Gems Of Indochina

9 Days from $2,043 per person

PRIVATE TOUR - NOT A JOIN-IN TOUR



Visit two of Indochina's greatest attractions: the incredible temples of Angkor and beautiful Luang Prabang. Begin in Siem Reap where you will see all the main sights of Angkor the ABOUTAsia way - without the crowds. Experience sunrise at Angkor Wat, visit jungle-clad Ta Prohm and gaze on the enigmatic faces of the Bayon. Visit one of the stilted villages on the Tonle Sap and head into a countryside little changed since the days of Jayavarman VII. Fly to Luang Prabang in Laos to soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sit by the Mekong watching monks stroll past, marvel at one of the many wonderful active temples and meet an elephant.

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 3Journey to Phnom Kulen, the sacred ‘Mountain of Lychees’ venerated by Cambodians as the birthplace of the Angkor Empire. Visit the Linga River and large reclining Buddha and cool off in the refreshing waterfall. On the way back to Siem Reap, head into the countryside to jungle-clad Beng Mealea temple which, in a much collapsed state, retains a very atmospheric feel. (B)

day 4Motor 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 take a journey of discovery by boat, ox-cart and on foot to visit villages little changed since the days of Jayavarman VII. End the day with a cocktail at ABOUTAsia’s country villa overlooking the paddy fields with the option of adding on dinner. (B)

day 5Take 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. This afternoon transfer to the airport for the short flight to Luang Prabang. (B, L)

day 6Rise early this morning to witness one of the most magical scenes of Southeast Asia: the daily ritual of alms collection by monks. After breakfast explore the UNESCO city center of Luang Prabang including the former Royal Palace (now a museum), Wat Mai, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Visoun. Take a tour of the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Museum with one of its directors to understand the diverse ethnic makeup of Laos. End the day by climbing the 300 steps to the top of Mount Phousi to see the sunset. (B)

day 7Enjoy an elephant encounter today at the Elephant Village on the banks of the picturesque Nam Khan river. Ride your elephant for 1-1½ hours through the forest and along the riverbanks as you learn the art of the Mahout. Later take a boat ride to Tad Sae wateralls and enjoy lunch before returning to town. (B, L)

day 8Cruise upriver for a full day exploring the mighty Mekong. Visit the Pak Ou caves at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. Explore the shrines carved into the cliff face before crossing to the opposite bank for lunch. Return by road to Luang Prabang stopping at local villages on the way to see how rice whisky (Lao-Lao), hand woven textiles and Jute Sar paper are made. (B, L)

day 9Private transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)







TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • The temples of Angkor - without the crowds
  • Tonle Sap lake cruise & countryside village tour
  • Kulen Mountain & Beng Mealea
  • The UNESCO old town of Luang Prabang
  • Encounter with an elephant
  • Cruising the Mekong in Laos

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

HOTELS

Siem Reap: La Residence D’Angkor - 5 Star

Luang Prabang: La Residence Phou Vao - 5 Star



Low Season: $3,242 per person
01 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

High Season: $4,003 per person
01 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

Low Season: $3,282 per person
01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017

Note 01 Feb 2017 - 03 Mar 2017 supplement charge for temple pass : 17$ per person (1 day), 22$ per person (3 days) and 12$ per person (7 days)

Peak Season surcharges may apply

Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room

HOTELS

Siem Reap: Victoria Angkor - 5 Star

Luang Prabang: Villa Santi Hotel & Resort - 4 Star



Low Season: $2,043 per person
01 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

High Season: $2,226 per person
01 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

Low Season: $2,115 per person
01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017

Note 01 Feb 2017 - 03 Mar 2017 supplement charge for temple pass : 17$ per person (1 day), 22$ per person (3 days) and 12$ per person (7 days)

Peak Season surcharges may apply

Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room

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