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Highlights of Laos & Cambodia Tour – 12 Days

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Tour Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Starts/Ends: Vientiane (Laos) / Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Tour Type: Landscape, Culture
Activity Level: Regular itinerary
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 01: Arrival Vientiane
Day 02: Vientiane – Vang Vieng (B, L)
Day 03: Vang Vieng – Xieng Khouang (B, L)
Day 04: Xieng Khouang – Luang Prabang (B, L)
Day 05: Luang Prabang (B, L)
Day 06: Luang Prabang (B, L)
Day 07: Luang Prabang – Siem Reap (B, L)
Day 08: Siem Reap (B, L)
Day 09: Siem Reap (B, L)
Day 10: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh (B, L)
Day 11: Phnom Penh (B, L)
Day 12: Phnom Penh departure (B)

DAY 01: VIENTIANE ARRIVAL
On arrival at the Vientiane capital, you will be met and transferred to our centrally located hotel. After a short rest, we commence our tour of the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. The final visit of the day will be the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a much overlooked aspect of Laos and a major problem many of the local people face on a day to day basis in the form of unexploded ordnance as a result of heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War era. A spectacular view of the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day.
Stay overnight in Vientiane.

DAY 02: VIENTIANE - VANG VIENG (B, L)
This morning we travel by the picturesque back roads to Vang Vieng. En route we stop at Ban Keun, which is famous for its salt mine. Here you can learn about the daily working life of the local people. We then continue to Nam Ngum, a picturesque lake created by damming the Nam Ngum River. Following lunch overlooking the lake, we continue north, stopping at Tha Heua, a small village that specializes in dried fish, which you will see hanging in front of the houses. We then reach Vang Vieng by midafternoon, where we have time to visit the picturesque Tham Jang cave, that offers stunning views of over the Nam Song River and surrounding karst scenery. The rest of the day is at leisure.
(The road journey today takes approximately 4-5hours including stops on the way).
Stay overnight in Vang Vieng.

DAY 03: VANG VIENG - XIENG KHOUANG (B, L)
Today we leave this charming town and drive to Xieng Khouang, an area once devastated by American bombings between 1964 and 1973. These back roads are a great way to explore the real Laos. We see very few other travelers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs. The drive is very long, but we can make many stops at our pleasure, to stretch our legs and take some wonderful photographs. In the afternoon there will be time to see the old capital of Muang Khoun Province and its' nearby villages.
(The road journey today takes approximately 7-8hours including stops on the way).
Stay overnight in Xieng Khuang.

DAY 04: XIENG KHOUANG - LUANG PRABANG (B, L)
We visit the Central Market of Phonsavanh to watch the different hill tribe people barter and exchange merchandises. We then head out this small town towards Luang Prabang, en route we stop off to see the Buddha images in Thampra, a site more than 200 years old, and various Hmong and hill tribe minority villages along the way. Really nice and friendly people welcome you to their villages. After a photo stop, we continue driving uphill, enjoying the splendid natural scenery of the mountains, the forest and landscape. After a tea or coffee break at Sala Phoukhoun, where the borders of Vientiane-Xiengkhouang-Luang Prabang meet as a T-Junction. The journey will take us over mountainous regions until we approach Luang Prabang.
Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 05: LUANG PRABANG (B, L)
After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city's oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple/wat. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the distillation of local rice wine. return we take a short drive to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xienglek, well known for its hand made paper.
Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 06: LUANG PRABANG (B, L)
If you wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people. After breakfast we take a stroll on the Phousi Market where you see many local products such as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. The afternoon we spend in relaxed atmosphere and continue to visit the Kuang Si waterfall. On the way we make some stops to visit local villages At the waterfalls you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths, return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon.
Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 07: LUANG PRABANG - SIEM REAP (B, L)
You are transferred to the airport, where you say goodbye to your Laos tour leader and fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Please note that you are likely to be unescorted on this flight and will be met on arrival in Siem Reap by your Cambodian tour leader or a local representative. You will also meet other members of the group who will accompany you on the Cambodian sector of the tour.

DAY 08: SIEM REAP (B, L)
Siem Reap is our base for visiting the world-famous temples of the ancient city of Angkor, home to the powerful Khmer Empire that held sway from 802 AD to 1350 AD. We spend a full day visiting the amazing temples of Angkor on a guided tour. Angkor Thom, the 'Great Royal City', is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. The impressive Bayon temple is the centerpiece of all this. Angkor Wat is the largest and most complete structure. It is the only one of Angkor's temples with its entrance facing to the west (the others face east), the reason being that it was constructed as a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and a westerly countenance was seen to represent a sunset. Ta Prohm temple is an incredible sight, with large trees embedding themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. We can end the day with a sunset view of Angkor Wat from Phnom Bakheng.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

DAY 09: SIEM REAP (B, L)
Our ticket for the Angkor ruins enables us to spend more time exploring this memorable archaeological area. It is an early morning start as we travel out to Banteay Srei, famous for its detailed and intricate stone carvings. It is not a big temple, but has been sometimes referred to as ‘the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art’. Back at the main temple complex, Preah Khan contains a maze of vaulted corridors and is another complex that has been largely reclaimed by the jungle.
Stay overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

DAY 10: SIEM REAP - PHNOM PENH (B, L)
You have a free morning before leaving Siem Reap. If you wish to stay in town, you can relax outside one of the cafes or visit the market in town, which sells some interesting artifacts and handicrafts. Another option would be to relax by the hotel pool or enjoy a massage by one of the famous blind masseuse of Siem Reap. Flying to Phnom Penh you notice a change of pace, as you arrive in Cambodia’s capital. A relaxing drink at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club is a great way to start your evening.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

DAY 11: PHNOM PENH (B, L)
A full city tour introduces you to the sights of Phnom Penh, a city that lies near the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap Rivers. The private quarters of the Royal Palace is home to King Sihamoni and is therefore closed to the public; however, we are able to visit the Silver Pagoda which lies in the palace complex, which is the most sacred temple in the country and was previously spared from destruction by the Khmer Rouge. Wat Phnom is the temple which gave rise to the foundation of the city in the 15th Century. The bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge is a painful, but unavoidable, part of Cambodia's recent history and visits to the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek tell the story of this tragic legacy. (Note: These sites are a major part of sightseeing in Phnom Penh; however, if you do not wish to visit either of them, please inform your tour leader.) An ideal way to spend your last evening in Cambodia is to relax in a cafe by the riverfront.
Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.

DAY 12: PHNOM PENH - Departure (B, L)
After breakfast at hotel, free at your leisure until transfer to the airport for your departure flight to your home. End of services.

What's included ?

- Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast Private transfers and transportation with A/C on tour
- Flight tickets Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Vientiane, Vientiane - Siem Reap, Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
- Meals as listed in the itinerary: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner
- Sightseeing and entrance fees
- English speaking guide
- Mineral water per pax per day

What's Excluded ?

- Laos and Cambodia visas
- Travel insurance
- Other meals and drinks not mentioned
- All international flights and airport taxes
- Excess or overweight baggage
- Other personal expenses
- Tipping/gratuities for local guides

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