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Take a leisurely 3-day journey down the Mekong River in Southern Laos to witness one of the region’s most remarkable treasures, the mythical UNESCO World Heritage site of Vat Phou, considered the birthplace of Khmer architecture. Featuring 12 newly renovated (2018) cabins with twin and king beds available, the boutique river-borne hotel will take you through timeless landscapes, accentuated by the stunning Si Phun Don, the “4,000 Islands,” and Southeast Asia’s largest waterfalls at Pha Pheng.

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Rates from 800USD for a 2 nights’ cruise for 2 persons


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Vat Phou Cabins (Double & Twin)

  • Vat Phou Cabins (Double & Twin)
  • Vat Phou Cabins (Double & Twin)
  • Vat Phou Cabins (Double & Twin)
  • Vat Phou Cabins (Double & Twin)
  • Vat Phou Cabins (Double & Twin)
  • Vat Phou Cabins (Double & Twin)
  • Vat Phou Cabins (Double & Twin)
  • Vat Phou Cabins (Double & Twin)
  • Vat Phou Cabins (Double & Twin)
Vat Phou Cabins (Double & Twin)
12 elegant twin shared cabins, each with a view over the river, fully air-conditioned. The cabins are fitted with dressing tables, a wardrobe, a private bathroom with a hot shower and a western style toilet. Life jackets are available in a variety of sizes including children’s sizes.


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Vessel Facilities & Highlights

Cuisine on board
All meals are included on the cruise. The galley produces fine Lao, Viet and Thai dishes, lovingly prepared and beautifully presented, served on the main deck. Some dinners offer beautiful Lao village in background over the Mekong, while the boat docks for the night.

A cruise through time
All Vat Phou Mekong Cruises itineraries start or finish in Pakse and last for 3 days/2 nights. The cruise down itinerary cruises downriver starting at the UNESCO World Heritage Vat Phou ruins, continuing to the mysterious Oum Moung ruins, 4,000 Islands and finishing at the Pha Pheng waterfall. The cruise up itinerary does exactly the same cruise in reverse, starting at the Pha Pheng waterfall, continuing upriver to the 4000 Islands, Oum Muong Ruins and finishing at the Vat Phou ruins.

Your Host & The Team

“Vat Phou crews are local villagers from along the southern end of the Mekong River in Laos, providing income to communities we visit. While learning the importance of hygiene and living in a healthy environment, they are still continuing to improve their English and customer service skills through regular training programs. All crew on the boat live and work in harmony and consider one other as family. This is the beauty of the Vat Phou Cruise.”

Welcome to Champasak–Pakse

Located in Southern Laos, Pakse is the largest city in Champasak Province. Begin exploring the region in Pakse. Witness a fascinating alms giving ceremony at Wat Luan. The large and lovely temple is also home to a Buddhist monk school. Wander around the old market and rice paddy fields at Ban Keosamphanh. Glimpse at the Champasak Provincial Museum’s artefacts. Filled with restaurants and bars, spend the evening wandering around the popular Mekong Bank.


“The Vat Phou Cruises offer a peaceful and unique way to explore the splendor of the Mekong River, the artery of life in Laos, also known as The Mother of Waters and worshiped for thousands of years. The cruise will lead you to the UNESCO World Heritage Vat Phou Temple during a 3-day voyage aboard a luxurious floating hotel between Pakse and Champasak.”

Kim, the discoverer.

Useful Information

Cruising Areas: Mekong River (Southern Laos)
Length: 34 m
Beam: 7.50m
Number of Cabins: 12
Annual Docking: June
Time zone: (GMT+07:00) Hanoi
Currency accepted: USD, LAK
Electricity voltage: 220V
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The meeting point for each cruise is in th center of Pakse, at the Sinouk Coffee House at 9:30am. From there we transfer you to the boat.