Staying Ashore

Staying Ashore on the Upper Mekong Overnight in a luxurious Luang Prabang riverside boutique or with a family in an isolated Bokeo village. The Upper Mekong hosts more than 10 historic ports and landings with all kinds of accommodation. You can overnight on the river bank and find rooms inland as the river cuts through … Read more

Ports & Landings

Upper Mekong Ports & Landings: Cruise into a hive of untapped nature, culture, and heritage along the Upper Mekong. Visit ports that once boomed as ancient trade hubs. Immerse yourself in Mekong riverside lifestyle. The Mekong opens the door to an authentic Lao experience.To meet the Upper Mekong Ports & Landings, click here. Central Mekong … Read more

The Mighty Mekong

History of The Mekong: Learn about Mekong civilizations dating back more than 1,000 years. Read about early river settlements, battles for control of the waterway, and periods of prosperity. Travel with early explorers as they navigate The Mighty Mekong. Life on The Mekong: What makes the Mekong tick? The river is the lifeblood for the … Read more

Lower Mekong

Pakse: Meander through Champasak with a Mekong cruise from Pakse. Navigate your way to Don Daeng Island and the Vat Phou UNESCO World Heritage landscape. While in Pakse Town, relax along the banks for dinner and a drink. Don Khong: Immerse yourself in Mekong River life at the island home of colonial France’s Southern Laos … Read more

Central Mekong

Vientiane Capital: Launch your Mekong holiday in Vientiane. Shop at the Night Market and Walking Street. Cycle along the banks. Dine with a Mekong sunset backdrop. Then embark on a cruise upriver to Luang Prabang. Pakxan: Visit Pakxan on The Mekong during your journey through Central Laos. The local cargo and ferry pier presents visitors … Read more

Upper Mekong

Ban Say: Looking for an authentic Mekong landing only used by locals? Visit remote Ban Say to experience life tied to the Mother River. Meet villagers, isolated by mountains for more than 500 years. Xieng Khaeng: Get up close to Xieng Khaeng, a string of isolated Mekong villages established centuries years ago. You can meet … Read more


Historians continue to put the pieces of The Mekong’s puzzling past together. Archaeological evidence suggests that Luang Prabang has been inhabited since 8,000 BC. The earliest recorded civilization on the Mekong is the 1st century Indian-Khmer culture of Funan in the Delta area. The Khmer culture was evolving into the Chenla Kingdom during this period, … Read more

Life on the Mekong

To understand Life on the Mekong, you need to know about the Nam Kong (Mother River). The 4,350-km (2,700 miles) Mekong is the world’s 12th longest river. It flows through six countries and seven distinct geographic regions. It begins in the Tibetan Plateau’s Three Rivers Area as the Lancang River. The waterway then carves through deep, rocky … Read more

Upper Mekong

The River The Chinese call The Mekong, “Lancang”, as it runs alongside the Yangtze and Salween Rivers within a 55-mile-wide rocky drop off at the Three Parallel Rivers in Yunnan. The river continues through a steep, narrow gorge, that inhabitants continue to cross by cables, as bridge construction faces immense obstacles. In fact, the first … Read more

Central Mekong

The River The annual wet and dry seasons have a greater effect on the Mekong’s flow through Central Laos than in the Upper Mekong, and river levels and speed widely vary throughout the year. Rains from May to October produces a massive runoff from the Annamite Mountains’ major tributaries. The Mekong’s current becomes quite fast, … Read more