Best of Laos & Cambodia

Cambodia, Laos

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Close  Pha That Luang - the gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the centre of Vientiane, Laos.

Best of Laos & Cambodia

Laos & Cambodia are Southeast Asian countries traversed by the Mekong River. Laos is home to hill tribe settlements, Buddhist monasteries and French colonial architecture. Cambodia is known for the ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire. Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, is home to art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum's historical and archaeological exhibits. Laos is known for its remote, natural beauty and archaeological wonders.

Laos and Cambodia tour combination allows travellers to experience these similar cultures of two countries on a single holiday. Destinations in Laos include Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Pakse and its capital Vientiane. Cambodia destinations include, Siem Reap (Angkor Wat), Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Tonle Sap and cruise on the Mekong. Travellers from UK and Europe can easily fly to Thailand from where connecting flights are available for Laos and Cambodia.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY JOURNEY ACROSS LAOS AND CAMBODIA…
And, visit Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Phnom Penh & Angkor Temples.
 

We Love
  • The tour includes your private English speaking guide and driver
  • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast
  • Transfers and tours with local English guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees, boat fees and / or cyclo fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • When travelling in Asia things won't always be like they are in the West so it's best to come with an open mind. If you have some patience, you will find this is an unforgettable place with much to offer.
  • Most hotels in Laos and Cambodia accept credit cards and there are ATM machines in the country. However, cash is still king and credit cards something of a novelty item. Bring lots of money or hit the ATMs regularly.
  • You will require a visa to enter Laos. Please check with Laos Embassy for more details.

Review

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.

This 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.
 


 

 
Best of Laos & Cambodia Cambodia, Laos

Best of Laos & Cambodia Beginning in Luang Prabang, Laos, you will visit the Pak Ou caves before travelling to Cambodia to visit the temples of Angkor.
Luang Prabang, Vientianne, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Luang Prabang Meet and greet on arrival. After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to your hotel for 3 nights stay.

Set at the confluence of two rivers that almost surround the town and beneath a temple-topped hill, Luang Prabang is a wonderful patchwork of traditional Lao wooden houses and hints of European architecture - reminders of when Laos was part of the French colony of Indochine.

Climb Vat Phousi hill for an outstanding view over the city. Golden-roofed wats (temples), decorated with mosaics and murals of the life of Buddha sit under the gaze of wrap-around teak balconies and 19th century shuttered windows, against a backdrop of verdant greenery and rugged mountains. Sunset at Vat Prabaht Tai located along the Mekong River.
Meals: Nil
Overnight at Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel.

Day 2 – Explore
Khuang Xi Waterfalls With your private guide travel by road to the Khuang Xi Waterfalls (1 hour drive). The waterfalls tumble over multi – tiered limestone formations into cool, clear pools ideal for swimming and relaxing. On the way to the waterfalls, visit the Khmu minority village of Ban Thapaene for a glimpse into their lifestyle.

After some time relaxing, explore the area by foot. Then return to Luang Prabang and on the way visit Ban Phanom weaving village, with the remainder of the afternoon free to explore the Night Bazaar, if desired.
Meals: B
Overnight at Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel.

Day 3 – Explore
Pak Ou Caves Begin your private tour with the 16th century Wat Xieng Thong (Golden Tree Monastery) is one of the most beautiful of Lao monasteries with over twenty structures on the grounds including shrines, pavilions and residences. The ornamental main entrance and gilded carvings from the Hindu epic Mahabharata are stunning. The Royal funeral chapel and chariots are beautifully carved and is worth seeing.

Then take boat cruise on the Mekong River, about 2-hr upstream to the Pak Ou caves, a famous tourist attraction outside Luang Prabang. The caves hold over 4,000 Buddha images, mostly the standing Buddha. The caves are a popular pilgrimage site and get crowded in April, during the Lao New Year. We visit local villages enroute including the one that is nick-named as “Whiskey Village”, which has for centuries made Lao wine. Nowadays, it specializes in producing a wide range of lau lao (Lao whisky) and lau hai (Lao wine). Be sure to try just a little!
Meals: B
Overnight at Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel.

Day 4 – Transfer
Vientianne Early morning, witness the age old tradition of alms giving. Then stroll through the historic streets to visit the morning market, where the locals and ethnic minorities of the surroundings come daily to trade their goods. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Afterwards, visit the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, which is a new museum about the ethnic cultures of Laos. The centre exhibits ethnic clothing, household objects, religious artefacts and handicrafts.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Vientiane, the capital of Laos that lies on the bank of the Mekong River. The city has kept its timeless charm with tree-lined avenues, brightly painted temples and quaint French architecture. Rest of the day will be schedule on your arrival.
Meals: B
Overnight at Settha Palace Hotel.

