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Mekong Adventure (extended version)

Some of Southeast Asia’s most remote and unspoilt areas with some of it's most sublime scenery and spectacular sights

Laos, from north to south

Our Laos tour, Mekong Adventure, follows one of the world’s greatest rivers – the Mekong. From historic, picturesque Luang Prabang, nestled in the mountains of the far north of Laos, travel through the heart of Indochina to Cambodia’s bustling and fascinating capital Phnom Penh.

An unforgettable, fascinating and varied voyage by road and river through Laos and Cambodia.  The tour includes, among many highlights; UNESCO World Heritage Luang Prabang; the mysterious Plain of Jars; riverside Vientiane; the spectacular Tolkien-esque mountain landscapes of Hin Boun; the famous Boloven Plateau; ancient pre-Angkor and also UNESCO listed Wat Phu; the stunning 4,000 Islands and Cambodia’s bustling capital Phnom Penh.

Some of Southeast Asia’s most remote and unspoilt areas with some of it’s most sublime scenery and spectacular sights.





Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

Day 1 - Luang Prabang - arrival and walking tour

Nestled in the mountains, long isolated from the outside world, we’ll discover World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang’s fabulous temples, French colonial architecture and taste Lao delicacies (and the famous Lao beer!) in riverside cafes. Morning at leisure to allow you to wander the quiet, picturesque lanes or check out the hill-tribe handicraft market and an afternoon walking tour.

Extra nights in Luang Prabang prior to your tour are available.
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package or can be arranged if required.

Overnight: Luang Prabang Transport: Walk,  Meals: D,

Day 2 - Luang Prabang - into the surrounding hills

Day trip through the surrounding hills to visit the spectacular Kuang Si Waterfalls with an opportunity to discover the fascinating and still very traditional village life of some of the local inhabitants.

Overnight: Luang Prabang Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L,

Day 3 - Luang Prabang to Phonsavan - overland to the Plain of Jars

A drive along scenic mountain roads to Phonsavan in Xieng Khouang Province – location of the famous and mysterious Plain of Jars. Stops on the way include Khmu and Hmong villages, and a hidden cave temple that served as an army hospital during the Vietnam War – a reminder that this region played a major part in the conflict. Arrival in Phonsavan and atmospheric dusk visit to one of the famous jar sites.

Overnight: Phonsavan Transport: Minibus,  Meals: B, L, D,

Day 4 - Phonsavan to Vientiane - on to the capital

Visit the Mines Advisory Group  to learn about the work they do in clearing land mines and unexploded ordnance in the area. We then drive out to the picturesque Jar Site 2, and begin our one hour trek along the ridge to the impressive, hill-top Jar Site 3, consisting of around 150 jars. Lunch in Phonsovan before an afternoon flight to the Lao capital of Vientiane, and time perhaps to stretch our legs with a stroll along the Mekong waterfront for sundowners in a riverbank cafe?

Overnight: Vientiane Transport: Minibus, Plane, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D,

Day 5 - Vientiane - city tour

Tour of the city’s fascinating sites including Si Saket Temple with its 1,000 Buddha images, the bustling morning market, Vientiane’s most famous monument – the That Luang Stupa – as well as the unusual Buddha Park. A less cheerful, but highly informative stop will also be made at the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a major problem the local people face daily in the form of unexploded ordnance due to heavy bombing during the Vietnam War.

Overnight: Vientiane Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L,

Day 6 - Hin Boun - spectacular Khammoune Province

Leave Vientiane for a leisurely drive southeast to Khammoune, one of Laos’ most picturesque yet least visited provinces. Stops along the way will include a 15th-century stupa, a hill-tribe market and plenty of photo opportunities! Afternoon arrival at our night’s riverside accommodation in remote Hin Boun set among dramatic limestone scenery.

