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Pandaw Laos and China Cruise

Pandaw Laos and China Cruise

Tailor-made journey

Pandaw Laos and China Cruise

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.

Locations you will be visiting

  • Pha That Luang Vientiane

    Vientiane

    Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane is the smallest capital in Southeast Asia. The i...

  • Monks Luang Prabang Laos

    Luang Prabang

    Home to the country’s most historic temple Wat Xiengthong, Luang Prabang is the former royal capit...

  • Jinghong

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

  • chengdu city view china

    Chengdu

    Chengdu as 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

Afternoon visit and walking tour of Ban Park Bor Village, set on the banks of the Mekong amidst lush jungle.

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

In the morning we pass the lock that forms part of the Xanyaburi Hydro Electric Power Plant, and continue upstream to the village of Ban Mouang Khai.

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

Morning sightseeing to the dramatic Khaung Si Waterfall, a butterfly garden and elephant camp, before arriving in the heart of Luang Prabang. After lunch, a tuk tuk takes you round this well-preserved World Heritage Site with its many Buddhist temples and Royal Palace.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 9 Luang Prabang

Early morning walking tour to see the alms offered by local people to the monks. This is followed by the National Museum, morning market and a free afternoon to enjoy the beauty of Luang Prabang at leisure, before returning to the boat for traditional Laos dancing.

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

Morning sightseeing to the dramatic Pak Ou Caves, a Buddhist sanctuary with spectacular limestone cliff faces. Sail upstream towards Ban Bo, and enjoy a cooking demonstration.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 11 Pak Beng

Morning walking tour of the market town of Pak Beng. After lunch, if time permits, we explore the charming riverside village of Ban Pak Sip.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 12 Chiang Khong

Scenic cruising to the border between Laos and Thailand at Huay Say, where we cross into Thailand and re-join the ship at the bustling Thai port town of Chiang Khong. Visit the Golden Triangle and Opium Museum, before cocktails and dinner on board the Champa Pandaw.

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

Sail along the dramatic upper Mekong arriving at Ban Pha Khao. Afternoon walk a steep uphill track to a small temple with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area. Overnight at Ban Don Moon.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 14 Cruising the Mekong

Continue up the Mekong to Ban Na Kor and on to a remote sand bank where we moor for the night. Tonight be treated to canapés and cocktails followed by local Laos folklore stories and traditional floating fire lanterns.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 15 Guan Lei

Arrive in China at Guan Lei Port, for a walking tour and immigration. We are now in Yunnan Province, China – the only luxury ship to make this incredible journey. Continue along the Mekong passing the dramatic, scenic hills.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Cruise

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

DAY 16 Jinghong

Arrive in Jinghong, founded in 1180 the city has been heavily influenced by its Thai, Burmese and Chinese occupations. After lunch, visit the Tropical Plants Research Institute and Manting Park. This evening enjoy a cultural show, where traditional dancers from 38 different ethnic groups perform a fascinating story of China and its people.

  • 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. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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

Optional tour to Panda Breeding Centre. 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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  • 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
  • Airport taxes
  • Accommodation based on twin share at 4★ hotels
  • Main deck cabin on cruise
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Tours and meals as stated
  • Meals as stated
  • Local tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees

Single supplement from £1,499

Upgrade to Upper Deck from £1,199

The deposit for these arrangements is £1,200 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure. Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

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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