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Indochina Adventure

Some of Southeast Asia's most spectacular World Heritage Sites from Laos's ancient, mountain capital Luang Prabang to Cambodia's fabulous Angkor Wat

An exciting and varied 2-week Laos and Cambodia tour

This fascinating 2-week guided Laos and Cambodia tour, Indochina Adventure, takes you through the heart of Southeast Asia. Beginning in northern Laos – in the former royal capital, now UNESCO World Heritage Site, of Luang Prabang – we’ll explore the ancient temples and French colonial-era architecture of what is certainly the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia, before a road trip through the scenic Central Highlands to the remote and mysterious Plain of Jars.

Our journey continues to the contrasting, contemporary capitals of laid-back Vientiane on the banks of the Mekong River and hectic but great fun Phnom Penh. Explore some of the sights of Laos’s capital including the famous COPE centre and surreal Buddha Park while our Phnom Penh tour takes in plenty of the colourful and vibrant street-life as well as it’s sometimes tragic, recent history.

From there we’ll travel overland through picturesque Cambodian countryside to the enigmatic and atmospheric temples of Angkor where a comprehensive but leisurely-paced 3-day visit to the spectacular jungle-clad temples completes our highly varied tour.

For those with a few more days to spare we offer a slightly extended version of our Indochina Adventure taking you from Siem Reap across Cambodia’s unique eco-system of the Tonle Sap Lake and past the amazing floating villages of the Sangkar River to Battambang, before returning overland to Phnom Penh.

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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 - boat trip on the Mekong

Arrival in Luang Prabang and a relaxing afternoon boat trip up the picturesque Mekong River. Visit Muang Keo village for a short hike to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of old, gold lacquered Buddha images. Return to Luang Prabang for a local-style, welcome dinner to introduce you to Laos’s sumptuous but little-known cuisine.

Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package.

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

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

Discover World Heritage Luang Prabang’s fabulous temples, French colonial architecture and sample Lao delicacies (and the famous Lao beer!) in riverside cafes. A morning walking tour of the town includes the National Museum & former king’s palace, Wat Xiengthong and the Fine Arts Museum. 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, 

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Day 3 - Luang Prabang - into the surrounding countryside

Day trip through the scenic, surrounding hills to visit the sublime Kuang Si Waterfalls as well as the sad, but highly worthy Free the Bears centre. Stops on the way offer the chance 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 enigmatic Plain of Jars. On the way, we’ll visit Khmu and Hmong villages and a hidden cave temple that served as an army hospital during the Vietnam War. Late afternoon arrival in Phonsavan and an atmospheric dusk visit to one of the famous jar sites.

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

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

Visit the Mines Action Group to learn about the problems of unexploded ordnance in the area. We then drive out to the picturesque Jar Site 2 and begin a short hike to the impressive, hill-top Site 3, consisting of around 150 jars. Afternoon flight to the Lao capital Vientiane with perhaps a stroll along the scenic 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

Tour of some of Vientiane’s varied sites including Si Saket Temple with its 1,000 Buddha images, the lively morning market, famous That Luang Stupa plus the unusual Buddha Park. Less cheerful, but we feel important and highly informative, a stop at the excellent COPE Visitors Centre highlights the problem of unexploded ordnance due to 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 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 of the historic French Quarter and lively waterfront giving you a first-hand feel for the bustling street-life and 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

Tour of some of the sites of Cambodia’s fascinating capital: the infamous Killing Fields and the highly moving Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum, Tuol Sleng help explain the country’s recent tragic history.  The picturesque Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda provide plenty of photo opps while 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 - Road trip - upcountry to Siem Reap

Overland through Cambodia’s scenic countryside to the town of Siem Reap – our base for the next few days while we explore 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

An unforgettable 2-day tour of Angkor with its vast jungle ruins and mysterious stone carvings. We’ll begin with sunrise at Angkor Wat and a tour of the temple before returning to Siem Reap to avoid the midday heat. Afternoon walking tour of Angkor Tom includes the Leper King and Elephant Terraces, Phimeanakas, Baphuon and last but not least – when the crowds have gone – famous Bayon Temple and its enigmatic faces.

 

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

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Day 11 - Angkor - jungle temples

Begin with a short forest hike to the spectacular, hill-top Bakheng Temple followed by the huge jungle-clad ruins of Preah Khan. Enormous roots and towering trees make this atmospheric temple one of everyone’s favourites.  After a break in Siem Reap the afternoon continues with a short jungle walk to Ta Keo via the remote, rarely visited Ta Nei Temple. A visit to Ta Prom, 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 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 in Siem Reap and departure at your convenience.

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

Extra nights in Siem Reap or Luang Prabang, before or after your tour are available on request.

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.
  • Check-out the sites and street-life of Cambodia's chaotic but fun capital, Phnom Penh
  • 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
  • Visit the mysterious and unusual 'Plain of Jars' archeological site in remote northeastern Laos
  • ..and last but not least, sample the sumptuous, varied and contrasting local cuisines of Laos and Cambodia

Air Departures (UK)

  • 21 December 18 2,650 GBP
  • 15 January 19 2,300 GBP
  • 11 February 19 2,300 GBP
  • 10 March 19 2,300 GBP
  • 6 April 19 2,300 GBP
  • 3 May 19 2,300 GBP
  • 30 May 19 2,300 GBP
  • 26 June 19 2,300 GBP
  • 23 July 19 2,400 GBP
  • 11 August 19 2,400 GBP
  • 31 August 19 2,300 GBP
  • 8 October 19 2,300 GBP
  • 31 October 19 2,300 GBP
  • 23 November 19 2,300 GBP
  • 21 December 19 2,500 GBP

Land Departures

  • 22 December 18 1,300 GBP
  • 16 January 19 1,300 GBP
  • 12 February 19 1,300 GBP
  • 11 March 19 1,300 GBP
  • 7 April 19 1,300 GBP
  • 4 May 19 1,300 GBP
  • 31 May 19 1,300 GBP
  • 27 June 19 1,300 GBP
  • 24 July 19 1,300 GBP
  • 12 August 19 1,300 GBP
  • 1 September 19 1,300 GBP
  • 9 October 19 1,300 GBP
  • 1 November 19 1,300 GBP
  • 24 November 19 1,300 GBP
  • 22 December 19 1,300 GBP

Guaranteed Places Left Special Price Solo Traveller Closed

*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 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

The 252, Phnom Penh view

  • Small, boutique-style and low-key
  • Quiet but central location near cafes and restaurants
  • Garden setting with pool and cafe

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

*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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