Untold Cambodia & Laos
Must-see sights and unique experiences go hand in hand on this fabulous holiday to two incredible countries. In Cambodia we'll take in the highlights of its capital, Phnom Penh, including the Royal Palace. We will then travel to lesser-known areas including the sleepy town of Kratie, where there may be a chance to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphin. We will also discover many impressive temples, none more so than those at the ancient Angkor Wat Complex. We'll discover the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake and receive a blessing at a monastery before our focus shifts to Laos. Said to be the best-preserved city in South East Asia, its capital Luang Prabang is ours to explore, with the astounding architecture of Wat Xieng Thong just one highlight. We'll also attend a Buddhist alms-giving ceremony, admire the spectacular Kuang Si Waterfall and have the chance to get our hands dirty as we help out at an organic farm.
Must-see sights and unique experiences go hand in hand on this fabulous holiday to two incredible countries. We'll take in highlights including the ancient Angkor Wat Complex in Cambodia, and in Laos we'll discover wonderfully preserved Luang Prabang.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Just You Tour Manager as your host
- Return flights from Heathrow with Vietnam Airlines & internal flights
- Use of an airport lounge in the UK
- 12 nights in 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
- 25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 4 dinners
- All excursions included
- Specialist Local Guide
- Welcome drink & farewell get-together
- Overseas transfers & other transportation
- Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
- Audio Guide
- Phnom Penh city tour
Visit Silk Island, a typical Khmer village
Kampong Cham visit
- Kratie visit
- Boat ride to Koh Trong Island
- Angkor Complex visit
- Visit the Angkor Silk Farm village
- Banteay Srey temple & Tonle Sap Lake cruise
- Visit to Chansar village
- Luang Prabang tour
- Alms-giving experience
- Discover the Kuang Si waterfall
- Living Land Farm in Luang Prabang
- DAYS 1 & 2 UK to Phnom Penh
- Fly to Phnom Penh via Hanoi, arriving on day 2. After transferring to our hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, get to know your travelling companions over a welcome dinner.
- DAY 3 Phnom Penh
- Cambodia's capital lies at the confluence of two great rivers, the Mekong and the Tonle Sap, and we'll discover its highlights on today's included tour. We'll stop at the striking Royal Palace and the National Museum before walking to the top of Wat Phnom Hill, where we can have our fortunes told. Next, we'll visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which documents atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, before ending our tour at the large Central Market.
- DAY 4 Phnom Penh
- Today we will visit Silk Island, a typical Khmer village where the houses are built on stilts above workshops. The families who live here still use traditional methods to weave silk by hand and dye it. You'll be amazed to see spinning wheels made from old bicycle parts and can even try your hand at weaving. Spend some time wandering around the village, chatting with the locals and purchasing souvenirs if you wish. Later, we'll enjoy a picnic lunch and visit a Buddhist temple, before returning to Phnom Penh early this afternoon.
- DAY 5 Kampong Cham
- Our journey continues to Kampong Cham, a quiet town that's steeped in legends. During a tour, we'll admire Wat Nokor, an impressive temple dating back to the 12th century, and take in striking views from the twin hills of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey - meaning man and woman hills. Perhaps you'll choose to find out what your destiny holds with a visit to one of the many fortune tellers, and don't forget to keep a lookout for the monkeys that roam around here!
- DAY 6 Kampong Cham
- Today we will visit the sleepy riverside town of Kratie, which is considered to be the best place in Cambodia to spot rare Irrawaddy dolphins. Lying just across the water from Kratie is the beautiful island of Koh Trong and we'll board a boat for the short journey here. We'll catch a glimpse of rural village life, and if we're lucky, we may get to see one of the rare Mekong mud turtles which inhabit the western shore.
- DAY 7 Siem Reap
- Siem Reap is the gateway to the world-famous temples of Angkor and our destination today. We'll pass through Kampong Thom, a former Khmer Rouge stronghold, en route, with the rest of the day at leisure.
