Meandering along the Mekong is as exotic as it sounds, particularly when your vessel of choice is Heritage Line’s small boutique ship Anouvong, a brand new ship that starts its inaugural voyage in autumn 2023. With just ten cabins, Anouvong has an elegant French-colonial style that mixes tastefully with Laotian artistry. All the cabins have a balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows making down-time in your room all part of the journey.
Sailing a lesser visited stretch of the upper Mekong in Laos, Anouvong takes three nights to reach Luang Prabang, starting in Huay Xai on the Laos/ Thai border. Known in Laos as the ‘Mae Nam Khong’ (Mother of Water), your ship passes through rural life unchanged for centuries and untamed nature that flourishes on the banks of the Mekong. Cultural stops are an important part of the trip including a blessing for your journey from the elders of the Tai Lu ethnic minority, time at an elephant sanctuary, meeting the Hmong and Khmu tribes, visiting Buddhist temples and caves before drifting into the temple-dotted, incense-swirled town of Luang Prabang.