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Upper Mekong River Tours

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The Upper Mekong starts at the Khone Falls near Laos’ border with Cambodia and heads north into China. For a long time, the Upper Mekong was deemed not fully navigable and cruise ships stayed away from it. While the Lower Mekong gained popularity, the Upper Mekong remained cloaked in mystery. Nowadays, it is possible to do a river cruise along the Upper Mekong although they are still relatively uncommon compared with cruises along the lower part of the river.

If you have a taste for adventure then a river cruise along the Upper Mekong may well be the best vacation you’ve ever had. Read on to learn all about what you can expect from such a trip. 

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Why Choose the Upper Mekong?

If the lower Mekong is more popular, shouldn’t you go for the tried and tested option? Well, that depends on what you want from your vacation. The Upper Mekong is virtually free from human activity. Instead of floating markets and communities living on the banks of the river, you will enjoy vast swathes of untouched nature. As you travel along the mighty waterway it will feel as though you have been transported back to a time before modern civilization left a footprint on nature. 

If you want tranquility, serenity and natural beauty on your vacation, the Upper Mekong is the perfect place to find all three in abundance. 


What Will Your Itinerary Look Like?

The Upper Mekong takes a long time to explore and as a result itineraries usually last around two weeks. If you travel downstream you will start in Jinghong, China and make your way down through Laos, with an excursion into Myanmar along the way. You will end your journey in Vientiane. If you choose the upstream itinerary your journey will be the exact reverse, starting in Vientiane and ending in Jinghong. 

Whilst in Jinghong, you will have the chance to learn about Chinese history, culture and language through various visits and workshops. You will spend your time both on land and on board the boat. After a few days, you will enter Laos, where you will spend most of the rest of the trip. You will enjoy some of Laos’ most famous spots, including Luang Prabang, Vientiane, the nation’s capital, and the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar meet. 

Passengers will also visit lesser-known sites, including the villages of Ban Done Jai and Ban Pha Kao, and the Pak Ou Caves. Throughout your journey you will be immersed in local culture as you enjoy a rare insight into the daily life of the people who call this part of the world home. Your dedicated guide will explain unfamiliar sights to you as you pass from place to place. 

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What Else?

Most Upper Mekong River cruise itineraries do not offer a lot of time in China. If you want to make the most of your time there, you should consider adding a pre-cruise extension to your trip. The extension gives you seven extra days to explore the Yunnan province in China. During this time, you will be able to explore Kunming, the Stone Forest, Dali and more. The package includes top quality accommodation, transfers, entrance fees, various meals, and the services of a guide. It also includes a domestic flight to Jinghong at the end so you are in the right place to begin your cruise. 

This year, forget about all-inclusive resorts and city breaks and opt for something out of the ordinary. Your Upper Mekong cruise won’t just give you some serious bragging rights, but it will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. For more information about booking an Upper Mekong River tour, please contact us or call 1-888-215-3555.

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