- DAY 8 Angkor complex
- Magnificent Angkor Wat is the centrepiece of the centuries-old Angkor complex, and we'll see this awe-inspiring temple on today's tour, along with all the main highlights. Admire the carved smiling faces adorning the Bayon Temple and take a close look at Ta Prohm, an incredible temple shrouded in dense jungle, which featured in the movie Tomb Raider. We'll also see the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the pyramid-shaped Phimeanakas.
- DAY 9 Siem Reap province & Tonle Sap Lake
- The great Tonle Sap Lake is the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia and we'll discover its floating villages during a cruise this morning. Next we'll visit Angkor Silk Farm village, where we'll learn about silkworm farming and silk weaving.
The exquisite pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srey is known as 'the jewel of Khmer art' and we'll see this after lunch. We'll then enjoy a short stop at the Banteay Samre temple before heading back to our hotel.
- DAY 10 Chansar & Luang Prabang
- The rural village of Chansar is where we'll head today. After a short introduction to the village we'll take a ride on an ox cart for an authentic taste of rural life. We'll also receive a blessing at a monastery and get the chance to participate in fishing or farming as we learn more about animal husbandry.
Later, we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Luang Prabang in Laos.
- DAY 11 Luang Prabang
- The former royal capital of Luang Prabang has been proclaimed the best-preserved city in South East Asia and we'll see its highlights today. We'll admire the wonderful architecture of Wat Xieng Thong and the gilded façade of Wat Mai before continuing to the former Royal Palace, which is now a museum housing rare religious and cultural artefacts. Panoramic views will be our reward for climbing the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi, before our last stop at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.
As the sun sets this evening we'll head to Luang Prabang's night market, which is bursting with colourful textiles, carvings, basket work and ceramics, so maybe hunt for a unique holiday souvenir.
- DAY 12 Luang Prabang
- The Buddhist alms-giving ceremony is one of Laos' most sacred traditions and we will experience it this morning. We'll rise early to the sound of the temple gong and watch about 300 monks walk silently by, collecting sticky rice and other foods in their bronze bowls. If you would like to offer food, your Local Guide will show you how to interact with the monks.
Next we'll head to Kuang Si Park to see the spectacular Kuang Si Waterfall, a multi-tiered cascade of water that thunders down several hundred feet to a series of turquoise pools. Many are open for swimming, so be sure to bring along your swimming costume.
- DAY 13 Living Land Farm
- The organic Living Land Farm project aids the local community through the cultivation of rice, vegetables and herbs, and we'll discover more today. We'll begin by helping out in the fields where farmers plough, plant and harvest without the aid of machinery. If you like you can roll up your trousers as you get knee deep in mud and try your hand at planting rice, or learn how to steer a water buffalo to plough the field. You may choose to help pick herbs or husk rice, or simply watch from the veranda. We'll also get to see the farm's basket-weavers and blacksmiths at work.
Back at the hotel this evening, we'll gather as a group for a farewell dinner.
- DAYS 14 & 15 Luang Prabang to UK
- We'll transfer to the airport on day 14 for our flight back to the UK, arriving on day 15.
- Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh
- This hotel is situated in the city within walking distance to many local attractions, shopping haven and flea markets. Rooms have air-conditioning, TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, minibar and private bathroom.
- Monorom VIP Hotel
- The stylish Monorom VIP Hotel is situated ideally close to the Kampong Cham province. The 51 rooms all feature air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar, free Wi-Fi and private bathroom.
- Angkor Paradise Hotel
- Situated in the centre of Siem Reap only a short distance from majestic Angkor Archaeological Park which include the famous temple of Angkor Wat and Bayon. Facilities include swimming pool, restaurant, health & fitness centre, lobby lounge and souvenir shop. Bedrooms have private facilities.
- Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel
- The Sanctuary Hotel is located in the heart of the City of Luang Prabang, midway between the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. A calm and tranquil location, but also close to the night market, historic temples and restaurants. The hotel has an indoor/outdoor restaurant and terrace bar and 30 bedrooms. Rooms are furnished in a traditional wooden style and have their own private terrace to enjoy views of the gardens and lotus pond. All rooms have air conditioning, TV, wifi, minibar, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and private bathroom