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SACRED RIVERS AND HOLY MOUNTAINS 2012
A passage along the Mekong including a journey to Shangri-La aboard the RV Mekong Sun
18 nights from £5695

The mighty Mekong which flows through six countries is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful and wildest rivers and until recently its upper reaches were un-navigable. However we are now delighted to be offering this fully escorted tour which includes the Yunnan Province of China and Shangri-la, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. The centre piece of this unique adventure will be our seven night voyage aboard the delightful RV Mekong Sun which we have on exclusive charter and which accommodates a party of only 28 guests.

Our journey begins in China and a highlight of our time spent there will be our visit to Zhongdian, known as Shangri-la. The region adjoins Tibet and abounds in Tibetan culture. Whilst exploring China and before embarking our river vessel our accommodation will be in four and five star hotels. Upon embarking the Mekong Sun we will explore the Golden Triangle on the border of Burma, Laos and Thailand. Cruising along the Mekong we stop at local villages, all the time witnessing daily life along the banks of the Mekong. We cruise onto mystical Luang Prabang in Laos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a town sure to captivate even the most jaded of travellers with its crumbling French colonial architecture, splendid gold wats with their hundreds of resident monks, river activity and markets. We finally explore the wonder which is Angkor Wat.

This truly is a journey of a lifetime full of contrasting sites and relaxing interludes spent onboard a unique vessel in a very special and diverse corner of Asia.

 
 
Prices per person based on double occupancy
Price Includes:  Economy class scheduled air travel, seven nights aboard the RV Mekong Sun on full board, nine or eleven nights hotel accommodation in 4/5 star hotels with breakfast, daily meals as described, shore excursions, guides, entrance fees and donations, transfers, port taxes, UK departure tax.
Not Included:  Travel insurance, visas, gratuities, local departure tax.
NB:  While every effort will be made to adhere to the specifics shown on this itinerary, ports of call and hours of arrival and departure are subject to change without notice.
 
 
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Mekong Sun

For our fascinating explorations of the Mekong, we have chartered this delightful vessel which provides an excellent means of exploring South East Asia. The Mekong Sun was custom-built in Laos in 2006 and is capable of mastering the wilder sections of the Mekong.

Your Cabin
The RV Mekong Sun accommodates 28 passengers and the RV Mekong Explorer accommodates 32 passengers. Cabins are arranged over two decks. Classic cabins on the main deck measure 12 square metres and the superior cabins measure between 16 and 18 square metres. The rich mahogny and teak wood balconied or French balconied cabins are en-suite with air-conditioning and have a sliding French doors (superior cabins on RV Mekong Sun have a private balcony). The RV Mekong Explorer also has two deluxe cabins with a private balcony which measures 22 square metres.

Your Space
Both vessels feature a large restaurant which seats all passengers in one sitting. In addition to the indoor bar area, there is a large sundeck onboard with bar service allowing you to relax and enjoy the passing scenery in comfort. On the expansive teak sundeck, you can enjoy reading a book from the small library, playing cards, chatting to fellow passengers or simply admiring the fantastic lush and mountainous landscape.

Your Dining
The restaurant seats all passengers in one sitting. The excellent crew provides a selection of Asian and continental food and friendly service throughout the cruise. Throughout your cruise, you will enjoy the fine regional and international cuisine prepared only from the freshest ingredients. These wonderful and well equipped vessels have no freezers. Food is purchased daily from the local markets thus making the meals that more authentic, wholesome, fresh, and nutritious.

Life Onboard
These journeys provide a wonderful chance for you and your fellow guests to experience the pristine, remote and captivatingly beautiful landscape of the Mekong from the comfort of your colonial style, boutique river cruise vessel. A relaxed ambience throughout is ensured by your English-speaking Cruise Director and his smiling Laotian crew who, between them, make this a truly memorable journey.

For your Comfort, Safety and Security
From the moment you step on board, the Captain, Cruise Director and the crew will look after all your needs, doing their very best to make your stay onboard as pleasant and comfortable as possible. The Cruise Director will oversee the land excursions, provide a daily briefing and will be available for any questions or help throughout your cruise. These are very comfortable vessels and we assure you an exclusive yet casual travelling experience with restful cabins, public areas and first class service.

 
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