Experience river life with a Mekong Kingdoms’ cruise

For those who seek a superior cruise experience that can be as spirited, laidback or personalised as their heart and soul desire, Mekong Kingdoms recently launched its luxurious Mekong River voyages on board Gypsy, an ultra-exclusive two-cabin river cruiser, between the ancient Laos capital of Luang Prabang and Thailand’s Golden Triangle.
The Gypsy offers the most intimate journey where adventurous voyagers and armchair travellers alike can enjoy first class services – from plush contemporary surrounds to gourmet meals and bespoke experiences both on board and ashore.
A privately tailored three night, four day cruise from Luang Prabang to Chiang Saen in the Golden Triangle and a two night, three day cruise from Chiang Saen to Luang Prabang for up to four passengers are on offer.

The boat has all the comforts of home.

The boat’s contemporary designed interiors feature tongue and groove wood panelled ceilings, floors and walls; etched wooden cupboards and closets; solid wood tables; dark woven leather seating; and oversized bamboo daybeds.
Local handwoven ornaments adorn the spaces and freshly cut flowers create a naturally soothing ambience, while Thai silk and fabrics drape the furniture in bold colours and lustrous appeal.
The well-appointed spacious sleeping cabins are fully air-conditioned and consist of a king bed and twin bed configurations, each with an en-suite shower and vanity.
Intimate touches of bathrobes and slippers; crisp white bed linen; regular and feather pillows; and a choice of exquisite bathroom amenities provide convenient functions with the comfort of home.
Cruising along the majestic mighty Mekong River from near the world-renowned Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Chiang Saen to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang conjures up images of old Indochina, of languorous days gone by, teeming with exhilarating river adventure, mystical temples and stunning untouched scenery.
Voyagers will be captivated by the languid river lifestyle, soaking in nature’s wonders along the Mekong River valley, marvelling at encounters with fascinating local cultures as they stop at villages and attractions along the way.
Daily shore excursions offer a mix of age old culture, local immersion and adrenaline charged adventure and 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 Pakbaeng; and the Pak Ou caves – with their breathtaking limestone karst formations, these two caves have been gifted thousands of Buddha images, left by pilgrims over the centuries.
Even while cruising the placid waters, guests can enjoy a range of wellness, cultural and fun diversions on board, including yoga; folk dancing; learning to speak the Lao language; a weaving workshop; and a cooking class.
After an adventurous day exploring Southeast Asia’s most beguiling waterway, the boat’s open decks offer a welcome respite to savour a decadent Champagne high tea while watching the world go by. As the sun sets, cocktails on the panorama deck are the order of the day before retreating to the dining area for an evening of fine dining and imbibing, courtesy of the on-board chef.
Mekong Kingdoms is pioneering a stylish new way of exploring the Mekong River with modern boats, bespoke itineraries, and a playful, artistic spirit.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update February 28, 2018)

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