Laos & Cambodia in Style – 16 days

A combination of Laos and Cambodia make a perfect holiday along the mighty Mekong River that effortlessly blends adventure, a generous splash of luxury, and plenty of relaxation.
Starting in Luang Prabang, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy this remarkable cultural titan before heading to the South with your mahout skills, travel south to Si Phan Don – the laid back 4000 Island region – before crossing into Cambodia and touching down at the Angkor Temples.
Having explored some of Cambodia’s further lying, less visited temple complexes, continue to explore one of Indochina’s most exciting cities – Phnom Penh.
This trip is a good travel plan which can extend to the South of Vietnam with your trip on Mekong Delta and relaxation on the beaches.
Mekong boat to Pak Ou Khone Phapheng Angkor_Wat Phnom Penh
DETAIL ITINERARY
Day 1: Luang Prabang arrival (Meals: N/A)
Upon arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport, a guide and driver of Laos Tours Expert will welcome you and transfer to hotel in town for check in. The rest of day is at your own leisure.
Luang Prabang – the best preserved city in South East Asia is exceptional for both its rich architectural and artistic heritage that reflects the fusion of Lao traditional urban architecture with that of the colonial era. Its remarkably well-preserved townscape reflects the alliance of these two distinct cultural traditions.
Your unforgettable memory is the Bustling Hill Tribe Night Market where sells traditional textiles and handicrafts made by the ethnic local people.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 2: Alms Giving Procession – Walking tour (Meals: Breakfast)
This morning you are advised to wake up early and 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. Have a simple preparation by your own and show your respect to the monks and our people is highly appreciated.
After breakfast at your hotel, we will walk down the street and start your day at the former king’s palace, which is now a Royal Palace Museum. Many items nicely displayed include rare furniture, traditional costumes and arts, jewelry, ornaments as well as working tools and utensils of the early part of the 20th century. Continuing on to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs. Then we embark on a tour of this enthralling town to visit Wat Xieng Thong – the Golden City monastery, which dates back to the 16th century and is considered to be the finest in Laos. Furthermore, we visit Wat Visoun which entirely rebuilt after its destruction in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa, which is shaped like the fruit it takes its name from. Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre for insight in to the countries various ethnic groups and traditional crafts.
Later that day, we adjourn to the Phousi Holy Hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunset.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 3: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (Meals: Breakfast)
Today we board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves. En route, stop over to visit Ban Xang Hai where distillation sticky rice wine can be seen. Gently cruise up the Mekong River to admire the startling collection of gold-lacquered Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes nestled deep in the massive limestone caverns of the Pak Ou Cave. On the return cruise, stop at small villages to see the production of traditional Lao textiles and Sa paper by local artisans.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 4: Trekking to Ban Long Lao – Kuang Si Waterfall – fly to Vientiane (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Today we will enjoy a short visit through the Luang Prabang countryside. Begin with a visit to the ethnic Khmu village of Ban Long Lao Nung before heading to the nearby Hmong village of Ban Long Lao Song. You will be able to observe the lifestyles of these two culturally very different minority groups and see how despite their differences they manage to work together on a day to day basis and even sharing the same school. As we continue onwards the trail leads through rice paddys and vegetable fields before reaching the mountainous forest. Along the way we explore a cave which was used as a bomb shelter by the locals during the Second Indochina War.
After visiting the cave one more hour of trekking brings us to one of the many springs which feeds Kuang Xi waterfalls, here a beautiful pool full of sacred fish can be seen. Lunch can be taken at the falls with time for relaxation, swimming and the possibility to climb to the top of the waterfall. Afterwards you return to Luang Prabang in time to catch your flight to Vientiane.
Overnight in your hotel in Vientiane.

