Watphou Cruise in Laos

Watphou Cruise in Laos - 3 Days


Style: Laos Sightseeing Tours


Hightlights: Pakse -> Champassak -> Khong Island

Description: The mighty Mekong River is a waterway linking Thailand and Indochina

Program detail


Day 1: Pakse - Champassak - Wat Phu

Day 1: Pakse - Champassak - Wat Phu

Today we embark Watphou boat at 10h30 and navigate along the Mekong River. The cruise zigzag its way through the stunning scenery of mountain backdrop and peaceful villages to Champasak, a gateway to the pre-angkorian temple of Wat Phu. This hillside edifice was once an important sanctuary of the Khmer Empire. The temple structure had been partly destroyed in turbulent history; however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. We follow a walkway from the lower to the upper section, which features various forms including Vishnu, Shiva and Kala. The upper ground of temple also affords a spectacular views from the surrounding valley to the mighty Mekong River. Afterwards we get back to our Watphou boat for a cruise downstream. O/N on board


Day 2: Houei Tomo - Oupmoung Temple - Khong Island

Day 2: Houei Tomo - Oupmoung Temple - Khong Island

The exciting river cruise delivers us at Huei Thamo village. We disembark and enjoy a short walk to explore the hidden temple of Oum Moung in a tranquil setting of forest and mountain side. Today we continue navigating southwards towards the widest reach of the Mekong River from where thousands of islets jut out in dry season, giving this area a lovely name” Si Phan Done ”. Along the way we anchor near Khong Island for an interesting visit to Ban Dua Tae. The villagers are almost farmers or fishermen and still retain their age old cultural traditions. We round off our day with views of the spectacular sunset over the Mekong River from the cruise sundeck.

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Day 3: Ban Veuthong - Khone Phapheng Waterfalls - Pakse

Day 3: Ban Veuthong - Khone Phapheng Waterfalls - Pakse

Upon leaving the previous night stop we set forth to Ban Veuthong village. On arrival at this pier we board a small long tail boat for a thrilling trip towards Done Khone. The perfect way to explore this peaceful island is a leisurely walk. We wander through Ban Khone village to discover different local lifestyle close up, see some relics of the French colonial period and make fun with waving kids on roadside. At end of the boat excursion we catch a drive southwards to visit the scenic Khone Phapheng Waterfalls and travel by roads back to Pakse. The trip ends on arrival in Pakse.


1. The downstream cruise from Pakse to Khong Island is available on every Monday Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday in high season from November to April, and on Saturday in low season from May to September. The upstream cruise from Khong Island to Pakse is available on every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday in high season from November to April, and on Tuesday in low season from May to September . The programme and schedule are subject to change without prior notice.

2. The Watphu boat was built as a floating hotel in traditional style to offer a distinctive cruise service along the fascinating Mekong River. This custom designed watercraft in length of 34 meters, features all safety and comfort to satisfy discerning river travellers.

The service outlines include modern safety equipment and lifejackets + 12 comfortable air-conditioned cabins of which each is fitted with two single berths plus a private western style bathroom + Large front deck with a wide open area for relaxation + Lower deck with an air-conditioning dining room + Elegant lounge+ Set menu combining both Laotian and Continental cuisine + Multi language staffs + Games and reading corner + Fully stocked bar.


Here are some information for whole trip, might you like to book!

- Accommodation: twin sharing cabin on Watphou cruise
- Transportation in joining cruise +Meals as indicated: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
- Mentioned sightseeing tour with English speaking guide
- Entrance fee
- Coffee, tea and drinking water on board and during meals
- Transfer from hotel or airport in Pakse to boat pier 

- Drinks
- Tip
- Visa,
- Single cabin supplement
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Optional trips...

Five common questions travellers ask us

1. How long and where to visit for first-timers?

For first-timers, 5 days can be enough to take in Laos at a glance. An ideal order should be going from Vientiane to Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang, nestled at the comfortable confluence of two mighty rivers, Luang Prabang is the northern emerald gem of Laos. Although it is cozy enough for you to navigate its leafy lanes on your own two feet, there is still plenty to see and do. Vientiane, vientiane may be the busiest city in Laos, it is a remarkable blend of French colonial architecture and soaring gilded temples and monasteries.

2. When is the best time to visit Laos?

No matter for first-timers or seasoned travelers, an adventure to these three countries is ideally made during October to next February. If you would like to dodge from big crowds, leave Chirstmas and January. 

Travelling for great value and experiences, we would suggest late September to October and February. If the heat and occasional rainfalls are not much a problem for you, you are in for a great deal during the shoulder seasons, namely March to August. During this time, we will arrange a noon break and the pace will be much lossen as for you to restore.

3. What is the best way to get to Laos?

First option is by air. Cambodia has three major international airports: Vientiane International Airport & Luang Prabang International Airport.

Bangkok and Hanoi are the most-friendly transit hubs as they have better airfares and much easier to get around.

4. How do I book the trip?

To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on ”Book this trip” on the web page. Our booking form wizard will automatically call the trip name, and ask you to fill out some fields for information. Once completed filling the form, you just click Submit to send us your inquiry or Reset to cancel what you have filled up. After receiving your reservation request, we will immediately make all the necessary arrangements in accordance with your request. This will takes about 1-2 business days, and we will send to you our confirmation message by e-mail with all the details of hotels, flights, tours, the booking status and also payment term.

5. Do I Need a Visa for Visiting Laos?

It is very easy to obtain a visa at the airport of Luang Prabang, cost ranges from USD20 to USD50 per person depended on nationality.


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