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Laos and Cambodia: Gorgeous Heritages

Laos and Cambodia: Gorgeous Heritages

Luang Prabang, Pakse, Si Phan Don, Siem Reap , Phnom Penh, Kep
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The unique combination of Laos and Cambodia in your 14-day tour will be your unforgettable experience. With a start point in LuangPrabang, you will have time to explore traditional culture of this ancient city and then continue with a new and luxurious experience when joining the Shangri Lao Explorer Camp. Continue your trip towards south to admire stunning view and explore the amazing Island- Si Phan Don before discovering antiquity of great temples- Angkor Temples. One more chance for those who interested in history and archeology is to visit less -visited temple complexes, continue explore an exciting city- Phnom Penh before visiting Kep town. In your tour, we will try our best to meet your need, create as much as fun and pleasure as possible for you.
Highlights:
 
  • Explore from the hustle of Luang Prabang city to the tranquil life along the Si Phan Done.
  • Enjoy the interesting Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp Expedition, especially the elephant interaction.
  • Visit the famous Angkor complex in Siem Reap to admire its architectural aureola, then turn way to Phnom Penh.
  • Enjoy the smooth sandy beach in Kep for relaxation.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Luang Prabang Arrival

Day 2
Tak Bat – Luang Prabang City 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 – Wat Phu - Si Phan Don (B)

Day 6
4000 Islands (B)

Day 7
4000 Islands – Pakse - Siem Reap (B)

Day 8
Angkor Temples (B)

Day 9
Siem Reap – Remote Temples (B,L)

Day 10
Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - City Tour (B)

Day 11
Apsara Arts Association – Tuol Sleng - Cheung Ek (B)

Day 12
Phnom Penh – Kep (B)

Day 13
Kep Free Day (B)

Day 14
Kep - Phnom Penh – Departure (B)

Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival
Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival
When you arrive in LuangPrabang, our guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is your free time to relax or explore the city on your own.
 
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 have chance to enjoy some truly authentic Lao flavors, especially Beer Lao from a variety of restaurants.
 
Overnight in LuangPrabang.
Day 2: Tak Bat – Luang Prabang City Tour (B)
Day 2: Tak Bat – Luang Prabang City 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 3: Luang Prabang - Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp Expedition (B,L,D)
Day 3: Luang Prabang - Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp Expedition (B,L,D)
After your breakfast, you will be picked up by the Shangri-Lao's driver to the Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp (about 15 km outside Luang Prabang).
 
When you arrive, you will be introduced to the specialist team of the camp and taken a short tour to visit facilities. You have chance to know more about the amazing creature: their lifestyle, their habits, their food, and become familiar with them. Under professional guide of specialists, you will feed elephant and take a ride on their back through the forest to the protected Huay Sae Valley. It is really an interesting experience for those who want to discover wildlife. Upon your arrival, you will enjoy a delicious lunch in the best of nature.
 
In the afternoon, continue your journey along trail on foot, crossing bamboo bridges and passing several waterfalls. When the trail leaves the valley, horses of the locals from nearby villages will help you with your bags during your rest adventure until Nam Khan River. Your trekking will take you around 2 hours.
 
Then, continue to embark on a bamboo raft to downstream for 1,5 hours. On the way, you could make a stop to visit Tad Sae Waterfalls- a spectacular natural wonder for 30 minutes.
 
When turning back to your camp, check tin to your room. You can spend the rest of day relaxing, enjoying stunning view of surroundings or taking a walk to a nearby village.
In the evening, you will enjoy a barbeque dinner on the terrace. Overnight at Shangri-Lao.
Day 4: Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp Expedition – Luang Prabang (B,L)
Day 4: Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp Expedition – Luang Prabang (B,L)
In the early morning, you have chance to immerse yourself into wildlife, enjoy the beauty of nature and witness simple daily activities of the locals: heading to the fields, taking children to the local school. These peaceful sights bring you an insight into simple but meaningful life of the villagers. 
 
After your breakfast, you will continue your experience with elephants. The mahouts will teach you some basic techniques such as how to ride an elephant on their bare back, how to feed, bath and control them.
 
Then, you have chance to be closer with elephants by following then into the forest to attend their bathe. Through the guide of specialists, you will bath elephant, wash it, scrub it and command it. It will be an unforgettable experience for you.
 
Say goodbye to elephants and their mahouts, you return to your tent and have a lunch. Take some time to relax, take a short walk to a nearby village or visit a small temple.
 
