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Mekong Pearl
Lernidee Cruises
Mekong Pearl, Laos Revealed ex Luang Prabang to Golden Triangle
Cruise Line: Lernidee Cruises
Selected Sailing Date: 04 Jun 2018
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Cruise Description

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

Day 1 Embarkation
Step aboard the tropical hardwood deck of the Mekong Pearl for your Laos cruise. This will be a trip to remember. Romantic cabins, balustrades and balconies, combined with the latest shipbuilding technology. At sunset, a welcome reception greets you at the boat. Meet new friends and the warm Laotian crew, including chefs skilled in both Asian and European cuisine. Time for your first dinner on the great Mekong.

Day 2 Luang Prabang
It’s a peaceful, tropical morning on the river. Birds fly between the trees, fishermen cast their nets by the riverbank. Enjoy a city tour of Luang Prabang on a gloriously warm day. Wander the gardens of the Wat Xieng Thong temple, a masterpiece of gables and intricate golden carving and walk up Phou Si-hill, which offers a spectacular view over the Mekong. In the evening it’s just you and this fabulous city, and truly one of the world’s hidden gems. 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 3 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.

Day 4 Pak Beng
Vivid green with wild, filmic, foliage. Bold rock formations emerge from the landscape and the Mekong Sun curves upriver. 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.

Days 5 The mighty Mekong – 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. As night approaches, and the Mekong Pearl moors, you dine in nature, enveloped by the dark.

Day 6 Pak Tha – Huay Yay
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 and to the final stop of your voyage.

Day 7 The Golden Triangle
You are in Sop Ruak, heart of the infamous Golden Triangle, where three countries meet.
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.
As the sun sets on the last day of your journey, you gather for a farewell dinner on board with crew, captain and companions, and celebrate your remarkable journey together.

Day 8 Disembarkation
A final breakfast, and a last chance to watch the morning sunlight on the water. Then it’s time to say goodbye to the Mekong Sun and her crew. For eight intoxicating days, you lived the Mekong.
Check out until 10am in Chiang Saen or Chiang Khong.

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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