Discover the Southeast Asian gems of Cambodia and Laos on this new Indochina holiday which combines comprehensive sightseeing in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap with several days in the laid back cities of Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Delight in the jungle-clad temples of Angkor, travel past lush countryside and rice paddies on the bamboo train and reflect on a tragic past at the infamous Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.
Travel to land-locked Laos and explore the sleepy capital of Vientiane. Climb to the top of the Patuxay Monument and be rewarded with sweeping city vistas and discover Wat Si Saket, the oldest temple in Vientiane. End with time in historic Luang Prabang, home to a host of ancient temples including Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. Witness the morning alms procession and cruise the Mekong to the Pak Ou Caves which are filled with an array of Buddha statues. This tour aims to introduce you to two fascinating countries each with a distinct history and culture to explore and experience, leaving you with enduring memories of the countries and their people.
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Arrive in Siem Reap, the gateway to the temples of Angkor, and drive to the Shinta Mani Resort. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
This morning visit the Angkor temples including Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and the iconic Angkor Wat, which is well known for over 2,000 Apsara dancers carved into the temple walls. (B)
Today explore the Small Circuit temples by 'remork' (the Cambodian version of a tuk tuk). The visits will include Ta Prohm temple which is being slowly taken over by the jungle and Banteay Kdei and Srah Srang. Enjoy lunch in a school training young Cambodians in the hospitality industry. This afternoon visit Banteay Srei, the 'Citadel of the Women', the best preserved temple in the complex. Also enjoy visits to Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre and the Landmine Museum. (B,L)
Enjoy today at leisure. (B)
Start your overland journey this morning to Battambang, Cambodia's second largest city. Visit the museum and Wat Ek Phnom and in the afternoon visit Phnom Sampeau and the Killing Caves. Enjoy the views of the plains from Phnom Banon. Tonight enjoy a unique experience at Phare Ponleu Selpak School of Music, Visual and Performing Arts. Overnight Bambu Hotel. (B)
This morning head to the quirky Bamboo Train which was set up to transport villagers and their goods. Travel through the beautiful landscape of rice paddies on the open-air train. Overnight Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel, Phnom Penh. (B)
Spend the day exploring the city by cyclo with visits to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum and Wat Phnom. After lunch, visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. (B)
Take the flight to Vientiane today and spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore the 'city of sandalwood' or simply relax. Overnight Ansara Hotel. (B)
Today explore Vientiane, regarded as one of the quietest capital cities in the world. Visit Wat Sisaket, a very beautiful temple, and then head to Wat Phra Keo which is used as a religious museum. Enjoy lunch at Makphet Restaurant, a charity-run restaurant aiming to train local street children the hospitality industry. After lunch visit COPE, an organisation working to help landmine victims. End the day with a visit to Patuxay Monument where you can climb to the roof and be rewarded with sweeping views of the city. (B,L)
This morning head out to interesting Buddha Park, located in a quiet spot alongside the Mekong River, which is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. On the return to the city visit Mai Savanh shop which specialises in traditional Lao textiles. At the end of the day take the flight to Luang Prabang and drive to the Hotel 3 Nagas. (B)
Hotel 3 Nagas
This morning board a small boat and head upriver to the Pak Ou Caves. This series of caves are crammed with thousands of gold-lacquered Buddha statues of varying shapes and sizes. Return to the city and enjoy lunch in Tamarind regarded as the best restaurant in town. After lunch enjoy a city tour with visits to Wat Mai, the National Museum and Wat Sensoukarahm with its golden facade. Continue to the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn a little about Lao heritage. (B,L)
This morning there is the option to rise early to witness the traditional alms ceremony of the Buddhist monks. Return to the hotel for breakfast and then head out to explore further with visits to Wat Sisoun, Wat Aham and Wat That. Afterwards drive out to Kuang Si Waterfalls which are surrounded by dense jungle. Enjoy cooling off in the turquoise blue waters at the foot of the falls. Return to the city via the Free the Bears sanctuary if desired and climb Wat Phousi for a final panoramic view of the city. Enjoy dinner at l'Elephant, one of the finest restaurants in the city. (B,L,D)
Return to the airport and fly back to the UK. (B)
14 day tour, from £3980 per person
- Return flights in economy class with Thai Airlines and Bangkok Airways from London Heathrow
- One way flight in economy class with Vietnam Airlines (Phnom Penh - Vientiane)
- All airport taxes & security charges
- Accommodation in hotels with breakfast
- Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- All transfers and transportation throughout
- Sightseeing with English-speaking guides
- Entrance fees and boat trips on sightseeing tours
- Visa for Cambodia - issued on arrival for US$30 per person (UK passport holders)
- Visa for Laos - issued on arrival for US$45 per person (UK passport holders)
- Travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Meals not listed on the itinerary - please note that over Christmas and New Year period there may be gala dinner supplements
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