One of the most popular river cruises in Vientiane is the RV Mekong Sun Cruise that starts in Vientiane and ends in Luang Prabang. River cruising in Vientiane takes 4 days and 3 nights to finish as it goes through Pak Lai, to Tha Deua, to Kuang Si and ends in Luang Prabang.
The river cruise starts as visitors embark on the Mekong Sun, a pleasing and comfortable Laos cruise ship that is relatively new. This distinct vessel is the first ever German and Laotian-owned river ship that has accommodating cabins good for the four-day cruise. Spacious decks, pleasant lounges, welcome receptions and delectable dinner meals are all part of the cruise experience. A wide selection of the best Asian and European food will be provided throughout the cruise as well. The cruise immediately begins upstream and to many inaccessible parts of the Mekong River.
Day two will take you further down the most remarkable and most impressive landscapes of the mighty River. With hills covered in tropical vegetation, spectacular rock formations along the banks of the river and fascinatingly fast currents, the Mighty Mekong excitedly comes to life. Enjoy nature at its best as you head up north and stop over a remote sandbank for the night.
A small riverside community called Pak Lay greets visitors on the third day of the cruise. Pak Lay or Pak Lai is known to have once had many colonial buildings in the area. Backed up with an amazing natural landscape, the small village and herds of cattle are the only signs of civilization seen in this remote countryside. Enjoy your night onboard with delectable food as you mingle with fellow guests.
By breakfast on the last day of the cruise, enjoy the beautiful view along the river as you watch the locals go about their daily lives along the banks. By this time, the ferry crosses at Tha Deua that connects the Luang Prabang Pronvince to the Sayaboury Province. After a few more hours of cruising, visitors will be asked to disembark the boat and transfer to a bus to visit the famous Kuang Si waterfall. By late afternoon, visitors will arrive in Luang Prabang and thus ends the river cruise along the Mekong River.
Every cruise along the Mekong River is a spectacular experience but is subject to constantly changing river conditions such as floodwaters and shallows. This is important to know as the company that organizes such cruises has the right to alter the itinerary of such tours due to unfortunate circumstances. Small deviations in the program are sometimes necessary depending on weather and river conditions as well as instructions from the local authorities.
The Mekong River is not only a means of transportation but is also a resource of water for drinking, washing and irrigation. It is also used as a playground for children, supply of food and even a disposal bin. Basically, the Mekong River is life for the people of Laos. Try river cruising in Vientiane to see for yourself how the mighty Mekong River comes to life not only because of its rapids but because of the many things it provides for the people of Laos.