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Mekong Delta Cruise in Laos

Vat Phou Cruises

Destination: From 01 Nov 2011 to 30 Apr 2012 Departures every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday on a cruise down or cruise up From 01 May 2012 to 31 Oct 2012 Departures every Saturday for cruise down and Tuesday for cruise up

The Vat Phou Mekong Cruise is a journey that starts and finishes in Pakse, with two separate itineraries. Both cruise itineraries visit the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Vat Phou ruins at Champassak, the mysterious Oum Muong ruins at Huei Thamo, the 4,000 Islands with its winding waterways, and the Pha Pheng waterfall on the Laos - Cambodia border.

Vat Phou boat

Originally a ferry that carried teak wood between Vientiane and the south of Laos, the Vat Phou boat was lovingly converted in 1993 into a luxurious floating hotel cruising the Mekong river. The Vat Phou boat is a 34 metre long, 7.5 metre wide steel hulled teak barge, equipped with two 260 HP Isuzu diesel engine.
The design retains a character that is unmistakably oriental and enables you to relax in comfort while you cruise the Mekong, you enjoy the everchanging pageant of river scenery and life as you pass smoothly by.
We have 15 staff on each Mekong cruise departure. This includes 2 full time captains, 2 mechanics, 2 cooks, 3 cleaning staff and 5 bar or waiting staff. We also have on board an English, French and Thai speaking guide who can help answer any questions and point out any interesting sights along the way.
There are two decks on the Vat Phou boat. The lower deck has 10 cabins, the kitchen/galley and our evening air conditioned dining room.  The upper deck has 2 cabins, the bar and a two large open air shaded decks - one at each end of the boat. The ship is fully equipped with safety equipment meeting the international standards.
The front upper deck has rattan armchairs, sofas, coffee tables and loungers.  This area is perfect for lying reading a book, taking photographs of life along the Mekong river or having an afternoon nap.
The rear upper deck has chairs, sofas and coffee tables.  We also have the bar area here where our staff can serve you tea, coffee or drinking water, which are all included free during the cruise.  You are also able to purchase beer, soft drinks, wine and spirits.  Breakfast and lunch are usually served here, watching the sun twinkling on the waters surface.
The Boat
Our boat has 12 comfortable twin shared cabins with air conditioning, fan and a private bathroom with western style toilet and hot shower.
We offer a set menu with Lao, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. All meals are included in the price of the cruise.
The cabins of the Vat Phou boat
How to cruise on the Mekong river comfortably ?
The Vat Phou boat has 12 elegant twin shared cabins, each with a view over the southern Mekong River in Laos.
Every cabin is fully air-conditioned and also has a fan for optimum temperature control.
The cabins are fitted with dressing tables and a wardrobe so you can unpack easily and relax.  
The private bathrooms have a hot shower and a western style toilet for your convenience.
Each cabin is cleaned daily by our Vat Phou staff.
The food
Cuisine on board the Vat Phou
The Vat Phou boat has two areas where meals can be served.  We usually serve the breakfast and lunch upstairs on the rear deck so you can continue to appreciate the view on the Mekong river while you are eating.
We have an airconditioned room downstairs for our evening meals.
All meals are included on the Vat Phou Mekong cruise and galley produces the finest of Laotian, Vietnamese and Thai dishes, lovingly prepared and beautifully presented. If we believe the feedback forms, the Vat Phou cuisine is enjoyed by all.
We can cater for special meals requests, if you advise us in advance.
The Staff are on hand at all times to provide you with the finest service. Coffee, tea and water are provided free of charge, and there is also a selection of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks which can be purchased.

Vat phou 3days


Day 1: Pakse / Champassak / Vat Phou
After meeting at the Sinouk Coffee House in central Pakse at 9:30am, we transfer you to a longtail riverboat for your 2.5 hour journey to Champassak. Upon arrival at the Vat Phou boat, we help you to your cabins to unpack then serve lunch on deck. The highlight of the afternoon is the Vat Phou ruins - the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex and 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.

