Laos: Luang Prabang and the Mekong River
Experience Laos in depth alongside expert authors, local gourmands and traverse the country aboard a Mekong River cruise.
"Andrea did a wonderful job designing an itinerary to suit three generations of diverse interests, and was flexible and responsive to last minute changes and requests. He showed us many hidden treasures of this beautiful region that would have missed we're it not for him."
- Heather on her journey in Italy
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The Gem of Laos
Arrive at Luang Prabang where you will meet Francis Engelmann, a long time resident of the city and scholar/celebrity. He will share his knowledge of the city’s architecture and history, revealing the secrets of this gem and giving you access to palaces, archives and historical sites usually unknown to visitors.
Travel is Hungry Work
Mrs Noy is your guide for the day. You will meet her early in a local market where you will hunt for the freshest ingredients and delicacies. She will then take you to her home and in her kitchen, she will demonstrate the secrets of Laotian cuisine. After lunch, she will introduce you to her neighbours and together you will go for a walk around the village. Then you will embark on a boat ride back to Luang Prabang. While waterborne, you can sip Laotian rice whiskey for a delicious sundowner. Read more
Board a luxury cruise in Luang Prabang and then sail to Ban Dan. Walk in the village and interact with the locals and then go for a trek in the jungle. Moor overnight.
Caves to Ponder
Sail to Pak Out. Nearby, there are two magnificent caves that overlook the Mekong. Inside, you will find hundreds of wood-carved figurines of the Buddha in a variety of positions. Continue to Ban Baw where you will moor overnight.
Start the morning with Buddhist meditation on the sun deck. Visit Pak Beng temple and reach Ban Houy Phalam where you will find some of the finest Lao weaving.
Start the day with a yoga session on the sun deck. Follow the Mekong to Thailand. Upon arrival in Chiang Khong, you can continue your journey across Southeast Asia.