Minor Hotels Group has launched a selection of
river cruises replete with the colonial romance of river travel
but with a modern twist and bespoke itineraries.
Mekong Kingdoms has a fleet of
five vessels offering guests first-class services from gourmet
meals to plush cabins with curated experiences both aboard
and ashore along the way.
Cruising along the mighty Mekong River from
Thailand’s Golden Triangle to the ancient Laos capital and now
UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, conjures up images of
old Indochina, of languorous days gone by, teeming with river
adventure, mystical temples and stunning untouched scenery.
Travellers can join
Mekong Kingdoms’ flagship ‘Bohčme’, a 42-metre, 13 cabin luxury
barge at Luang Prabang or Chiang Khong located near Anantara
Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort. Decorated with intricate
Indochinese-inspired artwork and fitted with sumptuously
comfortable furnishings from bow to stern, ‘Bohčme’ spoils guests with facilities
such as an expansive sun deck, wine
cellar, and spa.
The journey from Chiang Rai/Chiang Khong
to Luang Prabang is two nights as it heads downstream. The
upstream cruise takes three nights. Voyagers will be captivated by
the languid river lifestyle, soaking in nature’s wonders along the
Mekong River Valley, marvelling at encounters with fascinating
Itineraries include guided jungle treks, a
visit to the Pak Ou caves - with its awesome limestone karst
formations, these two caves have been gifted thousands of Buddha
images, left by pilgrims over the centuries.
Guests can make a
friend in the Hmong Village at Pak Beng or be taught traditional
weaving at Ban Baw and further discover rural Laos by mountain
biking in the stunning village of Ban Houy Phalam.
while cruising along the placid waters, guests have a range of
diversions onboard. Sunrise yoga, Buddhist meditation, sunset
cocktails, cooking demonstrations, jewellery making classes,
fishing for giant catfish – there is a wide range of activities to
while away the time. Then there’s always gazing at the lush
scenery as the boat glides by.
For those desiring a more
intimate private cruise, personalised to their tastes, there is
‘Gypsy’ an ultra-exclusive two-cabin cruiser perfect for one or
more nights along the Mekong for up to four passengers, Mekong
Kingdoms can customise almost every aspect of the itinerary and
journey to suit guest’s travel needs.
For shorter day
trips in complete privacy, ‘Nomad’ provides couples with an
exclusive romantic getaway for sunset cruises in Luang Prabang.
‘Play’ is a floating lounge ideal of private events or family
adventure; suitable for up to 15 passengers with sundeck, private
room, and a sound system.
‘Monsoon’ is a scheduled touring shuttle
to the Pak Ou caves with canapés, coffee, tea and soft drinks,
offering a lavish option to visit the sacred site.
guests are travellers who desire not just a unique travel
experience, but one that enhances the ambiance of the
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotels
“Mekong Kingdoms’ cruises harken back to the days when the journey
is savoured as much as the destination.”
cruises joins Minor Hotels’ existing fleet of Manohra Dining
Cruises in Bangkok and Anantara Overnight Cruises that sail from
Bangkok to Thailand’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya.
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