Mekong Kingdoms announced the maiden Mekong River voyage of Gypsy, an exclusive two-cabin river cruiser, between the ancient Laos capital of Luang Prabang and Thailand’s Golden Triangle, in May 2018. A private tailored three nights/four days cruise from Luang Prabang to the Golden Triangle and two nights/three days cruise from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang for up to four passengers are on offer.
Gypsy offers an intimate journey where adventurous voyagers and armchair travelers alike can enjoy first-class services, from plush contemporary surrounds to gourmet meals and bespoke experiences both on board and ashore.
Meticulously designed to accommodate the modern day lifestyle of the most discerning wanderlust souls, the 41-meter, two-cabin vessel epitomizes a fine balance between playful mingling and reflective solitude. With ample indoor and outdoor living spaces to comfortably accommodate families or small groups, Gypsy also features a communal mid-ship lounge, bar and dining area, as well as a separate veranda style lounge with an al fresco panorama deck at the bow of the boat.
According to Bangkok-based design consultant Jiraparnn Tokeeree, from Touchable, furniture and interior design are more approachable and touchable than the abstract concept of art. She adapts aesthetics and artistic aspects into her designs in order to accentuate this notion and, for the Gypsy interior design project, she fashioned a harmonious social atmosphere of modern homely design, juxtaposed with hints of the glamorized bygone era of romantic voyaging.
Wood and thatch throughout blend seamlessly with the verdant surrounds of the mighty Mekong River’s shores through floor-to-ceiling windows and from open sun decks. The boat’s contemporary-designed interiors feature tongue and groove wood paneled ceilings, floors and walls; etched wooden cupboards and closets; solid wood tables; dark woven leather seating; and oversized bamboo daybeds. Local handwoven ornaments adorn the spaces and freshly cut flowers create a naturally soothing ambiance, while Thai silk and fabrics drape the furniture in bold colors and lustrous appeal.
The well-appointed spacious sleeping cabins are fully air-conditioned and consist of a king bed and twin beds configurations, each with an en-suite shower and vanity. Intimate touches of bathrobes and slippers; crisp white bed linen; regular and feather pillows; and a choice of exquisite bathroom amenities provide convenient functions with the comfort of home. A hair dryer, vanity, and makeup mirror are provided, while a personal safe promises in-room safety.
Cruising along the majestic mighty Mekong River from near the world-renowned Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Chiang Rai to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang conjures up images of old Indochina, of languorous days gone by, teeming with exhilarating river adventure, mystical temples, and stunning untouched scenery. Voyagers will be captivated by the languid river lifestyle, soaking in nature’s wonders along the Mekong River Valley, marvelling at encounters with fascinating local cultures as they stop at villages and attractions along the way.
Daily shore excursions offer a mix of age-old culture, local immersion, and adrenaline-charged adventure and include guided jungle treks; mountain biking in Ban Houy Phalam; freshwater fishing; a traditional weaving workshop at Ban Baw; Laos whisky tasting; a visit to a little known elephant camp in Pak Beng; and the Pak Ou caves – with its breathtaking limestone karst formations, these two caves have been gifted thousands of Buddha images, left by pilgrims over the centuries.
Even while cruising the placid waters, guests can enjoy a range of wellness, cultural and fun diversions on board, including yoga; folk dancing; learning to speak the Laos language; weaving workshop; and cooking class.
After an adventurous day of exploring Southeast Asia’s most beguiling waterway, the boat’s open decks offer a welcome respite to savor a decadent Champagne high tea while watching the world go by. As the sun sets, cocktails on the panorama deck are the order of the day before retreating to the dining area for an evening of fine dining and imbibing, courtesy of the onboard chef.
- Three nights/four days cruise from Luang Prabang, Laos, to the Golden Triangle, Thailand rates start at USD 5,450
- Two nights/three days cruise from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang rates start at USD 6,950
Rates are per boat for up to four guests and include all onboard meals; welcome reception with canapés; soft beverages, water, beer, selected wines and coffee and tea; Wi-Fi; shore excursions, English guide, entrance fees, and transfers; onboard activities; return airport or hotel transfers; and gratuities. Children aged four years and under travel free.
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