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Indochina Adventure

From Laos's former, mountain capital and World Heritage Luang Prabang to Cambodia's fabulous Angkor Wat

A 2 week Laos and Cambodia tour from Luang Prabang to Angkor

A fascinating 2 week guided tour through the heart of Indochina; beginning in northern Laos in the ancient capital, now World Heritage Site, of Luang Prabang, where we’ll explore the beautiful temples and colonial architecture of what is acknowledged to be the best preserved city in Southeast Asia, before crossing the spectacular mountains of the Central Highlands to the remote and mysterious Plain of Jars.

Our journey continues with the contrasting, contemporary capitals of laid-back Vientiane and bustling Phnom Penh from where we’ll travel overland through picturesque Cambodian countryside to the enigmatic and dramatic, jungle-clad temples of Angkor.

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Itinerary

Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

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Day 1 - Luang Prabang - arrival and Mekong boat cruise

Arrival in Luang Prabang,  Relax before an afternoon boat trip up the picturesque Mekong River. Visit the village of Ban Muang Keo for a short trek to reach the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Return to Luang Prabang for sunset at Phu Si Hill and a chance to sample some local specialities in a riverside restaurant.

Extra nights in Luang Prabang prior to your tour are available on request.
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Overnight: Luang Prabang Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: L, D, 

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Day 2 - Luang Prabang - walking tour of the old town

Nestled in the mountains, long isolated from the outside world, discover World Heritage Luang Prabang’s fabulous temples, French colonial architecture and taste Lao delicacies (and the famous Lao beer!) in riverside cafes. Morning walking tour of the town including the National Museum & former king’s palace, Wat Xiengthong, Phu Si Hill Temple and the Fine Arts School. The afternoon is at leisure to allow you to wander the quiet, picturesque lanes or check out the hill-tribe handicraft market?

Overnight: Luang Prabang Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, D, 

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Day 3 - Luang Prabang - into the surrounding countryside

Day trip through the scenic, surrounding hills to visit the spectacular Kuang Si Waterfalls and to discover the fascinating, and still very traditional, village life of some of the local peoples.

Overnight: Luang Prabang Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, 

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Day 4 - Central Highlands - Luang Prabang to Phonsavan

Early departure for a drive along scenic mountain roads to Phonsavan Town in Xieng Khouang province – location of the famous and mysterious Plain of Jars. Stops on the way include Khmu and Hmong villages and a hidden cave temple that served as an army hospital during the Vietnam War – a reminder that this region played a major part in the conflict. Late afternoon arrival in Phonsavan and atmospheric dusk visit to one of the famous jar sites.

Overnight: Phonsavan Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 5 - Plain of Jars - morning tour and afternoon transfer to Vientiane

Morning visit to the Mines Action Group to learn about the work they do in unexploded ordnance in the area. We then drive out to the picturesque Jar Site 2, and begin our 1 hour trek along the ridge to the impressive, hill-top Jar Site 3, consisting of around 150 jars. Lunch in Phonsavan before a flight to the Lao capital of Vientiane and time perhaps to stretch our legs with a stroll along the Mekong waterfront for sundowners in a riverbank cafe?

Overnight: Vientiane Transport: Minibus, Plane, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 6 - Vientiane - tour of some of the City's sights

Day tour of some of the city’s fascinating sites including Si Saket Temple with its 1,000 Buddha images, the bustling morning market, Vientiane’s most famous monument – the That Luang Stupa – as well as the unusual Buddha Park. Less cheerful, but we feel important and highly informative, a stop at the excellent COPE Visitors Centre, established to highlight problems many of the local people face in the form of unexploded ordnance as a result of the heavy bombing during the Vietnam War.

Overnight: Vientiane Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 7 - Phnom Penh - morning flight and afternoon introductory walking tour

Morning flight to Phnom Penh and check-in to a small, comfortable, downtown hotel. Time to relax before stretching your legs with an introductory walking tour, taking in the historic French Quarter, Wat Phnom and the lively waterfront area as well as giving you a first-hand feel for the bustling street-life before finishing perhaps, with sundowners at the famous Foreign Correspondents Club?

 

Overnight: Phnom Penh Transport: Plane, Walk,  Meals: B, D, 

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Day 8 - Phnom Penh - city tour

Day tour of some of the sites of Cambodia’s fascinating capital city: the infamous Killing Fields site and the highly moving Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum at Tuol Sleng help to explain the country’s recent tragic history.  The picturesque Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda will provide plenty of photo opportunities whilst the Russian Market offers some ‘retail therapy’ and a chance for a local style lunch.

 

Overnight: Phnom Penh Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 9 - Siem Reap - up-country to Siem Reap

Travel through Cambodia’s scenic countryside to the provincial town of Siem Reap in Western Cambodia – our base for the next few days while we visit the nearby Angkor Temples. Stops on the way include the famous ‘spider village’ of Skuon, (tasting not compulsory), a rarely visited but well preserved 10th century temple and lunch by a scenic lake. A dusk visit to the atmospheric ruins of Banteay Kdei Temple completes our day.

 

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 10 - Siem Reap - dawn at Angkor Wat

Angkor – an unforgettable two-day tour of this fabulous site – its vast jungle clad temples and mysterious stone carvings. Our programme begins with dawn at Angkor Wat, followed by a comprehensive morning tour of the temple itself. Return to Siem Reap to escape the midday heat and for some lunch, siesta or relaxation. Afternoon walking tour of Angkor Tom: Leper King Terrace, Preah Palilay, Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace, Baphuon and last but not least, (we’ll wait until the crowds have gone), the dramatic Bayon Temple with its famous faces.

