Cambodia Laos Tours

Highlights of Cambodia and Laos

Number of days: 10

Price from: 00$

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Siem Reap or any other city

Highlights: Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Luang Prabang

Starting in Siem reap you spend the time exploring the wondrous Angkor Temple Complex before continuing to Phnom Penh City. This is a full day tour seeing highlights in a perfect pace. The next stop is Vientiane in Laos , where you visit various temples and relax for a while by the Mekong River. The delightful Luang Prabang Town is also a highlight of our trip. You visit various temples, enjoy a cruise on the Mekong River and unwind at Khouang Si waterfall.

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  • DESTINATIONS 


    * Siem Reap - Gateway to the Angkor Wat temple complex  

    * Phnom Penh - Capital of Cambodia surrounded by the Mekong River; home to majestic palaces and pagodas 

    * Vientiane - Capital of Laos: a charming city filled with villas and boulevards.

    * Luang Prabang - Entry point into Laos and UNESCO World Heritage listed town which retains original character


    ACTIVITIES

    * Phnom Penh - Capital of Cambodia surrounded by the Mekong River; home to majestic palaces and pagodas  
    * Siem Reap - Gateway to the Angkor Wat temple complex  

    * Phnom Penh - Capital of Cambodia surrounded by the Mekong River; home to majestic palaces and pagodas  
    * Siem Reap - Gateway to the Angkor Wat temple complex  
    * Phnom Penh - Capital of Cambodia surrounded by the Mekong River; home to majestic palaces and pagodas  
    * Siem Reap - Gateway to the Angkor Wat temple complex ACTIVITIES

    Cultural Tours / History & Archaeology Tours / Museums & Galleries / Walking Tours / Boating


    BRIEF ITINERARY:


    Day 01: Arrival in Siem Reap - Angkor Temples

    Day 02: Siem Reap - Angkor Temples

    Day 03: Siem Reap - Angkor Temples - Banteay Srei

    Day 04: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

    Day 05: Phnom Penh – Vientiane (Laos)

    Day 06: Vientiane Sightseeing 

    Day 07: Vientiane – Luang Prabang

    Day 08: Luang Prabang - Pakou Caves - Luang Prabang

    Day 09: Luang Prabang - Khouang Si Waterfall - Luang Prabang

    Day 10: Luang Prabang – Departure 

    Include:
    + Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
    + Meal as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner
    + Accommodation: twin sharing room at mentioned hotels or similar one
    + Private English speaking guide
    + Entrance fee to indicated sights
    + Boat trip Luang Prabang
    + 3 Regional and domestic flights Siem Reap - Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh – Vientiane, Vientiane - Luang Prabang (Y Class)

    Exclude:
    Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room supplement, personal expenses, travel insurance, visa, flight in/ out of Indochina, any optional additional tours or activities during free time


  • Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap - Angkor Temples

    On arrival at Siem Riep Airport, you are met by our guide and transferred to hotel. The tranquil Siem Reap Town is our base for visiting the world famous temples of the ancient city Angkor, which was the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire from 802 AD to 1350 AD. Upon leaving Siem Reap Town we set off on a short drive to the archeological area and spend our time to visit the most striking structures. They are the South Gate of Angkor Thom which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King and the architectural masterpiece of Angkor Wat. We stroll around this massive monument, exploring the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. O/N in Siem Reap.




    Day 2: Siem Reap - Angkor Temples
    The jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of this structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. We explore the well known Ta Prohm and some nearby temples including Banteay Kdei, Sra Srong, Ta Keo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevado. They almost belong to the small circuit according to the archaeologists’ division. Upon leaving this area we visit various famous temples of the grand circuit such as Preah Khan, Kravan, Neak Pean, Krol Ko, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre Rup. We round off our exciting day with a walk up to Phnom Bakheng Hill to admire the spectacular sunset over these sandstone monuments. O/N in Siem Reap.(B) 
     

    Day 3: Siem Reap - Angkor Temples - Banteay Srei
    Heading out of town we drive beyond the Angkor Complex through the Preah Dark village to the intricately carved and well preserved Banteay Srei Temple. We stroll around this beautiful landmark which was designed to leave no space undecorated. The roads begin to deteriorate but it is still fascinating to drive past the rolling mountain scenery towards Kbal Spean. This interesting site locally named the river of 1000 Lingars, has been largely reclaimed by the jungle; however it invovles a walk to catch a view over its riverbed carvings. The next stop is Banteay Samre which is adorned with striking relief depicting the scenes of Vishunu and Krishna legends. Today we also have a chance to explore the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya which flourished in the late 9th and earlier 10th centuries. These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred to the Rolous group. O/N in Siem Reap. (B) 

