Mekong Kingdoms has announced Gypsy, its ultra-exclusive two-cabin river cruiser, will make its maiden voyage between Luang Prabang and Thailand’s Golden Triangle in May 2018. The Gypsy will offer private, tailored three-night, four-day cruises from Luang Prabang to the Golden Triangle and a two-night, three-day cruise from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang. The cruises must be fully chartered.
Since the Gypsy is a private cruise, its itinerary can be entirely customized to be as “spirited” or “laid back” as the guests choose. Daily shore excursions could include guided jungle treks, mountain biking in Ban Houy Phalam, freshwater fishing, a traditional weaving workshop at Ban Baw, Laos whisky tasting, and a visit to an elephant camp in Pak Beng or to the Pak Ou caves. Guests can also enjoy a range of wellness, cultural and fun diversions on board, including yoga, folk dancing, learning to speak the Laos language and cooking classes.
The 134-foot, two-cabin vessel has ample indoor and outdoor living spaces to comfortably accommodate families or small groups. Gypsy also has 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. Wood and thatch is a common material, while floor-to-ceiling windows and open sun decks allow for enjoying the scenery. Furniture included etched wooden cupboards and closets, solid wood tables, dark woven leather seating and over-sized bamboo daybeds.
The cabins are air-conditioned and consist of a king bed and twin bed configurations, each with an en-suite shower and vanity. Bathrobes and slippers, regular and feather pillows and a choice of bathroom amenities are included.
After each day, the boat’s open decks offer a champagne high tea, and then, as the sun sets, cocktails on the panorama deck are served before retreating to the dining area for dinner.
Rates 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.