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Laos and Cambodia authentic 12days/11nights

12 days 11 nights to discover many beautiful landscapes of Laos and Cambodia This program guides you to many authentic places where you will learn about culture and lifestyle of the locals, and participate in many activities like cycling, kayaking, a tuk-tuk r... View more
Destinations: Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane - Phnom Penh - Kampong Thom - Siem Reap
Duration: 12 days 11 nights
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Day 1:  Arrival in Luang Prabang

Day 2:  Luang Prabang - City Tour by tuk-tuk

Day 3:  Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng

Day 4:  Vang Vieng - Kayaking - Cycling

Day 5:  Vang Vieng - Vientiane

Day 6:  Vientiane - fly to Phnom Penh - Cyclo City Tour

Day 7:  Phnom Penh - Cycling to Koh Dach

Day 8:  Phnom Penh - Kampong Thom/Homestay

Day 9:  Kampong Thom - Siem Reap

Day 10: Siem Reap - Cycling Angkor Temples Tour

Day 11: Siem Reap - Jeep Tour to Kulen Mountain - Ban Teay Srei

Day 12: Siem Reap - Floating Village - Departure

 

Day 1 : Arrival Luang Prabang

Picture of Arrival Luang Prabang

Arrival in Luang Prabang, meet our guide and transfer to your hotel.

This evening enjoy free time, walking without a guide, inside the peninsular along the confluence of the Khan and Mekong River, surrounded by beautiful Lao and French architecture in this charming World Heritage town.

The old capital city of Luang Prabang is nestled in a stunning setting amid lush mountains, and this sacred city of Golden Temples and saffron robed monks provides endless opportunities for sightseeing and photographs.

Welcome diner in a typical restaurant of Luang Prabang.

Overnight at hotel

Meals included: (Dinner)

Day 2 : Luang Prabang - City Tour by tuk-tuk

Picture of Luang Prabang - City Tour by tuk-tuk

If you wish, get an early start and participate in the traditional Lao rite of giving alms to the monks. Every morning, about 500 barefooted monks walk through the city silently collecting offerings. Back your hotel for breakfast.

By tuk-tuk, enjoy your sightseeing in the UNESCO rated town beginning with a visit to the most photographed temple, WAT XIENGTHONG. Located at the end of the peninsular close to the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers. Continue to the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum. Visit Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief. During Pimai, the Lao New Year, the Prabang normally housed in the Royal Palace Museum is brought and put on public display in this temple

After lunch, continue your tour of enchanting Luang Prabang. Visit Wat Visoun, the holiest temple of the city, rebuilt in 1887 after being destroyed by the invading Black Flags from Southern China. Continue past Wat Aham, which was first built in the 1500s, and on to Wat That where the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are kept inside the large central stupa.

Our guide takes you to the living crafts centre of Ock Pop Tok in the heart of the city. You learn about how the centre provides a place for locals to create sustainable and beautiful Laos' handicrafts and traditional artwork. After, a stop for tasting the traditional Mak Tum Tea while enjoying the magnificent views over the Mekong River. Back your hotel for resting

In the evening: make your own personal discoveries, walking along the main streets of the town, and to enjoy your shopping in the night market where you can find lovely local souvenirs.

Overnight at hotel

Meals included: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3 : Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng

Picture of Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng

After breakfast, drive to Vang Vieng that is best known for its limestone caves. You will appreciate wonderful landscape on the way from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng, passing through electric green rice paddies, spirals of limestone pinnacles of the hills, and past tiny mountain-towns clinging to the edge of the road with nothing but air and some bamboo beneath them

Some stops upon request to discover the local villages on the way. Arrival and check-in to your hotel in Vang Vieng.

Time for resting in your hotel, or walking around the small town of Vang Vieng.

Meals included: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 4 : Vang Vieng - Cycling - Kayaking

Picture of Vang Vieng - Cycling - Kayaking

This morning, visit a local market. Then you do some cycling with your guide to visit some beautiful caves surrounding Vang Vieng.

After lunch, enjoy a kayaking excursion on Nam Song River.

Back your hotel for resting

Meals included: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 5 : Vang Vieng - Nam Ngum - Vientiane

Picture of Vang Vieng - Nam Ngum - Vientiane

After breakfast, drive to visit Nam Ngum Lake, 80 kilometres to the north of Vientiane. The beautiful scenery over the Nam Ngum River and its green valley is enhanced by the presence of this vast, spectacular lake.

