TOUR 22A & 22B. – (M); Laos Cambodia Combo: Small Group Tour
21 Days. From AUD $2,950

THIS SMALL GROUP TOUR COMBINES THE BEST OF LAOS AND CAMBODIA WITH ALL THE MUST SEES THESE TWO FANTASTIC NEW DESTINATIONS HAVE TO OFFER.

It comes in two options of tour 22A for 15 days or tour 22B for 21 days.

PRICES:

TOUR 22A: A$2,490.00. S/S; A$1,100.00.   TOUR 22B:  A$2,950.00; S/S A$1,490.00.

Starting in Bangkok  the 15 day  small group tour  includes the  Cambodian super  highlight of Angkor Wat  before the capitals of both countries plus some lesser travelled roads then finishing in the Laos super highlight of Luang Prabang. Continue on for 21 days and see another 3 smaller towns in Laos along with a Mekong river boat trip. Then finish with two nights in Chiang Mai to party, sight see, shop or just relax by the pool. The longer itinerary also includes a flight back to Bangkok.

 

ACCOMMODATION X 14 nights = (3 star hotels x 8 nights, 1 to 2 star hotels x 5 nights, Simple guest house x 1 nights).

X 20 nights = (3 star hotels x 11 nights, 1 to 2 star hotels x 5 nights, Simple guest houses x 4 nights).

Laotian Child Sleeping
the mekhong river in laos
cambodian buddhist monk standing next to a giant head of the future buddha at Angkor Wat in Cambodia

From AUD $2,950

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
BANGKOK - SIEM REAP,(Angkor Wat) - PHNOM PENH - KRATIE - PAKSE - VIENTIANE - VANG VIENG - LUANG PRABANG. + UDOMXAI - PAKBENG - HUAY XAI - CHIANG MAI

Accommodation
         

  • Three star hotels,        (8 nights).  or         (11 nights)
  • One to two star  hotels, (5 nights).  or     (5 nights)
  • Simple guest houses, (1 night).   or        (4 nights)

Transport
Bus, Boat, Taxi, Plane.

Day Trips

  • Angkor Wat, (two or three hours at sunset followed by a full day).
  • Killing Fields and S21 Museum, (half day).
  • Luang Prabang, (half day).
  • Wat Phu Champasak, (half day).

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary.

Meals
14 meals included as per itinerary.
B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.

Itinerary

Day 1:

A & B.Tonight our Laos and Cambodia combination small group tour will stay in; BANGKOK - Our Laos and Cambodia small group tour officially starts when you check into your Bangkok accommodation. A welcoming dinner will be had in the evening. If you arrive early enough your free time could be spent visiting the enormous Chatuchak weekend market and/or, Wat Phra Kaew & the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, MBK or Siam shopping centres or take a boat ride with the locals on the Chao Phraya express to some local shops in Nonthaburi.       

  A few of the  dozens of other options may be Vimanmek Teak Mansion, Chinatown, Wat Traimit, Jim Thompsons House, Silom or Sukhumvit road shops.        

OR? Maybe just lay back and have a traditional Thai Massage. A month in the capital wouldn't allow you enough time to see it all. D.

Day 2:

Tonight our Laos Cambodia small group tour will stay in; SIEM REAP - Our small group tour will have a long but interesting days travel today. Firstly by bus to the Thai border town of Aranya Prathet. After completing immigration duties in Poipet we will travel on the much improved road to Siem Reap. Late afternoon we will visit Angkor Wat for the sunset views. B.

 

Day 3:

 SIEM REAP - A full day by van or car  with a local guide to explore the majestic and mysterious spectacle of Angkor Wat. Apart from the main Angkor Wat complex you will also visit the Bayon, Tha Prohm and Angkor Thom. B.

Day 4:

SIEM REAP - A free day to wander around  Siem Reap. 
A few of the Siem Reap sights and/or activities may include:
The Angkor National Museum, War Museum, House of peace association or the Kmer ceramics centre. A number of temples include the oldest of Wat Bo. Siem Reap  has some great shopping opportunities these days also. Souvenir overload at times.
        For shoppers:
Artisans d'Angkor has a shop selling various pieces relating to local culture.
Shops set up to benefit the blind, disabled and other worthy causes include Krouser Thmey, Nyemo,Rajana, Rehab Craft, Sentaurs d'Angkor and Tabitha Cambodia. These shops sell a variety of goods which include silk products, arts and craft, clothing, wallets, bags and the like.

