From  £3645
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Unique cruising experience in Mekong River
  • Local interaction in places visited
  • Amazing dining experience onboard
  • Expert-led excursions
  • Unobstructed views of Mekong landscapes
  • Onboard entertainment including lectures and documentaries
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Impressions of the Mekong, A River Cruise (Upstream)

7 Day Tour, from £3645 per person
Itinerary Dates
08 Oct  -  13 Oct
05 Nov  -  10 Nov
25 Feb  -  02 Mar

Experience the stunning Mekong River scenery on a distinctive cruise from Vientiane, the capital of Laos, to the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang. Explore once-inaccessible sections of Southeast Asia's dynamic river, wander through vibrant markets, and witness the traditional lifestyle of the Laotian people. Unwind on your exclusive river vessel and appreciate the untouched nature along the powerful Mekong. If you are interested in extending your stay before or after the cruise, please reach out to our travel experts. Our team is ready to assist in creating a memorable itinerary for you.

Tour Itinerary

Fly to Vientiane
Mekong Sun, Welcome Drinks, Credit Adri Berger

Transfer and check-in at 2 pm to embark on your boutique river vessel for a 6-day cruise. Settle into your cabin and join a guided city tour of the Laotian capital, featuring highlights like the That Luang Stupa and Patuxai, known as the Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane. Return to the river vessel to relax on its spacious decks and lounge before the welcome reception and dinner, offering a variety of Asian and European food options throughout the cruise. (D)

Mekong Sun - Credit Holger Leue

Today marks the beginning of your Mekong River cruise experience. Throughout the day, the cruise takes you upriver, unveiling remarkable and impressive landscapes. In the afternoon, take in the beautiful views and observe the natural wonders along the Mekong's shores before your boutique ship anchors at a serene location for the night. (B,L,D)

Mekong Sun - Credit Dennis Schmelz (

Heading further north, the landscape becomes increasingly spectacular with hills adorned in tropical vegetation, impressive rock formations along the riverbanks, and a mix of rapid currents and slow rivulets. During the day, you explore the charming town of Salakham. The force of the mighty Mekong imparts a genuine expeditionary feel to your cruise. Enjoy the scenic views and observe the wonders of nature along the riverbanks before your ship heads north again and anchors for the night. (B,L,D)

Farmer on the field in Laos - Credit gnomeandi - stock.adobe

This morning, make a stop at the small farming village Ban Don Saingam. Participate in a 30-minute trek to explore an exclusive hidden cave, accessible only to guests of Mekong River Cruises. The natural landscape is predominantly uninterrupted, with occasional views of small villages and local cattle herds. (B,L,D)

Fishermen at Mekong - Credit Sasint - stock.adobe

Have breakfast on board and appreciate the scenic view, possibly observing local fishermen along the shore. En route, take note of the Xayabouri Dam, Laos's largest hydroelectric power plant. In the afternoon, visit a small hill tribe village, regularly frequented by our guests and supported through donations. (B,L,D)

Kuang Si waterfalls - Credit mathisa - stock.adobe

In the morning, participate in a guided shore excursion to Kuang Si Falls, renowned as among the most beautiful waterfalls in Laos. In the afternoon, arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang. Bid farewell to the Laotian crew, complete check-out, and disembark your boutique ship. Proceed to the airport or your local hotel within city limits for the transfer. (B,L)

Pricing Information

7 day tour, from £3645 per person
(Single person supplement + £1520)

Price Includes

  • Return International flights as per the itinerary
  • All airport taxes & security charges
  • Accommodation and meals as specified
  • Transfers as specified
  • Activities and excursions as specified
  • All entrance fees on sightseeing tours as specified

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional excursions

Price Notes

The Mekong River experiences constant fluctuations in water levels throughout the year, making every upper Mekong River cruise a pioneering and adaptable experience due to factors like floods, low water levels, and morning fog. The vessels are designed to navigate these changes, even in low water conditions. However, there are instances where planned operations may be unfeasible. We appreciate your understanding that the tour itinerary might be adjusted due to logistical complexities, with safety modifications based on weather, river conditions, or local authorities' orders. In such cases, transportation by slow boat and overnight hotel arrangements are provided. Our high flexibility and strong local partnerships allow us to organise alternative programs, even on short notice.

Please note that this journey is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those reliant on CPAP machines. For more information about specific requirements, kindly contact us before booking.

Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
08 Oct 2024
13 Oct 2024
£3645 £1520
05 Nov 2024
10 Nov 2024
£3790 £1615
25 Feb 2025
02 Mar 2025
£3790 £1615

Mekong Sun

The Mekong Sun specialises in leading extended cruising expeditions along a scenic stretch of the Upper Mekong. Along the way, travellers encounter timeless riverside villages, mysterious cave shrines, beautiful waterfalls, and crucial waterways that serve as a vital trade route in and out of Laos.

Onboard, the emphasis is on uncompromised comfort that aligns seamlessly with the natural surroundings. With only 14 cabins, Mekong Sun provides one of the most intimate cruise experiences on the Mekong, ensuring a relatively exclusive encounter with the river's sights and sounds. Designed to navigate the wild sections of the upper Mekong, the vessel combines comfort and character. The main deck features 11 Classic cabins with sliding windows and French balconies for optimal views, offering 12 square meters of living space with twin beds.

The upper deck includes two Superior cabins and one on the ship's bow for panoramic views. These cabins are more spacious at 18 square meters, with a small balcony and twin beds, except for the bow cabin, which has a double bed. All cabins are equipped with an en suite shower and toilet, as well as air conditioning.

Dining options include a bar serving various beverages and a restaurant with outdoor seating offering Asian and continental fare.

Tour Route Map

  1. Laos, Vientiane
  2. Laos, Luang Prabang

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