Mekong Kingdoms’ two-cabin river cruiser, Gypsy, has made its maiden Mekong voyage, with three- and four-day sailings between Luang Prabang in Laos and Thailand’s Golden Triangle launched earlier this month.
The 41m-long, two-cabin vessel features a communal mid-ship lounge, bar and dining area, as well as a separate veranda-style lounge with an al fresco panorama deck at the bow of the boat. Cabins are fully air-conditioned and consist of king bed and twin bed configurations, each with an en-suite shower and vanity, a hair dryer and personal safe.
Cruising from near the world renowned Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Chiang Rai to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, the ship will stop at villages and attractions along the way.
Daily shore excursions include guided jungle treks; mountain biking in Ban Houy Phalam; freshwater fishing; a traditional weaving workshop at Ban Baw; Laos whisky tasting; a visit to a little-known elephant camp in Pak Beng; and the Pak Ou caves – with its limestone karst formations and Buddha images left by pilgrims over the centuries.
Activities are also available on board, including yoga, folk dancing, Laos language classes, weaving workshops and cooking lessons.
Rates (per boat, for up to four guests) start from US$5,450 for a 4D3N cruise from Luang Prabang to the Golden Triangle in Thailand; and from US$6,950 for a 3D2N cruise from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang.
Rates include all on board meals; welcome reception with canapés; soft beverages, water, beer, selected wines and coffee and tea; Wi-Fi; shore excursions, English guide, entrance fees and transfers; on board activities; return airport or hotel transfers; and gratuities. Children aged four years and under travel free.