Day 5: Vientiane city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
Start your first impression of Laos by visiting Wat Sisaket – the oldest surviving monastery in Vientiane with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.
Next stop is Patuxai Monument (or also called Anusawali by Laotian) – the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, where you can climb up on the roof for fantastic panoramic views over the city. Then we move to the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol – Pha That Luang, and Wat Si Muang – the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane.
On the way back to the town, enjoy some shopping in the biggest market in Laos – Talat Sao. You can buy some souvenirs such as silk and silver jewellery and get insight into daily life of the people of Vientiane.
Overnight in your hotel in Vientiane.

Day 6: Vientiane – Pakse – Bolaven Plateau (Meals: Breakfast)
In the early morning we will head to the airport to catch a flight to Pakse. On arrival you will met your guide and driver for the journey east across the Bolaven Plateau, passing the many plantations typical of those found in the region. Bolaven Plateau is an area of highlands situated to the east of Pakse, home to various hilltribes, such as Lavens from which the region gets its name. Any visit to the plateau provides a refreshing break from the heat and allows you to observe the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops that can be visited en-route.
Continue to Tad Lo, home to another scenic waterfall as well as numerous ethnic minority groups. Having visited the villages of Alak, Nge, and Katu return to your lodge where you can enjoy a sunset swim in the waterfalls.
Overnight in Tad Lo Lodge.

Day 7: Bolaven Plateau – Wat Phou – Khong Island (Meals: Breakfast)
This morningwe drive back to Pakse and continue the trip to UNESCO world Heritage Site, Wat Phou a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple.  Crossing the Mekong River by ferry and visiting the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phou that are located near to the town and are one of South-East Asia’s most dramatically situated temple sites with superb views across the Mekong River.
Return to Champassak, driving through streets lined with French colonial buildings.
After lunch, a short stop at Ban Nong Bune will give you the opportunity to observe wood carvers at work before continuing to Ban Kiet Ngong a small Lao village where you will embark on a 90 minute elephant ride through the forest up to Mount Asa. Ride through the Xe Pian Protected Area whose wetlands and forest offer a biodiversal ecosystem. This tour program was developed to provide the local villagers with a sustainable tourism project from which they can profit. Continue on to Khong Island, the biggest island in south Laos and the start of the 4000 Islands Region.
The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore the island by foot or bike, or just simply relax into the Si Phan Don pace of life.
Overnight in your hotel in Khong Island.

Day 8: Explore Khong Island & Surroudings – Pakse (Meals: Breakfast)
Cruise along the backwaters to explore Siphandone and surroundings. Visit the peaceful islands of Done Det and Done Khone for a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen and sites of the only railway ever built in Laos (end of the 19th century).
Continue to the Sumphamith Waterfall. Return to Ban Khone. Board a local long – tail river boat to reach Ban Phiengdee for lunch. After a stroll through the palm-fringed villages, continue to the southernmost part of Laos and the impressive Khone Papheng waterfalls, the largest cascade along the Mekong River, just a few miles from the Cambodian border. A fault line caused the cascade, which is 6 km wide at this point, and the astonishing force of the water has cut dramatic gorges through the brittle bedrock.
In the afternoon, drive back to Pakse via a good location to spot the region’s rare Irrawaddy dolphins. The remainder of your day is at leisure to relax or explore the island further.
Overnight in your hotel in Pakse.

