Wat Phou Cruise

Wat Phou Cruise

3 Days / 2 Nights Roundtrip Pakse

Price from$981

Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the slow-flowing Mekong River and embrace its fascinating beauty, while enjoying the exotic scenes of people living in southern Laos and the mystic ancient Khmer ruins. Dining on the cruise with the spectacular sunset in the background is extremely memorable.

Highlights of this wonderful cruise include: Champasak, a modest, quaint riverside town south of Pakse, Khmer-period Wat Phou, the World Heritage site, The Island of Don Daeng and its pre-Angkorian ruins. The "4,000 Islands", the Si Phan Don region of Laos. The Laotian Village of Ban Dua Tae with its traditional living, and a cruise to Ban Veuthong on Khong Island and to Khon Island Phapheng Falls, the largest falls in SE Asia.

Wat Phou Cruise map

Downstream Day 1: Pakse > Champasak > Wat Phou (L,D) After meeting at Sinouk Coffee House in the centre of Pakse at 9.30 am you will be transferred to a long-tail boat for a 2.5 hour journey to Champasak. You are welcomed on board with a drink and a set lunch menu is served. The highlight of the afternoon is the Vat Phou ruins, the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex and the boat's namesake. You have time to visit the museum at the ruins site, walk up to the highest temple and take as many photos as you would like. As dusk falls, we transfer you back to the Vat Phou boat for a chance to enjoy 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 Vat Phou Cruise Boat - Private cabin

Day 2: Tomo Village > Ban Deua Tia > Khong Island (B,L,D) Breakfast is on board as we set sail for the village of Tomo. This is a small village a few minutes walk away from the mysterious hidden forest temple of Oum Muong. Rejoin the boat to continue our cruise southwards. Lunch is on the deck, while we leisurely sail closer to the wild paradise known as the 4,000 Islands. Late afternoon we disembark from the boat to walk through Ban Deua Tia, a small Laotian Village where the traditional way of life has not changed in centuries, you will also visit the local school and share some time with the students. The day's cruise finishes at the most northern tip of Don Khong, the largest inhabited island in the river archipelago. After dinner, the evening is yours to relax and enjoy.

Overnight on Vat Phou Cruise Boat - Private cabin

Day 3: Don Khone > Pha Pheng Waterfall > Pakse (B,L) While you have breakfast on the deck, the Vat Phou boat cruises down the Mekong to the small village of Ban Veuthong, where you board a small boat to meander among the 4,000 Islands to Khone Island. You will visit the old French railway, the French colonial house and walk across the bridge that links Khone and Det Islands. Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant on Don Khone Island along the banks of the river. This afternoon visit the Khone Pha Pheng waterfalls, the "Niagara of the East". After your visit to Phapheng waterfall you will be transferred back to Pakse by bus. Meet up with your guide, who will assist you with your transfer to your hotel.

Reverse Itinerary Upstream

Day 1: Pakse > Pha Pheng Waterfall > Don Khone (L,D) After meeting at Sinouk Coffee House in the centre of Pakse at 9.30 am, board a bus to travel to the historically significant Pha Pheng waterfalls. The "Niagara of the East". Continue by bus to the Nakasang pier where you will board a small wooden boat to Don Khone Island. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the banks of the river. After lunch visit the old French railway, the French colonial house and walk across the bridge that links Khone and Det Islands. After this fascinating glimpse into the not so distant past, your small wooden boat continues cruising among the 4,000 Islands to the Vat-Phou boat at Ban Dong Veuthong in Don Khong Island. At 5:30 pm check into your cabin while the boat sets off. Enjoy dinner onboard as the sun is setting. We will dock riverside for the night.

Overnight on Vat Phou Cruise Boat - Private cabin

Day 2: Ban Deua Tia > Khong Island > Tomo Village (B,L,D) Breakfast is on board the Vat Phou boat as we set sail to Ban Deua Tia. Walk through this small village, seeing centuries old traditions still being used. You will also visit the school and share some time with the local students. The Vat Phou boat then continues to cruise north on the Mekong, past the island of Don Xai, and many other small islets in the river archipelago. Lunch is on the deck, while we leisurely sail up the Mekong River. Late afternoon we disembark from the boat to walk through the village of Tomo and the mysterious Oum Muong forest temple, just a few minutes' walk away. Dinner is aboard Vat Phou, then you have the rest of the evening to relax and enjoy the silence.

Overnight on Vat Phou Cruise Boat - Private cabin

Day 3: Vat Phou > Champasak > Pakse (B,L) While enjoying breakfast on board, Continue cruising the Mekong to Champassak. The highlight this morning is the Vat Phou ruins, the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex and our boat's namesake. After your visit of Vat Phou temple, you return to the boat for one last meal as we cruise to our final destination. A long-tail boat will return you to Pakse, arriving around 4.00pm in the afternoon. This is the end of your cruise, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel.

• Tailor-made journey with local English speaking guides • 2 nights accommodation on the 'Vat Phou' Boat • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2017

1 Jan - 31 Mar

1 Apr - 31 Sep

1 Oct - 31 Oct

-

$1,284

$981

$1,284

-

$2,217

$1,698

$2,217

Departs

2017 Downstream and Upstream
1 Jan - 31 Mar - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday only
1 Apr - 30 Sep - Tuesday and Saturday only
1 Oct - 31 Oct - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday only

Booking conditions

• Surcharge applies during Pi Mao Lao, the Laos New Year 14 - 17 Apr 2017

Mai Lao, the Laos New Year. In Laos, many shops & businesses are closed during this period or may operate on a limited schedule although most restaurants remain open. As it is a tradition to splash water on each other to bring good luck during this period, travellers should take care of their phones, cameras & laptops. Additionally, travel times might need to be adjusted during this period as some festivals are held in the streets and cause small delays.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

Laos visa