Overnight: Hin Boun Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D,

Day 7 - Hin Boun - boat journey along an underground river

Departure by boat for an exploration of the incredible Konglor Cave – a 7 km long cavern with spectacular stalactite formations and an underground river running from end to end. On leaving the cave we’ll hike through the hidden valley on the far side before completing our day with a transfer to the nearby old French era river port of Thakaek, in time for sunset on the waterfront.

Overnight: Thakaek Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, L,

Day 8 - Thakaek - hike through jungle and caves

A fascinating trip through the area’s awe-inspiring limestone landscapes.   The morning will include a hike where our guides will introduce you to traditional forest food and medicines collected by the local inhabitants; a walk around the serene Nong Thao Lake to discover local fishing techniques, stopping in rarely visited villages; and a visit to a secret 300-year-old cave temple. Afternoon return to Thakaek.

Overnight: Thakaek Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L,

Day 9 - Pakse - drive from Thakaek and afternoon at leisure

Continue south along the Mekong Valley to another old river port, Pakse. Lunchtime arrival with the afternoon at leisure to explore the local markets, try out a Lao style spa, or just relax and take in the views from the hotel’s roof-top cafe?

Overnight: Pakse Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, D,

Day 10 - Boloven Plateau - coffee plantations and waterfalls

Tour some of the sites of the Boloven Plateau, home to numerous ethnic minorities and the centre of Lao’s coffee growing industry.  The day will include a visit to one of the area’s coffee plantations, a fascinating local market, and a chance to bathe in the spectacular Tad Yeuang Falls.

Overnight: Pakse Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L,

Day 11 - Champassak - down the Mekong to Wat Phu

Back on to the Mekong for a boat trip south to the small, historic town of Champassak. Afternoon trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phu – a pre-Angkor, Khmer temple dramatically situated on a mountain side overlooking the valley of the Mekong.

Overnight: Champassak Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D,

Day 12 - Don Khong - on to the 4,000 Islands

Morning departure on the Mekong Ferry for a visit to the atmospheric jungle ruins of Angkor period Wat Tomo. From here we continue south to the 4,000 Islands for a stay at a superbly situated riverside resort on Khong Island.

Overnight: Don Khong Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L,

Day 13 - The 4,000 Islands - by boat to Don Khone

After a morning tour of some of the sites of Khong Island, we continue by boat through the 4,000 Islands – a stretch of the Mekong of truly outstanding natural beauty straddling the Lao/Cambodian border – to picturesque Don Khone.

Overnight: Khone Island Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, D,

Day 14 - Don Khone - Khonephapeng Falls and dolphins

Explore some of the serene islands by tuk-tuk, on foot and boat or kayak. Visit Southeast Asia’s largest waterfalls, the stunning Khonephapeng Falls, and with luck catch a glimpse of some of the rare freshwater dolphins which still inhabit this stretch of the river.

Overnight: Khone Island Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, L,

Day 15 - Kratie - down the Mekong through northern Cambodia

Continuing down the Mekong, we’ll follow the picturesque jungle-lined river into Cambodia and the remote town of Stung Treng. Here we’ll visit a traditional silk weaving workshop before continuing overland to the old French port of Kratie for our night’s accommodation. Afternoon to wander the bustling riverfront area.

Overnight: Kratie Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, L, D,

Day 16 - Phnom Penh - overland via Kompong Cham

The final leg of our journey will take us overland via Kompong Cham and a visit to the well-preserved, Angkor era temple of Wat Nokor, to Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.

Overnight: Phnom Penh Transport: Minibus,  Meals: B, L, D,

Day 17 - Phnom Penh - end of tour

At leisure, relax by the pool or grab some last-minute shopping, and departure

Extra nights in Phnom Penh after your tour are available on request.

Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.

