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Cambodia and Laos’ great legacy

Cambodia and Laos’ great legacy

Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Pakse, Si Phan Don, Luang Prabang
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This tour will be your perfect tour with special combination of Laos and Cambodia. From the departure of Phnom Penh- the capital city of Cambodia, you will transfer north through Angkor temple. After crossing the border, you will take a cruise on the waters of southern Laos, visit of the Bolaven Plateau and have time to experience with elephants. Then, you will take a flight north to explore the ancient city- Luang Prabang with the most famous temples and visit some local villages. In your tour, we will try our best to meet your need, create as much as fun and pleasure as possible for you.
Highlights:
 
  • Discover the charming Phnom Penh capital of Cambodia and its attraction.
  • Visit the famous Angkor complex in Siem Reap to admire its architectural aureola.
  • Turn the way to the Million-Elephant country where the national attractions are never boring to visitors.
  • Soak in the tranquil rhythm of daily life in Si Phan Done and its attractive waterfalls.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Phnom Penh Arrival

Day 2
Phnom Penh City Tour (B)

Day 3
Tuol Sleng - Cheung Ek Tour - Siem Reap (B)

Day 4
Angkor Temples (B)

Day 5
Siem Reap - Village Explorer (B,L)

Day 6
Siem Reap Free Day (B)

Day 7
Siem Reap – Pakse – Wat Phou – Si Phan Don (B)

Day 8
Si Phan Don (B)

Day 9
Bolaven Plateau - Tad Lo Waterfalls (B)

Day 10
Tad Lo Waterfalls – Pakse – LuangPrabang (B)

Day 11
Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)

Day 12
Living Lands Organic Farm - Khuang Sy Falls (B,L)

Day 13
Depart Luang Prabang (B)

Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival
Day 1:  Phnom Penh Arrival

Our guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel from Phnom Penh airport. Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia, located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap rivers. It has grown to become the nation's center of economic and industrial activities, as well as the center of security, politics, cultural heritage, and diplomacy of Cambodia. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is your time to relax or explore the city on your own. Overnight in Phnom Penh. 

Day 2: Phnom Penh City Tour (B)
Day 2: Phnom Penh City Tour (B)
This morning, you will begin your journey by visiting the Royal Palace - one of Phnom Penh’s most splendid architectural achievements. The palace was built in 1866 by His Majeaty Preah Bat Norodom, great grandfather to our current King. The Royal Palace is built on the site of the old town. Then, stop to visit the National Museum - where remains a collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments… and Wat Phnom- the namesake and symbol of the capital city of Phnom Penh. With the height of 27 meter (88.5 ft), it is the tallest religious structure in the city.
 
Then, you will have a lunch at Friends the Restaurant. In the afternoon and evening, you have free time at leisure or discover further the city. The best choice will be sightseeing on the banks of the Mekong river, walk around and admire the sunset.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 3: Tuol Sleng - Cheung Ek Tour - Siem Reap (B)
Day 3: Tuol Sleng - Cheung Ek Tour - Siem Reap (B)
Today, you will have visits to learn historical period of time of this city. The first visit is Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes- a museum in Phnom Penh. In 1975, Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). This soon became the largest centre of detention and torture in the country. Between 1975 and 1978 more than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the killing fields of Choeung Ek. S-21 has been turned into the Tuol Sleng Museum, which serves as a testament to the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. Today the building houses exhibits, paintings and photographs of many of the victims. Another place that you should make a visit is Cheung Ek- the best-known of the sites known as The Killing Fields. Today, Choeung Ek is a memorial, marked by a Buddhist stupa.
 
In the early afternoon, you will transfer to Phnom Penh Airport to get a flight to Siem Reap- the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia, the primary gateway to Angkor region. When you arrive in Siem Reap, our guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Angkor Temples (B)
Day 4:  Angkor Temples (B)
In your tour to visit Angkor temples, you will discover the finest and most ancient in Cambodia. Highlights include:
 
Angkor Wat- a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. Built in the first half of the 12th century, Angkor Wat is the best preserved-  an architectural masterpiece. Its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief's and sculpture make it one of the finest monuments in the world.
 
