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Pandaw Laos and China Cruise

Tailor-made journey

Sail on this incredible, pioneering 14-night river expedition on the mighty Upper Mekong River from Laos to China.

For the first time it is possible for travellers to sail on the mighty Upper Mekong River from Laos to China. This will be an incredible, pioneering 14-night river expedition discovering charming villages, stunning scenery, pristine jungle, and in China, the river’s emerald green waters. Our journey also includes overnight stops in Luang Prabang, Chiang Saen and vibrant Jinghong.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • Pha That Luang Vientiane

    Vientiane, Laos

    The capital of Laos on the banks of the Mekong River

  • Monks Luang Prabang Laos

    Luang Prabang, Laos

    Home to the historic Wat Xiengthong temple

  • Jinghong, China

    Jinghong was the historic capital of the former Tai kingdom of Sipsongpana, now the Dai (Tai) people...

  • panda eating chengdu china

    Chengdu, China

    Chengdu, home to the Giant Panda, is the capital of Sichuan province

YOUR TOUR ITINERARY

Pandaw Laos and China Cruise

18 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 UK to Vientiane

Take a scheduled flight from the UK to Vientiane Airport.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Vientiane

Upon arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

DAY 3 Embark Vientiane

Board the boat before lunch and afternoon explorations of this delightful French city including visits to Wat Sisaket Temple, the President’s Hall, Wat Prakeo Temple and the Phatouxay Monument. Set sail late afternoon, and enjoy a welcome dinner on board.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 4 Cruising the Mekong

Today we cruise upstream, passing lush jungle and tiny riverside villages. Morning presentation on the Lao language and an afternoon cooking demonstration, fill your day. Arrive in Ban Xanakham where we moor overnight.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 5 Pak Lai

Afternoon visit to the French administrative town of Pak Lai with its colonial buildings and a bustling market. Return to the ship at Ban Muang where we overnight.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 6 Ban Park Bor Village

Morning visit and walking tour to a Khamo tribal village. In the afternoon pass through the Xanyaburi HydroElectric Power Plant.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 7 Ban Mouang Khai Village

This morning visit a Hmong village and continue upstream to the village of Ban Mouang Khai. In the afternoon, explore jungle pools, the Khaung Si Waterfall and a butterfly garden. Arrive in Luang Prabang.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 8 Luang Prabang

Discover this well-preserved and unique World Heritage Site on a morning tour by tuk tuk, including the National Museum. The afternoon is free to uncover the beauty of Luang Prabang on your own, before returning to the boat for traditional Laos dancing.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 9 Pak Ou Caves

An early morning walking tour to see alms being offered to monks, followed by a local boat trip to the unique Pak Ou Caves and Elephant camp, a Buddhist sanctuary with spectacular limestone cliffs. Enjoy evening cocktails, as you sail upstream towards Ban Bo.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 10 Pak Beng

Enjoy a morning visit to a local Khamo village, before sailing upstream passing Pak Beng towards Pak Sit.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 11 Ban Houayxay

Early morning walking tour in a Khamo village, then cruise through stunning scenery to the border of Laos and Thailand. The night is spent in Huay Xay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 12 The Golden Triangle

Morning trip to the smuggler city of Tachilek in Burma to visit the “extraordinary“ market, Chinese temples and the Tachilek Shwedagon Pagoda. After lunch visit the Hall of Opium, and end the day at the Buddha Statue at the Golden Triangle, for a view of three countries. Overnight in Chiang Saen.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 13 Ban Dom Moon

Traverse a Mekong that is now narrower and faster than anything encountered so far, and enjoy a stroll around Pok Lok village, followed by a talk on the region’s ethnography.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 14 Sob Luoy Province

Visit Ban Pak Keo, and walk uphill to a pagoda with a beautiful view over the Mekong. Stop at Ban Na Kor in the afternoon and sail on to a remote sandbank for the night.
Canapés and cocktails are served on the sundeck followed by local Lao folklore stories and traditional floating fire lanterns.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 15 Guan Lei

The adventure continues by speed boat up the white waters, through the gorges, to cross into China at Guan Lei Port. There is free time to explore before immigration and transferring by road to Jinghong.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise

Note: If the water level is too low, too high or the flow too fast, you may not reach Jinghong. In this case your journey will continue by speed boat and you will stay in the best available 4* hotel.

DAY 16 Jinghong

Today visit the fascinating Tropical Plant Institute, Manting Park, and enjoy a cultural show, where traditional dancers from 38 ethnic groups perform a fascinating story of China.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 17 Jinghong to Chengdu

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Chengdu and an overnight stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 18 Flight to UK

There is an optional tour to the Panda Breeding and Research Centre before your transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

  • High Speed Train-China
    China

    China: Ride the Bullet Train

    Take a thrilling ride on the Chinese Bullet Train

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  • pandas playing chengdu china
    China

    China: Volunteering at the Dujiangyan Panda Base

    Enjoy a morning helping the staff with the pandas, at their base in Chengdu

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  • Tai Chi on the Bund shanghai china
    China

    China: Tai Chi Lesson

    Practise this ancient martial art with a Tai Chi lesson

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  • Step fields Sapa Vietnam
    Vietnam

    Indochina: Explore Off the Beaten Track

    Discover off the beaten track in whatever country you are visiting. Go on your very own adventurous journey and meet the local tribes living deep within the mountains.

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Sample Accommodation

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What's included:
  • International flights in economy class
  • 4★ accommodation on twin share basis
  • Main deck cabin on cruise
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Tours as stated
  • Meals as specified
  • Airport taxes
  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance

Price from £6,299
Single room supplement £499
Land only from £5,499

(excluding international flights)
Upgrade to Upper Deck from £899

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 12 weeks before departure.

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.

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