Continue to Vientiane. After lunch, start the tour at Wat Sisaket Vientiane's oldest-surviving monastery and its thousands of Buddha statues. Then hear the history behind by Hor Pha Keo and how is was razed to the ground not once but twice by an invading ancient Thai army. You’ll see Pha That Luang a national symbol of Laos that is represented on the national seal and currency. Admire the large stupa covered in tons of gold leaf and surrounded by 30 smaller stupas, and make sure you see the impressive hand painted frescos that adorn the internal walls.
Check-in hotel and resting time.

Meals included: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 6 : Vientiane - fly to Phnom Penh - Cyclo City Tour

Picture of Vientiane - fly to Phnom Penh - Cyclo City Tour

Transfer to airport of Vientiane to take flight to Phnom Penh - capital of Cambodia

Arrive and be welcomed by our local guide and driver. Transfer to hotel.

In the afternoon, take a cyclo to the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace. The Silver Pagoda is named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. Continue to Wat Phnom, a small hill crowned by an active Wat (Pagoda) which marks the legendary founding place of Phnom Penh.

Overnight at hotel

Meals included: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 7 : Phnom Penh - Cycling tour to Koh Dach

Picture of Phnom Penh - Cycling tour to Koh Dach

Today, cycle about 10km to Koh Dach, taking smalle ferry across the Mekong River.

On the island, cycle to the silk weaving village passing through orchards, villages and vegetable farms to the beach on the banks of the river. Relax and swim hut by the beach.

After lunch, return to the city and free time for your own sightseeing in city

Overnight at hotel

Meals included: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 8 : Phnom Penh - Kampong Thom / Homestay

Picture of Phnom Penh - Kampong Thom / Homestay

After breakfast, heading to Phnom Santuk (Santuk Mountain). Located in KoKoh village, KoKoh commune, Santuk District, it is the most sacred mountain of the province. The summit is accessed by a stone pathway (809 steps) with many statues flanking the way. At the top is a whitewashed temple and many shrines and deities, including several reclining Buddhas made out of rock, measuring more than 33 feet (10m) in length, and a 12kg floating rock.

Continue to Kampong Thom to a host village. Spend the rest of the day as part of the village community. Challenge the village kids to a game of football and get to know the villagers by helping them with the cooking or gardening.

Stay in a simple, traditional Cambodian home.

Meals included: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 9 : Kampong Thom - Siem Reap - Sun Set Quad Bike Adventure

Picture of Kampong Thom - Siem Reap - Sun Set Quad Bike Adventure

Enjoy a homemade breakfast with the host family.

Enjoy a tour around the village with a local community guide. Try an ox-cart ride for a scenic view of the rice fields and see how the locals live.

Depart to Siem Reap in a private car (150km, approx. 2.5hour drive). Arrive and check-into your hotel.

Late afternoon; Quad Adventure (start at 17h15) riding through the villages, rice paddies and the countryside immediately surrounding Siem Reap. Watch the setting sun as it dips below the rice fields.

Overnight at hotel

Meals included: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 10 : Siem Reap - Cycling Angkor Temples Tour

Picture of Siem Reap - Cycling Angkor Temples Tour

After breakfast, start your day to discovery Angkor Temples.

Cycle to Angkor Thom, first stoppingat the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the mythical tale of the Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Continue to explore the Bayon, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Before lunch, cycle through the jungle to visit 4 Prasat Chrong (4 Corner Temples). Stop for picnic lunch at one of the temples.

After lunch, continue to Banteay Kdei and Srah Srong. The last stop is Angkor Wat, a World Heritage Site since 1992. Angor Wat features the longest continuous bas relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology.

Overnight at hotel

Meals included: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 11 : Siem Reap - Jeep Tour to Kulen Mountain - Ban Teay Srei

Picture of Siem Reap - Jeep Tour to Kulen Mountain - Ban Teay Srei

An exciting drive by jeep the 65km to Phnom Kulen, the holy mountain, passing through delightful countryside and villages. At the top of the hill walk to view the thousands of lingams and the reclining Buddha statue. Stop for a picnic lunch and rest or swim at the waterfall. On the way back to Siem Reap, visit the famous Banteay Srei Temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer Art.

Overnight at hotel

Meals included: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 12 : Siem Reap - Floating village - Departure

After breakfast, drive to the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10km south of Siem Reap. Take a trip in traditional wooden boat on Tonle Sap Lake to see the floating villages with floating school, church, hospital…

Free time until your transfer to the airport for your onward destination.

Note: Check-out time of hotel is at noon.

Meals included: (Breakfast, Lunch)