“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.
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Vessel Description

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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There is no substitute for local knowledge and personal assistance to help you plan the perfect stay. The Secret Retreats Concierge is ready to share insider tips with you to ensure you book the best room on the best available rate or offer for your pre or post cruise stay, to share tips on what to see and do and where to dine, to help you with personal requests, and to keep you informed of any cultural events, shows or festivals that match your dates of stay. Enjoy the difference that turns a good stay, into a great travel experience. Your Secret Retreats Concierge is looking forward to hearing from you. Contact the concierge on dream@secret-retreats.com.

Cabin Description


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Vessel Facilities & Highlights

Vat Phou Cruise highlight
All meals are included during the cruise and the galley produces the specialties from Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, lovingly prepared and beautifully presented.
Vat Phou Cruise highlight
The boat will stop along to Mekong to visit several sites like
  • the Vat Phou ruins, a majestic pre-Angkorian temple complex
  • the village of Tom and the mysterious hidden forest temple of Oum Muong
  • the small village of Ban Deua Tia, known for its centuries old traditional way of life
  • the island of Don Khong, the largest inhabited island in the river archipelago

    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.

    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
    Electricity plug type:    
    Your concierge is ready to assist you with planning and completing your reservation, contact them on dream@secret-retreats.com
    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.



    Time & Weather

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    26° C

    Current Weather

    Local Time

    10:16 am