"The majestic Mekong River has been the lifeblood of the region since time immemorial"
Guided Tours of Laos, Custom Cruises of The Mekong River
When you are in Northern Thailand, make time for a river boat cruise along the Mekong up to Luang Prabang in Laos. This charming village is a World Heritage Site.
The majestic Mekong River has been the lifeblood of the region since time immemorial, from its humble origins deep in the Tibetan plateau, down to the delta rice lands of Vietnam.
Along the 362 mile cruise of untouched jungle and forest, (one and two day trips) are very small villages of Lao people and ethnic hill tribes who farm, fish and raise water buffalo. Elephants bathe nearby along the banks in the evening.
Once in Luang Prabang, you can rent a bicycle for a dollar a day and delight in this charming village. A touch of the French colonial influence prevails and the Laotian culture adds its own quiet blend.
Night markets display their skill of weaving and sewing, small cafes offer local and international food, all reasonably priced. The very ancient temples are charged with clarity and inspiration.
Eco tourism is a high priority with tour companies, initiating many projects for the protection of the elephants, unspoiled hiking, kayaking and mountain biking.
Peace, tranquility and quiet accommodation can be found at one of the three 100 year old restored Laotian - French style bungalows set along the river bank with, pool, restaurant and spa.
Extensions into Vientiane and the remote south are easy booked.
Laos Photo GalleryClick on the photo below to see more photos
Aboard the sleek local boat, of only 20 passengers or a similiar privately booked cruise, you will pass by remote rustic villages of the lowland Lao peoples and of ethnic hill tribes, and take a tour of the revered and mysterious Tam Ting caves. This cruise can be done in two days, a 4 hour cruise with an overnight in the only eco resort along this route, then proceed another 4 hours to Luang Prabang. “A very special cruise; one of a kind” without which one would miss the meaning of the Mekong to its people.
photos courtesy of Eduardo Godoy