DOWN THE MEKONG IN DEPTH 8days/7nights Tour Code: CT-08DTM Huay Xai, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang, Vientiane and Vat Phou CruiseThis is a more complete ‘Down the Mekong’ tour, taking in the fantastic northern Mekong, but also a full exploration of the south on board the luxurious ‘Vat Phou Cruise’  
Day1.    Huay Xai – Pakbeng
Note: High season:    From 01 November 2008 to 30 Apr 2009 Departures every Monday, Thursday and Friday for Cruise Down. Low season:     From 01 May 2009 to 31 October 2009 Departures every Monday and  Friday for Cruise Down.The Luang Say Cruise boat leaves Houei Say pier at 09:00 hrs for a cruise down the Mekong to Pakbeng. En route one stop is made to observe rural life along the Mekong and visit minority ethnic groups; then, a buffet lunch on board. Arrive Pakbeng before sunset and check-in at LuangSay Lodge. You can then enjoy dinner on the terrace overlooking the Mekong River.  Overnight in Pakbeng (L,D)
Day2.    Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang
Full breakfast at lodge, (Optional: walk to Pakbeng market, where people from the surrounding minority villages exchange their goods). At 08:30 board the boat for the second leg of the cruise. A short stop to discover a Hmong village before having a buffet lunch on board. Continue to Pak-Ou village at the mouth of the Nam Ou River, and then visit Pak Ou Caves “Cave of a thousand Buddha’s”. On the way to Luang Prabang a brief stop is made to observe the traditional process of manufacturing local rice alcohol. Arrive at Luang Prabang before sunset.Overnight in Luang Prabang (B, L) 
Day3.    Luang Prabang – half day city tour – Kuang Si Waterfall
Your half day city tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.  We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.  We also have time to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai.In the afternoon we will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village.  This then takes us to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang by early evening.Overnight in Luang Prabang (B)
Day4.    Luang Prabang – Vientiane – half day city tour
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival you will be checked into your hotel and following lunch your half day city tour enables us to see the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit Laos national icon, That Luang Stupa, and we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.Overnight in Vientiane (B)
Day5.    Vientiane – Pakse – Vat Phou Cruise
Note: High season:    From 01 November 2008 to 30 Apr 2009 Departures every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on a cruise down or cruise up Low season:     From 01 May 2009 to 31 October 2009 Departures every Tuesday for Cruise up & Saturday for Cruise Down.You will depart Vientiane early for your 6.30am flight to Pakse. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Vat Phou Cruise leaving Pakse for Champassak at 10:00am. Once on board, we head south, arriving at Champassak in time for a riverside lunch, followed by a guided tour of the mysterious pre-Angkorian 10th century temple of Wat Phou, the boat’s namesake. As dusk falls, we board the Vat Phou for a relaxing cruise down-river, enjoying the tropical sunset on the deck. Dinner is served on board, while the boat docks for the night alongside a remote Laotian village.Overnight on board Vat Phou Cruise (B, L, D)
Day 6:  Vat Phou Cruise (Huei Thamo – Oum Moung Temple – Khong Island)
After a leisurely breakfast on board, we set sail for the village of Huei Thamo, only a few minutes walk away from the spectacular hidden ancient forest temple of Oum Moung. We rejoin the boat for a leisurely cruise southbound and enjoy lunch on the deck, continuing south to the wild paradise of the “4,000 islands” region. In the afternoon we will arrive at Ban Dua Tae, a traditional Laotian Village where the traditional way of life has not changed in centuries.  We observe traditional village life and learn about the daily activities within the village. This evening we enjoy a quiet dinner on board, under the stars, serenaded by the songs by the songs of the buffalo toads.Overnight on board Wat Phou Cruise (B, L, D)
Day 7 : Vat Phou Cruise (Veuthong – the “Niagara of the East – Xieng Di) – Pakse
Today we will enjoy breakfast on the upper deck, while cruising to the small village of Ban Veuthong, where we will board a small longtail boat to Khong Island, the largest island in the 4,000 islands region.  After visiting the island, we take a long tail boat back to the mainland for lunch amid the bygone splendid of another age; colorful French colonial houses and an old customs post, alongside a stone quay. We will transfer by minivan to the encaptivating, scenic splendor of the Khone Phapeng waterfall, “the Niagara of the East“, close to the Cambodian border. We return to Pakse for “civilization”, which is a two-hour journey by road, arriving in the late afternoon.Overnight in Pakse (B,L)
Day 8 : Pakse – Departure
After breakfast; you will be transferred for catching a flight to Siem Reap-Cambodia or exiting Laos overland from the Chongmek International checkpoint to Ubon Ratchathani Thailand. (B)Hotels used – Subject to availability:
Hotels quoted in above package based on ROH (FIT 1-9 persons)
Hotel locationStandardFirst ClassSuperiorDeluxe
