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Join-in Overnight Sailing Cruises

Floating Boutique Resort

The elegant Vat Phou

Cruising The Mekong to The Legendary 4,000 Islands 

The mystical Vat Phou temple is nestled on the lower slope of the Phou Pasak range, a few kilometers from the town of Champassak.  This important Khmer monument which dates back from the tenth and thirteenth century is a magnificent site.  It consists of a series of terraces arranged at the foot of a mountain which rises up like a pyramid and is lined with fragrant Plumeria, the national tree of Laos.  The temple is still in remarkable condition and is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of Khmer architecture still in existence.  The view from the sanctuary on the top across the Mekong plain, ringed by mountains is a truly breathtaking experience.

Your Itinerary
Day 1: Pakse- Vat Phou
Setting off in the early morning for the South River, lunch is served on board before docking at Champassak for a guided tour of the mysterious pre- Angkorian tenth century temple of Vat Phou, the boat's namesake. As dusk falls, explore the riverside and discover the local Laotian way of life.
Day 2: The 4,000 Islands
Arrive at Khong Island for a short stroll after a wholesome breakfast and then cruise around the 4,000 islands. Then a trip by road (or long tail boat according to the season) to the spectacular roaring falls of Phapeng for a picnic. A tasty dinner is later served on board.
Day 3: Oun Moung
Marvel at the delightful river life, villages and fisherman during the morning's cruise which stops at Oun Moung to visit an ancient Khmer sanctuary hidden in a tropical forests. Back on board for dinner. Night at Vat Phou Ngoy to enjoy the wonderful panorama of mekhong at sunset. Night is spent on board.
Day 4: Pakse
The Vat Phou sets off up river for Pakse and the twentieth century.

Vat Phou Layout

A 34 meter steel hull barge that' s been converted into a floating hotel, the Vat Phou was launched with the support of the World Bank in Vientiane in 1993.  Each of the 12 comfortable and elegant air- conditioned state rooms offer two single beds, a dressing table and a private bathroom.

Charmingly appointed it also offers:

  • A large front deck with a wide open area for relaxation.
  • A lower deck with an air- conditioned restaurant.
  • A set menu combining both Laotian and Continental cuisine.
  • French, English and Thai speaking staff.


*** Remarks: Children 2-12 years old with sharing parent's cabin: 50% discount

Vessel  Area / Duration
Vessel Area/ Duration
Vat Phou 4 Days / 3 Nights cruise in southern Laos
Price per person in US$
01 Nov 05 - 30 Apr 06 01 May 06 - 31 Oct 06
2-8 Pax 9-24 Pax Sgl. Supl.
2-8 Pax 9-24 Pax Sgl. Supl.
$488 $462 $173 $394 $378 $163
Price per Charter in US$
01 Nov 05 - 30 Apr 06 01 May 06 - 31 Oct 06
US$5,555 + fix fee US$137/person US$3,444 + fix fee US$126/person
Pakse- Vat Phou- The 4,000 Islands- Oum Moung- Pakse
Depart every Wed & Sat at 10 am.
Price does not include 200 Baht per adult and
100 Baht per child for National Park fee
For safety reasons and according to navigation conditions,
the program may be amended without previous notice.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation in DBL or Twin sharing cabin
  • Some Transfers
  • All on-board meals, coffee, tea, water
  • Use of all sports equipment

Price Does not include:

  • Spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks
    (although available)
  • Optional sports equipment like water-skiing, canoeing etc.
  • Visa approval and visa expenses (cost of a visa approval letter: US$15/ person)
  • Transfer to & from Pakse, airport transfer in Pakse
  • Lunch on the arrival of the cruise
  • Hotel accomodation and meals before/ after the cruise

Visa for entry to Chong Mek

There are 2 alternatives as following:

1. You can obtain your visa in your country, before your departure.
They need the letter of approval issued by an authorized agent in Laos (our agent) that takes 4 days working to obtain the approval letter after receiving your passpost details. 
The cost of the letter is US$15. The letter will be fax to you or your agents. After that you will attach the letter to apply your visa at Laos Embassy in your country. 
Cost of visa stamping is approximately US$10-40, depend on the country. Passport details should be received at least 2 weeks in advance: Name (First name+ Last name), Date of birth, Passport number, Nationality, Date of your passort expirey and Place where visa will be stamp.

2. You can acquire the visa at the Laos embassy in bangkok that take 2 days working. We can organise for you at the addition charge of US$50 per person.


you can go to Pakse

1. From Vientiane, Laos: 

  • Daily morning flights Vientiane/ pakse and vice versa

    2. From Bangkok

  •  Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani or vice versa by overnight train with sleepers or daily morning and afternoon flight with Thai Airways (TG) airbus

    3. From Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse via Chongmek immigration check point or vice versa by road (take around 3 hours)

Price per person,one way 1 2 3 4-8
Direct transfer $127 $70 $49 $38

4. From Pakse to Ubon Ratchathani via Chongmek with a day tour to Preah Vihar Temple or vice versa (with English speaking guide, lunch and entrance fees)

Price per person,one way 1 2 3 4-8
Direct transfer $170 $103 $77 $65

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