Laos and Cambodia Unveiled


Embark on an epic adventure through the rich, pristine heritage and undiscovered beauty of Laos to captivating Cambodia where you can confront a tragic past in Phnom Penh and find your inner explorer amongst the magnificent temples of Angkor.

tour duration 17 Days from
tour price 2,990pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Vientiane (2N) - Vang Vieng (2N) - Luang Prabang (3N) - Siem Reap (4N) - Battambang (2N) - Phnom Penh (1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Explore the colonial charm of Vientiane, Laos’ capital city
Admire the exquisite architecture of Wat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang
Cruise the languid Mekong River to explore the captivating Pak Ou Caves
Find your adventurist side at the Angkor Archaeological Park
Discover the floating markets on placid Tonle Sap
Learn about Phnom Penh’s harrowing past at Tuol Sleng

Day 1-2 Fly to Vientiane
Fly overnight to Vientiane, Laos' pleasant capital. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 1-2 Fly to Vientiane
Day 3 Explore Vientiane
Nestled in the languid bend of the Mekong, Vientiane is a delightfully quaint city, more a friendly backwater than chaotic capital. Visit Thongkhankham Matket, Wat Si Saket and Wat Phra Keo, the former Royal Temple. Later visit the That Luang stupa and the Patuxai Victory Monument. Dinner this evening will be accompanied by a traditional Lao music and dance performance.
Day 3 Explore Vientiane
Day 4 Journey to Vang Vieng
Travel by road to Vang Vieng stopping at the Nam Ngum Lake along the way.
Day 4 Journey to Vang Vieng
Day 5 Travel to Luang Prabang
Venture into the Tham Chang and Tham Loup caves before wandering through the dramatic limestone karst countryside beside the Nam Song River.
Day 5 Travel to Luang Prabang
Day 6 Explore Luang Prabang
Return to Vientiane for lunch and travel to the airport for your 45 minute flight to Luang Prabang.
Day 6 Explore Luang Prabang
Day 7 Pak Ou Caves
This morning visit Wat Xieng thong and Wat Visoun. Later board a boat to cruise the mighty Mekong up to the sacred caves of Pak Ou, known for the hundreds of miniature Buddha sculptures that reside within. Return to Luang Prabang and visit the local villages of Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong to witness the daily life of the local people and their cottage industries
Day 7 Pak Ou Caves
Day 8 Kuang Si Waterfalls
Begin the day at the National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace, before driving out of the city to the natural splendour of Kuang Si Falls. Enjoy the vivid blue terraced pools that tumble down through their forest setting, taking a dip or relaxing by the waters edge. Return to Luang Prabang via Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre.
Day 8 Kuang Si Waterfalls
Day 9 Takbat
Rise early this morning to witness the monks of Luang Prabang's monastic communities collect alms from locals - the ceremony of Takbat. These lines of silent saffron robe-clad monks will be an enduring image of your trip. Climb Phousi Hill for spectaular panoramic views and visit Wat Mai. Fly to Siem Reap and while away the evening at the lively night market.
Day 9 Takbat
Day 10 Explore Angkor
Today explore the less visited Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple completely overrun by the jungle. In the high water season, you will also visit Kompong Khleang a unique village on stilts. In the lower water season you will visit Chong Kneas floating village. Back in Siem Reap visit Les Artisans Dangkor where disadvantaged youth are taught traditional Cambodian handicrafts. This evening enjoy the sights and sounds of an Apsara dance performance.
Day 10 Explore Angkor
Day 11 Floating village
Spend the morning experiencing life on the water in the floating village of Kampong Kleang. From here continue to Beng Melea, a mysterious temple completely overrun by jungle. Back in Siem Reap visit Les Artisans Dangkor where disadvantaged youth are taught traditional Cambodian handicrafts. This evening enjoy the sights and sounds of an Apsara dance performance.
Day 11 Floating village
Day 12 Banteay Srei
Admire the captivating Banteay Srei, a richly embellished Hindu Temple made of rose coloured sandstone. Wander the atmospheric ruins of Preah Khan. Ascend to the summit of the high-reaching temple Pre Rup in time to watch the sunset over the rice fields.
Day 12 Banteay Srei
Day 13 Travel to Battambang
Depart Siem Reap for the city of Battambang, stopping off at the National Silk Centre where you can learn about the silk creation process.
Day 13 Travel to Battambang
Day 14 Explore Battambang
Battambang is set in some of the countries most beautiful landscapes. Head out of town to the 12th century Prasat Banan Temple returning to Battamabang via Cambodia's only vineyard for a wine tasting. Visit a local NGO, La Maison de Coco, where traditional skills such as weaving are taught to locals.
Day 14 Explore Battambang
Day 15 Journey to Phnom Penh
Journey south to Cambodia's charming capital of Phnom Penh. On the way, stop at the 17th century capital of Udong. Also visit a traditional pottery workshop and climb Touch Hill to admire the scenery. This afternoon, learn about the tragedies of the recent past at the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum.
Day 15 Journey to Phnom Penh
Day 16-17 Phnom Penh & fly home
Spend the morning marvelling at the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda before scaling the small hill topped by Wat Phnom. Transfer to the airport to board your flight back to the UK, arriving the next day.
Day 16-17 Phnom Penh & fly home

