Drift Your Gypsy Soul Down The Mighty Mekong

Mekong King­doms Launches Ul­tra-exclusive River Cruiser

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Ex­te­rior:

Metic­u­lously de­signed to ac­com­mo­date the mod­ern day life­style of the most dis­cern­ing wan­der­lust souls, the 41-me­tre, two-cabin ves­sel epit­o­mises 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.

Mekong King­doms is proud to an­nounce the Mekong River voy­age of Gypsy, an ul­tra­ex­clu­sive two-cabin river cruiser, be­tween the an­cient Laos cap­i­tal of Luang Pra­bang and Thai­land’s Golden Tri­an­gle. A pri­vate tai­lored three nights, four days cruise from Luang Pra­bang to the Golden Tri­an­gle and a two nights, three days cruise from the Golden Tri­an­gle to Luang Pra­bang for up to four pas­sen­gers are on of­fer.

For those who seek a su­pe­rior cruise ex­pe­ri­ence that can be as spir­ited, laid­back or per­son­alised as their heart and soul de­sire, Gypsy of­fers the most in­ti­mate jour­ney where ad­ven­tur­ous voy­agers and arm­chair trav­ellers 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-me­tre, two-cabin ves­sel epit­o­mises 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 mid­ship 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.

For Bangkok based de­sign con­sul­tant Ms Ji­ra­parnn To­keeree from TOUCH­ABLE, fur­ni­ture and in­te­rior de­sign is more ap­proach­able and touch­able than the ab­stract con­cept of art – for her, art is all around us and she adapts aes­thet­ics and artis­tic as­pects into her de­signs in or­der to ac­cen­tu­ate this no­tion. For the Gypsy in­te­rior de­sign project she fash­ioned a har­mo­nious so­cial at­mos­phere of mod­ern homely de­sign, jux­ta­posed with hints of the glam­or­ised 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 pan­elled 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 am­bi­ence, while Thai silk and fab­rics drape the fur­ni­ture in bold colours and lus­trous appeal.

The well-ap­pointed spa­cious sleep­ing cab­ins are fully air-con­di­tioned and con­sists 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 make up 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 breath tak­ing 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 savour 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 on board chef.

Rates start from US$ 5,450 for a three nights, four day cruise from Luang

Pra­bang, Laos, to the Golden Tri­an­gle, Thai­land; and from US$ 6,950 for a two nights, three days cruise from the Golden Tri­an­gle to Luang Pra­bang. Rates are per boat for up to four guests and in­clude all on board 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; on board ac­tiv­i­ties; re­turn air­port or ho­tel trans­fers; and gra­tu­ities. Chil­dren aged four years and un­der travel free.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to make a reser­va­tion con­tact 856 71255001 or info@mekongk­ing­doms.com

Cab­ins:The well-ap­pointed spa­cious sleep­ing cab­ins are fully air-con­di­tioned and con­sists 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 make up mir­ror are pro­vided, while a per­sonal safe prom­ises in-room safety.

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