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"Pickup service was good. Services on board was great, the village sightseeing was god, and guide spoke good English. If I could wish for two things; taking drink orders at the tables on top deck during nighttime and a stop or two at the floating market, not just driving by. Information and payment was good. Would recommend to friends. Thank you for a good trip, and experience. "
Mr. Henrik Sørensen Hoff & his wife on Mekong Eyes 2 days Cantho - Phu Quoc on March 26-27, 2013
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Mekong Sun Cruise (Laos)

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Mekong Sun Cruise (Laos)
Mekong Sun Cruise (Laos)
The river vessel Mekong Sun is a very comfortable ship capable of mastering the wild sections of the upper Mekong.  Accommodation and service is top level and guests enjoy a very exclusive yet casual travelling experience, while they reside in comfortable cabins or enjoy the services of the reataurant or bar . A selection of Asian and continental food is provided throughout the cruise. Special requirements can be catered for and wine, beer as well as spirituous beverages are available.
Classic cabin
Superior cabin
Restaurant
Terrace
Sundeck
Lounge
Having meal on board
Excursion
Floor plan
On the Mekong Sun there will be neither captain’s dinner nor any entertaining games like bingo. Rather than that, guests will go on exciting offshore excursions and enjoy a programme with profound travel information in form of presentations, speeches and films on relevant topics. Among many others, the French Mekong Expedition of the 1860s, the daily life of a Buddhist novice or the plants and fruits of the Mekong region will be the subjects.

The exclusive river vessel Mekong Sun (built in 2006) enables you to go on a comfortable journey, which seemed impossible for ages: over 450 miles of travelling along fantastic river landscapes, passing by World Heritage Sites and aboriginal villages. Safe and comfortable travelling with only 28 guests on board  is guaranteed, while you watch the incredible landscapes of this partly untamed river pass by.

The upper Mekong is one of the most difficult rivers in the world to navigate. Your comfortable cruise ship Mekong Sun masters tight gorges, labyrinths of sandbanks and mounts violent chutes. Water levels are prone to drop or rise about 2 m overnight on this part of the Mekong and quiet and calm parts of the river alternate with most dramatic and exciting shore sceneries: Tropical lush green mountains, impressive rock formations and secluded villages along the river banks.

Your journey includes visits to the lovely UNESCO World Heritage Site Luang Prabang, one of the most beautiful towns in South-East Asia, travelling along the secluded and impressive landscapes in northern Laos and into the once notorious region of the Golden Triangle. As of today, the Mekong Sun and Mekong Explorer are the only cabin cruisers sailing between Thai Chiang Saen and the Laotian capital Vientiane. Guests can lean back and indulge themselves unworried during this extraordinary trip. With 14 exclusive passenger cabins and high quality full board service, the Mekong Sun is perfectly suited for travelling in small groups with a most unique character.

Kindly note: Every river cruise on the upper Mekong is a pioneering experience and is subject to ever changing river conditions, e.g.  flood waters or shallows. Therefore, changes to the itinerary or schedule are not unusual and each journey will be individually adapted to ensure that all highlights are included

Mekong Sun - Technical information
• Construction completed in 2006
• Weight: approx. 100 tons
• Length: 40 m
• Width: 7,5 m (at its widest part)
• Depth: approx. 0,9 m
• Decks: Lower, Main,, Sundeck
• Two diesel motors with 550 hp each
• Fire alarm
• Crew: 16
• Designed: Catamaran, two steel hulls, two decks, with teak and mahogany superstructure

Accommodation
Number of cabins: 11
Cabin size: 12-21m2
Localtion: Main Deck and Upper Deck
Maximum capacity: 22 passengers

8 Classic cabins on the main deck (12 m2), all facing out onto the water and with wide sliding windows with a French balcony providing a fantastic view of the passing landscapes. All are twin beds.

3 Superior cabins
: one in the bow of the main deckwith king size bed (18 m2), two on the Upper Deck with twin beds (21 m2). The two cabins on the Upper Deck have their own small private balcony; the one in the bow has a superb panoramic view to the front

• All cabins with en-suite shower/WC and air-conditioning
• Large sun deck with bar service and restaurant/bar area
• All guided offshore excursions and meals are included

Route map details
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Additional Information
Shuttle Bus service: Meeting point in Luang Prabang
Check-in: 14.00 PM
Check-out: Morning
Guide on board: English speaking

General information on travelling on the Mekong River
Daily schedule
The trip description gives you a good idea of what you can expect of your Mekong River Cruise. You will get a daily schedule with your travel documents. Because the daily agenda depends on river conditions, including water levels and other local factors, we will keep you informed of all new developments and next day’s plans in our daily briefing, which will take place in the evenings. Due to the adventurous nature of the trip, it will not be possible to always stick to the exact schedule for every day. Any trip on the Mekong entails sudden and unexpected changes of plans. In any case we organize an interesting and diverse programme for you.