Day 2: Huei Thamo / Oum Muong Temple / Khong Island
Breakfast is on board as we set sail for the village of Huei Thamo. This is a small village a few minutes walk away from the mysterious hidden forest temple of Oum Muong. Afterwards we rejoin the boat to continue our cruise southwards. Lunch is on the deck, while leisurely sailing closer to the wild paradise of 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. Our day's cruise finishes at the most northern tip of Don Khong, the largest inhabited island in the river archipelego. After dinner, the evening is yours to relax and enjoy.

Day 3: Don Khone / Pha Pheng Waterfall / Pakse
While you breakfast on the deck, the Vat Phou boat cruises 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 and walk across the bridge that links Khone and Det Islands. We continue on the boat back to the mainland for lunch at a local restaurant in a small fishing village, Xieng Di, on the banks of the Mekong. A bus transfers you to the historically significant Pha Pheng waterfall, "the Niagara of the East", close to the Cambodian border. We then bring you back to Pakse for the end of the cruise experience, arriving around 5.00-5.30 pm.

CRUISE UP RIVER (the same tour but in reverse):

Day 1: Pakse / Pha Pheng Waterfall / Khone Island
After meeting at the Sinouk Coffee House in central Pakse at 9:30am, you will board a bus to travel Route 13 to the historically significant Pha Pheng waterfalls, the "Niagara of the East". You will then be driven to the fishing village of Xieng Di for lunch at local restaurant.  After lunch, you board small boats for a visit to Khone Island to see the old French railway and walk the bridge that links Khone and Det Islands. The boat drop you at the Khong Island village of Ban Veuthong, where you will board the waiting Vat Phou boat for a sunset cruise and dinner on the Mekong river, docking riverside for the night.

Day 2:  Khong Island / Oum Muong Temple / Huei Thamo
Breakfast is on board the Vat Phou boat as we set sail to Ban Deua Tia.  You willl walk through this small Village, seeing centuries old traditions still being used.   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 archipelego.  After lunch, you visit the village of Huei Thamo and the mysterious Oum Muong forest temple, just a few minutes walk way.  Dinner aboard Vat Phou then you have the rest of the evening to relax and enjoy the silence.

Day 3: Vat Phou / Champassak / Pakse
While enjoying breakfast on board, the Vat Phou continues its Mekong cruise to Champassak. The highlight this morning is the Vat Phou ruins - the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex and 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. We return you to the boat for your final lunch on board.  A small boat will then take you back to Pakse, arriving around 5.00-5.30 pm.
All the prices will be paid in USD through secured online payment.

Price List


2-8 people

9-24 people

Single Supp.

1 Nov 11 - 30 Apr 12

$ 639

$ 606

$ 223

1 May 12 - 30 Sep 12

$ 511

$ 485

$ 178

1-31 Oct 12

$ 639

$ 606

$ 22

All prices are twin share per person in USD,
Our rates are subject to change without prior notice.
-3 days cruise with stops and visits as mentioned in the program with English speaking guide.
- 2 nights accommodation on board.
-Meal plan as mentioned in the tour program.
- Coffee, tea & drinking water on board and during meals.
-Admission fee at visiting points as mentioned in the program.
-Services of qualified crews during the cruise.
-Group insurance.
-Visa approval and fees for Laos.
-Transfer from hotel / airport to pier in Pakxe or v.v.
-Other drinks and meals not mentioned in package.
-Other personal expenses.
-Operated with minimum 4 persons on boards.
-For safety reasons and according to weather conditions, the program may be amended without prior notice.
-Optional visit is only a tour guidance for you to visit depending on our program timing and at your own arrangement.
-Child age 2-12 years old discount 50% when sharing room with parents. Infants (under 2 years old) are free of charge.
"The cruise itineraries can be changed or reversed without prior notice."