Constructed of local hard timber and capped with thatched roofs in the traditional style of the slow boats found in Laos, the intimate Gypsy Boat Mekong is an ultra-exclusive river vessel that invites you to discover the secrets of the upper Mekong in luxury.
Accommodating only four guests at a time, this chartered cruiser sails from Luang Prabang up the Mekong, stopping at villages and attractions along the way in accordance with your whims and wishes.
Only two suites
With only two, surprisingly spacious suites positioned on opposite ends of the 135-ft-long boat, Gypsy allows you to lose yourself utterly to the tranquil charms of the river. The suites have plush beds ‒ one with a king-size bed and the other with a pair of twins, making it ideal for older families or small groups.
High quality bed linens and en-suite bathrooms with showers, bathrobes, slippers, and hairdryers, as well as a mini-bars, iPod docking stations, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning bring the boat firmly into the 21st century, yet the overall ambiance calls to mind the glory days of river travel. Large windows flood these rooms with light, affording sublime views of exquisite landscapes, padi fields and mist-veiled mountains.
Life on board
The mid-ship shared spaces consist of a dining room, bar, and an open-air lounge with couches that are easy to sink into for an entire languid afternoon as you watch the spellbinding scenery drift by. Open decks and an alfresco platform at the bow presents the ultimate place to settle in and watch the changing scenery of the Mekong.
The interior design is stylish and homely, showcasing a soothing mix of contemporary and traditional finishes such as polished timber and carved wooden furniture, alongside bamboo daybeds, dark leather, and Thai silk recreating the romance of a glamorous bygone era.
Your on-board chef will serve up the most delicious local and international fare, which can be customized to suit your palate, and enjoyed in the dining room or alfresco. Meals feature locally-sourced produce cooked with Thai, Lao and French flavors, such as a bouillabaisse brimming with Mekong River fish and river prawns. You can even try your hand at Laotian cooking with an on-board cooking class.
All of the excursions offered on the Gypsy Cruise Mekong are completely tailored to your interests and abilities. All are conceived to provide the best way to take in various villages and experiences along the river, including mountain biking through rural Laos, guided jungle treks to the karst formations of the Pak Ou caves, visits to the Lao and Hmong tribes at Khok-Ek, the village of Pak Beng, and the weaving workshops at Kamu village.
Visit ancient temples, sample the local firewater at a distillery, and enjoy cocktails and canapés beside a bonfire on a sandbank. Booked on an exclusive basis, Gypsy will become your very own vessel and the Mekong will be yours to explore, stopping as and when you wish to curate a voyage of discovery. The Gypsy is by far the most luxurious vessel in the water, but she’s not floating above the local culture. Rather, she is immersed in it.
Itinerary & Prices
The Price is a daily rate based on booking a private charter in the Regular Season (October to November).
The daily price increases in the High Season (December), to $4,583 per Day.
And a Special daily rate on 30th Dec, $5,000 per Day
Speak with one of our travel specialists for details and availability.
AM: Meet with Gypsy’s cruise at Chiang Saen and acquainted with the facilities onboard as you embark on the downstream journey from Chiang Saen in the early morning.
After a brief introduction to Gypsy, we cruise downstream to Pak Tha. Pak Tha sits where the Nam Tha river empties into the Mekong. This marks the point where the Mekong leaves its role as the Thailand-Laos border and travels solely to Laos.
PM: We have lunch on board, enjoying the scenery while the boat streaming down. At sunset, we arrive at Ban Pak Tha and will be spending the night here. A cocktail party with canapes is ready for you to enjoy with us as we soar in the glow of sunset. Our cruise will introduce to you the next day’s program. Dinner will be served on board, bars remain open until late.
Ban Huay Palam, Ban Kook Eak
The boat sets off to Ban Huay Palam in the early morning. Breakfast is served on board. We arrive at Ban Huay Palam in the late morning and will visit the Khmu village, renowned for its weaving and scarf production. The Khmu is one of the largest ethnic groups based in northern Laos.
After the visit, we will head back to the boat to enjoy our lunch, while cruising towards Ban Kook Eak. We will be spending the night here. A cocktail party with canapes is ready for you to enjoy. Dinner on board, bars remain open until late.
AM: In the morning, we cruise to Ban Baw while breakfast is served.
We continue our journey to the traditional Lao Loum village of Ban Baw, where you can see the traditional production process of Laos whiskey. For over 600 years the village has been inhabited by three different ethnicities: Lao Loum (the majority in Laos), Tai Lue, and Shan. The 180 residents live together in harmony as family, communicating in Lao rather than their native tongues. Over the years they have developed similar customs, wearing indistinguishable clothing and celebrating events such as weddings in the same fashion. and visit a local Laos whiskey maker.
PM: We go back on board for lunch, while the boat sails to Pak Ou Caves, one of the holiest sites in Laos, dating back more than thousands of years, carved into a cliffside at the meeting point of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. We take a small boat to visit the caves. As you explore the cave, learn more about the Buddhas from your guide and hear how the cave has become an important place of pilgrimage for local Buddhists.
For our last stop, we arrive at Wat Dohn Kuhn and visit the temple.
We will disembark at 17:30 at Luang Prabang.
CRUISES & LODGES
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The gypsy standard cabins feature a floor-to-ceiling window that you can throw open and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. Guests enjoy a variety of beverages and local beers stocked in the minibar. The room comes with a spacious closet for storage and a gorgeous bathroom.