In the late afternoon, you will return to Luang Prabang. Spend the rest of day relaxing. 
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Pakse – Wat Phu - Si Phan Don (B)
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Pakse – Wat Phu - Si Phan Don (B)
In the morning you will transfer to the airport to get a flight to Pakse. When you arrive, your guide will meet and transfer you to Si Phan Don. On the way, you will visit an ancient ruin of Wat Phou- a ruined Khmer Hindu temple complex in southern Laos. It offers stunning views over the surrounding land and Mekong River. Wat Phu is considered one of the oldest archaeological sites in Laos. Like other notable Khmer architecture in Southeast Asia, it was constructed using sandstone, laterite and bricks. Wat Phu has been an active temple for Buddhist religious practice for quite some time because Buddhism replaced Hinduism in Laos in the mid 13th century.
 
Then, you could take a water transfer to visit Done Det island.
 
When you arrive, take time to relax or explore the island on your own. Overnight in the 4000 Islands.
Day 6: 4000 Islands (B)
Day 6: 4000 Islands (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 7: 4000 Islands – Pakse - Siem Reap (B)
Day 7: 4000 Islands – Pakse - Siem Reap (B)
In the morning, you will transfer to Pakse Airport for your 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. 
 
Free time at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 8: Angkor Temples (B)
Day 8: 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 9: Siem Reap – Remote Temples (B,L)
Day 9: Siem Reap – Remote Temples (B,L)
In the morning, you will take one hour drive journey northeast of  Siem Reap to Phnom Kulen- considered the most sacred mountain in Cambodia and it is a popular place for domestic visitors during weekends and festivals.
 
Then, make a visit of the Big Buddha – the massive 17-metre long reclining Buddha at PreahAng Thom. You could also have chance to relax yourself with a dip in the waterfalls- an interesting spot of the locals.
 
Leaving the waterfalls, you continue to visit Lion Temple and Elephant Temple to explore further about Cambodia history. Here, you will have a picnic lunch.
 
After your lunch, turn back to Anlong Thom to take a trekking along the top of Phnom Kulen. You will go through some villages such as ThmorChruogn, Ta Penh-where you have time to visit and meet locals. From Big Nevenea, you will walk downhill to SvayLeu -a district of Siem Reap Province, in north western Cambodia.
 
Continue your trip to BengMealea temple- located 40 km east of the main group of temples at Angkor, and 77 km from Siem Reap by road. It's one of the most mysterious temples at Angkor. Though unrestored, and in a fairly ruinous state, the large temple of Beng Mealea is one of the major monuments of the classical period, in the style of Angkor Wat.
In the late afternoon, turn back to Siem Reap and take time to relax.
Day 10: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - City Tour (B)
Day 10: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - City Tour (B)
In the morning, you will transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. 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. When you arrive in Phnom Penh , your guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Check in to your hotel.
 
In the afternoon, you will make a visit to the Royal Palace- one of Phnom Penh’s most splendid architectural achievements. The palace was built in 1866 by His Majesty 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.
 
At sunset, you can find a great place to relax is on the banks of the Mekong River. Enjoying a cold drink, admiring stunning views of the Mekong river will be a wonderful thing you could do to finish your day tour.
 
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 11: Apsara Arts Association – Tuol Sleng - Cheung Ek (B)
Day 11: Apsara Arts Association – Tuol Sleng - Cheung Ek (B)
In the morning, you will make a visit to the Apsara Art Association- a local non-governmental organization created on October 2, 1998. It is one of the oldest ones in Southeast Asia. 
 
Then, you will have a lunch at Friends the Restaurant with traditional Cambodia food.
 
In the afternoon, 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.
Day 12: Phnom Penh – Kep (B)
Day 12: Phnom Penh – Kep (B)

After your breakfast, you will take a land transfer southeast to the town of Kep- the most popular beach town in Cambodia. It is a small seaside town located on a group of hills going down to the beach. Take time to relax and enjoy breathtaking landscapes of the island.

Day 13: Kep Free Day (B)
Day 13: Kep Free Day (B)
Your day is at leisure to enjoy the beach. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 14: Kep - Phnom Penh – Departure (B)
Day 14: Kep - Phnom Penh – Departure (B)

Today, you have free time to relax before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

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Laos and Cambodia: Gorgeous Heritages

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Inclusion:
 
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • 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: Luang Prabang Arrival
Day 2: Tak Bat – Luang Prabang City 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 – Wat Phu - Si Phan Don (B)
Day 6: 4000 Islands (B)
Day 7: 4000 Islands – Pakse - Siem Reap (B)
Day 8: Angkor Temples (B)
Day 9: Siem Reap – Remote Temples (B,L)
Day 10: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - City Tour (B)
Day 11: Apsara Arts Association – Tuol Sleng - Cheung Ek (B)
Day 12: Phnom Penh – Kep (B)
Day 13: Kep Free Day (B)
Day 14: Kep - Phnom Penh – Departure (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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