attentive staff and luxury accommodations
Levi Jones - Canada
On the lower deck, there are ten cabins with twin beds equipped with air-conditioner and fan for the tropical climate in Laos. Inside each cabin, there are a wardrobe and a dressing table for your storage and a bathroom with hot shower to freshen you up after excursions.
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The upper deck consists of 2 cabins which share the same facilities with ones on lower deck while offering the incredible view on the Mekong River.
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Welcome to a timeless journey aboard the Vat Phou night cruise on Laos river, once a humble teak barge, now a luxurious floating haven on the mighty Mekong. This intimate vessel, handcrafted from rich teak and adorned with oriental flourishes, invites you to unwind in comfort amidst the ever-changing spectacle of river life. With just 12 cabins across two decks, the Vat Phou Cruise fosters a sense of privacy and personalized service.
Laos River Cruises offers two captivating itineraries aboard the Vat Phou. Journey downstream from Pakse to Khong Island, witnessing ancient temples rise from emerald jungles and vibrant markets overflowing with exotic treasures. Or, embark on a 2-night Champasak upstream adventure, tracing the Mekong's path to Champassak, where the UNESCO-listed Vat Phou temple complex whispers tales of forgotten kingdoms. Both journeys promise an immersion into the soul of Laos, where timeless traditions and breathtaking beauty await at every bend.
Embark on a journey where history and luxury intertwine. The Vat Phou, once a humble teak barge, now seamlessly blends its heritage with opulent comfort. Relax in cozy cabins handcrafted from rich teak, adorned with oriental touches. This intimate vessel carries only 12 guests, fostering a sense of community and personalized service. Experience yourself if you can trace any trail of the old teak barge!
Witness the Mekong unfold its magic as you glide past emerald jungles, dramatic cliffs, and charming riverside villages. Each day brings a new vista, from ancient temples bathed in golden sunlight to bustling markets overflowing with local treasures. Feel the gentle rhythm of the river lull you into serenity, and connect with the timeless spirit of Laos.
Your Vat Phou journey isn't just a scenic cruise; it's a cultural tapestry woven into every day. Witness monks perform a mesmerizing morning alms ceremony in Pakse, their saffron robes a vibrant splash against the golden sunrise. Visit a local silk-weaving village, marveling at intricate patterns passed down through generations, and even try your hand at the loom. Savor a home-cooked feast in a traditional stilted house, the aroma of spices mingling with laughter and stories shared. Learn the gentle art of Baci tying, a sacred Lao ritual for good luck and prosperity, and feel the warmth of local hospitality embrace you.
Imagine this: Savor local flavors & starlit skies in our air-conditioned dining room! Let your taste buds embark on their own Mekong adventure. Our onboard chefs utilize fresh, local ingredients to create delectable meals that showcase Laotian culinary delights. Enjoy your meals in the air-conditioned dining room, surrounded by fellow travelers and breathtaking river views. As twilight descends, dine under the starlit Mekong sky, sharing stories and savoring the magic of the moment.
All Meals Included
Destination: Laos, Champasak, Vat Phou
Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details
NOTE: Depending on the up or downstream departure, the order of the itinerary is subject to change.
Afterward, it will take around two and a half hours by long tail boat to arrive at the docking point of Vat Phou in Champasak. After the check-in reception, you will be served lunch at 12:30 PM.
The first destination on the cruise is the Vat Phou ruins which date back to the 10th century. Here you can find structures reminiscent of the Angkor Wat and the beauty in the name of Vat Phou. Take a tour around the museum and make your way up to the highest temple for some photo opportunities.
As the sun retreats on the horizon, we arrive back to Vat Phou to cruise to leisurely observe the magical scene unfold in the serene land. Enjoy dinner as the boat moors overnight by a typical riverside village.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Enjoy the breakfast then we will reach the Tomo sometime this noon. Docking at the shore, you will take a few-minute hike to the alluring temple of Oum Muong surrounded by the dense forest. After a thorough exploration, return back on board for lunch at 12:30 as we continue sailing.
Then we arrive at the most distinct highlight of the trip - the 4000 Islands. Then continue to Ban Deua Tia a charming traditional village tucked between the riverways. Make a brief stop at the local village to spend some time interacting with the inquisitive students. Return back on board as we arrive to Don Khong at around 04:30 PM. Enjoy dinner on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Early departure today at 7:00 AM, we will continue to reach Ban Veuthong – another typical village. Afterward, visit the railway that was built during the colonial time along with a few other buildings on Khone Island. Pass the bridge that leads to Det Islands. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on land.
The afternoon will be spent at Khone Pha Pheng Waterfalls also known to some as the Niagara of the East. You will check out of the cruise in the afternoon.
1. Adjustment of Schedule and Cruise Itinerary:
For all schedule, the crew will try to make sure that the itinerary will be as given to you before the trip. If during the trip, any elements that may pose to be an obstacle for the cruise, the crew will consider for alterations and delays at short notice.
2. Change Point of Embarkation and Disembarkation:
We are not responsible for any extra cost of transferring passengers to and from the reconsidered point of embarkation or disembarkation unless you have purchased a full tour package that includes land services from us. As so, any other reason for changing the points of embarkation and disembarkation cannot regard as a reason for cancelling the booking.
3. Fuel Surcharge:
Fuel costs were calculated based on the average of all passengers’ tickets. If the prices of fuel increase near the period of the cruise by more than 10%. We have the right to impose a fuel supplement fee which equals to the amount that exceeds the prices of our initial offers.
4.1. For booking with less than 3 cabins
4.2 For booking from 4 cabins and more
5. Cancellation by Us:
In the case of departures where the amount of booked cabins is less than 5 cabins, the departure may be cancelled by the operation team. The cruise’s status will be finalized and notified to you 30 days prior to the departure date. In case of cancellation, we will offer you an alternative cruise or date (subject to availability) or land package. Any surcharges in the alternative option that we give will not be covered by us and we will refund you any decrease in the new total cost of the booking.
6. Cancellation by Customers
6.1. For booking with less than 3 cabins:
6.2. For booking from 4 cabins and more:
► If cancellations happen, wire fees and credit card commissions will be subtracted when calculating refunds.
7. Children Price and Extra Bed:
Children under the age of 5 are not allowed on board unless given special permission (kindly contact us to inquire more about this). Passengers from 5 to 18 are welcome on board but each needs to be accompanied with an adult who is fully responsible for their safety and wellbeing. For passengers from the age of 12 and up, full adult rate will apply.
Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended. It will help you to get back any loss in case of cancellation of services such as flight tickets, accommodation or any non-refundable payments. Other insurances such as international medical, baggage loss are also recommended.
Those who have the need for special dietary should contact us at least 30 days prior until embarkation. We will try our best to provide special dietary needs and request that base on product’s availability.
10. Travelers’ Responsibilities:
All who are on board the cruiser must take responsibilities towards other passengers as well as the crew members. We expect you to review the conditions of the trip itinerary, observe all safety requirements (on board and on excursions) and show proper social behavior to anyone on board.
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