Cambodia & Laos

13 Days from US$2,780 per person

PRIVATE TOUR - NOT A JOIN-IN TOUR



This tour takes you to two of Southeast Asia's most fascinating lands: Cambodia with its extensive temple complex at Angkor and increasingly cosmopolitan capital, and Laos, lost in time and arguably the region's least developed and sleepiest country. Start in Siem Reap where we will show you the temples of Angkor the ABOUTAsia way - without the crowds, then continue to Phnom Penh to visit the key Khmer Rouge sites for an insight into Cambodia's recent tragic history. Heading to Laos, visit Vientiane's wats and Asia's own 'Arc de Triomphe' before ending in Luang Prabang, a true gem of Indochina - beautiful, peaceful and authentic, where you'll take a boat up the Mekong and observe the early morning alms collection by monks.

ITINERARY DETAILS

day 1Arrive in Siem Reap where you will be met by your expert ABOUTAsia guide and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy your first taste of Angkor with a visit to Banteay Kdei temple followed by sunset drinks on the moat of Angkor Thom, a world away from the tourist crowds.

day 2A single, magical day at the temples following our well researched crowd avoidance itinerary, including Ta Prohm of ‘Tomb Raider’ fame, Angkor Thom: Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, Preah Palilay, Phimeanakas, Baphuon, and the Bayon with its captivating stone faces. During your tour enjoy a wonderful tuk tuk breakfast in the secluded forest temple of Ta Nei. (B)

day 3Motor through the darkness of pre-dawn to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat as we guide you to the best photo vantage points. Explore the temple in the hours immediately after sunrise when the temple is at its quietest. This afternoon travel across ancient reservoirs (long since devoid of water), through pretty villages and rice paddies to the beautiful pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, well-known for its intricate carvings. On your way back to town, visit Banteay Samre. (B)

day 4Take a private boat onto the Tonle Sap lake, the richest freshwater fishing ground in the world, to visit one of the authentic stilted villages (either Kompong Kleang or Kompong Phluk depending on water levels). A picnic lunch is included. In the afternoon head into the countryside to jungle-clad Beng Mealea temple which, in a much collapsed state, retains a very atmospheric feel. (B, L)

day 5Explore local markets for souvenir shopping or Psa Leu for a local shopping experience. Roam narrow lanes selling an array of exotic edibles, including snakes, spiders and dried bugs. Then visit Artisans d´Angkor, for excellent quality sandstone, silver, wood, and silk products. Fly to Phnom Penh and take an evening private sunset cruise on the Mekong. (B)

day 6This morning we endeavor to provide some insights into Cambodia’s recent tragic history under the Khmer Rouge with visits to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng (S-21) Prison. In the afternoon take in the shimmering spires of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. (B)

day 7Fly to Vientiane, capital of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos. Depending on your flight schedule it may be possible to visit Phnom Penh´s markets before you depart. (B)

day 8Spend the morning exploring some of the wats and pagodas of ancient Vientiane, including Wat Si Saket and Haw Phra Keo. Also visit the national icon, the Phra That Luang stupa and Patuxai, the Lao “Arc de Triomphe”. In the afternoon visit Xieng Khuan the ‘Buddha Park’ replete with many bizarre Hindu and Buddhist statues. (B)

day 9Fly to beautiful Luang Prabang, situated by the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. After a short orientation of the town enjoy a ‘Baci’ welcome ceremony and traditional Lao style dinner. Depending on your flight schedule it may be possible to visit the Vientiane morning market, Talat Sao before your departure. (B, D)

day 10An early start to see one of the most arresting sights in Asia: the monks of Luang Prabang receiving alms. After breakfast explore the magical old town with its many temples, including the wonderful Wat Xieng Thong. This afternoon visit Khouangsi Waterfalls perhaps taking the opportunity for a swim in the pools below the falls. (B)

day 11Journey up the mighty Mekong river on a long tail boat visiting the Pak Ou caves and riverside villages where you will see hand woven textiles, jute paper and the local rice wine, lao lao, being produced. Later in the afternoon climb Mount Phou Si for panoramic views of Luang Prabang. (B)

day 12Travel to Elephant Village outside of Luang Prabang, passing the grave of Henri Mouhot (the French "discoverer" of Angkor) along the way. Retired logging elephants are now taking tourists along the trails alongside the Nam Khan river - after meeting your elephant, enjoy the stunning scenery from her back. Visit Tad Sae falls and have a dip in the clear waters (season dependent) and return to Elephant Village for lunch. Optionally, you may combine this with a mountain bike or kayak journey back to Luang Prabang. (B, L)

day 13After a busy holiday relax until your transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)







TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • The temples of Angkor - without the crowds
  • Tonle Sap lake cruise
  • Khmer Rouge sites in Phnom Penh
  • Vientiane´s iconic Phra That Luang and surreal Buddha Park
  • The UNESCO old town of Luang Prabang
  • Waterfalls, river travel and cave exploration near Luang Prabang

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

HOTELS

Siem Reap: Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor - 5 Star

Phnom Penh: Raffles Le Royal - 5 Star

Vientiane: Settha Palace - 5 Star

Luang Prabang: La Residence Phou Vao - 5 Star


High Season: $5,080 per person
01 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

Low Season: $4,395 per person
01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017


Please Note:

  • From 1 February 2017 the cost of Angkor admission tickets will rise by up to US$22 per guest
  • Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room
  • Peak Season surcharges may apply

HOTELS

Siem Reap: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa - 5 Star

Phnom Penh: Amanjaya - 4 Star

Vientiane: Salana - Boutique

Luang Prabang: Kiridara - 4 Star


High Season: $3,271 per person
01 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

Low Season: $3,096 per person
01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017


Please Note:

  • From 1 February 2017 the cost of Angkor admission tickets will rise by up to US$22 per guest
  • Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room
  • Peak Season surcharges may apply

HOTELS

Siem Reap: Viroth’s - Boutique

Phnom Penh: Villa Langka - 4 Star

Vientiane: Ansara - 3 Star

Luang Prabang: Villa Santi Hotel - 5 Star


High Season: $2,780 per person
01 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

Low Season: $2,804 per person
01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017


Please Note:

  • From 1 February 2017 the cost of Angkor admission tickets will rise by up to US$22 per guest
  • Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room
  • Peak Season surcharges may apply
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