    Day 4: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
    The following destination of our trip is Phnom Penh via a short flight from Siem Reap. On arrival at Po Chen Tong Airport, you are greeted by our guide and transferred to hotel. The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh lies near the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. This riverside town still maintains considerable charm despite its recent turbulent history. We begin our city tour with the Royal Palace. The private quarters of the palace are now home to the royal family and are therefore very close to the public. At the northern area of the palace grounds is Silver Pagoda, the most sacred temple in the country. We follow it with a walk up to a small hill for an interesting visit to the legendary Wat Phnom and a fantastic view over the surrounding areas. O/N in Phnom Penh. (B)



    Day 5: Phnom Penh – Vientiane ( Laos)
    The painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge still can be seen at the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek. We include these infamous sites in a morning tour before continuing to the National Museum, exclusively dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period from 9th to 15th centuries, but some date from as early as the 4th century. The next stop is Psar Toul Tom Pong, also called the “Russian Market”, where anything and everything is for sales! By mid afternoon we board a short flight to Laos. On arrival at Vientiane Airport you are met by our guide and transferred to hotel. The charming and fascinating capital of Laos, Vientiane is small city conjuring up exotic images, with the curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences. You catch a your first glimpse of the town on a walking tour. O/N in Vientiane. (B) 


     

    Day 6: Vientiane Sightseeing
    Today we spend a full day in Vientiane, seeing Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. This amazing structure features remarkable frescoes and Buddha statues. Close to this masterwork is the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaew which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We see these sites before continuing to Patouxai. This imposing monument standing in Lane Xang Avenue, is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe and provides stunning views of the city. We also visit the great sacred masterpiece and symbol of Laos, That Luang Stupa before we head out of town to see the giant Friendship Bridge and the impressive Buddha Park. This landmark represents a blend of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures created by mystical monk on a parkland located by the Mekong River. The perfect way to round off our day is to watch the spectacular sunset over the Mekong River from one of riverside bars. O/N in Vientiane. (B) 

    Day 7: Vientiane – Luang Prabang 
    The royal capital of the former Lane Xang Kingdom, Luang Prabang with its gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop, retains a unique charm rarely found in all Asia. Today we take a short flight over the mountainous region to Luang Prabang. There are plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the Srilankalese styled temple of That Marko, the shrine of Wat Aham and the five tiered roof Wat Mai. We visit these sites in a half day guided tour and embark on a climb up to Phousi Hill for a beautiful panorama view from the town center and the mighty Mekong River. There are 329 steps leading us on zigzag way past various temples to the sacred, gilded stupa of Wat Phousi at the summit. O/N in Luang Prabang. (B)



    Day 8: Luang Prabang - Pakou Caves - Luang Prabang 
    Today we continue seeing this charming town with the famous Wat Xieng Thong, which nestles at the meeting of the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. The temple structures are decorated in various ways with gilded stuccoes ,doorways and marvellous tree life mosaic pattern on an outer wall, representing the ancient temple architecture of Luang Prabang. We board a boat for a leisurely trip on the Mekong River, stopping en route at Ban Xang Hai to visit the distillation of potent local rice wine. Upon leaving this riverside village we wave our way through the stunning mountain landscape to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. They are crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes, all brought there by devout villagers. We explore these famous grottos and cruise back to Luang Prabang Town. On arrival we catch a short drive to Ban Phanom , a well known weaving village of the Tai Lue people who used to make royal silk weaving textiles for the Lao former royal family. O/N in Luang Prabang. (B)


    Day 9: Luang Prabang - Khouang Si Waterfall - Luang Prabang
    The mountainous areas around Luang Prabang Town are also home of many ethnic groups and various stunning waterfalls dispersed in secluded jungle. Today we catch a drive southwards to Phosi Market that sells a wide array of local goods and handicrafts. Upon leaving this lively market we make our way through the verdant and rugged scenery to Ban Thapene , Ban Xom and Ban Namai which are conquered by the Lao Loum, Khmu and Hmong people. They are very poor but have interesting culture and colorful history. These tribal groups have originally settled in mountain side therefore it may involve some short walks to visit their villages. We arrives at Khouang Si Fall and spend the time relaxing in marvellous setting of waterfall and lush forest. The waterfall tumbles over multi tiered limestone formations into the cool and clear pools ideal for anyone seeking an enjoyable escape. O/N in Luang Prabang. (B) 
     


    Day 10: Luang Prabang - Departure
    The exploration of Luang Prabang Town would not be complete without a visit to the national museum at the former Royal Palace. This interesting structure displays a lovely collection of treasures and artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. We spend our time to see this museum and enjoy a walk around the nearby old quarter streets or simply relax at riverside bar. The trip ends after your transfer to Luang Prabang Airport for departure. (B)

  • Categories of Accommodation


    Value:

    With basic hotels and simple accommodation, this is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel. We would normally accommodate your in these in remote areas.


