Tailor-made Tour 3 days from £345 per person

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  Places Visited: Pakse, Champasak, Vat Phou, Huei Thamo, Oum Muong Temple, Khong Island, Don Khone, Pha Pheng Waterfall

The Vat Phou Mekong Cruise is a short journey that offers a great introduction to Laos. Step back in time and visit a small Laotian village, ideal for immersing oneself into cultural traditions.

Visit the majestic UNESCO World Heritage site of Vat Phou, see the mysterious Oum Muong ruins at Huei Thamo, and marvel at the Pha Pheng waterfall on the Laos - Cambodia border.

Holiday Types

Cultural Holidays River Cruising Holidays


Suggested itinerary

Day 1
Pakse, Champasak, Vat Phou

After meeting at the Sinouk Coffee House in central Pakse at 9:30am, we transfer you to a longtail riverboat for your journey to Champassak. The highlight of the afternoon is the Vat Phou ruins - the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex. You have time to visit the museum, and walk up to the highest temple – great for photo opportunities. As dusk falls, we transfer you back to the Vat Phou boat for a chance to enjoy the tropical sunset. Dinner is served on board, while the boat docks for the night alongside a remote Laotian village.

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Day 2
Huei Thamo, Oum Muong Temple, Khong Island

Breakfast is on board as we set sail for the village of Huei Thamo. This is a small village a few minutes’ walk away from the hidden forest temple of Oum Muong. Afterwards, we rejoin the boat to continue our cruise southwards. Lunch is on the deck, while leisurely sailing closer to the wild paradise of the "4,000 Islands". Late afternoon we disembark from the boat to walk through Ban Deua Tia, a small Laotian Village where the traditional way of life has not changed in centuries. Our day's cruise finishes at the most northern tip of Don Khong, the largest inhabited island in the river Archipelago. After dinner, the evening is yours to relax and enjoy.

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Day 3
Don Khone, Pha Pheng Waterfall, Pakse

While you have breakfast on the deck, the Vat Phou boat cruises the Mekong to the small village of Ban Veuthong, where you board a small boat to meander among the 4,000 islands to Khone Island. You will visit the old French railway, and walk across the bridge that links the Khone and Det Islands. We continue on the boat back to the mainland, for lunch at a local restaurant in a small fishing village, Xieng Di, on the banks of the Mekong. A bus transfers you to the historically significant Pha Pheng waterfall, "the Niagara of the East", close to the Cambodian border. We then bring you back to Pakse for the end of the cruise experience.

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Tailor-made Tour 3 days from £345 per person

What's included

✓   2 nights accommodation
✓   English-speaking guides
✓   Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary

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