Ta Prohm- located in southwest of the East Mebon and east of Angkor Thom. Ta Prohm is among the largest of the monuments in the Angkor complex. The complex included 260 statues of gods, 39 towers with pinnacles and 566 groups of residences. The trees growing out of the ruins are perhaps the most distinctive feature of Ta Prohm. 
 
The Bayon- the heart of Angkor Thom capital city. It is a Buddhist temple and it was the last mountain temple in Khmer Arts. Bayon Temple is surrounded by two long walls bearing an extraordinary collection of bas-relief scenes of legendary and historical events. This temple is one of the most famous after Angkor Wat, and millions of tourists come each year to see.
Day 5: Siem Reap - Village Explorer (B,L)
Day 5: Siem Reap - Village Explorer (B,L)
Today, you will have a new experience of Cambodian rural life as well as traditional Khmer culture. After your breakfast, you will depart your day by travelling through remote villages  and learn about daily life of the locals.
 
First, you will stop at Krabei Real village. Here, you have chance to explore the local market and purchase some supplies for your lunch. Shopping in the market will bring you friendly feeling when living among immense and charming nature and open people. Continue your journey through rice fields, houses, schools and pagodas. Visiting this area, you also have chance to learn about traditional handicrafts of villagers, their techniques as well as admire their unique products because many families skilled rattan weavers.
 
After around an hour, you will arrive at a local family. Here, you will be welcomed by the host and have time to chat with the family while they will prepare a lunch from what you have bought at the market. You could also take part in this preparation to have further understanding of typical Khmer cuisine. It is for sure that this will be an interesting experience for you!
 
After your intimate lunch with the family, you could spend time to relax and the village before returning to Siem Reap. On the way turning back to your hotel, you will visit the workshops of the Artisans d’Angkor and explore SiemReap’s market. Artisans Angkor is a Cambodian social business whose purpose is to create job opportunities for young people living in rural areas, while reviving at the same time traditional Khmer craftsmanship (stone and wood carving, painting on statues and on silk, lacquering, and silver plating). You will spend the rest of day to relax. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 6: Siem Reap Free Day (B)
Day 6: Siem Reap Free Day (B)
Spend the day freely at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 7: Siem Reap – Pakse – Wat Phou – Si Phan Don (B)
Day 7:  Siem Reap – Pakse – Wat Phou – Si Phan Don (B)
In the morning, you will transfer to Siem Reap Airport to get a flight to Pakse- the capital city of Champasak province of Southern Laos, and the forth largest town in the country, serving as a major transport and commerce hub for southern Laos. When you arrive, our guide will meet and transfer to Si Phan Don- a group of islands in the Mekong River in Southern Laos.
 
Your first stop is Champasak- a province in southwestern Laos, near the borders with Thailand and Cambodia. After crossing the Mekong river, you will visit Wat Phou- one of the oldest archaeological sites in Laos. For those who are interested in art and history, this temple is an ideal place to explore. The Wat Phou Hindu temple complex is located on the side of a symbolic sacred mountainside called Phu Kao.
 
Then, you will return to Champasak before crossing back over the Mekong River. Check in your hotel in Don Det island. You could spend the rest of the day to relax or explore the island on your own. Overnight in the 4000 Islands.
Day 8: Si Phan Don (B)
Day 8: Si Phan Don (B)
After your breakfast, you will visit Done Det and Done Khone- where you could explore the ruins of French railway tracks and the beautiful Liphi Waterfall.
 
In the afternoon, you will turn back to your hotel. On the way, you will have chance to spot rare Irrawaddy dolphins in the region. You could spend the rest of day to relax or discover the island on your own. Overnight in the 4000 Islands.