 

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, D, 

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Day 11 - Angkor - jungle temples

We’ll begin with a forest hike up Bahkeng Hill to visit the spectacular Phnom Bahkeng Temple before moving on to the huge jungle-clad ruin of Preah Khan. Dense jungle, enormous roots and trees and screeching parakeets make this atmospheric temple one of everyone’s favourites.  After a break in Siem Reap Town, the afternoon programme continues with a short jungle walk to Ta Keo via the remote and rarely visited Ta Nei Temple. A visit to the famous Ta Prom ruins – the famous ‘Tomb Raider’ Temple continues our jungle theme and concludes our day’s visit.

 

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 12 - Siem Reap - Beng Melea and afternoon at leisure

Morning trip to one of the more remote and less visited temple sites, the truly spectacular Beng Melea. A huge partially ruined temple complex, overgrown by jungle, lying to the west of Siem Reap, this is one of the most impressive Angkor monuments. Return to Siem Reap with an afternoon at leisure to relax by the pool, visit the National Museum, explore the markets or even take a Khmer cookery lesson?

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, D, 

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Day 13 - Siem Reap - at leisure and end of tour

Morning at leisure and departure at your convenience.

Extra nights in Siem Reap after your tour are available on request.

Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Just a few of the many highlights

Through the heart of Southeast Asia from Laos's ancient capital and World Heritage site, Luang Prabang, via Cambodia's bustling and fun Phnom Penh to the incredible temples of Angkor

  • Explore the ancient temples, colonial architecture, narrow lanes and bustling markets of UNESCO World Heritage Luang Prabang.
  • Visit the mysterious 'Plain of Jars' archeological site in remote Northeastern Laos
  • Experience dawn at Angkor Wat - watch the sunrise over the iconic silhouette of the world's largest religious building
  • Experience dawn at Angkor Wat - watch the sunrise over the iconic silhouette of the world's largest religious building
  • Discover the charming riverside modern capital of Laos, Vientiane; markets, temples and riverside cafes
  • ..and last but not least, sample the sumptuous, varied and contrasting local cuisines of Laos and Cambodia

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Air Departures (UK)

  • 30 July 17 2,400 GBP
  • 26 August 17 2,300 GBP
  • 25 September 17 2,300 GBP
  • 24 October 17 2,300 GBP
  • 22 November 17 2,300 GBP
  • 18 December 17 2,500 GBP
  • 26 December 17 2,500 GBP
  • 16 January 18 2,300 GBP
  • 7 February 18 2,300 GBP
  • 8 March 18 2,300 GBP
  • 3 April 18 2,300 GBP
  • 30 April 18 2,300 GBP
  • 2,300 GBP
  • 22 June 18 2,300 GBP
  • 19 July 18 2,400 GBP
  • 14 August 18 2,400 GBP
  • 13 September 18 2,300 GBP
  • 8 October 18 2,300 GBP
  • 31 October 18 2,300 GBP
  • 25 November 18 2,300 GBP
  • 21 December 18 2,500 GBP

Land Departures

  • 31 July 17 1,300 GBP
  • 27 August 17 1,300 GBP
  • 26 September 17 1,300 GBP
  • 25 October 17 1,300 GBP
  • 23 November 17 1,300 GBP
  • 19 December 17 1,300 GBP
  • 27 December 17 1,300 GBP
  • 17 January 18 1,300 GBP
  • 8 February 18 1,300 GBP
  • 9 March 18 1,300 GBP
  • 4 April 18 1,300 GBP
  • 1 May 18 1,300 GBP
  • 27 May 18 1,300 GBP
  • 23 June 18 1,300 GBP
  • 20 July 18 1,300 GBP
  • 15 August 18 1,300 GBP
  • 14 September 18 1,300 GBP
  • 9 October 18 1,300 GBP
  • 1 November 18 1,300 GBP
  • 26 November 18 1,300 GBP
  • 22 December 18 1,300 GBP

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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Luang Prabang

*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Villa Langka, Phnom Penh view

  • Lush garden setting with pool
  • Very convenient central but quiet location
  • Helpful, friendly and efficient staff

City River Hotel, Siem Reap view

  • City River is out first choice in Cambodia's Siem Reap.
  • Rooftop pool; spa, riverside location, super friendly staff
  • Only a 5 minute walk from the bustling Old Market district

Villa Chitdara, Luang Prabang view

  • 'French colonial' chic at Luang Prabang's Villa Chitdara
  • Friendly staff, a relaxed atmosphere and central location
  • Great spot for exploring the old World Heritage town

Sengtawan Riverside Hotel, Vientiane view

  • Central but quiet location in Vientiane
  • Scenic riverside setting overlooking the Mekong
  • Great rooftop bar and restaurant

Hilary’s Boutique Hotel, Phnom Penh view

  • Central but peaceful location in bustling Phnom Penh
  • Small, family run hotel
  • Garden setting, pool and in-house cafe/bar/restaurant

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

Visa Info & Notes

Laos – A 30 day visa will be obtained for you upon your arrival at Luang Prabang (Approx. $35).

Cambodia – No visa in advance is required. A 30 day visa is issued on arrival at Phnom Penh airport ($30 plus passport photo). E-visa is available at this link.

Further info: more details and photos of ‘Indochina Adventure‘ here and suggested reading and viewing on Cambodia at this link or our Lao reading and viewing list here.

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