Laos & Cambodia Experience with Battambang
Small group tour
18 days -
Begin your journey through Laos and Cambodia with an introduction to the mysterious Golden Triangle region, where Laos borders Thailand and Myanmar. Enter Laos with a languid cruise down the Mekong River to a riverside trading post. Continue to Luang Prabang with its glittering Buddhist temples, discover the bustling Lao capital, Vientiane, then fly to neighbouring Cambodia. Here, explore the wide boulevards, museums and monuments of Phnom Penh, then the unforgettable sight of the sun rising over the incredible temples of Angkor. End with a visit to the well-preserved town of Battambang.
- 16 nights hotel accommodation
- 1 night lodge accommodation
- breakfast daily
- 4 lunches and 5 dinners
- 2 internal flights within Asia
- transport in air-conditioned vehicles except electric trolleys
- tuk-tuks and norries
- small group touring
- entrance fees
- Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travellers
- local English-speaking guides and return transfers.
Prices and Departures
Small Group Tour Itinerary
DAYS 1-3: THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE, LANJIA LODGE (THAILAND), & PAKBENG, (LAOS)
On arrival in Chiang Rai in the Golden Triangle, transfer to your hotel. Meet your group of like-minded travellers and tour leader for welcome drinks and a briefing. Explore the Golden Triangle region on the way to an award-winning hilltop lodge overlooking Laos and the mighty Mekong. Take part in a batik class, run by your Hmong hosts before journeying to the border next morning fora slow boat down the tranquil Mekong. Float past traditional villages and rural scenery. Stay the night in the former trading post of Pakbeng, on the edge of the rugged Mekong.
Hotel: La Luna Hotel & Resort
Hotel: Lanjia Lodge
Hotel: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge
DAYS 4-6: LUANG PRABANG
Enjoy bathing and feeding elephants in a jungle setting, then cruise onwards to the Pak Ou Caves and its hundreds of Buddha statues. Glide in to beautiful Luang Prabang, a treasure-chest of architecture and culture, and your base for three nights. Explore highlight sites on foot, including the exquisite Royal Palace and the graceful Wat Mai and Xieng Thong temples. Take part in a leisurely game of petanque, and indulge in sunset mocktails in riverside temple grounds. Savour a delicious local noodle breakfast with a brew of French coffee, be calmed by the serene sight of monks collecting alms at dawn, and spend an evening taking part in bamboo weaving and in an interactive cooking class in a beautiful rural setting. Visit scenic Kuang Si Falls, and have ample free time to explore Luang Prabang's alleyways, alluring architecture, boutiques and cafes.
Hotel: Sala Prabang
DAYS 7-8: VIENTIANE
Fly to Vientiane. Visit the grand Patuxai monument, and the COPE Centre to learn about the impact of Indochina's 'Secret War'. Sample a Lao coffee, explore gilded That Luang and Wat Sisaket and have some free time. In the evening, be blessed at a baci ceremony and listen to a traditional music performance over a delicious 'jaew' dinner in a local house.
Hotel: Lao Orchid Hotel
DAYS 9-10: PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
Fly to Phnom Penh and transfer to your hotel for welcome drinks. Discover Phnom Penh's rich French colonial past on a cyclo ride and explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Reflect on the Pol Pot era Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields. Visit the colourful Central Market and the Olympic Stadium before enjoying a sunset cruise on the Mekong.
Hotel: The Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel & Spa
DAY 11: KAMPONG THOM
Drive to Kampong Thom, and witness traditional rural scenes. Discover a rubber plantation and local silk farm to see traditional weaving methods. Try fruit from local markets, or brave the local delicacy - fried spiders. Explore the ancient ruins of Sambour Prei Kuk, dating back to pre-Angkorian times.
Hotel: Sambor Village Hotel
DAYS 12-14: SIEM REAP & ANGKOR
Glide across Tonle Sap Lake by boat before arriving in Siem Reap. Walk through the jungle in darkness to see the sun rising over Angkor Wat, a sight you’ll never forget. Next, enjoy a local breakfast. Experience a unique monk blessing then visit tree-covered Ta Prohm. In the evening, you might like to see the unique Phare Circus, supporting Cambodia’s youth. Venture to remote Boeng Mealea temple, visit a landmine museum and a village producing palm sugar.
Hotel: Damrei Angkor Hotel
DAYS 15-18: BATTAMBANG & SIEM REAP
A delightful drive to Battambang brings you to a rice paper village and a chance to visit Ek Phnom, a temple built in the 11th century and mostly reduced to ruins today. In Battambang, enjoy the charming French-colonial architecture, and visit a pagoda where (if you’re lucky) you may have an opportunity to chat with the monks in residence. The next day, head to Banan temple, stopping en route at Cambodia’s only winery to sample some local wine. Afterwards, experience an exhilarating ride on the norry (or bamboo train) before visiting an ancient house. Late afternoon, climb Phnom Sampeau mountain’s infamous killing caves and witness thousands of bats flying out of the caves shortly before sunset. Return to Siem Reap by road on day 7, stopping at Artisans d'Angkor silk farm to learn the art of silk production. On your last day, enjoy free time until your departure transfer.
Hotel: Stung Sangke Hotel
Hotel: Steung Siem Reap Hotel
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