Heart of Indochina: Laos and Cambodia

Heart of Indochina: Laos and Cambodia

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Heart of Indochina: Laos and Cambodia

14 Days Starting in LUANG PRABANG and ending in SIEM REAP

Visiting: Luang Prabang, Pakse, Muang Champassak, Bolaven Plateau, Si Phan Don, Don Khong, Krong Stung Treng, Krong Kracheh, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Krong Siem Reap

Tour operator:

Wild Frontiers

Tour code:

WAM

Recommended For:

Couples, Singles

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 12

Physical rating:

Low, Low / Moderate

Age range:

1-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact Wild Frontiers with any specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Starting our journey in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, we experience the highlights of Laos, from this ancient royal capital to the stunning natural beauty of the southern “4000 islands” region.This often overlooked country continues to retain its traditional character and charm, and is one of our favourites in Southeast Asia. Continuing overland to Cambodia, we’ll not only venture out onto the mighty Mekong to spot Irrawaddy Dolphins but we’ll also spend time slowly exploring on two wheels the rural tranquillity of the Kratie region. Next we’ll journey to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s riverside capital. Here we’ll learn more about Cambodia’s modern history, as well as its crumbling colonial past, before finishing in Siem Reap to visit the magnificent temple complexes of Angkor.This promises to be a fascinating journey through Laos and Cambodia’s past and present, offering magnificent scenery, stunning sights, friendly locals and amazing food!

Highlights

  • Explore the vast 4000 Islands where you can follow abandoned railways and cool down in remote waterfalls

  • Spend time in the vibrant capital of Phnom Penh and learn about Cambodia’s fascinating history

  • Escape the crowds and discover the ancient myths and legends of Angkor’s more remote jungle temples

  • Navigate paddy fields and palm trees as you explore local villages where you can meet local tradesmen and artisans

  • Cycle along the banks of the Mekong river and go in search of the illusive Irrawaddy dolphins

  • Soak up the artistic heritage of the picturesque town of Luang Prabang, home to skilled silk weavers and stunning colonial architecture

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Tour Luang Prabang
Location: Luang Prabang
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Sanctuary or similar
Meals Included: Dinner

The tour begins this afternoon in the beautiful World Heritage town of Luang Prabang at a traditional-style boutique hotel. After we are all checked in we will go for our first wander around town and just soak it all up. Dinner will be at a local restaurant with great food. We will then wander home past the night market, which is wonderful.

Day 2 : In Luang Prabang
Location: Luang Prabang
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Sanctuary or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

This morning we board our private boat for a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, giving us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. Our first stop is the village of Ban Muangkeo where we make a short trek to see the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, crammed with thousands of Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Cruising back to Luang Prabang, we’ll also stop at one of the fascinating villages en route.

Day 3 : In Luang Prabang
Location: Luang Prabang
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Sanctuary or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch,

Early this morning we will visit the country’s most historic and enchanting temple, Wat Xiengthong, with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing the classical Luang Prabang style. We will then stop at the quaint Royal Palace Museum for an overview of local history and then visit the local Phosi Market, where all the locals shop. Later this morning we will visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where we can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools, or walk along the forest trails. Next to the falls is a Bear Rescue Centre that does a great job in protecting and rehabilitating the rare Asiatic Black Bear. This afternoon we will visit Ock Pop Tok, a silk weaving centre where we’ll learn more about the whole process. Later today we will stop at the fascinating Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center, offering an insight into the ethnic cultures of Laos.

