Best of Laos & Cambodia
The crown jewel of Laos and former Lanexang Kingdom, Luang Prabang, is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. Magical and charming, it has maintained its long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with its delightful mountain encircled setting. Phnom Penh, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, once considered the loveliest city of Indochina, still maintains considerable charm. And of course, Siem Reap, home of Angkor temples, one of the greatest religious monuments in the world.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: AND RE-DISCOVER THE MAGIC AND CHARM OF SOUTHEAST ASIA.
This tour is a favourite amongst our clients and covers the highlights of Laos and Cambodia. We have selected luxury accommodation with some of the top charming hotels in each destination. The local guides selected are the best in the region who the knowledge and experience.
Your private guided tour begins at Luang Prabang, a wonderful patchwork of traditional Lao wooden houses and hints of European architecture – reminders of the French colonial period. Golden-roofed wats (temples), decorated with murals of the life of Buddha can be seen everywhere in the city against a backdrop of verdant greenery and rugged mountains.
Nearby are the Pak Ou Caves, noted for hundreds of miniature Buddha sculptures and the most revered holy sites in Laos. Travelling there by boat we will also visit some local villages to make it a perfect day tour.
The Cambodian section of the tour begins in Phnom Penh, once considered the most beautiful cities of the Orient. The city took shape around the famous Wat Phnom, meaning “Hill Temple”. Climb to the top of the phnom and watch the sprawling city below.
Lastly, you will visit the temples of Angkor – a breathtaking piece of history. The ruins seen today represent successive capitals. These were cities of massive stone temples, wide majestic causeways, thrusting towers and imposing gates. The sheer size and magnificence of Angkor Wat is compelling.
Max your Awim Silk from Paradise: Laos – The Luang Say Residence – Luang Prabang. The fine art of silk production and weaving is known in Laos since ages. But the skilful designs and high quality of the Lao silk are not yet known outside the country. Discover with us the Lao silk in a half day excursion in Vientiane.
You will see the rearing of silk worms and their cocooning and learn about the different kinds of Mulberry trees to feed the silk worms. Experience how the the cocoons are turning into silk threads. Try the hand reeling and dying of the threads yourself or learn how to handle the weaving loom.
For this experience we cooperate with Mai Savanh Lao, an organization with their base in Vientiane, which aims to generate sustainable income for families in remote areas of Laos. The families are organized in a network reaching all over Laos from North to South, from farmers that cultivate the silk worms to the women weaving the silk. This network provides educational courses, quality control and support for their production and gives the producers and their families an opportunity to engage in dignifying work under fair conditions.
There are only three international airports in Laos. Wattay International Airport in Vientiane; Luang Prabang International airport and Pakse International airport. Lao Airlines is the national carrier and monopolises the majority of flights in and out of the country, though many code-share with other air carriers.
There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK, but good connections are available from major Asian destinations. You can fly with Thai Airways to Bangkok, Malaysian Airlines to Kuala Lumpur or British Airways via Hong Kong. From there you can take the budget airline Air Asia or Dragon Air. The total journey time, excluding transit, is about 15 hours.
From Phnom Penh you can take direct flights to Siem Reap, which now operates on daily basis. Direct one-hour flights are now also available from Bangkok.