17 DAYS ●
This epic adventure takes you from the
UNESCO-listed city of Luang Prabang
in untouched Laos to venture through
Cambodia to explore the magnificent
temples of Angkor, the rural beauty of
Battambang and lovely Phnom Penh.
Explore the colonial charm of Laos’ capital city
Admire the exquisite architecture of Wat Xieng Thong
Cruise the languid Tonle Sap River
Find your adventurist side at the Angkor Archaeological Park
Fly overnight to Vientiane via Bangkok.
Depending on your time of arrival the rest of
the day is yours to start soaking up the local
Nestled in a sleepy bend of the Mekong,
Vientiane is a delightfully quaint city, more
friendly backwater than chaotic capital. Visit
the morning market, Wat Si Saket and Wat
Phra Keo, the former Royal Temple, before
viewing That Luang Stupa and the Patuxai
Victory Monument. Also, drop in at the COPE
visitor centre. Dinner this evening will be
accompanied by a traditional Lao music and
Depart Vientiane for Vang Vieng, a town
beautifully set in a spectacular karst
landscape that has become Laos’ adventure
capital. En route, stop at Nam Ngum Lake, a
reservoir created by damming the Nam Ngum
River, where deep green waters are backed by
mountains and forest.
Venture into the Tham Chang cave before
wandering through the dramatic limestone
karst countryside beside the Nam Song River.
Return to Vientiane and fly to the beautiful
city of Luang Prabang. The quintessential
image of Laos and a place of vivid colours,
where you’ll find a rich heritage and enduring
Visit the exquisite Wat Visoun and Wat Xieng
Thong. Cruise up the languid Mekong River
to the sacred caves of Pak Ou, known for the
hundreds of miniature Buddhist sculptures
that reside within. On the return trip stop off
at the villages of Thin Hong and Ban Xang
Begin the day at the National Museum,
housed in the former Royal Palace. Drive out
of the city, stopping for a visit to Ock Pop Tok
Weaving Centre, before heading to the natural
splendour of Kuang Si Waterfalls. Enjoy the
vivid blue, terraced pools that tumble down
through their forest setting, taking a dip or
relaxing by the water’s edge.
Rise early this morning to witness the monks
of Luang Prabang’s monastic communities
collecting alms from the locals – the ceremony
of Takbat. These lines of silent saffron robeclad
monks will be an enduring image of your
trip. Later this morning, climb Phousi Hill for
panoramic views over the city. Fly to Siem
Reap where you can while away the evening
at the lively night market.
The seat of the Khmer Empire between the
9th and 15th centuries, the Angkor complex
includes over 1,000 temples. Rising early,
the tour begins in the heart of Angkor Thom,
the old walled city - passing through its South
Gate you’ll reach the enigmatic Bayon and
visit the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of
the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm, an
atmospheric temple left in the grips of the
jungle. This afternoon is dedicated to the
indescribable Angkor Wat. The best preserved
of Angkor’s temples, examine the vast number
of intricate details and relish the sheer
magnificence of its architecture.
High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng
Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the
jungle before enjoying a cruise on Tonle Sap
Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong
Kleng and observing the way of life of these
lake communities. Return to Siem Reap via
Artisan D'Angkor, an organisation working to
revive traditional Khmer arts and crafts. This
evening sit down to dinner and the Apsara
Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Head to
Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious
temple overrun by the jungle. Drop by Artisan
D'Angkor before visiting the floating village of
Chong Kneas. This evening sit down to dinner
and the Apsara dance show.
Admire the captivating Banteay Srei, a richly
embellished Hindu Temple made of rosecolored
sandstone. Wander the atmospheric
ruins of Preah Khan. Take a leisurely boat ride
on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden
elements of the ancient Khmer water systems.
Depart Siem Reap for the city of Battambang,
stopping off at the National Silk Centre, where
you can learn about the silk creation process.
Battambang is set in some of the country’s
most beautiful landscapes. Head out of town
to the 12th-century Prasat Banan Temple,
returning to Battambang to stroll through the
village of Wat Kor. Later, visit a local NGO,
La Maison de Coco, where traditional skills
such as weaving are taught to locals before
exploring a cave at Phnom Sampov, home to a
huge colony of bats.
Journey south to the city of Phnom Penh,
making a stop at the 17th century capital
of Udong and Kampong Chhnang to see the
traditional handmade pottery. On arrival at
Phnom Penh, the rest of the day is at leisure.
Experience a cyclo ride to the magnificent
Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda before scaling
the small hill topped by Wat Phnom. Later,
enjoy the exhibits of the National Museum,
which are housed in a spectacular Khmerstyle
building, before learning about the
tragedies of the recent past at the harrowing
Tuol Sleng Museum.
If your flight time permits, this morning there
is an option to visit the poignant Killing Fields
(payable locally). Transfer to the airport to
board your flight back to the UK, arriving the
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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The cost of a Laos visa is not included as there is no Laos consulate in the UK. However, visas are very easy to obtain upon arrival in Laos and will cost $35.
A visa is required for entry into Cambodia. Standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Laos is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
This four-star hotel has a wealth of facilities including outdoor pool, tennis courts, a fitness centre and sauna. Well-located for the airport and just a three-minute stroll to the Mekong River, there is also a restaurant and bar and spacious and contemporary rooms with an en suite bathroom plus robe and slippers....Read more
Combing traditional elegance and modern comfort, the three-star Chitchareune Muang Luang is housed in a building that is contemporary Laotian in style. Excellently located just a 10-minute walk from the heart of the old city, the 56 rooms are set around a swimming pool in peaceful gardens. Within you’ll find a modern and comfortable space, with plenty of Laos textiles and local touches and a private balcony. The hotel also offers a gym and spa....Read more
Inspired by the opulence of the former royal dynasty that ruled the area, the Regency Hotel also prides itself on its traditional, local hospitality. Bedrooms are bright and elegant, with a spacious ensuite bathroom. Facilities include a swimming pool, fitness room, hot tub, steam room and sauna plus a range of restaurants and bars. ...Read more
Perfectly located in central Battambang with an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre, the Classy Hotel embraces both French architecture and more traditional styles. Bedrooms are contemporary, light and spacious with an ensuite bathroom with bathtub. The restaurant serves both local and Western food....Read more
A four-star hotel, excellently located just a five-minute walk from the Royal Palace exudes traditional Khmer hospitality. The 57 rooms are light and airy and styled in a classical Cambodian way with plenty of local handicrafts and touches. The roof of the hotel is home to a swimming pool, bar and seating area, and there is also a restaurant....Read more
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