Laos, village scene

Just a few of the many highlights

From Laos' beautifully preserved Luang Prabang and the Plain of Jars we'll follow the Mekong south through the spectacular scenery of Hin Boun, Konglor and the 4,000 Islands to finish in Cambodia's vibrant capital, Phnom Penh

  • Explore the ancient temples, colonial architecture, narrow lanes & bustling markets of World Heritage Luang Prabang
  • Visit the mysterious Plain of Jars archeological site in Northeastern Laos
  • Visit the awesome Khone Phapaeng Falls - little known, yet one of the largest waterfalls (in volume) on the planet
  • An exciting boat journey up the underground river of Konglor Cave followed by a trek through the hidden valley
  • Discover the Mekong's picturesque 4,000 Islands region in the far south of Laos
  • ...and last but not least, sample the sumptuous, varied and contrasting local cuisines of Laos and Cambodia

Air Departures (UK)

  • 15 August 18 3,100 GBP
  • 14 September 18 3,000 GBP
  • 9 October 18 3,000 GBP
  • 1 November 18 3,000 GBP
  • 26 November 18 3,000 GBP
  • 22 December 18 3,200 GBP
  • 16 February 19 3,000 GBP
  • 12 February 19 3,000 GBP
  • 11 March 19 3,000 GBP
  • 7 April 19 3,000 GBP
  • 4 May 19 3,000 GBP
  • 31 May 19 3,000 GBP
  • 27 June 19 3,000 GBP
  • 24 July 19 3,100 GBP
  • 20 August 19 3,000 GBP
  • 16 September 19 3,000 GBP
  • 9 October 19 3,000 GBP
  • 1 November 19 3,000 GBP
  • 24 November 19 3,000 GBP
  • 22 December 19 3,200 GBP

Land Departures

  • 16 August 18 2,000 GBP
  • 15 September 18 2,000 GBP
  • 10 October 18 2,000 GBP
  • 2 November 18 2,000 GBP
  • 27 November 18 2,000 GBP
  • 23 December 18 2,000 GBP
  • 17 January 19 2,000 GBP
  • 13 February 19 2,000 GBP
  • 12 March 19 2,000 GBP
  • 8 April 19 2,000 GBP
  • 5 May 19 2,000 GBP
  • 1 June 19 2,000 GBP
  • 28 June 19 2,000 GBP
  • 25 July 19 2,000 GBP
  • 21 August 19 2,000 GBP
  • 17 September 19 2,000 GBP
  • 10 October 19 2,000 GBP
  • 2 November 19 2,000 GBP
  • 25 November 19 2,000 GBP
  • 23 December 19 2,000 GBP

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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Luang Prabang

*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Sengtawan Riverside Hotel, Vientiane view

  • Central but quiet location in Vientiane
  • Scenic riverside setting overlooking the Mekong
  • Great rooftop bar and restaurant

Spring River Resort, Hin Boun view

  • Spectacular garden setting overlooked by limestone cliffs
  • Comfortable, traditional-style wooden chalets
  • Located on the banks of the picturesque Hin Boun River

Inthira Hotel, Thakaek view

  • The hotel is set in a renovated colonial period house
  • Central location in Thakaek Town close to the waterfront
  • Excellent in-house bar and restaurant

Pakse Hotel, Pakse view

  • Splendid views from the hotel's rooftop bar and restaurant
  • Sip a cold one as you watch the sun set over the Mekong
  • Central but quiet location in the old port town

Seng Ahloune Resort, 4,000 Islands

  • Scenic riverside location
  • Located on Khone Island in Sth Laos's scenic '4,000 Islands'
  • Traditional style wooden chalets

The 252, Phnom Penh view

  • Small, boutique-style and low-key
  • Quiet but central location near cafes and restaurants
  • Garden setting with pool and cafe

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

Visa Info & Notes

Laos: visas are available on arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport for between $30 & $42 depending upon nationality

Cambodia: No visa in advance is required. A 30 day visa is issued on arrival at the Cambodian border on day 16. (Approx. $33 plus a passport photo)

Further info: more details and photos of our Mekong Adventure tour or check our suggested reading and viewing list here.

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