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Mekong Pearl
Lernidee Cruises
Mekong Pearl, Laos Revealed ex Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang
Cruise Line: Lernidee Cruises
Selected Sailing Date: 28 Jan 2018
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Cruise Description

7 Night Cruise sailing from Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang aboard Mekong Pearl.

Day 1 The Golden Triangle – Embarkation
You begin where three countries meet-at Sop Ruak, the heart of the infamous Golden Triangle. Beneath a gleaming, near 40-foot golden Buddha, you enter the Hall of Opium, the museum where you learn how trade of this dangerous narcotic is wound through the region like the Mekong itself. On that very river, you board the Mekong Pearl, the boutique vessel that will be your home for the next seven days. Unpack in your private cabin, complete with private bathroom, then head to the on-board lounge and spacious top decks for welcome drinks and dinner in the warm, tropical, open air.

Day 2 The Golden Triangle—Huay Xay—Pak Tha
Wake to the lapping of waves and feel the warm morning air. You’re on the Mekong, floating downstream on Himalayan waters, wending their way beneath you to the South-China Sea. Soon you’ll cruise Laos and enter the spectacular wilds of the north of the country. Stopping at the village of Pak Tha, you take a local long-tail boat to an authentic Khmu village on stilts, deep in the jungle. As night approaches, and the Mekong Sun moors at a remote sandbank, you dine in nature, enveloped by the dark.

Day 3 Pakbeng
Vivid green with wild, filmic, foliage. Bold rock formations emerge from the landscape and the Mekong Sun curves downriver. Your expert captain navigates the rapids and powerful currents. These are remote, untouched stretches of wilderness, only accessible by water. Impenetrable jungle runs for miles on every side. For the people who live along this shore, the river is their only contact with the outside world. You look for elephants at work and arrive in the small town of Pakbeng. The last outpost of civilization on the edge of a lost world.

Day 4 The Pak Ou caves
You breakfast among calling birds, then relax on the deck, soaking up the calm. At a riverside village stop, you sample Lao-Lao, the fearsome rice spirit, with local distillers. Trek through the jungle to the famous Pak Ou Caves. Shielded from the world, the stunning sight of thousands of small Buddha statues greets you. Dine along a sheltered sandbank, with smoke from the barbecue drifting above the trees of this incredibly exotic and tranquil setting.

Days 5 The UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang
Following the river, you float out of the forest and into Luang Prabang, once the royal capital of Laos and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. From Phou Si Hill, you look out over the city, at French colonial buildings, Buddhist temples and monasteries mingling with tropical gardens under a mountain skyline. You visit Wat Xieng Thong temple with its gleaming golden roofs and take an evening promenade along the Mekong. After sunset, enter the sounds and smells of the night market and its Hmong traders dressed in dazzling fabrics.

Day 6 The mighty Mekong
You rise early to see brightly robed monks pass through the streets, collecting alms—a daily ritual here in Luang Prabang. Experience more of the town during a morning visit and enjoy the unique atmosphere provided by the abundance of well-preserved French colonial architecture mingling with traditional Buddhist temples. After lunch the ship unmoors and steers south. Cruising the Mekong river, you see lush vegetation spread along the banks, over hills, rocks and up into the mountain mist. Night approaches and your private vessel anchors on a secluded sandbank, surrounded by the sounds of the jungle.

Day 7 Kuang Si Falls
It’s a peaceful, tropical morning on the river. Birds fly between the trees, fishermen cast their nets by the riverbank. At a small village, the anchor is dropped and you hop onto a rickshaw going to the famous Kuang Si Falls. Take a swim in a turquoise pool beneath cascading clear water. Back aboard the ship steers back towards Luang Prabang. In the afternoon it’s just you and this fabulous city, and truly one of the world’s hidden gems. By e-bike or foot, you explore the old town, and immerse yourself in Luang Prabang’s unique, laidback charm.A farewell dinner on board is accompanied by a Bazi friendship ceremony and local dancers. A final touch of color to an extraordinary day.

Day 8 Disembarkation
After a last breakfast on board, you say goodbye to your Laotian crew and new friends. From elephants to mineral pools and landscapes of a lifetime, it’s been an unforgettable adventure.

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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