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The Mekong river flows through six countries and on this section of the river three smaller Pandaw cruise ships cover from Vientiane in Laos to Jinghong in Yunnan, South-West China, stopping in Chiang Rai province of North Thailand and Keng Tung State in the Shan Hills of Burma.

Highlights include the French colonial Laos capital of Vientiane, the temple city of Luang Prabang and the Menglun botanical gardens of Yunnan. We stop at several remote tribal villages to be warmly received and see local handicraft production and experience day to day rural life.

But the most exciting part of any Upper Mekong river expedition must be the river cruise itself that passes through dramatic scenery with the river weaving through mountains and forests, gorges and rapids.

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The Laos Mekong

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Travel Blogs

Laos, the final frontier

No visitor to the Laotian capital Vientiane should leave without visiting Pha That Luang, the 45 metre tall golden stupa four miles from th....

River Cruise Stops

 

Ban Paklay

Known for its caves and sacred Wat Sisavangvong temple, and steeped in history, culture, and nature, Paklay acts as a gateway to the province’s ....

 

Chiang Khong

Chiang Khong is a fast-growing town in Chiang Rai Province, Northern Thailand. It is mainly visited as a stop-off point en-route to Lao, and is ....

 

Chiang Saen

According to an ancient chronicle the original city of Chiang Saen (Chiang: "offshoot", saen: "100, 000") was built in 545 CE in an area called ....

 

Cruising The Mekong

Continue up the Mekong with Burma on our left and Laos on our right.....

 

Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is in Chiang Rai Province, in the far north of Thailand. The English name comes from the meeting of Laos, Myanmar and Thaila....

 

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is located in the Gulf of Tonkin within Quang Ninh Province, most of which is uninhabited. It was added in 1994 to the UNESCO World H....

 

Hanoi

Hanoi’s prison Hao Lo was used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U. S. prisoners of war....

 

Jinghong

Jinghong was previously known as Jinglong and Cheli in, where a total of 13 tribes such as Dai,  Hani,  Jinuo,  Bulang,  Hui and Yao all lived t....

 

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, or Louangphrabang, is a city located in north central Laos, at the confluence of the Nam Khan river and Mekong River about 300 km....

 

Mangfeilong Monastery and Tea Plantation

Mangfeilong Monastery & Tea Plantation.....

 

Menglun Botanical Gardens

Menglun Botanical Garden is famous for its tropical botanical landscape, including some rare exotic and endangered plant species.....

 

Muang Long

Muang Long is a mountainous district west of Muang Sing, that Shares 50 Km-long border with Mynamar.....

 

Pak Beng

The small village of Pak Beng lies half-way between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, perched high on the banks of the Mekong river. You will likely b....

 

Pak Lai

A French administrative town with many colonial buildings and a bustling local market. This town boasts the largest elephant festival in South E....

 

Tachileik, Burma

Tachileik, is a border town in the Shan State of eastern Burma. It is the administrative seat of Tachileik Township and Tachileik District.....

 

Vientiane

Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, situated on the Mekong near the border with Thailand. Vientiane became the capital in 1563 du....

 

Viet Tri

Viet Tri is the capital city of Phú Th? Province in the Northeast region of Vietnam.....

River Cruise Ships

RV Angkor Pandaw river cruise ship

Sister to the Katha and from the same yard delivered in 2013, the only difference with the Katha is an enclosed air conditioned dining room insi....

RV Champa Pandaw river cruise ship

The Champa Pandaw, sister ship of the Laos Pandaw, began cruises on the Upper Mekong from September 2016. The ship has quality mountain bikes fo....

RV Laos Pandaw river cruise ship

Seeing the quality of this ship it is hard to believe it was built in a hurry. There are no proper ship yards above the Khone Falls and we could....

RV Sabei Pandaw river cruise ship

We are excited about the addition of a seventeenth ship to the Pandaw Flotilla which is being constructed to meet demand on our very popular Lao....

Rivers in Laos & China

Mekong River

The Mekong River is the 12th largest river in the world flowing 4, 350km from SW China to discharge into the sea through a vast delta in Vietnam....

 

Halong Bay & The Red River

The Song Hong or Red River rises deep in Yunnan mountains of south-west China to flow 714 miles (1, 149km) across Northern Vietnam to discharge ....

 

Laos & China Climate

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Optional Extensions

2 Nights at Kiridara Luang Prabang

2 nights at the Kiridara Luang Prabang Hotel (or similar) on a bed and breakfast basis.....

Hanoi 1 Night

Savour a 5-star hotel experience with the best views in the city. Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi enjoys a spectacular location rising up between the wa....

Hue & Hoi An 4 Nights

This is a Pandaw group tour. Hue and Hoi An are two of Vietnam’s scenic and historic highlights and a ‘must see;’ on most people’s visit to this....

Scenic Yunnan Province -

This is a Pandaw group tour depending on how many guests booked this extension.....

The Hill Tribes of North Thailand

Travel off the beaten track with your English speaking guide and discover the hilltribes, beautiful scenery and history of the land of opium, in....

The Plain of Jars -  Cruise Downstream China

The Plain of Jars offers fascinating insights into Phuan, Hmong, Khmu and Tai Dam culture. Very little is known about the civilization that crea....

The Plain of Jars -  Cruise Downstream Laos

The Plain of Jars offers fascinating insights into Phuan, Hmong, Khmu and Tai Dam culture. Very little is known about the civilization that crea....

The Plain of Jars -  Cruise Upstream China

The Plain of Jars offers fascinating insights into Phuan, Hmong, Khmu and Tai Dam culture. Very little is known about the civilization that crea....

The Plain of Jars -  Cruise Upstream Laos

The Plain of Jars offers fascinating insights into Phuan, Hmong, Khmu and Tai Dam culture. Very little is known about the civilization that crea....

The Rachamankha Hotel, Chiang Mai

Enjoy the comfort and charm of the deluxe Rachamankha Hotel and explore Chiang Mai on our included full day excursion.....

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