Splendor of Cambodia & Laos

Splendor of Cambodia & Laos

Starts
Siem Reap
Destinations
+ 2
Ends
Luang Prabang
Siem Reap → Phnom Penh → Vientiane → Luang Prabang

Highlights

  • Explore magic Angkor temples in Siem Reap
  • Discover brutal history of Phnom Penh
  • Visit ancient temples and stupas of Laos
  • Admire Alms Giving ceremony, a spiritual activity of Theravada Buddhism
  • Soak into crystal water of Kuang Si waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfall in Laos
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This trip invites you experience a truly Southeast Asia by High-end service. Travel back in time to legendary Angkor temples complex but Siem Reap has more than just Angkor Wat. From jungle adventures to vibrant culture to great nightlife, it all add to the charm and allure of this historical part of Cambodia. Once considered the “Pearl of Asia”, Phnom Penh fell victim to war and upheaval. But nowadays, the city has revived itself with intriguing markets, a charming café culture, and a delicious food scene.
Laos retains many of the traditions that have disappeared in a frenzy of development elsewhere in the region. It’s hard to believe somnolent Vientiane is an Asian capital, and there’s a timeless quality to rural life, where stilt houses and paddy fields look like they are straight out of a movie set. Magical Luang Prabang bears witness to hundreds of saffron-robed monks gliding through the streets every morning in a call to alms, one of the region’s iconic images.

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival.

    Welcome to Siem Reap, the provincial capital and gateway to the ancient Angkor temples. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses dozens of temple ruins including Bayon, Banteay Srei and the legendary Angkor Wat. Upon arrival, our driver and a tour guide will welcome you at the airport and take you to the hotel to check in.
    Meals: Not Available.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  2. Day 2: Siem Reap – Kbal Spean – Banteay Srei – Preah Khan.

    Kbal Spean was the refuge of 11th – 13th century religious hermits and over the centuries they carved lingas stands, animals and sacral friezes into the surrounding rocks and riverbeds. Today, a well-marked path leads up the forested hillside to the central area that contains most of the carvings. The walk takes about 45 minutes. Visitors are rewarded for their effort by a stunning waterfall and rock pools in which to bathe and cool off. In addition to the carvings there is also a variety of fauna at Kbal Spean and the trees and rock pools attract a colorful array of butterflies. After lunch drive to Banteay Srei, home to Angkor’s finest stone carvings, followed by Preah Khan (Sacred Sword): one of Angkor’s largest temples, constructed in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodations: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  3. Day 3: Siem Reap – Sunrise to Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom – Ta Prohm.

    Rise up early to pick up the most beautiful, haunting and spiritual moment to visit magnificent Angkor Wat at dawn. This special activity is designed also to help you see “the Temple reflex on the water” when it’s much cooler. Angkor Wat, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was constructed by Suryavarman II who reigned Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century and dedicated them to the Hindu God Vishnu. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys and ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction.
    Your journey continues with a visit of the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its majestic doors and artifacts. From here, move to monumental temple of Bayon which is the heart of Angkor Thom. Later, visit the Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King and Takeo "Jewel of Crystal", which is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva and was erected at the end of the 10th century. You should not miss Ta Prohm Temple, which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty with its giant trees that have grown there for centuries.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  4. Day 4: Siem Reap – Beng Mealea – Tonle Sap Lake.

    Begin a day with a visit the incredible jungle-covered temple: Beng Mealea. This distant temple is a gem in the midst of the jungle; half strangled with vines and decorated by lichen, Beng Mealea is the true adventure experience.
    In the afternoon, we leave Siem Reap for 1.5-2 hour drive to Kampong Phluk – a floating village on the Tonle Sap. We take a boat trip through the houses on stilts, canals and mangroves. It is really unique experience that exposes you to the hardships and tribulations facing the locals on a day to day basis. Enjoy the sunset over the lake before transfer back to hotel where you spend the rest of time on your own.
    Notes: The itinerary to Kampong Phluk subjects to change based on the season (water levels) and weather.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  5. Day 5: Siem Reap – Fly to Phnom Penh.

