LUANG PRABANG – Boutique cruise operators Heritage Line is making progress on its new ten-berth ship Anouvong, which will ply the upper-Mekong river in Laos later this year.
The cruise operator offers two journeys. The shorter sailing travels from Luang Prabang to the town of Huay Xai on the Laos/Thailand border (or vice versa) over three days. A longer journey unfolds over seven or nine nights and charts a course between the Laos/Thailand border at Huay Xai and Vientiane.
The shorter trip offers a trip to the village of Huay Palang to meet ethnic Khmu tribes and other highlights such as Pak Ou Caves, which is home to 4000 sacred Buddhist statues.
The longer alternative embraces sight-seeing along remote river areas and various activities such as kayaking and a gourmet banquet on a river sandbank. The longer journey is also inclusive of a full discovery of Luang Prabang at the mid-point of the journey.
Anouvong’s design aesthetic combines traditional Lao design with French colonial elegance.
The Deluxe and Deluxe Executive rooms (20sqm) feature French balconies and occupy both the main and upper (terrace) decks, with four rooms on each level.
The two Signature Suites are located at the front of the main deck and each boast 30sqm of floor space. Both Signature Suites have their own private balcony as well as a spacious bathroom with Jacuzzi.
In Anouvong’s “Bodhi Spa” treatments for singles and couples are offered throughout the day.
Anouvong is expected to begin sailings onSept. 29. It is now open for bookings through any travel agents or directly with Heritage Line. For bookings made before March 31, there is currently a 10% discount on the three-night journey.