Day 4 : Luang Prabang - Pakse - Champasak
Location: Luang Prabang, Pakse, Muang Champassak
Accommodation: Lodge
Accommodation Name: La Folie Lodge or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

This morning there is a pre-breakfast option to witness the early morning sacred ritual of ‘Tak Bat’, or giving alms to the monks. This unique ceremony is still followed by the locals in Luang Prabang (which we will observe from a respectful distance).We will then stop at a local morning market, before taking a short flight to Pakse in Southern Laos where we will continue by road to Champasak, our base for the next two nights. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 5 : Champasak - Bolaven Plateau - Champasak
Location: Muang Champassak, Bolaven Plateau, Muang Champassak
Accommodation: Lodge
Accommodation Name: La Folie Lodge or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

This morning we travel east into the Bolaven Plateau, located high above the Mekong Valley. During the day we will make various stops at minority villages and visit a working tea and coffee plantation. We will also visit the dramatic Tad Fan, a spectacular twin-chuted waterfall. We later drive back to Champasak, arriving by early evening.

Day 6 : Champasak – 4000 Islands – Don Khone
Location: Muang Champassak, Si Phan Don, Don Khong
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sala Don Khone or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Early this morning we will visit Wat Phou, in time to enjoy the sunrise over the ancient Khmer religious complex dating back to the 5th Century. The dramatic location of this temple is one of the highlights of any trip to Laos. After breakfast and short river crossing, we drive to the boat pier and board our local private boat for a tour of the 4000 Islands area. Reaching the picturesque island of Don Som, we will enjoy a lunch at a local home, before exploring the island by bicycle. Later this afternoon we will catch a boat to Don Khone where we will have a chance to stop at the beautiful Liphi Waterfall, and enjoy sunset over the Old French Railway Bridge.

Day 7 : Don Khone – Stung Treng (Cambodia) - Kratie
Location: Don Khong, Krong Stung Treng, Krong Kracheh
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Mekong Dolphin or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

This morning we return by boat to the mainland, visiting the spectacular Khone Phapheng Falls en route, one of the largest and most powerful waterfalls in Southeast Asia. We then transfer to the Lao/Cambodian border and clear immigration formalities on both sides before continuing south to the town of Stung Treng. After our first taste of Cambodian cuisine, we continue our journey south stopping at Kampi along the way, one of the many deep pools where the rare river dolphins gather to feed. We board a local boat and cruise out into the mighty Mekong for a chance encounter with these gentle creatures. Finally we drive on to Kratie, a charming riverside town, and check into our local hotel.

Day 8 : Kratie – Phnom Penh
Location: Krong Kracheh, Phnom Penh
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Palace Gate or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Early this morning we will enjoy a cycle ride on the Mekong Island of Koh Trong with our specialist local guide. We travel a few kilometres south of town to a local ferry crossing, and then explore this little visited island. Our route takes us through unspoilt villages, stopping along the way to meet locals and be introduced to their livelihoods, these include tobacco-growing, rice production, prahok and noodle-making. We will also stop at some pagodas along the way to find out more about local folklore and the stories associated with the Mekong River region. We then have lunch in a local family home. This afternoon we will drive to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh - a journey which takes around 4 hours. City of coffee, croissants and Machiavellian coalitions, Phnom Penh is made up of crumbling colonial architecture and is a truly fascinating city in a country with a dark past. On arrival, we will check into our hotel for the next 2 nights.

Day 9 : In Phnom Penh
Location: Phnom Penh
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Palace Gate or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

This morning we explore the stunning Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. The Palace is set in beautiful gardens and we’ll be able to see the Throne Hall, the iron Napoleon III Pavilion, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century, and the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. We then continue to the nearby National Museum, home to the world's finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. The building was completed in 1920 and features a lush courtyard garden surrounded by collections from the pre-Angkor, Angkor and post-Angkor periods. We will then have a chance to visit the art-deco Central Market and the Russian market for a spot of souvenir hunting. After lunch we will have the chance to experience more recent Cambodian history, coming face to face with the horrific crimes of the Khmer Rouge. Tuol Sleng was a former high school which was turned into a centre for interrogation, torture and death. Today it is a museum and serves to remind visitors of the terrible atrocities that came to pass in Cambodia. We will then travel out of town to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, where prisoners from Tuol Sleng were taken. An old Chinese cemetery, Choeung Ek was converted to an extermination camp for political prisoners. The remains of 8985 people were exhumed from mass graves and are kept in a memorial stupa here. Despite the horrors of the past, it is a peaceful place to go and a tranquil spot to reflect on the tragic events that engulfed Cambodia and its people. This evening we’ll go to dinner at a traditional Cambodian restaurant.