    Standard:

    Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant. Sometimes these are a good affordable choice in cities where accommodation is very expensive, but where being centrally located is a prime consideration.


    Superior:

    Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre. This is the 'classic' hotel standard we use on most of our group based tours.


    Deluxe:

    Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care. India and Southeast Asia have a fabulous array of top notch 5-star properties.


    Luxury:

    Luxury accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!


  • CAMBODIA:

    Passports
    Passport valid for at least six months after date of return from Cambodia required by all nationals.

    Visas
    Visitors arriving by air can obtain a visa for stays of up to 30 days on arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, Phnom Penh or Siem Reap International Airport, Angkor. Visas are also available from Immigration at the border posts of Bavet, Poi Pet and Koh Kong. Visitors are advised to check current situation before traveling. E-Visas are only valid for entry via Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, Cham Yeam land border, Poi Pet land border and Bavet land border.
    Visa Note
    Applications by post will only be accepted through a recognized visa courier. For further details, contact the nearest consulate (or consular section of embassy). 
    Nationals flying in to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap International Airport will be able to apply for a 30-day visa on arrival in Cambodia. 

    Validity
    All visas are valid for a one month period, and visas issued by the embassy must be used within three months of date of issue. Extensions of up to one extra month for Tourist visas or six or 12 months for Business visas (which can be multiple) may be granted by the Ministry of the Interior at the Immigration Office in Phnom Penh.

    Climate:
    Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate. The monsoon season runs from May to November. The most pleasant season is the dry season, from November/December to April. In the north, winters can be colder, while throughout most of the country temperatures remain fairly constant. There is often seasonal flooding in Phnom Penh and the rest of Cambodia in late July and early August, and travel may be disrupted at these times.

    Required Clothing
    Lightweight clothing is worn all year. Rainwear is essential during the monsoon season.

    Travel Tips:
    Most visits to Cambodia are trouble-free, however public order is fragile. Travelers should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners. The greatest risks to travelers are from road traffic accidents, armed robbery after dark, landmines and unexploded ordnance in rural areas.

    Travelers should be aware of the risk of robbery and other crime (including sexual offences) in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap, particularly after dark, and take sensible precautions. Travelers should be on their guard against pickpockets and bag snatchers, especially when traveling around the cities.

    Outbreaks of avian influenza (bird flu) in Cambodia have resulted in a small number of human fatalities. As a precaution, travelers should avoid live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where they may come into close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds; and ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked.

    LAOS:

    Passports
    Passport with at least six months remaining validity required by all nationals.

    Visas
    (a) A 15-day visa on arrival is now available for nationals arriving at Vientiane International Airport, Luang Prabang International Airport or Friendship Bridge; visas are not extendable. 
    (b) A one-month visit visa is available from the Laos embassy provided the applicant has a guarantor in Laos; visas can be extended by up to a further two months. 
    (c) A one-month business visa is available from the Laos embassy; applicants require authorization from the organization they will be visiting in Laos before applying for a visa; visas can be extended until the completion of business. 
    (d) A five-day transit visa is available for nationals transiting through Vientiane International Airport; nationals require proof of onward journey within five days. 
    (e) Multiple-entry visas are only available from the ministry of foreign affairs in Laos.

    Climate:
    Throughout most of the country, the climate is hot and tropical, with the rainy season between May and October when temperatures are at their highest. The dry season runs from November to April.

    Required Clothing
    Lightweights and rainwear, with warmer layers from October to March and upland areas.

    Travel Tips: 
    Most visits are trouble free.
    The threat from terrorism in Laos is low. However, travellers should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public areas, including places frequented by foreigners.
    Travellers should be aware of and respect local conventions at all times.
    Unexploded ordnance in rural areas is an ongoing danger.
    Outbreaks of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in Laos have resulted in human fatalities, the last one of which was in 2007. As a precaution, travellers should avoid live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds is likely; and ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked. 
    The Lao government prohibits sexual relationships between foreign citizens and Lao nationals except when the two parties have been married in accordance with Lao family law. Penalties for breaking these regulations can range from fines to imprisonment.
    Penalties for illegal drug importation and use are severe and can include the death penalty.
    It is illegal not to carry an ID document, and fines for not having one for presentation are high.

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