As its name suuggests, Pub street provides exactly that, especially in the evening. Local market food or upmarket restaurants just add to the appeal. B.

NOTE: If you want to spend further time visiting some of the more remote temples of Angkor we will be happy to arrange this for you as an optional extra at your expense.

Day 5:

Tonight our Cambodia small group tour will stay in; PHNOM PENH - Today by bus our small group tour heads to the hectic Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh  on another much improved road.  No meals.

Day 6:

PHNOM PENH - A day to try and fully comprehend the short but brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge. A visit to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek where the Khmers have made fantastic efforts to come to terms with their recent history. Then to the just as infamous S21 which is now Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Here you can view 100's of black and white photos Pol Pot's regime took both before and sometimes after torturing his victims. This experience will stay with you forever. You will come away with far more compassion and concern for your fellow man. B.

Day 7:

Tonight our Laos Cambodia small group tour will stay in ; KRATIE - Today is the first of two long but fascinating days travel towards Laos. Firstly to the Mekong riverside town of Kratie, (Kra chee). This is a fascinating town to break the long journey to Laos. Enough of the day will be left to get a real insight into rural Khmer life. B.

Day 8:

Tonight our Laos Cambodia small group tour will stay in; PAKSE - A long days travel will see us arrive in the large southern Laos city of Pakse. Pakse has some of the best feel good vibes in all of Laos. As laid back Laos as it gets with a beerlao and some great restaurants always close at hand. No meals.

Day 9:

PAKSE - Pakse now has a bridge over the Mekong to Thailand  meaning it has grown into a bit of a trading town also. But with the usual Laos laid back style it also makes for a more than relaxing stay. Possibly the chill out capital of Laos? Only a young town by Laos standards it was founded by the French in 1905. Some minor attractions in town are a small History museum and the usual array of Wats.  But only forty six kilometres out of town is the the reason so many tourists now arrive in Pakse. World Heritage listed  Wat Phu Champasak is one of the highlights of Laos.This fifth century Khmer religious complex is tiny in comparison to the Angkor kingdom but is no less intricate in design.  A tour of the temple is included today.Last but not least Pakse has a few great restaurants with one in particular, in our opinion, being one of the best restaurants in all Laos. Thai, Laos, Western and Vietnamese food are on offer with the Vietnamese curry noodle salad being  one of the best choices to begin with. B.

Day 10:

Tonight our Laos Cambodia small group tour will stay in; VIENTIANE - A short domestic flight will see us in the most laid back capital city in all S.E. Asia of Vientiane. B.

Day 11:

IENTIANE - A full day  to explore the Laos capital. 

Sightseeing begins with a short Jumbo ride to the most important temple in Laos of Wat That Luang. After that most sights can be seen on foot and include  Wat Si Saket, Wat Si Muang or wat Mixai among others. Then the Arc De Triomphe look alike of Patuxai, Lao National Museum or enjoy a drink at the central Fountain Circle. Don't miss the Morning Market, (open all day), which today resembles a shopping mall rather than the wet market of yesteryear. Iphone anyone? B.

 

Day 12:

Tonight our Laos Cambodia small group tour will stay in; Vang Vieng - A shorter bus ride today will see us in the scenic town of Vang Vieng for an overnight stop. There will be enough time on arrival to explore this very active town with the stunning karst  scenery as a backdrop. B.

Day 13:

Tonight our Laos small group tour will stay in; LUANG PRABANG -  By bus again  today with some stunning scenery along the way will see our Laos small group tour in the wonderful Unesco World Heritage City of Luang Prabang. The best way to see Luang Prabang is with a leisurely stroll.

WHERE TO START? Just about anywhere as Luang Prabang is one of the great travel destinations in Asia today. First up, while you still have the energy, try walking up the hundred or more steps to Phu Si Temple with fantastic views as the reward. Then onto, in no particular order, The Royal Palace Museum, Wat Ho Pha Bang, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Visoun, Wat That Luang, Wat Manolom or another dozen or so other Wat's.