Day 10 : Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
Location: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
Accommodation: Resort
Accommodation Name: Lynnaya Urban River Resort or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

This morning we’ll drive to the airport for our flight to Siem Reap, home to the magnificent temple complexes of Angkor. This afternoon and evening we will visit the beautiful Kompheim village, located just outside Siem Reap. Here we will enjoy a two hour walk through a traditional village with one of the local guides, who will give us an introduction to the daily lives of the villagers. This evening we will eat at a local restaurant, before returning back to our hotel.

Day 11 : In Siem Reap
Location: Krong Siem Reap
Accommodation: Resort
Accommodation Name: Lynnaya Urban River Resort or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner,

Waking up early this morning we head to the magnificent Angkor Wat for sunrise after which we can enjoy a morning tour of the temple before the worst of the crowds arrive. Mid-morning we return to the hotel for breakfast and some free time. In the early afternoon we return to the temple complex, this time visiting Angkor Thom, the famous walled city and home to the fascinating Bayon temple with its many magnificent faces smiling out. We also pay a visit to Ta Prohm and Banteay Kdei, two of the more unique temples in the complex. We will return to our hotel where you will have the evening free to explore at leisure.

Day 12 : In Siem Reap
Location: Krong Siem Reap
Accommodation: Resort
Accommodation Name: Lynnaya Urban River Resort or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch,

This morning we head to Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’, thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man. Later this morning will follow small back roads through rural landscapes and picturesque villages. Our first stop is the temple of Bakong in the Roluos group, the first of the great pyramid mountains which later kings were to copy. From Bakong, we continue into Roluos town to visit a very local market. After some exploration here, we follow the course of the Roluos river to the nearest navigable point where we board small wooden boats for the trip to Kompong Phluk. Cruising down a narrow waterway, we enter this medieval floating village, where the houses stand atop stilts as much as seven metres above the water. Everything lives on the water, pigs, dogs, crocodiles and people, all jockeying for space in this incredible floating town. After exploring the local waterways here, and a beautiful sunset on the lake, we return to Siem Reap by road.

Day 13 : In Siem Reap
Location: Krong Siem Reap
Accommodation: Resort
Accommodation Name: Lynnaya Urban River Resort or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner,

This morning we will have some free time to explore Siem Reap at leisure. Beyond the typical tourist trail lies a fiery town full of inspiring people, doing unique work with the goal of giving back to Cambodia. This afternoon, our tour of Siem Reap gives us an insider’s look into the network of social enterprises and non-profits in Siem Reap who are slowly but surely bringing new light and new skills into the bustling and ever-expanding tourist town. We'll have the chance to learn, get hands-on and pick up a few take-home gifts along the tour, all whilst knowing in our own way we are giving back to the community as a responsible traveller. After an early dinner, we will be treated to a unique performance by the Cambodian Circus, also known as the hugely talented Phare Ponleu Selpak from our VIP seats. Literally translated as ‘’the brightness of the arts’’, this Artistic and Social Center has been running as a non-profit association since 1994, and was founded by a group of young ex-refugees from Battambang Province. Sitting in the centre of the big top tent, we will witness some remarkable acrobatics and visual arts while supporting one of Cambodia’s most inspiring projects.

Day 14 : Tour Ends In Siem Reap
Location: Krong Siem Reap
Meals Included: Breakfast

The tour ends this morning after breakfast.

What's Included

  • TRANSPORT

    On this tour we will use minibuses, boats, domestic flights and bicycles.