 

Day 9: Bolaven Plateau - Tad Lo Waterfalls (B)
Day 9: Bolaven Plateau - Tad Lo Waterfalls (B)
After breakfast, take your boat back the main land and visit Khon Papheng before journey to Bolaven Plateau- famous for its great scenery, ethnic villages and unexplored corners. Its fertile plains allow farmers to produce some of the best tea and coffee in the country (coffee remains Laos' biggest agricultural export.)
 
It’s probably best known for being home to some of Southeast Asia's most spectacular waterfalls including Tad Fane. You will make a stop at Tad Fan waterfall. The impressive Tad Fane twin falls thunder over 100 metres down the steep cliffs into a gorge, located a few kilometres west of Paksong Town, Champasak Province.
 
In the afternoon, you continue to visit Tad Lo waterfall- located in the plateau Bolaven Plateau. Here you can enjoy a swim at sunset. 
 
Overnight at your hotel.
Day 10: Tad Lo Waterfalls – Pakse – LuangPrabang (B)
Day 10: Tad Lo Waterfalls – Pakse – LuangPrabang (B)
In the early morning, you could take part in a morning bath in the waterfalls. After that, you could also visit the villages of Alak, Nge, and Katu- ethnic groups still live in Tad Lo. After a visit to learn more about the local life, you will travel by road to Pakse to get a flight to LuangPrabang.
 
When you arrive in Luang Prabang, our guide will meet and transfer you to the hotel. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is your free time to relax. 
 
Luang Prabang is the capital city of Luang Prabang Province in north central Laos. It is exceptional for both its rich architectural and artistic heritage that reflects the fusion of Lao traditional urban architecture with that of the colonial era .The city is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries.
 
In the evening, you could stroll around, enjoy the sunset on banks of the river or or just sit down to enjoy Laos favor- Beer Lao.
 
Overnight in LuangPrabang.
Day 11: Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)
Day 11: Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)
You are recommended to get up early, around 5.30 to 6.30am to visit Vat Nong temple. Here, you will witness The Tak Bat ceremony ("Tak Bat" means giving alms to monks). In this ceremony, from the early morning Thai people go to the temple and bring food with them. They are filling monks’ bowl with food such as rice, soft drinks, cakes and so on… This ceremony happens in peaceful and respectful atmosphere. That’s why we recommend that you should wear decent clothing when watching the rituals or if you want to save this moment, you should take photos from a distance to show your respect.
 
Another choice that you could make is visiting a monk school in the city. This will be a great chance for those who are interested in monastery because you will have time to talk with young monks, learn about their daily life. 
 
After your breakfast at the National Museum - where remains a collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments…, you will start your city tour. IN this tour, you will visit some most famous temples of the city. Highlights include: 
Vat May- the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang.
Vat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Royal City- one of the most important of Lao monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art.
Vat Visoun- the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples of Luang Prabang.
The last one you will visit in this morning is Arts and Ethnology Centre.
In the afternoon, you will Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek- the weaving and textile villages. Here, you will have time to explore traditional handicrafts, admire diverse and unique products made by skillful hands of artisan. After that, you will return to town to visit a monk school. To finish a long day, you will climb Mount Phousi to enjoy spectacular panoramic view of the city at sunset.
Overnight in LuangPrabang. 
Day 12: Living Lands Organic Farm - Khuang Sy Falls (B,L)
Day 12: Living Lands Organic Farm - Khuang Sy Falls (B,L)
In this morning, you will take a land transfer to a greenery area-the Living Lands Organic Farm. Here, through the introduction and explanation of the local farming guide, you will have better understanding about stages of rice cultivation from choose best seeds to harvest. A process of making rice will appear in vivid way through detail steps. Before leaving, you will get an opportunity to taste rice-made traditional foods.  It will be a unique and interesting experience for you.
 
