Tour:

11 days country combination Laos and Cambodia

Vientiane | 11 days | from $ 1231,-
This journey is for people who want to experience UNESCO World Heritage sites, immerse themselves in the culture of hilltribes and to wonder at the natural beauty of Laos and Cambodia.
  • Day 1: arrival Vientiane
  • Day 2: Vientiane City tour & Buddha park
  • Day 3: Vientiane - Vang Vieng by car, boat tour Nam Song
  • Day 4: Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang by car
  • Day 5: Luang Prabang - City Tour - Pak Ou Cave
  • Day 6: Luang Prabang - Siem Reap (flight)
  • Day 7: Siem Reap - tempels Angkor Wat
  • Day 8: Siem Reap - Ta Phrom & evening market
  • Day 9: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh by car (6 h)
  • Day 10: Phnom Penh - Killing Fields & Royal Palace
  • Day 11: Phnom penh - departure

Price (2 people)
$ 1688,- p.p.
Price (3 people)
$ 1432,- p.p.
Price (4 people)
$ 1290,- p.p.
Price (5 people)
$ 1231,- p.p.
Departure
daily
Transfer from/to hotel
yes
Included
  • accommodation in shared twin/double room
  • meals as indicated in the program
  • transfers with local english speaking guide in private A/C transportation
  • boat tours
  • entrance fees
exclusive
  • optional tours
  • local airfare, is quoted separatly
  • personal travel insurance
  • personal expenditure such as tips to local guide, drinks, souvenirs, laundry, ...
  • meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • drinks with meals
  • visa
Prices are valid until September 2020.
Surcharges apply during Peak season.
Meals included
as indicated
Duration

Day 1: arrival Vientiane

Arrival in Vientiane, transfer to your hotel, no guide. Rest of the day free at leisure.
Lunch and dinner at leisure
Accommodation: Lao Poet (standard room) 
Meals included: None

Day 2: Vientiane City tour & Buddha park

Morning: Pick up at your hotel and proceed to Vat Sisaket, the oldest monastery in Vientiane, built in 1818. Continue to nearby Ho Phrakeo, the former Royal temple, now a Museum of Buddhist art and sculpture. Visit Talad Sao, a big central market. Then you visit That Luang with its golden stupa in the characteristic banana flower shape it is the most revered shrine in Laos. Stop at Patouxay (The Victory Monument) for a view of the city. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon excursion by car to the Buddha Park. Built by a monk in 1950, this is more a place of modern sculpture than a religious sight. Buddha statues give it a religious sense; nowadays it is actually a park where local people come to relax. Drive back to Vientiane and transfer to hotel.
Be sure to explore the streets leading to the Mekong and take a walk on the riverbank for sunset and the night market in the late afternoon. Return to your hotel for relax, Dinner at Leisure.
Driving time: Vientiane – Buddha Park is approximately 22 km and 32 minutes driving time.
Accommodation: Lao Poet (standard room)
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant

Day 3: Vientiane - Vang Vieng by car, boat tour Nam Song

Morning: Drive to Vang Vieng (190 km). As you approach Vang Vieng district karst cliffs covered by lush vegetation appear. On the way, stop at Ban Kheun village to observe the salt extraction process. Continue to Vang Vieng. Transfer to your hotel for check in.  Lunch at a local restaurant on the way.
Afternoon take a small boat (about 1hour) on Nam Song River for a tour amid beautiful scenery. Visit Tham Chang Cave with its stunning view over the valley.  Dinner at leisure.
Driving time: Vientiane – Vang Vieng is approximately 190 km and 3 hours and 21 minutes driving time.
Accommodation: Inthire Hotel (deluxe room)
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant

Day 4: Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang by car

Morning: Leave Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang by car (242 km) with breathtaking views over the mountains and numerous possibilities for taking photos. 15Km from Vang Vieng, stop at Pathang for its dramatic view over karstic mountains. Stop at Phoukhoune with its lively local market, Lunch at a local restaurant on the way. Arrive in Luang Prabang in late afternoon and transfer to hotel for check in.
Afterward climb up to Vat Phou Si hill for an outstanding view over the city and enjoy Sunset. Then you explore the night market where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles by the Hill tribe and the local people surrounding Luang Prabang. Dinner at leisure.
Driving time: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang is approximately 242 km and 5,5 hours driving time.
Accommodation: Maison Dalabula hotel (deluxe room)
Meal included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant

Day 5: Luang Prabang - City Tour - Pak Ou Cave

Morning: Pick up from your hotel and drive to Visit Wat Xieng Thong, considered as the most beautiful temple. The sim of the Vat represents the classic Luang Prabang temple architecture with roofs that sweep low to the ground. In the compound stand several small chapels housing bronze Buddha images, which were displayed in Paris in 1911. Near the East gate stands the Royal Funeral Chapel. Inside are an impressive 12-meter high funeral chariot and various funeral urns of each Royal Family’s member. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts a semi-erotic episode from Ramayana. Visit the National Museum (former King’s Palace) displaying a collection of personal artifacts of the Royal Family.  Continue to visit Wat Mai. Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch you start with a traditional riverboat for a trip upstream the Mekong River to visit the famous caves of Pak Ou housing thousands of statues representing Lord Buddha. And then, visit the Ban Xang Hai, the village is famous for distillation of traditional rice alcohol. It used to be more famous for the big jars it is stored in, which they've been making there for over 2000 years overlooking. Afterwards, walk around Ban Pak Ou Village, continue by car to visit Ban Xang Khong, a weaving village where traditional Sa paper is also produced. Return to Luang Prabang. Dinner at leisure.
Driving time: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou cave is approximately 29 km and 44 minutes driving time and by cruise is approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes for each way.
Accommodation: Maison Dalabua Hotel (deluxe room)
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel,Lunch at local restaurant

Day 6: Luang Prabang - Siem Reap (flight)

In the monirng, Visit Vat Visoun, the site of an impressive stupa, That Makmo. Then walk to the nearby Vat Aham, which is one of the city’s major tutelary shrines, dedicated to Deveta Luang (spirit) Pu Gneu Ya Gneu (ancestors). Then transfer with guide to airport for the flight out.

Flight suggestion LPB-REP (Airfare not included tour price)
Lao Airlines QV513 LPQ 10:40 REP 14:00 hours
Vietnam Airlines VN 931 LPQ 14:40 - REP 16:10 hours
Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).
Accommodation: Tara Angkor (superior room)
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel

Day 7: Siem Reap - tempels Angkor Wat

In the morning, visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, Bayon temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara),  Baphuon (recently re-opened after years of restoration), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King.
Lunch at local restaurant
In the afternoon, 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. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Sunset at Angkor Wat.
Accommodation: Tara Angkor (superior room)
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant

Day 8: Siem Reap - Ta Phrom & evening market

This morning, visit 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. Lunch at local restaurant
The afternoon is at your free disposal. In the evening, visit the night market in Siem Reap.
Accommodation: Tara Angkor (superior room)
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant

Day 9: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh by car (6 h)

This morning, you will depart from Siem Reap and overland drive through the Cambodian countryside and small villages towards Phnom Penh (314 Km, approx. 6:00 hour drive).
On the way you stop at the Sambor Prei Kuk temple as well as the former capital Chenla with its 100 temples dating from the Pre-Angkorian period.  Lunch will be served at local restaurant
Stop en route for an optional visit of the Skuon market. A favourite snack of many Cambodians, buses and pick-ups stop at the market to buy a bag of tasty spiders (own account) which are caught in the soft ground of the surrounding countryside and dug out of their burrows.
Then, continue to Phnom Penh on upon arrival directly to hotel for check in.
Accommodation: The 252 Hotel (eluxe room)
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant

Day 10: Phnom Penh - Killing Fields & Royal Palace

Morning
Drive to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek (16 km south of Phnom Penh). Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners) detained and tortured at S-21 prison were transported to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek. They were often bludgeoned to death to avoid wasting precious bullets. Fragments of human bone and bits of cloth are scattered around the disinterred pits. Over 8,000 skulls, arranged by sex and age, are visible behind the clear glass panels of the Memorial Stupa, which was erected in 1988.
Return to Phnom Penh. Visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot's security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest such center of detention and torture in the country. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek to be executed; detainees who died during torture were buried in mass graves in the prison ground. Room after room the museum displays photographs of men, women and children covering the walls from floor to ceiling; virtually all the people pictured were later killed. Lunch at local restaurant
Visit the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom. See the different structures of this pagoda-style compound and stroll in its beautiful garden.
Visit the Silver Pagoda so named because of its floor that is comprised of 5,000 silver tiles. A gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha are also housed here.
Continue to the nearby National Museum. Built in 1917 it is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and displaying Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both pre-and post-Angkorian pieces.
Accommodation: The 252 Hotel (deluxe room)
Meal included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant

Day 11: Phnom penh - departure

Morning: Transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for departure flight to the next destination, no guide.
Meal included: Breakfast at hotel


 

Hotels Category 3*:
Vietiane: Lao Poet (standard room)
Vang Vieng: Inthira Hotel (deluxe room)
Luang Prabang: Maison Dalabua Hotel (deluxe room)
Siem Reap: Tara Angkor (superior room)
Phnom Penh: The 252 Hotel (deluxe room)

Upon request and at surcharge, Hotels Category 4*:
Vietiane: Ansara Hotel (Savvy room)
Vang Vieng: Riverside Boutique (deluxe room)
Luang Prabang: Burasari Heritage (deluxe room)
Siem Reap: Shinta Mani Shack (pool view room)
Phnom Penh: Palace Gate hotel (royale deluxe room)