4 Days / 3 Nights - Mekong Cruise
Mystical Vat Phou
The mystical Vat Phou temple is nestled on the
lower slope of the Phou Pasak range, a few kilometers from the town
of Champassak. This important Khmer monument which dates back to
the 10th and 13th century is a magnificent site. It consists of
a series of terraces arranged at the foot of a mountain which rises
up like a pyramid and is lined with fragrant plumeria, the national
tree of Laos.
The temple is still in remarkable condition and
is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of Khmer
architecture still in existence, the veiw from the sanctuary on
the top across the Mekong plain, ringed by mountains is a truly
The Vat Phou River Cruiser is a 34 meter steel
hull barge that has been converted into a floating hotel. It was
launched with the support of the World Bank in Vientiane, Laos,
in 1993. Each of the 12 comfortable and elegant air-conditioned
state rooms offer 2 comfortable single beds, a dressing table and
a private bathroom. Enjoy a relaxing massage as you cruise down
the Mekong River
Departs Pakse every Wednesday and Saturday.
Day 1 Wednesday and Saturday
The Vat Phou sets off down river early in the morning. Docks at
Champassak for guided visit of Vat Phou temple. Spend the night
on board at the riverside.
Day 2 Thursday and Sunday
Arrive at Kong Island and discover the 4,000 Islands area. After
a short walk through the peaceful village of Khong, continue by
road (or by long-tail boat according to the season) to the Phapheng
roaring falls (also known as Somphamit). Picnic on the riverside.
Back to the boat to resume cruising and dinner. Spend the night
Day 3 Friday and Monday
Spend a half day relaxing as you cruise by villages, pagodas and
fishermen's houses. Dock at Oum Moung, a 12th century Khmer sanctuary
hidden in the tropical forest. Back on board for dinner. Spend the
night on board at Vat Phou Ngoy and enjoy a wonderful sunset over
the Mekong. Spend the night on board.
Day 4 Saturday and Tuesday
The Vat Phou sets off up river to Pakse early in the morning.
Child Rate: Discount 50% for children sharing parent's cabin
Minimum 2 passengers travelling
For safety reasons and according to navigation conditions,
The program may be amended without previous notice
2 days cruise with stops and visits en route
1 night accommodation at LuangSay Lodge
Meal plan as mentioned
Entrance fee at Tam Ting and police fees along the trip
Transfer from Lao immigration to pier in HoueiSay
Assistance of English-speaking cruise escort during the cruise (no
guide on board)
Visa approval and Visa expenses (cost of Visa
approval letter is US$ 25 per person)
Transfers to and from Pakse - airport transfers in Pakse -
Lunch on the arrival of the cruise
Hotel accommodation and meals before or after the cruise.