The majesty of the Mekong
Starting its journey high in the Tibetan Plateau, the River Mekong wends its way sedately through Laos on its way to the South China Sea, shaping the everyday lives of Luang Prabang’s residents and the villagers who dwell on its banks. The sixth longest of Asia’s rivers, it is second only to the Amazon in the richness of its biodiversity, home to revealing species previously unknown to science with astonishing frequency.
At Amantaka, the call of the Mekong is always audible, inviting guests to explore its bends and banks on one of the resort’s private boats. Cruise upstream to the sacred Pak Ou Caves, lined with hundreds of Buddha statues, and stop for a picnic on a scenic, secluded spot on the rivers’ edge. Returning to Amantaka at sunset, savour cocktails and canapés as the sun sets over the mountains and the town's evening rituals unfold on the banks.