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Mekong River Cruise: Going Upriver and Back in Time in Laos

October 11, 2010 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under:

With no modern communication, electricity or overland road access, the communities along the Mekong River Cruise live their traditional lives pretty much as they did one hundred years ago.

Great river escapes still exist. Mekong River Cruises & Mekong Islands Tours, a Lao-German company, launched the first Laotian cabin river cruiser on the upper Mekong in 2006. Today, Mekong River Cruises operates three boutique river cruise vessels and is the leading cruise company in Laos.


By cruising the Mekong River, your clients can discover some of the most remote parts of Laos, and indeed Southeast Asia. There are insights into villages of Lao and minority people– many without electricity, road access or telephone connections. From the boat itself, and on several land excursions led by the crew, the ever-changing scenery of lush green mountains, amazing rock formations and peaceful villages along the riverbanks acts as a perfect antidote to big city pretensions.

Mekong River Cruises has launched an eight-day cruise from Luang Prabang to Chiang Saen on the Thai border.

This amazing cruise starts in Luang Prabang, the charming former French colonial town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and probably one of the most beautiful towns in Southeast Asia. The cruise winds its way through the Laotian countryside on the Mekong, passing the sacred Pac Ou caves, the backpacker town of Pak Beng and many small minority villages until it reaches Hoay Xay in Lao’s Bokeo Province. It then proceeds further west upriver to the Thai town of Chiang Saen, its final destination in the infamous Golden Triangle, a border region between Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.

This eight-day cruise on the upper Mekong River is an extraordinary experience travelling on the most comfortable river vessel available in Laos.

Khiri Travel Laos country manager took this trip and concluded: “Exploring the countryside by Mekong River Cruise is a unique way of travelling through northern Laos. Although I have visited quite a few remote places in Laos, I was deeply impressed by the insights into the riverside communities along the Mekong River.”

He adds, “With no modern communication tools, electricity or overland road access, these communities along the Mekong River live their traditional lives pretty much as they did one hundred or more years ago. The Mekong river cruise allows your clients to discover these remote areas and people in a unique and very comfortable way. The slower pace of river travel lets one relax and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature. It is a lost paradise only accessible by boat.”

Khiri Travel can arrange the Mekong River Cruise tour as well as pre- and post cruise extensions throughout Laos, Indochina and Thailand. For more information, please contact to [email protected]

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