Continue your trip to Khuang Sy Waterfalls- the biggest in the Luang Prabang area. It is one of Luang Prabang’s most popular tourist attractions thanks to its breathtaking cascades of water. On the way to Khuang Sy Waterfall, you will stop to visit some of the villages- where the older female villagers still dress in traditional costume. Then you will have a picnic lunch at the waterfall. If you want to swim, it is a great place because the waterfall scatters into many basins with deliciously cold water due to the shade given by the surrounding lush tropical jungle
 
Then, make a stop to visit the nearby Bear Rescue Centre- houses more than 20 rescued bears.
After a short rest, you will take a short transfer to Ban Ou village. Here, you will take a cruise on the Mekong river on a private boat back to LuangPrabang. You could enjoy and admire stunning view of villages along the river. On the way, you will make a stop at Ban Chan village- a traditional pottery-making village
 
Finally, in the early evening, you will arrive back into to LuangPrabang. Overnight in LuangPrabang.
Day 13: Depart Luang Prabang (B)
Day 13: Depart Luang Prabang (B)

Today is your free time to relax before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

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Cambodia and Laos’ great legacy

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Prices are quoted in US dollars per person for double occupancy
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Inclusion:
 
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Internal flight in economy class (Pakse – LuangPrabang)
  • Internal flight in economy class
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees
 
Exclusion:
 
  • International flights
  • Single supplement surcharge
  • Laos visa
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
Important notes:
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Laos.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from the date of offer. After this date, price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Laos New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 14.00 on arrival day till 12.00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
 
Visa:
You will require a visa to enter Laos. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
 
Passport:
Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
 
Booking Procedure:
Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 30%.
 
Money Exchange:
Laos’s currency is called the KIP, pronounced “kip”. 
Bills that represent Kip are broken down into 500; 1000; 2000; 5000; 10000; 20 000; 50, 000 and 100, 000 KIP denominations. Please be aware that the KIP is a non-convertible currency and cannot officially be exchanged abroad. The official exchange rate in Laos is around 8,000 Kip = 01 USD (as of July 2014).
Foreigner currencies such as US Dollars, Euros, Thai Baht, Australia Dollars…are popularly accepted in Laos to be exchanged in KIP and tourists are entitled to exchange easily money at the current market rate at the banks, airport or at any licensed moneychanger. The presentation of your passport is sometimes requested. Please ask your tour guide for assistance in case you need.
 
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB).
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR). 
Unofficially however, US currency (US$) runs the country and is the currency you should bring, mostly in cash - notes should be 2006 series onwards. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Notes should be 2006 series onwards. Torn, dirty or old notes, as well as the $2US note will be refused in most businesses. ATMs are available in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap and also dispense in both KHR and US$. 
 
The official currency of Vietnam is Dong (VND).
Some establishments will accept US currency (USD), but usually only for large purchases and in some restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists. It's not possible to exchange Vietnamese Dong outside the country, so convert or spend all your Dong before leaving.
The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange; clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques are unacceptable to change. 
 
Tipping:
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Asia destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
 
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
- Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
- Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.
- Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
 
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.
 
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1. ITINERARY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival
Day 2: Phnom Penh City Tour (B)
Day 3: Tuol Sleng - Cheung Ek Tour - Siem Reap (B)
Day 4: Angkor Temples (B)
Day 5: Siem Reap - Village Explorer (B,L)
Day 6: Siem Reap Free Day (B)
Day 7: Siem Reap – Pakse – Wat Phou – Si Phan Don (B)
Day 8: Si Phan Don (B)
Day 9: Bolaven Plateau - Tad Lo Waterfalls (B)
Day 10: Tad Lo Waterfalls – Pakse – LuangPrabang (B)
Day 11: Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)
Day 12: Living Lands Organic Farm - Khuang Sy Falls (B,L)
Day 13: Depart Luang Prabang (B)

2. PARTICIPANTS AND DATE OF TRAVEL

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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