    Relax then we fly to Phnom Penh – the vibrant bustling capital of Cambodia. Despite recent rapid changes, the city exudes a sort of provincial charm and tranquility with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. Upon your airport arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred then to your hotel in the city center for checking in. The rest of the day will be free on your own.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

  6. Day 6: Phnom Penh – Khmer Rouge & Jewels of Phnom Penh.

    Despite its recent turbulent history, Phnom Penh still holds an undeniable charm with its wide tree-lined boulevards and faded colonial mansions. After having breakfast at your hotel, you will join us on a full day city tour, visiting the capital’s main attractions. Start with a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Choeung Ek “Killing Fields” to learn about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia’s recent, bloody part of history.
    In the afternoon, you will visit National Museum, an excellent introduction into ancient Khmer art and civilization, and the Royal Palace, home to the royal family and the opulent silver pagoda. Later, take the leisure walk to Phnom Penh’s historic riverfront area where stands lots of restaurants, art galleries and silk shops, or perhaps visit the distinctive Central Market where you can buy jewelry, curios, clothes and souvenirs.
    Return to the hotel afterward and spend the rest of evening at your leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

  7. Day 7: Phnom Penh – Fly to Vientiane.

    Enjoy your last day in Cambodia then we take a flight to Vientiane, Laos’ capital, an old French colonial trading post. This city is both abundant in French architecture as well as beautiful, ornate Buddhist temples. Even though it is the country’s largest city, it has not lost its friendly and laid back character. Meet your guide and we drive to hotel for check in.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

  8. Day 8: Vientiane – City Tour.

    Today we have a full day to explore Vientiane – The charming and fascinating capital of Laos, one of the classic Indochinese cities which conjure up exotic images, with its intriguing mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, American and Soviet influences. Our visit will take you to the key sites: National Museum, Wat Sisaket the city ‘s oldest surviving temple with thousands of silver and porcelain images in the gloriously authentic temple compound that offers you a glimpse into the Vientiane of the past, the next stop is Haw Phra Kaeo. This large temple is beautiful both interior and exterior, it was built to house the famed Emerald Buddha in courtyards filled with frangipani trees. Next is the visit Pha That Luang, the giant golden stupa is a sight to see as the bright gold holds a sharp contrast to the pure blue sky. Then you will go to climb the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, Patuxai. The massive arch has a beautiful mosaic tiled ceiling and once at the top you can see for miles around Vientiane. In the afternoon we take a half day tour to Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan (as well as other variations of the spelling), is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast from Vientiane.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

  9. Day 9: Vientiane – Fly to Luang Prabang – Sightseeing.

    After breakfast and refreshment, we transfer to the airport for flight to Luang Prabang. Profoundly influenced by the French, unquestionably earns the title of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This relatively small, palm fringed place is packed with fabulous colonial villas, top class restaurants, coffee shops and stunning Buddhist temples.
    Start our trip to Royal Palace Museum, was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. Continue our trip to Wat Mai, the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang. Then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong – representative of classic Laotian architecture. We can’t miss the excellent Arts and Ethnology Center which will give you further insight into the ethnic mix and culture of Laos. Later that day, we adjourn to the Phousi hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunset.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.


  10. Day 10: Luang Prabang - Kuang Si waterfall

    Today we explore Ock Pop Tok craft living center overlooking the Mekong river, set in a tropical Mekong garden. Meaning “east meets west”, Ock Pop Tok brings the fascinating world of traditional Lao handicrafts alive for visitors. 
    Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will take soft trek to visit the Ban Ouay, Hmong Hill tribe and Ban Ou, Lowland Lao. Continue driving to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. You are free to visit the Bear Rescue Centre which relies solely on partners, corporate sponsors and donations from the public. Back to the old town.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  11. Day 11: Luang Prabang - alm giving - Pak Ou cave - craft villages

    This morning you will wake up early (05:30 AM) and take participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. Back to hotel for breakfast.
    Take a morning cruise along the Mekong River, about two hours upstream from the centre of Luang Prabang, and discover the numerous Buddha images at Pak Ou Caves. Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou river) includes the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) are caves overlooking the mighty Mekong River. It is then only a short distance from the caves to the village of Ban Xang Hai to learn about LauLao (Lao whisky) and LauHai (Lao wine). Before returning the old town we stop to visit Ban Xangkhong where the Lue peoples of this village are noted in particular for their arts and crafts.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.


  12. Day 12: Luang Prabang Departure.

    Depart early from the hotel to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
    Meal: Breakfast.

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  • Accommodation

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      All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
    1. Guide

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      English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request).

    2. Meals

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      Daily breakfast at hotel.

    3. Transport

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      Car:
      Private transportation with A/C.
      Boat:
      Local boat to Pak Ou caves.
      Local boat to Tonle Sap lake.

    • Flights

      Siem Reap – Phnom Penh by Angkor Cambodia Airline .
      Phnom Penh – Vientiane by Laos Airline.
      Vientiane - Luang Prabang by Laos Airline.


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      Please note that airfares are subject to availability and to change without notice

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    • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
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