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Laos & Cambodia Tour Package

Price: From US$ 1230/ person
Duration: 14 days/ 13 night
Tour Destination: Luang Prabang - Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp Expedition - Pakse - 4000 Islands (Si Phan Don) - Wat Phou Temple - Siem Reap - Koh Ker & Beng Mealea - Phnom Penh

Laos & Cambodia Tour Package Highlights:

Part of our In style range of holidays. Laos and Cambodia combine perfectly to create a holiday that effortlessly blends adventure, a splash of luxury and plenty of relaxation. Starting in Luang Prabang, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the cultural titan before heading upriver to the Shangri Lao Explorer Camp for a luxurious elephant camp experience. Armed with your new mahout skills, travel south to the laid back 4000 Island region before crossing into Cambodia and touching down at the mighty Angkor Temples.

Having explored some of the further lying, less visited temples, continue south to the delightful coastal town of Kep, stopping en route to explore one of Indochina's most exciting cities - Phnom Penh.

As with all our itineraries, we have created lots of free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more ‘complete travel programme’ we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

Laos & Cambodia Tour Package Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: arrive Luang Prabang
Day 2: Luang Prabang, Walking Tour (B/)
Day 3: Luang Prabang, Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp Expedition (B/L/D)
Day 4: Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp Expedition, Luang Prabang (B/L/)
Day 5: Luang Prabang, Pakse, 4000 Islands (Si Phan Don), Wat Phou Temple (B/)
Day 6: 4000 Islands (Breakfast/)
Day 8: Siem Reap, Tonlé Sap, Kampong Phluk 'flooded forest', 'floating village'(B/)
Day 9: Siem Reap, Koh Ker & Beng Mealea (B/)
Day 10: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, City Tour (B/)
Day 11: Phnom Penh, Apsara Arts Association, Tuol Sleng & Cheung Ek Tour (B//_)
Day 12: Phnom Penh, Kep (B/)
Day 13: Kep (B/)
Day 14: Kep, Phnom Penh (B/L/_)

Accommodations:

We deeply understand that acommodation is one of the most very important for all our tour so we carefully inspect or pick hotels, cruises, homestays to match general international standards of three, four, five star hotels that must be clean, comfortable, nice room, good breakfast, helpful staffs, good lacation...
Here some our suggested hotel list for this trip, specially we can book other hotels, cruise as you requested.

Tour Meals:

One of most special highlight in Indochian travel, you can taste local food in each regions that we will arrange all lunch or dinner in Vietnamese food, and If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Cruises Mekong River can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes. Please be note that for the home stay, the meal will be cook by the house owner and they are well-trained for hygiene as well as prepare for good recipes

Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal note: are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

Breakfast - Each breakfast will be served in your hotel. Maily Buffet breakfast selections include both local and Western dishes to meet every diner's taste.

Lunch - Lunches are normally arranged at the local restaurants near the scenic spots. Your tour guides will order food according to your appetite. Most are Local dishes, and some are modified to fit westerners' tastes.

Dinner - Same as lunch. If you prefer to not eat local food, Cruises Mekong River suggests you have dinner on your own. Your local tour guide can recommend some good western restaurants in the are

Tourguides:

All Tourguides or Tour escorted are local people who take you to all destionations that meantions in program. It is great to inform your private tour guide about your personal demands, so they can guide you betters.

Languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese speaking tourguides as request

Qualifications : Exellent foreign languages, professional presentaion skills, knowledges, helpfully, friendly,expreriences.


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Laos & Cambodia Tour Package Fully Itinerary:

Tour starts/ends: Luang Prabang/ Phnom Penh.

Day 1: arrive Luang Prabang

Upon arrival you will be met by your guide for the transfer to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Luang Prabang, the ‘Jewel of Indochina’, is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site and regularly voted as one of Asia's premier travel destinations. The ancient royal city is surrounded by mountains and is situated at a junction of the Mekong and Khan Rivers.

In the centre of the city is Mount Phousi, rewarding climbers of its 328 steps with stunning views of the surrounding temples and hills. Luang Prabang, a city where time has seemingly stood still, is also an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional Lao architecture with structures built by the European colonial authorities in more recent times. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.

In the evening there are plenty of great restaurants to choose from - we also recommend the local river side stalls for some truly authentic Lao flavours, washed down with the excellent Beer Lao!
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 2: Luang Prabang, Walking Tour (Breakfast/)


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An option (although we highly recommend it; in fact, we almost insist) for early-risers is dawn visit to witness the long lines of orange-robed monks leaving their pagodas to receive offerings of food from the residents of Luang Prabang. It’s a fantastic experience and for many a highlight of their visit to this iconic city.