Landing docks
There are very few landing stages on the Mekong River. Often you will embark and disembark over the boat’s gangway, occasionally crossing wide sandy riverbanks. We make sure any docks you use are safe. Our staff will always help you arrive safely on land and will see to the transportation of your luggage.

Caution on board
Please be carefull when walking around the ship while en route. Even though there will not be any major waves, the boat does sway back and forth occasionally, and the river presents some narrow bends. The ships have corners you can bump into or thresholds that can trip the unwary. No matter how careful the crew, some spray does occasionally make its way onto the deck, which may make it slippery. Please do not throw anything overboard, including cigarette butts.

Medical Advisory
The cruise ship is equipped with a first aid kit as well as some basic medication. Local doctors usually speak very little English, but your travel guides will help you with any necessary translations. Local hospitals usually only contain very basic medications, which is why we strongly advise you to get international health insurance before travelling abroad, which will cover the cost of repatriation in case of an emergency.

Laundry

There are no laundry facilities on board. You can have your clothes cleaned in bigger towns like Chiang Saen, Luang Prabang or Vientiane.

Mobile phone reception and communications
Mobile phones can only be used near bigger towns, most of time there is no network. Only a few service providers have roaming agreements with Laotian providers. Your connection will be better in Thailand. Please contact your mobile service provider for more information on these countries. Make sure that your mobile phone is equipped for international roaming. We have a satellite telephone on board in case of an emergency. The use of all radio transmitters is prohibited.

Water and Hygiene

Our staff uses only purified and pre-boiled water for all food preparation. Please avoid all food offered by street vendors, no matter how tempting it may look. Avoid ice cream, sugar cane specialties, salads and any fruit that still has its peel or that you have not peeled yourself.

Shoes and clothing

Please remember that it can get quite cold at night during the winter months (November to February), it can cool down to about 8 degrees Celsius.  Make sure to bring warm clothes.  Daytime temperatures often reach 23 to 25 degrees Celsius – in the summer temperatures can be even warmer than that. Please also pack a jacket for ocassionally strong winds onboard the ship. You will need comfortable and solid shoes with sturdy soles for all land excursions. When visiting a Buddhist temple or other holy sites, remember to bring footwear that can be taken off and put on easily, as shoes must be removed before entering all temples. In general shoes are taken off in South-East Asia when entering a private house or home.

Drinks at the Bar or in the Restaurant

You will be asked to sign for all your orders at the bar and pay them at the end of your trip in cash. Currency used on-board is either US dollars or EURO. We will be happy to convert prices into your currency. We also accept the following credit cards on board: Master/Eurocard and VISA.

Handouts and donations

Please do not give money to children. Some of the villages have very little experience with tourists, yet children have quickly learned that western tourists can be very generous and that they can make more money with a sad look than their parents earn with a whole day’s work. If you’d like to give them something we suggest ball-point pens, post cards of faraway places or school notebooks as more sensible donations. In any case we ask that you refrain from making gifts to any individual child or family in these remote villages. Please ask your local tour guide if you wish to make a donation, and they will hand them to the village elders, tribal leaders, or the local school. At this point, few beggars are encountered along the route.

Daylight
During the river cruising season, from June until September the sun rises at around 6 am and sets at around 6:30 pm. Between October and January sunrise is at 7:30 am and sunset at 5:30-6 pm.

Crossing the border

If your route incl. border crossings, your cruise director will inform you about all the formalities before reaching immigration.

A word of advice…

Your trip will take you through regions with entirely different customs and mores. For example time has a totally different meaning in this part of the world. Sit back, relax, and look forward to a few unique and spectacular cruising days. Please understand that things don’t always work according to the rules of Western efficiency and punctuality. So enjoy the moment – the days have been carefully planned and arranged, but in Southeast Asia unforeseen things may happen anytime.

We are always there for you, and you can be sure to be in the best possible hands.
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