  • MEALS

    13 x Breakfasts, 10 x Lunches, 11 x Dinners

  • GROUP SIZE

    Maximum: 12

  • CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

    Contributions to carbon offset & tree planting projects for all bookings

  • EXPERT TEAM

    The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

  • ACCOMMODATION

    All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

  • ENTRANCE FEES

    All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

  • FITNESS RATING

    Low / Moderate

What's Not Included

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatoryTips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documentsInternational .Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UKAirport .Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights.Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com  For this tour UK passport holders currently require for both Laos and Cambodia. Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements. Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Key Aspects to Consider

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour, as many of the activities are optional. However, please note that on Day 6 & Day 8 of this tour there is cycle rides included on mud tracks around villages and farms, however you can opt out of these activities if you wish.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    For this tour UK passport holders currently require for both Laos and Cambodia. Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights

  • What is the maximum group size?

    12

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have a complete Covid-19 hub here: https://www.wildfrontierstravel.com/en_GB/covid-hub

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 70% of passengers on our group tours are solo adventurers. Unlike many tour operators, we don’t believe in charging solo travellers a premium, so if you are happy to share a room with a fellow traveller of the same sex, you will pay exactly the same as a couple..Occasionally you may even end up with your own room. You can travel as a single traveller on any of our holidays, from our escorte

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2002

  • Do I need to be double-vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel with you?

    In most cases, yes. Not only are many destinations making double-vaccination a requirement of entry to the country and/or access to restaurants, museums etc., but additionally on all our group tours for the foreseeable future, for everyone’s peace of mind, we are asking that all clients be double vaccinated.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Debbie Barnes  

Debbie Barnes

The itinerary was just superb - really inspired and so different to what's normally on offer

Catherine Daly  

Catherine Daly

Faded French colonial charm and the Foreign Correspondents Club in Phnom Penh and then of course the amazing temple complex at Ankgor Wat. In short a fabulous trip.

June Addison  

June Addison

This was a magical trip - thanks Wild Frontiers!

David Byng and Fran Deschampneuf  

David Byng and Fran Deschampneuf

We had an wonderful trip. The main reason for choosing it was that we wanted to visit the rainforest....

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    If your trip is not Covid Viable, by 30 days prior to departure at the latest, we will cancel your holiday and you can either transfer your funds to another departure or have a refund.**


    We will only consider a trip Covid Viable*** if pre-departure it meets all of the following criteria:

    There is no national lockdown or ban on foreign travel for the period when your trip is due to depart.
    Destinations on the tour must not be on the UK’s Red List. ****
    No destinations visited on the tour have in place any significant COVID-19 restrictions for travellers.
    Tourist visas (if required) are available.
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    ** If you were originally booked to travel before 30 April 2020 and transferred to a later date, or if you have a tailor-made booking, there may be some irrecoverable costs which we cannot refund. Please speak to us and we will be able to advise you if this is the case for your booking.
    ***Since our HQ is in London, Covid Viable status for our Group Tours will be assessed on UK-based travellers. However we are fully aware that many of our clients live in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. As such, when we deem a trip to now be Covid Viable, everyone booked will have a chance to review their own personal situation before deciding whether or not to remain booked on the trip. Anyone wishing to, will have the option to transfer without fees to another trip at this time. For tailor made bookings, we may also able to consider additional countries’ travel advice when deciding if a trip is Viable. Please discuss this with us at the time of booking.
    **** This relates to bookings from UK clients only. We may operate trips to destinations which the British FCDO advise against travel for Covid reasons. If this is the case, anyone wishing to will have the option to cancel with a refund or transfer to another trip. In some cases we may choose to offer a tour to a Red destination but these will be at both clients’ and Wild Frontiers’ discretion and will be subject to alternative conditions to be discussed on an ad hoc basis.
    *****If a destination, that we have deemed to be Covid Viable, subsequently fails any aspect of the criteria for two consecutive weeks, you will have the right under our Covid Promise to transfer without any fees.

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