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the city. Your circuit begins at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, continuing on to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs. During Pimai (the Lao New Year celebrations in April), the Kingdoms Palladium - known as Prabang and normally housed in the Royal Palace Museum - is put on public display in this temple. Continue on to Wat Xieng Thong, perhaps the most photographed temple in Luang Prabang (quite an accolade!).

In the late morning visit the unique Wat Visoun, entirely rebuilt after its destruction in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa, which is shaped like the fruit it takes its name from.

In the afternoon start with the excellent Arts and Ethnology Centre which will give you further insight into the ethnic mix and culture of Laos. There is also time to visit the weaving and textile villages of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek before returning to the Old Town to climb Mount Phousi and enjoy the stunning views across Luang Prabang as the sun sets.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 3: Luang Prabang, Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp Expedition (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

After breakfast you will be collected by your driver for the short journey to the Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp, 15 km outside Luang Prabang (shared transfer).

The camp offers a different level of elephant safari to anything seen in Indochina before - combining unique elephant expeditions with a touch of flair and luxury - and provides the opportunity to engage with the wild array of wildlife and nature that surrounds Luang Prabang.

Having been introduced to the camp's specialist team and taken a tour of the various facilities, you will meet the herd and their mahouts, or keepers. Having helped with feeding time, your expedition begins with a morning ride through the surrounding forest to the protected Huay Sae Valley. Sitting up high in your howdah, the view is majestic as you pass amongst the foliage, helping clear a path for your elephant when the trail gets a little too tight (total elephant trek time approx 1.5 hours). A delicious lunch is awaiting your arrival and there will be plenty of time to cool-off in the nearby waterfall.

In the afternoon, continue along the trail, this time by foot, crossing bamboo bridges and passing several waterfalls buried deep into the dense jungle. As the trail leaves the valley, you will meet locals from a nearby hill tribe who will be waiting with their horses to help with any bags for the remainder of your trek down to the Nam Khan River (total trek time approx 2 hours).

Board a simple raft, typical of those used by the hill tribe people across the region, and float gently downstream for around an hour and half, with an optional additional 30 minutes at the Tad Sae Waterfalls if you wish. Arriving back at the camp, your 'room' will be ready for check-in. There will be plenty of time to relax in the jacuzzi pool enjoying the majestic view, or you can join your guide on a walk to a nearby village.

In the evening a barbeque dinner will be served on the terrace before you retire exhausted, but very happy, to your luxury safari tent and let the surrounding forest help carry you to sleep.

Overnight at camp.

Day 4: Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp Expedition, Luang Prabang (Breakfast/Lunch/)

Starting early, enjoy the magical sunrise atmosphere as you walk into the jungle to collect the elephants from their forest home. Together with the mahouts make your way to the nearby river to give the heard their daily bath. If you haven't bathed an elephant before (and why would you have?!) you haven't lived, it's a moment you will never forget. After some instruction from your mahout you will be given the opportunity to ride on the elephant’s neck, wash it, scrub it and guide it through the river - using your feet and vocal commands - back to the camp.

As the elephants enjoy their breakfast, so do you; making the most of your riverside setting whilst the sun slowly rises over the surrounding mountains. Remote villages stir into life and you will see plumes of smoke marking their locations. Locals will pass by on small boats, heading to the fields or taking their children to the village school.

Spend the morning with your mahout learning how they train and work with their elephant. It's very much a hands on experience and you will be involved with loading up the howdah and practising how to climb onto your elephant and ride it bare back. Your guide will also teach you more about the incredible relationship shared between elephants and their mahouts, many of whom will spend their entire lives devoted to just one elephant.

Come midday it's time to say goodbye (more food is usually an appreciated parting gift!) and return to the camp where, having checked-out of your tent and enjoyed lunch, their is plenty of time to relax, enjoy a swim or enjoy a walk through the nearby village to visit a small temple.

Return to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon (shared transfer) where the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 5: Luang Prabang, Pakse, 4000 Islands (Si Phan Don), Wat Phou Temple (Breakfast/)

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Pakse. On arrival you will me met by your guide and transferred south by boat towards the 4000 Islands. En route, stop to visit the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phou that are located near to the town and are one of South-East Asia's most dramatically situated temple sites with superb views across the Mekong River.

Designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2001, the site dates back to the 5th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Whilst much of the origins of Wat Phou are unclear, it is believed that the original temple was built by the Khmer Hindus who eventually made Angkor Wat their capital.

Taking to the water once again, make the short crossing to the stunning Done Daeng Island, one of the most picturesque islands in this laid-back archipelago.

Upon arrival the remainder of your day is at leisure to explore, or just simply relax into the Si Phan Don pace of life!

(Please note: for standard and first class accommodation your hotel is located in Champasak, a small town on the Mekong River with wonderful French Colonial architecture, located 15 minutes by car from Wat Phou).
Overnight in the 4000 Islands.

Day 6: 4000 Islands (Breakfast/)

Your day is at leisure.
Overnight in the 4000 Islands.

Day 7: 4000 Islands, Pakse, Cambodia: Siem Reap, Angkor Temples (Breakfast/)


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Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap.

Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. Over 100 temples are spread over a vast area and the site easily lives up to its status as one of the seven wonders of the forgotten world.

During any visit to the Angkor temples, we ensure your day(s) remain both flexible and personal. Having met with your guide, you will be able to discuss in detail what you are looking to achieve from your time at the temples. Whilst some wish to explore as many temples as they can during their stay, others like to travel at a slower, more relaxed pace.

During any visit to the Angkor temples, we ensure your day(s) remain both flexible and personal. Having met with your guide, you will be able to discuss in detail what you are looking to achieve from your time at the temples. Whilst some wish to explore as many temples as they can during their stay, others like to travel at a slower, more relaxed pace.

Maximum experience, minimum crowds
Whether it’s sunrise at Angkor Wat or sunset at Pre Rup, climbing through the snake like roots that engulf Ta Prohm or swimming in the quiet waters of the West Baray Reservoir (or a combination of these), you can be sure that your visit to one of the seven wonders will not be easily forgotten. Unlike some archaeological tours, the Angkor temples never seem to lose that initial ‘wow factor’. Every site is as outstanding as the last, and it will be with a mixture of regret and excitement that you'll get back into your air-conditioned transport to visit the next site. We do still appreciate that some visitors are wary of becoming ‘templed-out’ and to combat this we can create more varied days with visits to other sites such as floating villages and flooded forests on the Tonlé Sap Lake, museums and exhibitions, cooking schools or simply time at leisure to explore Siem Reap or laze by the pool.

Your guide
All our guides are highly experienced Angkor specialists, fully trained and licensed to work at the temples. Along with their exceptional knowledge of each temple and the civilisations that built them, Selective Asia’s guides know how best to avoid the bus-loads that descend on any given temple at certain times of the day, and know every trick in the book when it comes to getting the best photos and the most tranquil moments.

If you have any specific requirements or special interests, be sure to let us know and we will arrange the guide with the most suitable expertise.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 8: Siem Reap, Tonlé Sap, Kampong Phluk (Breakfast/)

After breakfast depart Siem Reap for the Tonlé Sap, driving down the eastern side of the lake. Arrive at Kampong Klaing, a remarkable village built entirely on stilts, where there is time to explore the various houses, school and shops before boarding your private boat. Cruise along a short tributary, passing fishermen and children playing in the shallow waters before arriving at a typical floating village where you may either disembark or cruise amongst the waterways.

At the head of the tributary you will continue out on to the ‘Great Lake’ and continue travelling north to Kampong Phluk; a ‘flooded forest’. Accessible only during high water, you’ll pass through the tree tops whilst seated in your boat. Nearby is a fishing village where you can also learn more about the traditional methods used for generations.

Returning to the mainland, meet your driver and return to Siem Reap.

The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 9: Siem Reap, Koh Ker & Beng Mealea (Breakfast/)

With the crowds at the most famous Angkor temple sites often being counted in their 1000’s, many visitors are unaware that there are further lying temples where the crowds can often be counted on just one hand.

Departing early from Siem Reap and driving two hours north east, your first stop is the 10th century capital of Koh Ker. Whilst there are known to be over 200 temples within the boundaries of this ancient city, only 96 have been discovered thus far and in fact most of your morning is likely to be spent at just one; Prasat Thom, much of which is partially buried. Whilst the visitor numbers vary from one day to another they are always low, and it is not uncommon for you to have the site to yourself. At the far end of Prasat Thom there is towering pyramid, somewhat reminiscent of the Mayan or Inca architecture.

