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Mekong Pearl
Lernidee Cruises
Mekong Pearl, Mekong River Cruise ex Vientiane to Golden Triangle
Cruise Line: Lernidee Cruises
Selected Sailing Date: 05 Jul 2018

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Cruise Description

10 Night Cruise sailing from Vientiane to Golden Triangle aboard Mekong Pearl.

Day 1 Vientiane – Embarkation
At 2pm, your journey begins under the golden spires of the Pha That Luang temple, the gleaming spiritual and national icon of Laos. From one tranquil courtyard to another, you move to Wat Si Saket monastery and museum to explore the roots of Laotian Buddhist culture.

In the late afternoon light, board the Mekong Pearl, the elegant blend of tropical hardwood, old-world styling and state-of-the-art shipbuilding technology that will be your home for the next 10 days. Unpack in your private cabin, take a break, and head up to the spacious top deck for a sunset welcome reception and an evening dinner, with food prepared for both an Asian and a European palate.

Days 2 and 3 Natural Beauty along the Mighty Mekong
Wake to the rhythm of the river and step out onto your private balcony. This is the Mekong River, stretching over nearly 2,500 miles across South-East Asia, from the Himalayan plateau to the South-China Sea.

Take breakfast on board and enjoy excellent service in a relaxed, exclusive setting, cruising the Mekong River.

The Mekong has the highest biodiversity of any river on Earth. Learn about its remarkable life and history as you follow in the footsteps of nineteenth-century explorers and young Buddhist monks who first traveled along this fascinating river.

Stop at a village. Three million Laotians live along the river and the local people are warm and welcoming.

As evening approaches, the anchor drops at a secluded bank. Dinner is served on deck while you listen to the powerful sounds of the jungle at night.

Day 4 Pak Lay
Your private river vessel powers gently upstream, specially designed to reach river and land previously near impossible to explore. Wind through vivid jungle banks and languid, primordial pools to reach near-timeless aboriginal villages.

At the small town of Pak Lay, nestled in the rainforest, follow the scent and fragrance of the local market and its exotic offerings.

The pace of river life works its magic. You travel along the mesmerizing riverscapes, passing villages and visiting stunning sites.

You’re discovering some of South-East Asia’s last unknown regions.

Day 5 Tha Deua
Taking breakfast on the top deck, you look out over the river at fishermen casting their nets along the shore.

You stop at a small village and learn about the population’s lives and the challenges they face. Some guests have developed long-term, supporting sponsorships of the villagers here.

Passing the site of the Sayaboury hydropower dam further upstream, you learn about this controversial project. As the riverbanks slip by, you see the Mekong ferry crossing at Tha Deua, connecting the provinces of Luang Prabang and Sayaboury, and wonder about the future of this way of life.

Day 6 Kuang Si Falls – Luang Prabang
The Mekong Sun moors at the Kuang Si Falls and you disembark for one of the great natural wonders of Laos.

Crystal clear waters tumble through tropical vegetation into opulent turquoise pools. It’s perfect and you take a swim. Bliss.

Back on board, the next stop is Luang Prabang where, at Phou Si Hill, you watch the sunset spread over this legendary, tropical city, surrounded by mountains.

You dress for dinner, promenade along the Mekong River and enter the night market run by Hmong people dressed in dazzling hand-embroidered fabrics. As you eat, a Bazi ceremony and local dancers add a final touch of color to an extraordinary day.

Day 7 The UNESCO-World Heritage town of Luang Prabang
You stop in Luang Prabang, UNESCO World Heritage site and city of villages.

You take in the textures of this unique, tropical city, gems of crumbling colonial architecture alongside ancient temples and monasteries.

Explore the town or stroll along the Mekong River, choosing from a huge range of food, including local specialties of wood ear mushroom, steamed fish or Mekong river moss, served fried with chili sauce.

Day 8 Luang Prabang—Pak Ou Caves
Every morning at dawn in Luang Prabang, hundreds of brightly-robed monks pass through the streets collecting alms. You wake to watch this sacred ritual.

Sail upriver and stop to watch locals making the traditional, potent rice-spirit Lao-Lao.

At the Pak Ou Caves, hundreds of Buddha statues keep a silent vigil over the waters beneath you. Your private ship anchors at a beautiful, beach-like sandbank surrounded by incredible natural beauty.

Day 9 Pakbeng
As you press deeper into the wilderness, the river traffic thins and signs of civilization slip away.

Passing settlements scattered here and there along the riverbank, you look out for locals with farm elephants and stop at Pakbeng, a quiet market town that feels on the edge of the world.

Day 10 Pak Tha
Resting on the ship’s wooden guardrail, you watch the landscape transform, shifting into hills cloaked in dense tropical forest. With a drink in a deckchair, you breathe in the unspoiled natural calm as the ship turns north towards Pak Tha. Night falls, and you settle down for a farewell dinner on your last evening aboard.

Day 11 Pak Tha—Chiang Rai—Farewell
On a local long-tail boat, you skim low along the Namtha river, heading deep into the jungle. Luscious plants and trees tower above you.

You discover a Khmu village where clustered bamboo houses rest serenely on stilts. The small village school enjoys the long-term sponsorship by past Mekong cruise guests.

Re-boarding the stately Mekong Pearl, cruise to the Thai border on the final step of your voyage.

With the ship gliding into the port, you say your goodbyes to the crew and companions, as the sun begins to set on your unforgettable trip into the jungle.

NOTE: There is nothing tame about the Mekong, and the itinerary of every cruise is subject to river conditions, including floodwaters, low water levels, and morning fog. The itinerary of this tour may be subject to change in the face of logistical complexities caused by natural phenomena. Our crew are highly experienced and our vessel is powerfully built but if navigating conditions prompt safety concerns, programs may be amended.

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