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

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 Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures:
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,290 (Bangkok - Phnom Penh)
Single room from £390
Tipping paid locally US$75

09-Feb > 25-Feb - £3,290 BOOK NOW
12-Oct > 28-Oct - £3,290 BOOK NOW
09-Nov > 25-Nov - £3,290 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures:
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,290 (Bangkok - Phnom Penh)
Single room from £390
Tipping paid locally US$75

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Sabaidee at Laos Hotel
Sabaidee at Laos Hotel - Vientiane, Laos (2 Nights)
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Situated in the heart of Vientiane, the Sabaidee at Lao Hotel is surrounded by popular international restaurants, pubs, souvenirs shops and Lao handicraft stores. The hotel offers 80 deluxe en-suite rooms designed in neo-classical theme, featuring modern amenities including a minibar and TV. The hotels restaurant serves local specialities, as well as Thai, Chinese and Western cuisines. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available.



Elephant Crossing Hotel
Elephant Crossing Hotel - Vang Vieng, Laos (1 Nights)
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The Elephant Crossing Hotel is a charming boutique hotel situated in Vang Vieng, on the banks of the Nam Song River. The hotel features 31 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms with modern amenities; individually controlled air-conditioning, ceiling fans and a private balcony with river and mountain views. Free Wi-Fi, a riverside restaurant, and open-air Sala are other hotel features.



Chitchareune Muang Luang Hotel
Chitchareune Muang Luang Hotel - Luang Prabang, Laos (4 Nights)
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Angkor Paradise Hotel
Angkor Paradise Hotel - Siem Reap, Cambodia (4 Nights)
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Located 4 miles from Angkor Wat, all en-suite rooms have contemporary furnishings with private balconies, satellite television and tea making facilities. The hotle features an outside pool, a gym and sauna. The onsite restaurant serves traditional Khmer, Asian and European cuisines. Drinks can be enjoyed alongside live performances at the onsite bar.



Classy Hotel
Classy Hotel - Battambang, Cambodia (2 Nights)
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Asia Tune Hotel
Asia Tune Hotel - Phnom Penh, Cambodia (1 Nights)
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Located in the heart of Phnom Penh and perfect to explore this dynamic city, the Asia Tune Hotel is a 4 star modern hotel offering comfortable, modern en-suite rooms with air conditioning, flat screen satellite television and tea making facilities. Two onsite restaurants offer traditional Cambodian and Western cuisines.



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, you will need to bring passport photo for the visa. Your guide will assist you with this process.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), 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. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. 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.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and China is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so 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 for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
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, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

What's Included

International flights
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
All meals
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders (excludes Laos visa, bought locally)

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for adventures who have a reasonable amount of time and who are looking to visit the main sights of Laos and Cambodia. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of Laos and Cambodia.

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