Day 5 – Explore
Vientianne In the morning Visit the surroundings of Vientiane, including the Buddha Park and Friendship Bridge. The Buddha Park is a religious sculpture park located by the Mekong River, 24 KM south of Vientiane. The Buddha Park captivates visitors with an unusual blend of Buddhist and Hindu imagery.

After lunch, visit Vat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane. The 16th century structures include Ho Phra Keo, once the royal temple of Lao monarchy, now used as a museum and contains some of the finest Buddhist sculptures and artefacts in the country, and That Luang Stupa,  considered as the national symbol that echoes the curving lines of an elongated lotus. But Patousay, the victory gate whose its architecture is inspired by the Arc of Triumph in Paris remains the most photographed images of Vientiane.

Vientiane offers great opportunities for eco-tourism such as boat trips on the Nam Ngum River or trekking in the Dane Soung area to discover Mon-Khmer sanctuaries and traditional villages. Please let us know your interests so we can organise the best programme for your stay here.
Meals: B
Overnight at Settha Palace Hotel.

Day 6 – Transfer
Phnom Penh Pick up at the hotel and transfer to Vientiane Wattay airport for your flight to Phnom Penh.

In Phnom Penh, begin your private tour with a visit to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, see a Buddha made of Baccarat crystal and another of gold and diamonds. At the National Museum, view the world’s premier collection of ancient Khmer sculpture and artefacts. Explore the city’s markets and shop for local textiles and silver. Take a cyclo ride to discover its beautiful colonial architecture and stop at Phnom Penh’s vibrant cafés and have a drink at the legendary Foreign Correspondents Club.
Meals: B
Overnight at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra.

Day 7 – Transfer
Siem Reap Early morning transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for your flight to Siem Reap. On arrival meet and greet and transfer to your hotel.

Visit the Roluos Group of monuments which comprise of three temples; Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko, all of which are close together. These served as the capital of Indravarman I who reigned between 877-89, and are among the earliest temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. Preah Ko is dedicated by the King to his ancestors. Bakong is the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group and Lolei is built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields).

After lunch visit Prasat Kravan, brick towers containing unique bas-reliefs of Vishnu and Lakshmi - the only example of brick bas-reliefs in the Angkor area. Continue to Banteay Kdei, the sprawling, largely unrestored monastic complex. Next, Srah Srang, A multi-tiered landing platform on the west edge of the baray is adorned with naga balustrades and guardian lions. The very sparse remains of an island temple can be seen poking out of the middle of the lake during the dry season when the water is low. Then visit the Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation. We finish the day at Pre Rup, the mountain-temple where we see the lovely sunset.
Meals: B
Overnight at Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort.

Day 8 – Explore
Angkor Wat We begin the tour of the Angkor temples with an appreciation of the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom (Great City) – the last capital of the Khmers. You will see the Terrace of the Elephants, the Leper King Terrace and the stunning Bayon temple whose 54 towers are decorated with over 200 faces of Avolokitesvara. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very centre of Angkor Thom and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive bas-reliefs but the highlights are the “faces” – silent but with the famous half-smile playing on their lips.

After lunch visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat, an enormous temple city built as a model of the Hindu universe in stone. Its 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. Art historians consider it to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
Meals: B
Overnight at Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort.

Day 9 – Explore
Banteay Srei Temples Drive through the typical Khmer countryside to the popular Banteay Srei (“citadel of the women”), a petite temple with elaborate carvings in pinkish sandstone and regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Nearby is Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor. The proportions of Banteay Samre are splendid. A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving, which when filled with water must have given an ethereal atmosphere to the temple.

We finish the day with a visit of a floating village and take a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia and one of the wonders of Asia.
Meals: B
Overnight at Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort.

Day 10 – Depart
Siem Reap Explore the local markets for your last minute shopping. Lunch at hotel and transfer to Siem Reap airport for your onward journey.
Meals: B
 

 

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Getting There 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.

When to go The climate in Laos and Cambodia remains tropical. The best time to visit the region is in the months between November and mid-March. During these months the days are pleasant and the nights are chilly. Thereafter the temperature begins to rise and March to May gets very hot. The monsoon arrives in the month of April-May and peak in August but continues until mid-October. Travel is difficult during these months. Avoid travelling during March-April and August.

Passport/Visa British, European and Americans require a visa for Laos and Cambodia. You can obtain a 30-day tourist visa on arrival in Laos and Cambodia provided your passport is valid for at least six months. Two passport sized photographs will be required. Travellers are advised to check with their nearest Cambodian embassy or consulate.