Anouvong is Heritage Line’s first ever vessel to cruise the majestic Mekong River in Laos. This lesser-travelled stretch of one of the world’s most spectacular waterways is home to serene nature, quaint villages and stunning temples. It is only fitting that a boat cruising this pristine and beautiful region of Laos should be named after the Vientiane Kingdom’s last monarch, King Anouvong, who so loved his country that he bravely fought for its independence from neighbouring Siam.

To create a true boutique sailing experience, Anouvong has only eight spacious staterooms and two luxurious suites. All cabins feature floor-to-ceiling windows and open onto elegant French balconies or a private terrace overlooking the verdant shores of the Mekong River.

What makes Anouvong unique is the blend of traditional Laotian artwork with French-colonial accents. From the intimate onboard restaurant to the refined setting of the lounge which opens onto the expansive terrace deck, this design theme creates an atmosphere of luxury and savoir-vivre. Set at the stern of the ship, Anouvong’s luminous spa adds a distinctive lifestyle element for endless hours of blissful relaxation.

 

Particulars:

Traditional Laotian design with a French-Colonial theme.

Eight staterooms and two suites (three room categories).

De-Lagrée Dining Hall.

Café-Bar & Lounge.

Terrace deck with sun loungers and cabanas.

Bodhi Spa.

Deluxe Stateroom

Anouvong’s four Deluxe Staterooms (1 double, 3 twins) sit on the main deck and have 20 sqm (215 sqft) of floor space. Panoramic sliding doors with a French balcony flair allow for unobstructed, breath-taking views of the riverscape. The gentle colour tones create the ideal backdrop for local artwork and the hand-painted Laotian patterns adorning the backdrop of the bed. The FrenchColonial charms paired with the spirituality of Laos unfold through the immaculate furniture and décor. Two lovely wooden chairs with a small table invite guests to enjoy to a cup of tea whilst taking in the passing scenery. The ensuite bathroom is complete with a walk-in shower and an art-deco vanity with a set of luxurious toiletries.

Amenities: Individually controlled air conditioner, closet, coffee table and chairs, bathroom with walk-in shower, bathrobe, bathroom toiletries, sandals, sun hat, luggage rack, umbrella, hair dryer, in-house phone, tea and coffee facility, safety box, mini bar, Bluetooth music station with loudspeaker.

Deluxe Executive Staterooms

Four Deluxe Executive Staterooms (20 sqm/215 sq ft, 2 doubles and 2 twins) are designed and equipped equally to the Deluxe stateroom while offering superior views from one floor higher on the terrace deck. These staterooms are also decorated with handpicked Laotian artwork and furniture inspired by the French-colonial epoch.

Amenities: Individually controlled air conditioner, closet, coffee table and chairs, bathroom with walk-in shower, bathrobe, bathroom toiletries, sandals, sun hat, luggage rack, umbrella, hair dryer, in-house phone, tea and coffee facility, safety box, mini bar, Bluetooth music station with loudspeaker.

Signature Suites

The two luxurious Signature Suites (two doubles) are the largest rooms aboard Anouvong, offering 30 sqm (323 sqft) total floor space (including a 3 sqm/32 sqft private balcony). Situated at the front of the main deck, the suites each come with a unique design theme and are named after two main tributaries of the Mekong River.

Large floor-to-ceiling windows allow the sun to bathe the whole suite’s living areas in natural daylight. Plush French-Colonial beds facing the windows allow spectacular views of Laos’s pristine riverscapes while drifting away in Laotian reverie. The private balconies with chairs and a coffee table are at the front of the vessel for remarkable open-air bliss and cruising vistas.

The Nam Ming Signature Suite on the portside (left) is decorated with hand-carved traditional Laotian patterns and a stunning brass artwork portraying Buddha’s fingerprints, creating an impressive backdrop to the bed. The Nam Khan Signature Suite on the starboard (right) features a hand-crafted mosaic on the main wall depicting life in a Laotian village.
The suites’ brightly lit ceramic mosaic tiled bathrooms are outfitted with a couples vanity, a large walk-in shower and a Jacuzzi overlooking the passing landscape.

Both Signature Suites are flooded with natural light and decorated with hand-carved traditional Laotian patterns and designs. Stunning brass artwork depicting Buddhist imagery creates an imposing backdrop to the bed.

Amenities: Individually controlled air conditioning, cabinet, mini bar, safety box, balcony with sun chairs and table, Wi-Fi, LCD screen, movie and music system, separate lounge area, bathroom with walk-in shower and jacuzzi, hairdryer, slippers, bathrobe, tea & coffee facilities, in-house phone, luggage rack.

