Dec 27, 2022 - Jan 6, 2023
Trip Type
By River

Group Size: Up to 16 guests
Price: Starting from approximately $10,999 per person

Activity Level

Trip Overview

Float along a lesser-traveled stretch of the Mekong aboard the elegant Anouvong, a boutique riverboat with only eight spacious staterooms and two luxurious suites. In this timeless exploration of the Golden Triangle region, marvel at scenic riverscapes, ancient Buddhist holy sites, and the rich culture and heritage of Laos. Begin in Bangkok and spend two nights at the luxurious Peninsula Bangkok Hotel. After exploring the city’s exquisite temples, lively markets, and grand palaces, fly to Chiang Rai. Transfer and embark Anouvong at the Thai-Lao border town of Huay Xai, and start your three-night voyage downstream along the Upper Mekong. As you make your way to the ancient town of Luang Prabang, highlights of the cruise include the village of Huay Palang, home of a local ethnic Khmu tribe; the riverside settlement of Pak Beng, with its market and elephant sanctuary; and Pak Ou Caves, with their 4,000 sacred Buddhist statues. Conclude the river journey with a New Year’s Eve celebration in Luang Prabang, followed by two days discovering the serene heart of Laotian culture.

Schedule by Day

  • Dec 27: Departure
  • Dec 28: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Dec 29: Bangkok
  • Dec 30: Bangkok / Fly to Chiang Rai
  • Dec 31: Chiang Rai / Huay Xai, Laos / Embark Anouvong
  • Jan 1: Sail along the Upper Mekong
  • Jan 2: Sail along the Upper Mekong
  • Jan 3: Luang Prabang / Disembark
  • Jan 4: Luang Prabang
  • Jan 5: Luang Prabang
  • Jan 6: Luang Prabang / Fly to Bangkok, Thailand / Return


Starting from approximately $10,999 per person 


  • Two nights in hotel accommodations, Bangkok*
  • One night hotel accommodations, Chiang Rai*
  • Three nights aboard Anouvong
  • Two nights hotel accommodations, Luang Prabang*

*specific hotels to be announced


To be announced

What to Expect

Activity Level 3

Busy pacing may include multiple hotel changes plus internal flights or long drives. May involve exposure to the outdoors, full days of touring, and walking up to two hours.

Study Leader(s)

T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration; Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

Mode of Travel

As imposing as the upper Mekong River in Laos, Anouvong enchants as a small boutique ship that seamlessly blends traditional Laotian ambiance and artwork with French-Colonial finesse.

For More Information

Please email or call our office at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.