Upper Mekong River March 2023 | Craig Travel

Upper Mekong River March 2023

Upper Mekong River
Thailand & Laos
Mekong River Cruises
rv Mekong Pearl
March 8, 2023 to March 26, 2023
19 Days
Escorted By:
CT Rating 3.5 Challenging with Early Booking Savings

3.5 Challenging

Email specialist Sharon Bahadur to discuss your travel plans

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Much has been said about river cruising in Asia, whether on the lower Mekong, in Myanmar or in India, but the Upper Mekong has for the most part gone unexplored. Explore the charms of Northern Thailand before embarking on an exciting journey along this mysterious part of the world. The delightful rv Mekong Pearl will take us from the legendary Golden Triangle all the way to Vientiane, the capital of Laos, which for decades was definitely off the beaten track. Delve into the Buddhist culture in Luang Prabang as we take in the sights of fascinating pagodas and monasteries. Marvel at thousands of Buddha statues in the incomparable setting of Pak Ou Caves. Get a taste of local flavours as we stroll through colourful markets dotting the banks of the mighty river. Meet the lovely people of Laos and experience firsthand their traditional way of life. Charming villages, stunning scenery, pristine jungle, and magnificent rapids that run through the hills of remote Laos all await. Make this voyage of a lifetime yours in 2023!

Inspired by All Things Mekong River
We are here to share ideas and inspiration!  A journey along the mysterious Mekong River exposes us to all of the hidden mysteries of local life. The river itself is a giver of life; countless communities depend on it for their existence as it flows through regions of enormous ethnic and cultural diversity. It passes through steep mountain gorges, daunting rapids, and immense alluvial plains in six nations: China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia.  An amazing adventure awaits... READ MORE

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CT Rating 3.5 Challenging with Early Booking Savings

3.5 Challenging

This will be an expedition, a journey on a river on which few tourists have travelled. Visits ashore may involve difficult walking conditions over very rough surfaces without safety features etc. Members should expect difficult conditions in a region known for a hot and humid climate - daytime temperatures will exceed 30C. The river boat does not have an elevator. Members must be fully mobile and physically active to fully enjoy this adventure.

Inclusive Features
  • Return economy group airfare with Cathay Pacific from Canada to Bangkok
  • All outside staterooms with private facilities
  • Welcome and Farewell Receptions on the cruise
  • Local guides during the cruise
  • Excursions in each village visited on the cruise
  • 39 meals (B - 16 breakfasts, L - 11 lunches, D - 12 dinners)
  • Transfers between airports, hotels and the ship
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as mentioned
  • Bottled water on board
  • Baggage handling at the hotels and shipside
  • Services of our cruise/tour escort and Cruise Director
  • Visa fees for Canadian passport holders
  • All gratuities, taxes and fees for included services
  • Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare
rv Mekong Pearl

Mekong River Cruises

This unique boutique ship was built in 2017 and specially designed to sail the roughest sections the Upper Mekong. It carries a maximum of 27 passengers in 11 main deck staterooms and 4 upper deck cabins. Beautifully designed, the en-suite staterooms range from 129 to 236 sq. ft. with sliding windows facing the open deck. Relax on comfortable deck chairs and sofa on the Sun Deck as you admire the scenery passing by; treat yourself at the Spa and enjoy an Asian massage after an exciting day of exploration. The caring crew of 18 is here to pamper you throughout your voyage and the onboard chefs will introduce you to unique and local flavours.


Tour Cost in Canadian dollars, per person
Departure LocationDeparture Price
Cruise / Tour Only* (Join / Leave Bangkok)
Calgary / Edmonton
Winnipeg / Regina / Saskatoon
Halifax / St. John’s
Single supplement

Singles are extremely limited. *Price includes the flights from Bangkok to Chiang Rai plus Vientiane to Bangkok and excludes the flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong. Rates are per person based on sharing an outside Classic cabin on Main deck. Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Airfares and air carrier are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to final payment. Refer to Inclusive Features.


To Upgrade to:
Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)SingleDouble
Superior Outside (French Balcony - Upper, Main)
Deluxe Outside (Private Balcony - Upper)

VACCINATIONS AND TRAVELMany destinations and cruise lines are now requiring guests to be fully vaccinated. To ensure a smooth journey we will be requiring all group members to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to departure. This policy is subject to change to meet the evolving travel landscape. Learn more...

Pricing Details

Prices are based on a minimum 20 members and on rates, taxes, and fees effective August 2021 and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control. Single accommodation is on request basis only and subject to confirmation. See Deck Plan for details of ship layout and cabin locations. Cancellation penalties for this cruise begin on the date of booking. Please discuss this and your insurance needs with a Craig Travel Sales Specialist when making your reservation.

Prices DO NOT INCLUDE the cost of insurance which is available and is highly recommended.  Premiums vary with the cost, length of the trip, and the traveller’s age. For passengers up to and including 74 years on departure date, premiums will range from $415 to $553 pp plus applicable taxes. Cost supplements for travellers aged 75-85 will range from $216 to $443pp plus applicable taxes.  This insurance is effective from the date of purchase and carries limitations on pre-existing medical conditions. Clients 86 years and older and/or clients residing outside Ontario - please contact our staff for procedures. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Refer to our Terms and Conditions for more details.

Important Note: This is an expedition voyage and the cruise itinerary as shown is an indication of what we hope to achieve. Group members must be prepared for an adventure and for changes required by local conditions. The cruise may be affected by delays at border crossing points, by water levels and other factors beyond our control. The Captain, the Cruise Director and cruise staff will do their best to ensure that we cover as much of the itinerary as possible. We can assure you that we will see and do as much as we can, hopefully more than indicated in the itinerary.

Deposit Amount:
$1,500 per person
Final Payment Date:
Thursday, December 1, 2022