Café-Bar Lounge

The indoor café-bar and lounge is situated on the terrace deck and welcomes guests at any time of the day with elegantly designed sofas and cushioned rattan chairs. This lounge is the perfect setting to while away time, read and relax in an air-conditioned environment. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows encircle the lounge, allowing fantastic views of the dramatic backdrops. The lounge’s doors open wide onto the terrace deck, creating a pleasant commute between these two public facilities on Anouvong. The lounge is also used for activities on board such as lectures, demonstrations or evening cinema screenings.

Bodhi SPA

The state-of-the-art spa is located on the upper deck and occupies the ship’s entire stern. Designed with a Laotian spiritual theme and grand tree of life mural, the spa atmosphere evokes a sanctuary of well-being. Guests find three treatment rooms in the Bodhi Spa. Comfortable chaise lounges for reflexology, manicures and pedicures alongside wonderful window outlooks comprise one part of the spa, whilst two private single rooms, which can be combined for couples treatments, complete the Anouvong’s spa haven.

Terrace Deck

Anouvong’s terrace beckons guests to enjoy the outdoors while on board. Comfortable sun loungers make for a flawless place to take the weight off your feet and marvel at the breath-taking views while crème-coloured sun sails provide cooling shade. Two sheltered cabanas offer a hideaway for couples wishing to cherish a special moment together in privacy.

De-Lagrée Dinning Hall

The dining hall, named after the leader of the French expedition which fully explored the Mekong River, evokes the beauty of the temples of Luang Prabang paired with French-style tile flooring. The entire rear wall is covered in intricate gold leaf artwork depicting traditional Laotian patterns, while two carved wooden statues inspired by Buddhist mythology adorn the opposite side of the room. The dark brown colonial furniture along with the gold tones of the restaurant give the room a timeless elegance, while massive full-sized windows on both sides of the vessel flood the dining hall with sunlight.

Step aboard Anouvong for a journey of pure serendipity along the Laotian upper Mekong River. The refined atmosphere reminiscent of traditional Laotian-French colonial days will make you feel like you are following the footsteps of pioneering explorers in remote regions.

Your luxurious room feels like home from the very first moment, however the ship’s cosy terrace deck might be the place to let your soul rest and your eyes gaze upon the beauty of this untouched wonderland. Or exchange stories with fellow passengers in the Café-Bar & Lounge in one of the comfy airmchairs while taking in the paranomic river views.

And there is the Anouvong’s Bodhi Spa tucked away quietly in the back of the vessel, inviting you with its spiritual atmosphere to make your spa experience an exceptional one.

During your time aboard you may dive deeper into Laos culture and heritage through various activities, such as cultural lectures and informative presentations, to ensure you are well-informed about one of the earth’s last untouched corners of paradise.

Cuisine
Aboard Anouvong, we take pleasure in presenting the rich and flavourful cuisine of Laos and Southeast Asia. Whether our chefs prepare traditional Laotian recipes passed down for generations or treats from around the world, we use the best and freshest ingredients to please even the most particular of palates. Your voyage comes with a variety of culinary occasions – whether dining à la carte or bountiful buffet with the spectacular ambiance of the De Lagrée Dining Hall, open-air barbecues, al-fresco breakfasts, sandbank aperitifs or in-suite afternoon teas.

Activities
Local dance & music performances, sandbank barbecue and cocktail events, Tai Chi class, interesting lectures and presentations by local experts and historians, cooking class, evening cinema, kayaking, traditional welcome ceremony, board games, public Wi-Fi (subject to mobile network availability), small library & boutique shop corner.

Boat info

Technical figures

Built 2019
Length / Width / Height 48 m / 9 m / 8 m
Beam / Draft 1 m / 1 m
Gross tonnage 1,000 tons
Cruising speed 8 nautical knots
Electricity 220v
Capacity / Cabins 20 passengers / 10 cabins (three categories)

Water Reverse osmosis and UV water treatment plant, sewage treatment plant.

Radio communication system, radar, GPS, depth measurer,
security camera and pubic address system, life jackets & life rafts, fire hydrants and extinguishers, smoke and fire alarm system, emergency lighting & communication system, first aid kits, rescue boat.

Download Laos cruise programs:

Golden Triangle Traverse  |  Huay Xai to Luang Prabang (downstream)
(4 Days - 3 Nights)

Golden Triangle Traverse  |  Luang Prabang to Huay Xai (upstream)
(4 Days - 3 Nights)

Laotian Serendipity  |  Huay Xai to Vientiane (downstream)
(8 Days - 7 Nights)

Laotian Serendipity  |  Vientiane to Huay Xai (upstream)
(10 Days - 9 Nights)

The Ship

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Life on board

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Stateroom (Deluxe Stateroom)

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Stateroom (Deluxe Executive Staterooms)

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Stateroom (Signature Suites)

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At a Glance (Café-Bar Lounge)

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At a Glance (Bodhi SPA)

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At a Glance (Terrace Deck)

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At a Glance (De-Lagrée Dinning Hall)

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