by the thread of one of the world’s great rivers, the Mekong, focusing on the more northerly, dramatic riverscapes where fewer and smaller cruise ships operate. From northern Thailand cruise into Laos to Luang Prabang, favourite riverside town of many.

Only recently navigable for cruisers, it is a road less travelled through timeless landscapes and traditional lifestyles, to remote and simple villages, some accessed only by boat; into the small town of Pak Beng and past the Pak Ou riverside caves, with their thousands of Buddha statues; before turning south to the old royal capital of Laos, the lovely Luang Prabang.

In Laos everything is on a smaller, personal scale. Local colour can equate to ‘tourist shows’ in some countries, but here it is the Tagbat: 2,000 monks walking around the old royal capital of Luang Prabang at 6am in a ceremony embraced by local people, who turn out daily to give food. You will wonder at the impressive temples and palaces but the gentle people and beautiful scenery stay longer in the memory.

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Exclusive (Feb 2023 departure)
Small Ship Cruise
Excursions Included
Most Drinks Included
Free Cabin Selection
UNESCO: Luang Prabang
Group Size: 2 – 18

Special Events

Baci Ceremony & Private Ballet

Enjoy two special events in Luang Prabang: A traditional Baci ceremony unique to Laos, with a shaman, a group of elders and traditional musicians; a private royal ballet performance at the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang (Feb 2023 only).

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Bangkok.

Day 2 Transfer to the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3 Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Rai. Transfer to the Golden Triangle area, visit the Hall of Opium museum, sponsored by the royal family of Thailand giving an insight on the history and politics of the opium trade and its health effects. Embark on your Pandaw cruise for ten nights. Cruise towards the Burmese border for sunset. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Sail downstream on the beautiful Upper Mekong across the border into Laos. After lunch, visit a Laos jungle village on foot. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Walking tour of Khamo village. Continue sailing downstream and enjoy cocktails on a sandbank. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Cruise to Pak Ou to visit the Buddhist caves by local boat. Arrive in Luang Prabang, confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. Traditional dance performance on board. Time to visit the night market. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit the temples, Royal Palace and National Museum. Free time to walk around. Baci ceremony (and private ballet for Feb 2023). (B, L, D)

Day 8 Early morning, witness monks during their ritual of Tagbat, an alms giving ceremony. Visit Kuangsi waterfalls, teak forest trails and butterfly farm. Cooking demonstration. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Pass through the lock at Xayaburi Hydro Electric Power Plant. Afternoon walking tour of a Laos village. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Morning visit to Ban Pha Leab with its beautiful limestone mountain. Visit Ban Pak Huoang village on the Thai border. At Pak Sao visit a plantation village and meet local people. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Pass through dramatic landscapes of jungle, mountains and amazing rock formations as you enter the cultivated plains of Vientiane, Laos' largest town and capital since 1563. Free time to explore Vientiane, a French influenced city. (B, L, D)

Day 12 In Vientiane, visit Sisaket Temple, the President's Hall, Wat Prakeo Temple and Phatouxay monument. Farewell cocktail and dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Disembark and fly to Bangkok, city of gilded temples and modern towers. Explore the fascinating Rattanakosin District and visit Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha, Wat Saket or the Temple of the Golden Mount, one of the oldest temples in Bangkok, and Loha Prasart. Overnight at the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside. (B)

Day 14 Return flight to London. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


The programme may be altered due to navigational factors, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
While the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.


Oct 31 2022 will cruise on the Champa Pandaw.
Feb 22 2023 will cruise on the Sabaidee Pandaw.


per person in a twin/double room – Main Deck cabin 
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
October 31 £3895


per person in a twin/double room – Main Deck cabin 
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
February 22 £4295

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £1495

Cabin Upgrades

Upper deck supplement £395
Upper deck single supplement £1890

Flight Options

British Airways World Traveller Plus from £395
British Airways Club World from £1795

Extension Options

Extension - Chiang Rai
Single supplement £65

Extension - Hua Hin
Single supplement £345

Independent Arrival

Save £850
Arrival or departure transfer add £25

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 10-night cruise, 2 nights’ hotel, breakfast daily, full board with wine and most drinks on cruise, excursions, local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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