Cooking courses can be found  at: Tamarind; Tamnak Lao Three Elephant Cafe;  Massage and Spa's are another way to enjoy Luang Prabang for the not so energetic. Markets and other great eateries will see you get enough nourishment to complete the task at hand whatever you decide on. Dinner by the Mekong with a Beerlao being the perfect way to finish the day. B.

 

 

Day 14:

UANG PRABANG - A half day tour with a local operator today will include a trip on the Mekong  to visit the spiritual caves of Pak Ou, a beautiful waterfall and a local village or two among other interesting places.  B.

Day 15:

TOUR 22A: Your Laos Cambodia small group tour is officially over after you check out of your Luang Prabang accommodation. An airport transfer is also included. B.

TOUR 22B: A free day in Luang Prabang to further enjoy this highlight of Laos. B.

Day 16:

Tonight our Laos Cambodia small group tour will stay in UDOMXAI - Back on the road today will get us even further off the baktrax into rural Laos life.  Not much  infrastructure for tourists in Udomxai so meals may be limited to real local dishes with a limited choice of these as well. Just another laid back Laos town for a chance to see how the locals live. B.

Day 17:

Tonight our Laos small group tour will stay in: PAKBENG - A much shorter bus trip will see us in Pakbeng well before the tourist hordes arrive by boat and after the previous lot have left with enough time to explore this very scenic riverside town with very few tourists in sight, until later in the evening. With all the tourist arrivals lots of restaurants and French bakeries have sprung up so those suffering from the dearth of choice in Udomxai will have smiles on their faces once again in this regard. B.

 

Day 18:

Tonight our Laos Cambodia small group tour will stay in; HUAY XAI - This morning we will board a far less crowded slow boat as we head upriver for a fascinating days travel along the magical Mekong. The scenery is again stunning as we watch the locals going about their daily river life also. We stay the night in the border town of Huay Xai meaning a much more charming and compact town than it's Thai counterpart across the river. No meals.

Day 19:

Tonight our Laos Cambodia small group tour will stay in; CHIANG MAI - At leisure we will travel back across the border to Chiang Khong where after immigration duties we will continue on by bus to Chiang Mai for three nights of relaxation or anything else this wonderful city has to offer. No meals.

 

Day 20:

CHIANG MAI - A totally full day to do as you please in Chiang Mai. Just a few of the easy to visit sights by foot, Tuk Tuk or Sawngthaew, (share taxi) include Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Jet Yot and Wat Phan Tao among dozens of others.

If you don't temple out there is still the mountain top temple of Phra That Doi Suthep, approx fifteen kilometres away in a national park. For Shoppers it doesn't get much better than Chiang Mai. After a day at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Centre, Worowat Market, Airport Plaza and/or dozens of other speciality shops all over the place you can barter hard at the famous Night Bazaar. Arts and crafts, textiles, silver and clothing are but a few of the great bargains to be had in Chiang Mai. Some time poolside may appeal to some also. Lastly a budget trip to a dentist is yet another possibility. B.

Day 21:

Our  Laos Cambodia  small group tour is officially over when we check out of our Chiang Mai accommodation. A flight to Bangkok is also included to return you to Bangkok where we began and your onward travel plans. B.

 

Tour Departure Dates

2017
04 Jul, 18 Jul, 01 Aug, 15 Aug, 05 Sep, 19 Sep, 03 Oct, 17 Oct, 07 Nov, 21 Nov, 05 Dec

2018
16 Jan, 06 Feb, 20 Feb, 06 Mar, 20 Mar, 03 Apr, 17 Apr, 01 May, 15 May, 05 Jun, 19 Jun, 03 Jul, 17 Jul, 07 Aug, 21 Aug, 04 Sep, 18 Sep, 02 Oct, 16 Oct, 06 Nov, 20 Nov, 04 Dec

Any other date on application. (Minimum two people).

Price

Prices P/P, T/S; see prices above for tour 22A; includes flight from Pakse to Vientiane & Chiang Mai to Bangkok.
AUD $2,950
Single Suppliment: AUD $1,490