Having seen more of the surrounding temples, return in the direction of Siem Reap, stopping to explore another of the lesser visited temples - Beng Mealea, similar in size to the better known Angkor Wat (both were built by Jayavaram VII). Utterly swallowed by jungle, and with minimal restoration work, it is easy to imagine what it must have been like for early explorers discovering these temples for the first time.

Return to Siem Reap in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 10: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, City Tour (Breakfast/)


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Morning departure for Phnom Penh by car (driver only). Taking just five hours, you’ll pass through provincial towns, villages and roadside hamlets giving you the opportunity to observe life away from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh transfer directly to your hotel. The city was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient and despite its recent turbulent history it still retains much Colonial charm. Today the city buzzes with energy and an air of opportunity as Cambodia advances into the 21st century.

In the afternoon visit the Royal Palace, situated on the site of the former citadel and built by King Norodom in 1966, the Palace still serves as the King and Queen's residential quarters. Also within the walls of the Palace is the Silver Pagoda, so called because of five thousand silver tiles that line its exquisite floor. If time permits there is also the option of visiting the National Museum, which houses the worlds leading collection of Khmer art and sculpture, and Wat Phnom the founding site of the city. All are within easy walking distance of each other and are a great introduction to this laid-back city.

The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore more of the city. A great place to find yourself at sunset is on the banks of the Mekong River with a cold drink, watching the city slow down.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 11: Phnom Penh, Apsara Arts Association, Cheung Ek Tour (Breakfast/Lunch/)

Make a morning visit to the Apsara Art Association (closed on Sundays). The AAA is a dancing school set up to train orphans and children from poor families in the art of traditional Khmer dancing, providing them with a future career. Any visitor to the training centre will confirm that the children enjoy their new found skills!

Lunch is at Friends the Restaurant a ‘kindness restaurant’ where ex-street children are trained in hospitality and restaurant skills, helping them to break away from life on the streets.

In 1975, after years of guerrilla warfare, the radical Communist Khmer Rouge party, under its leader Pol Pot, seized power of Cambodia and declared ‘year zero’. They immediately abolished money and private property, and ordered the entire population of Phnom Penh from their homes and into the countryside to cultivate the fields. Over the next three years an estimated 2 million Cambodians died, many from starvation and exhaustion. Many others were tortured and executed for being supposed ‘enemies of the state’.
The afternoon is spent learning more about these terrible years, through visits to the infamous Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and Cheung Ek, better known as the ‘Killing Fields’. It is an incredibly moving experience, but these are two visits you will be glad to have made. During your visit to Cambodia, you will barely meet a single person who didn’t lose a member of their family during these years, yet they are all willing to talk openly about it with you. They wish you to hear about it and see these places, to ensure that it never happens again.

Alternative option (no additional cost) As an alternative to the Genocide Museum and Killing fields you may prefer to visit Phnom Oudong, the ancient Cambodian capital during the latter stages of the Khmer Empire and crowning site of the Kings. Consisting of a series of stupas atop a large hill, there are outstanding views across the surrounding plains. Phnom Oudong was bombed and desecrated by the Americans and then the Khmer Rouge, but still possesses a beauty that no war has been able to steal from it.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 12: Phnom Penh, Kep (Breakfast/)

After breakfast, drive directly out of the city, travelling in a south-easterly direction to the coastal town of Kep, one of Cambodia’s up-and-coming south coast destinations.

Once a favourite seaside resort for the elite of Phnom Penh, today the town is having something of a resurgence thanks to imaginative ex-pats and local businessmen who are ensuring that the town retains its Colonial-era charm. Whilst this delightful town has only a small beach, Rabbit Island is just a short boat ride away and makes for a great day trip.
Overnight in Kep.

Day 13: Kep (Breakfast/)

Your day is at leisure.
Overnight in Kep.

Day 14: Kep, Phnom Penh (Breakfast/Lunch/_)

Your day is at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Laos & Cambodia Tour Package Quotation & Inclusions:

Trip Price:

Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date or spcial requests. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give us as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

Trip Inclusions:

•    Local airfares Economy Class
•    Selected 5-star and superior 4-star hotel accommodations sharing double occupancy
•    Breakfast and dinner daily
•    Boat ticket according to itinerary
•    All ground transportation in private A/C vehicle (w/ complimentary cold towels, drinking water)
•    Sightseeing as shown in the itinerary with all admissions
•    All transfers between airport and hotel
•    All local taxes and service charges for meals, accommodations and transportation.

Trip Exclusion:

•    International flights
•    Visas
•    Other meals and drinks
•    Travel insurance; tips; personal expenses, emergency transfers

 
 
 
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