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This small group soft & adventure tour combines the best of Cambodia & Laos with many of the must-sees these two fantastic new destinations have to offer.
This tour is the same as the first 15 days of the longer 21-day tour 22B.
Starting in Bangkok this 15-day small group adventure tour package firstly heads to the Cambodian super highlight of Angkor Wat before the capitals of both countries plus some lesser travelled roads before finishing in the Laos super highlight of Luang Prabang.
Have more time to continue, (6 more days), your adventure with some really local travel & a Mekong riverboat trip before finishing with some shopping, poolside relaxation or partying in Chiang Mai after all the really exciting stuff is done? Then 22B beckons. Also includes a flight back to Bangkok.
Expect some culture shock caused by poverty, especially in the rural areas you will see along the way to be more than offset by the many smiling faces.
Expect less infrastructure in both countries than elsewhere in the region.
But after everything else, you can still expect to be enchanted by the food, locals and some of the finest actual tourist attractions on earth.
Tonight our Cambodia & Laos combination small group adventure tour package will stay in; BANGKOK – Our Cambodia & Laos small group tour officially starts when you check into our Bangkok riverside hotel. A welcome dinner will be had in the evening. D.
If you arrive early enough your free time could be spent visiting the enormous Chatuchak weekend market and/or, Wat Phra Kaew Emerald Buddha & 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/markets 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.
Tonight our Cambodia & Laos adventure holiday will stay in; SIEM REAP – Our 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 roads to Siem Reap.
Late afternoon we will visit Angkor Wat for the sunset views. B.
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.
SIEM REAP – A free day to wander around Siem Reap. B.
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.
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 suggests, Pub street provides exactly that, especially in the evening. Local market food or upmarket restaurants just add to the appeal.
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.
Tonight our Cambodia small group adventure tour package 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.
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
Tonight our Cambodia & Laos adventure holiday 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 great town to break the long journey to Laos. Enough of the day will be left to get an insight into rural Khmer life. B.
Tonight our Cambodia & Laos tour package will stay in; PAKSE – Some patience will be needed today as the no rush local culture really kicks in at times.
A long days travel will see us arrive in the large southern Laos city of Pakse.
A far lesser known but still a Laos highlight destination.
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.
PAKSE – Pakse now has a bridge over the Mekong to Thailand meaning it has grown into a bit of a trading town also. B.
But with the usual Laos laid-back style it also makes for a more than relaxing stay. Possibly the chill out capital of Laos? B.
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 reason so many tourists now arrive in Pakse. UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wat Phu Champasak is another highlight 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 the least Pakse has great restaurants with one in particular, in our opinion, being one of the best restaurants in all Laos. Daolin has a huge choice of Thai, Laos, Western and Vietnamese food on offer with the Vietnamese curry noodle salad being one of the tastiest choices, to begin with.
Tonight our Cambodia & Laos small group adventure holiday tour will stay in; VIENTIANE – After those long travel days we will now have an easy day with a short domestic flight that will see us in the most laid-back capital city in all S.E. Asia of Vientiane. B.
VIENTIANE – 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.
Tonight our Cambodia & Laos group travel 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 to break up the long trip to Luang Prabang.
There will be enough time on arrival to explore this very active little town with the stunning karst scenery as a backdrop. B.
Tonight our Cambodia & Laos group adventure tour package will stay in; LUANG PRABANG – By bus again today with some stunning scenery along the way will see our Cambodia & Laos group tour in the wonderful UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang. B.
The best way to see Luang Prabang is with a leisurely meander.
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 so 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 or 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.
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, beautiful Kuang Si waterfall and a local village or two among other interesting places. B.
Our Cambodia & Laos small group adventure tour package is officially over after we check out of our Luang Prabang accommodation. An airport transfer is also included. B.
Unless of course, you are on Tour 22B with even more exciting days ahead before the farewells.
- Traveller Prices P/P AUD;
- Twin Share - $2,490; Own Rooms - $2,870; Solo Traveller - $3,900
- Includes domestic flight from Pakse to Vientiane