Cambodia and Laos

Price
$1323
+ flight to Siem Reap and from Vientiane back home
Duration
11 days

What you get

Two countries
Cambodia and Laos
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader - traveler
Breakfasts
In some hotels
Accommodation
19 nights
Physical grade
Level 1 (easy) out of 5

Cambodia and Laos

Iconic sights and charming laid-back vibe of two authentic Asian countries. This will be an active adventure trip across the most vivid spots.

  • Walk between the ancient temples of the famous Angkor Wat, the largest religious complex in the world. 
  • Meet friendly locals who live in villages on the water of Lake Tonle Sap. 
  • Jump into the turquoise water of the Kuang Si Falls and enjoy the beauty of the fabulous Blue Lagoon. 
  • Take part in the ceremony of morning alms giving ceremony along with the locals. 
  • See the French colonial architecture of the capital of Laos and stupas covered with pure gold.

Trip code
ADZJ
Cambodia,Laos

The price of the trip includes:

  1. Flight Siem Reap - Luang Prabang;
  2. Accommodation in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels during the entire trip;
  3. Breakfasts in some hotels;
  4. All transportation including buses, boats, taxi;
  5. Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Siem Reap and from Vientiane back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
  2. Insurance (mandatory);
  3. Visa to Cambodia ($30), Laos ($30);
  4. Entry tickets to temples, parks and other attractions;
  5. Food.

Departures

2019
Price
Book
01 November, Fri 10 November, Sun
$ 1323
2020
09 March, Mon 18 March, Wed
$ 1323

Day 1 - 3

The city of Siem Reap Angkor Wat complex

We arrive in Siem Reap and check into a hotel. This is the cultural capital of Cambodia, whose name translates as "Defeat of Siam". So the city was named by the local king in the 16th century, when he defeated Thai troops who were trying to conquer the kingdom.  In the evening we will walk in the center, and see some of the most unusual handmade items that are only available here. For example,bamboo straws for drinks and beautiful wooden kitchenware. 

Early in the morning we leave for the world famous Angkor Wat complex, which is located near the city. This is the largest complex of religious buildings in the world! We will spend two days walking (or riding bicycles, or taxi) among stunning temples built in the 12th century. You will recognize many of them from the popular movie “Lara Croft - Tomb Raider”, which was filmed here. Some temples are crowded with tourists. Others are completely empty, here you can enjoy silence and watch statues in complete silence.

Day 4

Zip lines Water villages on Tonle Sap

This day is free. Those interested can continue to explore the temples of Angkor. Or fly over the jungles on zip lines. Or ride a bike or quad bike, exploring the authentic villages nearby. 

Another option is to ride boats on Tonle Sap lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It boasts picturesque water villages. Locals have never lived on land, they grow rice and vegetables on the water, fish, and move around by boats. We can ride boats here and observe very unusual local life.

Day 5 - 6

The town of Luang Prabang Alms giving ceremony Wat Xieng Thong temple Kuang Si waterfall

In the morning we fly to Luang Prabang, the ancient royal capital of Laos. We check into a hotel and go for a walk on the legendary night market. It boasts unique handmade crafts that you will not find anywhere else. Pay attention to products made from local silk - handbags and wallets with unique embroidery, authentic bedspreads, bamboo dishes and local alcohol with snakes. 

In the morning we wake up before dawn and go outside to observe the most interesting local tradition - alms giving to Buddhist monks. Locals kneel in a row along the streets, waiting for young people in bright orange robes, who at this time leave their monasteries. We can join in giving rice, vegetables, fruits, or money. It is considered bad taste to give meat. We then visit the main temple of the country, Wat Xieng Thong. Previously, Lao kings were crowned here. Let us just mention one thing - the huge golden doors depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha.  

We go swimming in the Kuang Si waterfall - the most beautiful waterfall in the country. It consists of 4 cascades, and the height of the main cascade reaches 54 meters! We enjoy the sound of water, the coolness of the wild jungle and the purest turquoise water.

Day 7 - 8

The town of Vang Vieng Walk in the huge cave Blue Lagoon

In the morning we leave for the town of Vang Vieng by bus (approximately 8 hours on the way). On the way we will admire the picturesque mountain views. We arrive in the cozy little town, which is famous for its picturesque views of karst rocks on the river. We check into the hotel and enjoy dinner in a traditional restaurant on the banks of the river Nam Som.  

In the morning we walk around the town and observe the life of local people. Some places here look like a fairy tale - wooden houses on a quiet river, bright green jungles and rocks around, unhurried, very quiet life... You can rent a bicycle and explore nearby villages to observe very authentic local life.

We go for a walk in a huge cave. Then we go to the Blue Lagoon - an amazingly beautiful place where you can swim, bungee jump and sunbathe. And the water here is really blue!

Day 9 - 10

The capital, Vientiane Arc de Triomphe Mekong river front

In the morning, we take a bus to the capital of Laos, Vientiane (approximately 4-5 hours on the way). We check into a hotel. If you did not know that this is the capital, you would never have guessed! The houses here are not high, there is little transport on the roads, and no obligatory attributes of all the capitals, like shopping centers and haste. 

We explore quiet streets, walk to the Arc de Triomphe, and enjoy elegant French colonial architecture. We will also visit several very quiet Buddhist monasteries. In the evening we walk along the Mekong river front, enjoying cold sugar cane juice. We observe local residents rest in the park and exercise on the ground right under the windows of the royal palace. We have dinner of traditional meat on skewers. And be sure to try the local sticky rice with juicy mango. The favorite dessert of the locals will not leave anyone indifferent! 

In the morning we go to the airport and fly back home, taking incredible impressions with us.

Tour leader

Anna Lusta
tour leader

Is this trip for you?

This trip is of light physical grade. It includes short rides in comfortable public buses and one 8 hours long bus ride. We will also take one short flight and walk in cities and villages. Accommodation in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels, all will have hot water and wi fi internet.

Visa

Citizens of most countries need a visa to enter Cambodia and Laos.

Visa to Laos and Cambodia is received on arrival and cost $30 each.

We provide free visa consulting for our clients. 

Additional options

Hot air baloon trip over Vang Vieng
Price: + $200
Sunset flight over beautiful mountains. (Price is for one person).

3G mobile internet in Laos
Price: + $10
Local prepaid sim card with 1GB internet package

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