Luang PrabangManoluckVilla MaydouMaison SovannaphoumLa Residence
VientianeInter CityBeau RivageGreen ParkSettha Palace
PakseVat Phou CruiseVat Phou CruiseVat Phou CruiseVat Phou Cruise
PaksePakse HotelPakse HotelPakse HotelPakse Hotel
Hotels quoted in above package based on ROH (GIT 10 persons up)
Hotel locationStandardFirst ClassSuperiorDeluxe
Luang PrabangManoluckVilla Santi ResortThe GrandLa Residence
VientianeInter CityNovotelLao PlazeSettha Palace
PakseVat Phou CruiseVat Phou CruiseVat Phou CruiseVat Phou Cruise
PaksePakse HotelPakse HotelPakse HotelPakde Hotel
TOUR COST – All Tours are subject to an Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £150 per person.Cost per person on twin share basis as per itineraryOn application for the current Tour Cost if after 30 September 2009
 HIGH SeasonAll prices are valid 1 October 2008 – 30 April 2009 All Tours are subject to an Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £150.Tour price in USD net per person in group ofSurcharge
Categories123-56-910-1415-1920 upSingle
Standard1,9221,9301,3441,2701,0691,0191,002346
First Class2,0491,4501,4041,3301,1511,1011,084413
Superior2,2171,5321,4851,4121,1711,1211,104500
Deluxe2,5281,6911,6441,5711,4001,3501,333651
 LOW SeasonAll prices are valid 1 May – 30 September 2009 All Tours are subject to an Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £150.Tour price in USD net per person in group ofSurcharge
Categories123-56-910-1415-1920 upSingle
Standard1,6431,1561,1091,036938888871301
First Class1,7371,1961,1501,0761,018968951355
Superior1,8071,2341,1881,1141,024974957307
Deluxe2,1071,3881,3421,2681,2041,1541,137533
All Tours are subject to an Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £150.For group bookings of 10 pax and up, the price is based on a private charter boat rather than the Luang Say Cruise Hotel peak season surcharges and other conditions Supplement Peak Season for Garden Wing room at Maison Souvannaphoum: From 24 December 2008 – 01 January 2009: USD35 per room per nightSupplement Peak Season for Garden Room at La Residence: From 01-30 Nov, 08 & 23 Dec, 08-29 Feb, 09: USD97 net per room per night From 01 Jul-31 Aug 09: USD 126 net per room per nightSupplement at La Residence: Compulsory dinner on 24 December 2008: USD 105 net per person Compulsory dinner for child under 12, 24 December 2008: USD65 net per person Compulsory dinner on 31 December 2008: USD125 net per person Compulsory dinner for child under 12, 31 December 2008: USD75 net per person
Inclusive of above prices:
  • Transportation in private air-condtioned vehicle
  • Accommodation in twin shared room
  • Domestic airticket as stated only
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling and drinking water
Exclusive of above prices:
  • Visa stamping fee on arrival
  • Int’l air tickets to/from Laos or Thailand
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Lunch or dinner unless where stated
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Peak tourist season or special event rates
  • Child or adult in triple sharing room
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
  • Airport taxes
Hotel peak season surcharges and other conditions Supplement Peak Season for Garden Wing room at Maison Souvannaphoum: From 24 December 2008 – 01 January 2009: USD35 per room per night Supplement Peak Season for Garden Room at La Residence: From 01-30 Nov, 08 & 23 Dec, 08-29 Feb, 09: USD97 net per room per night From 01 Jul-31 Aug 09: USD 126 net per room per nightSupplement at La Residence: Compulsory dinner on 24 December 2008: USD 105 net per person Compulsory dinner for child under 12, 24 December 2008: USD65 net per person Compulsory dinner on 31 December 2008: USD125 net per person Compulsory dinner for child under 12, 31 December 2008: USD75 net per person
Surcharges for Foreign Speaking Guides (per group)
  • French speaking guide
  • German speaking guide
  • Russian speaking guide
  • Spanish speaking guide
  • Japanese speaking guide
Additional Remarks: * Itinerary is subject to change depending on the confirmed flights, road conditions, and room availability. * Specific foreign speaking guides are subject to availability.* Prices are subject to change in case of VAT or other tax increases and USD currency fluctuations
Payment. 1.On acceptance – £150 per person Acceptance Payment (non refundable) by cheque payable to “S W & M Miller”Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with VienChampa tours, Laos to whom payment for the tour is made.2. Eight weeks prior to arrival in Laos or Thailand, or on Acceptance  – 50% payable in US $, by Credit Card or International Bank Transfer, direct to VienChampa tours, Laos. 3. On arrival in Laos orThailand – 50% payable, in US $, by Credit Card or Cash.Please Note;  A credit card charge will be applicable

Cancellation Charges

35 days prior to arrival a cancellation fee of US$200 per person will be applicable. 30 days notice of cancellation a fee of 25% of the total amount will be applicable. 25 days notice of cancellation a fee of 50% of the total amount will be applicable Less than 25 days notice incurs the full amount. Acceptance Payment non refundableRemarks:Minor program changes are sometimes necessary, depending on road conditions and room availability.Prices are subject to change in case of VAT or other tax increases.