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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.
Explore the colonial charm of Laos’ capital city
Admire the exquisite architecture of Wat Xieng Thong
Cruise the languid Mekong River to explore the captivating Pak Ou Caves
Find your adventurist side at the Angkor Archaeological Park
Our Laos and Cambodia Unveiled itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
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.
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.
Travel by road to Vang Vieng stopping at the Nam Ngum Lake along the way.
Venture into the Tham Chang and Tham Loup caves before wandering through the dramatic limestone karst countryside beside the Nam Song River.
Return to Vientiane for lunch and travel to the airport for your 45 minute flight to Luang Prabang.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
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
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.
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.
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