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Laos & Cambodia Experience

Small group tour
20 days - From £0*PP

Experience the picturesque countryside of laidback Laos and Cambodia’s hidden south coast on this unforgettable journey. Cruise down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, kayak along the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng and discover the sacred temples of Vientiane. Unravel Cambodia’s history in Phnom Penh, venture to the south coast and explore the temples of Angkor.

Inclusions

  • 18 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night home-stay accommodation
  • breakfast daily
  • 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 1 cruise
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles (except cyclo and tuk-tuk touring)
  • small group touring
  • entrance fees
  • English-speaking Tour Leader
  • all tipping
  •  arrival and departure transfers

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Small Group Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: CHIANG RAI (THAILAND)
On arrival in Chiang Rai, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Laos tour briefing.

Hotel: Laluna Hotel & Resort (or similar)

DAY 2: CHIANG RAI TO PAKBENG (LAOS)
At the Lao border, board a private boat and cruise pass small villages along the Mekong to Pakbeng.

Hotel: Phetsokxai (or similar)

DAY 3: PAKBENG TO LUANG PRABANG
Continue cruising, stopping at Pak Ou Caves to see thousands of Buddha statues. On arrival in Luang Prabang, take a tuk-tuk to your hotel.

Hotel: Sala Prabang (or similar)

DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG
Explore the National Museum, visit Wat Mai temple and continue on to Wat Xieng Thong Temple on a walking tour. After a free afternoon, play a game of petanque before sunset drinks and traditional local snacks overlooking the Mekong.

Hotel: Sala Prabang (or similar)

DAY 5: KUANG SI FALLS
In the early morning, see brightly-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms and enjoy a local noodle breakfast. Drive to Kuang Si Falls to swim in the turquoise pools before spending the afternoon at leisure. Late afternoon take part in the Bamboo Experience cooking school and learn about Lao cuisine.

Hotel: Sala Prabang (or similar)

DAY 6: LUANG PRABANG TO VANG VIENG
Drive through stunning scenery to Vang Vieng and climb to the entrance of Tham Chang cave for impressive views of town.

Hotel: Thavonsouk Bungalows (or similar)

DAY 7: VANG VIENG
After breakfast, enjoy some light kayaking along the Nam Song River as you soak in the beautiful scenery. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel: Thavonsouk Bungalows (or similar)

DAY 8: VANG VIENG TO VIENTIANE
Continue overland to Vientiane with a stop at ‘Kilometre 52’, a village with a large ethnic H’mong population. On arrival in Vientiane, discover Pha That Luang and Wat Sisaket before seeing the Patuxai Monument.

Hotel: Lao Orchid Hotel (or similar)

DAY 9: VIENTIANE
See intriguing ‘Buddha Park’ filled with statues inspired by Buddhist and Hindu epics. Visit the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre and COPE Centre to learn about the inspiring work done by both organisations. Spend the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, receive a traditional Lao blessing at a ‘baci’ ceremony and enjoy a Lao ‘jaew’ feast. 

Hotel: Lao Orchid Hotel (or similar)

DAY 10: VIENTIANE TO PHNOM PENH (CAMBODIA)
Fly from Vientiane to Phnom Penh. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Cambodia tour briefing.

Hotel: Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel (or similar)

DAY 11: PHNOM PENH TOUR
Spend the day exploring Phnom Penh’s main attractions and take a fun cyclo ride to the Central Market. Visit Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek. In the afternoon, explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by drinks at the iconic Foreign Correspondence Club.

Hotel: Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel (or similar)

DAY 12: PHNOM PENH TO KAMPOT
Travel by train along an historical route from Phnom Penh to Kampot on Cambodia’s south coast. Cruise on Preaek Tuek Chhu River and visit local fishing villages inhabited by the local Cham Muslim population.

Hotel: Columns Hotel (or similar)

DAY 13: KAMPOT TO KEP
On the way to Kep, visit an ancient temple at Phnom Chhnork. Renowned for its salt and Kampot pepper, stop to learn about the production of one of Cambodia’s most valuable exports before continuing to Kep.

Hotel: The Beach House (or similar)

DAY 14: KEP & RABBIT ISLAND
Explore Kep’s ruined French villas and uncover the busy crab market which specialises in the region’s most popular dish, Kampot pepper crab. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on Rabbit Island, a rustic, rural island.

Hotel: The Beach House (or similar)

DAY 15: KEP TO TAKEO
Travel north to Takeo and enjoy an exhilarating speedboat ride before visiting Phnom Da, a striking hilltop temple. Stay overnight at a home-stay in Takeo and share a home-cooked meal with the family.

Hotel: Home-stay (or similar)

DAY 16: TAKEO TO KAMPONG THOM
Drive through rural Cambodia to Santuk Silk Farm and learn about silk production techniques. After a delicious home-cooked lunch, continue the drive to Kampong Thom. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel: Sambor Village Hotel (or similar)

DAY 17: KAMPONG THOM TO SIEM REAP
On the way to Siem Reap, stop at Kampong Kdei to walk across a Naga Bridge, one of the longest corbelled stone arch bridges in the world. Take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake before arriving in Siem Reap.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa (or similar)

DAY 18: TEMPLES OF ANGKOR
Venture to Angkor Wat’s seldom-used East Gate by tuk-tuk for sunrise. Travel on to the nearby Angkor Thom complex for a monk blessing, explore Bayon temple and visit jungle-covered Ta Prohm. Return to town for an afternoon at leisure.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa (or similar)

DAY 19: OUTLYING TEMPLES
Discover Banteay Srei, an intricately carved temple and Boeng Mealea, a lesser known temple overgrown by the jungle. Stop at a small roadside village which makes palm sugar and visit the fascinating Aki Ra Landmine Museum. In the evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa (or similar)

DAY 20: SIEM REAP
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

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