If explorers in the old days travelled first class, it would be like this.
Dreaming of a bygone era of romantic voyaging and have the money to splurge? Then you are in luck. Mekong Kingdoms announced the maiden voyage of its latest addition last month, the Gypsy, an ultra-exclusive two-cabin cruiser that journeys along the Mekong River.
From a distance it is hard to see the understated luxury that lies within the Gypsy. Its straw roof and seemingly low hull will have any passer-by fooled.
However, at a closer look, you will find that this river cruiser is meticulously designed for a modern-day sojourn. The vessel is 41 metres long and has ample indoor and outdoor space. The Gypsy can cater to small groups or families with its communal midship lounge, bar and dining area. Its veranda-style lounge on the deck gives passengers a picturesque view of lush vistas.
The sleeping cabins are spacious and fully air-conditioned and comes in king bed and twin beds configurations. Each features an en suite shower and vanity space.
The cruiser can accommodate up to four passengers and travels between the ancient Laos capital of Luang Prabang and Thailand’s Golden Triangle. Guests can opt for a privately tailored three- or four-day cruise.
There are daily shore excursions for passengers to immerse in the local culture. A range of guided jungle treks and a mountain biking trip in Ban Houy Phalam are available. Guests can try their hand at freshwater fishing, join a traditional weaving workshop at Ban Baw, take part in whisky tasting or visit a little known elephant camp in Pak Beng. There are plenty of options available for the adventurous.
After a day of excursion, guests can enjoy sunset sipping cocktails on the deck and an evening of fine dining prepared by an on-board chef. Passengers can also take refuge during the day with sumptuous Champagne high tea.