Day 9: Pakse – fly to Siem Reap – Floating Villages (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport and catch your flight to Siem Reap – the provincial capital and gateway to the ancient Angkor Temples. Our guide and driver will welcome you and start your drive to the boat pier for your cruise across the Tonlé Sap Lake. Initially you will pass many rice paddies before the lake widens and a floating village comes into sight. You will be met by some of the villagers and your guide will be on hand to explain how people live and work in this unique setting.
You can either choose to remain on the boat or switch to a kayak, allowing you to make your own way back onto the lake to enjoy the scenery and spot for birdlife. Depending on the water levels, you may also be able to kayak through an area of flooded forest.
Check in your hotel in the afternoon and relax.
Overnight in your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 10: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (Meals: Breakfast)
Visit to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic. Preah Khan temple, Built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.
Visit to the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang (“The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Keo, constructed in late 10th early 11th century C.E, the first temple to be constructed wholly of sandstone.
Enjoy wonderful sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hills.
Overnight in your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 11: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (Meals: Breakfast)
We drive to Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
It is time to visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat . The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
Overnight in your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 12: Siem Reap – Battambang (Meals: Breakfast)
Today we travel by car to Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then drive to Battambang, arriving in the afternoon. Check in at your hotel then enjoy an orienting walking tour through the city’s bustling boulevards lined with quaint French colonial buildings. Next visit some of Battambang’s signature hilltop temples as well as the infamous cave, Phnom Sampov, used as an execution field under the Khmer Rouge. Take a relaxing 30min ride on the Bamboo train before returning to your hotel.
Overnight in your hotel in Battambang.

Day 13: Battambang Explorer  (Meals: Breakfast)
Spend the day exploring Battambang and its surrounding countryside. After breakfast we start our day visiting the local marketplace, then head out of town to visit surrounding Angkorian and post-Angkorian temples, including Wat Ek and Wat Toul Bassaet. After lunch climb Phnom Sampov, explore the Bat Cave and visit some local Khmer Villages. Return to Battambang in the evening.
Overnight in your hotel in Battambang.

Day 14: Battambang – Phnom Penh (Meals: Breakfast)
Today we drive from Battambang to Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh. Get a taste for Cambodia’s rural life and stop en route at Kompong Chnang to visit the floating village in Kompong Luong. Arrive in Phnom Penh in the afternoon and check in at your hotel. Enjoy some free time to relax then try out your best bargaining skills on a walk through the city’s expansive “Russian Market”, where you can find anything from motorcycle parts to valuable gems.
Overnight in your hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 15: Phnom Penh city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
The morning is spent learning more about these terrible years, through visits to the infamous Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and Cheung Ek, better known as the ‘Killing Fields’. It is an incredibly moving experience, but these are two visits you will be glad to have made. During your visit to Cambodia, you will barely meet a single person who didn’t lose a member of their family during these years, yet they are all willing to talk openly about it with you. They wish you to hear about it and see these places, to ensure that it never happens again.
In the afternoon visit the Royal Palace, situated on the site of the former citadel and built by King Norodom in 1966, the Palace still serves as the King and Queen’s residential quarters. Also within the walls of the Palace is the Silver Pagoda, so called because of five thousand silver tiles that line its exquisite floor. If time permits there is also the option of visiting the National Museum, which houses the worlds leading collection of Khmer art and sculpture, and Wat Phnom the founding site of the city. All are within easy walking distance of each other and are a great introduction to this laid-back city.
Overnight in your hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 16: Phnom Penh – Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
Free at your leisure for last minutes shopping before transferred to the airport and catch your flight home.

Travel Advisory:
This trip can be extended to Saigon (Vietnam) where you can spend your time along Mekong Delta and explore the flooded land surroundings. It is more fantastic to stay a few days in Mui Ne Beach or Phu Quoc Island for your relaxation at the end of the trip.

Khawp Jai Lai Lai & La Khawn (Thank you very much & Goodbye)

Price per person
Group Size 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons
Land Tour $US 1,840 $US 1,312 $US 1,084
Flights $US 425 $US 425 $US 425
Total $US 2,265 $US 1,737 $US 1,509

Travelling Alone or More?
Price available on request.

Service Included:
– Domestic & Regional flights as mentioned in the itinerary
– Private transport by good quality van with A/C, all transfer in/out
– Accommodation in Double or Twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
– Meals as mentioned in the tour programme, admission fees to tour sites
– Local English speaking guide
– 1 bottle of water per person per day, Government tax, service charge

Service Excluded:
– International & Domestic airfare and other not mention up above.
– Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
– Travel insurance, Entry Visa fee for Laos – Cambodia
– Banking transfer fee/Bank commission charge
– Early check-in and late check-out at hotels