Southeast Asia

Laos and Cambodia: Heritage

Laos and Cambodia: Heritage Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Depart UK and fly overnight to Vientiane.
  • Day 2 : Arrive in Vientiane.
  • Day 3 : Vientiane – explore the sights of this delightfully quaint city. Add on a Lao music and dance performance in the evening.
  • Day 4 : Travel to Vang Vieng, a two hour journey by road. Venture into the Tham Chang and Tham Loup Caves before wandering through the limestone karst countryside beside the Nam Song River.
  • Day 5 : Travel to Luang Prabang, two hours 30 minutes by road. The town is a delight to explore – a walking tour is a great way to get orientated. Climb Phousi Hill at sunset for gorgeous views.
  • Day 6 : Luang Prabang – spend the day discovering the gorgeous wats of the old town, take a local cooking class or simply sit back and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.
  • Day 7 : Luang Prabang – enjoy a day cruising the Mekong up to the sacred caves of Pak Ou, stopping off at a local village on the return journey.
  • Day 8 : Luang Prabang – rise early for Takbat before heading out of the city to enjoy the beautiful vivid blue pools and forest setting of Kuang Si Falls – take your swimwear!
  • Day 9 : Travel to Siem Reap, a two hour flight.
  • Day 10 : Siem Reap – take a full day to explore the many wonders of the temples of Angkor.
  • Day 11 : Siem Reap - enjoy a morning on the waters of Tonle Sap Lake, visiting floating villages, schools and restaurants. From here it is just a short hop to the mysterious temple of Beng Mealea. Add on an Apsara dance performance or the Cambodian Circus this evening.
  • Day 12 : Siem Reap – head farther out into the countryside to view the exquisite carvings of Banteay Srei, returning via the temples of the Grand Circuit, taking in the sunset from the summit of Pre Rup.
  • Day 13 : Travel to Battambang, two hours 30 minutes by road though it is also possible to travel by boat, depending on the season. There is an option to stop off at the National Silk Centre en route.
  • Day 14 : Battambang – explore the countryside and visit Prasat Banan Temple. Back in the city why not visit a local NGO to learn about the essential work they do.
  • Day 15 : Travel to Phnom Penh, around five hours by road with options to stop en route including at a traditional pottery workshop. Spend the afternoon exploring Cambodia’s harrowing past at Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields.
  • Day 16 : Phnom Penh – discover Phnom Penh’s glittering heritage at the Royal Palace and National Museum before relaxing on the picturesque riverfront, or taking a cruise on the Mekong itself.
  • Day 17 : Fly Phnom Penh to UK.

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Highlights

  • Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang
  • Ceremony of Takbat
  • Temples of Angkor
  • Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

Duration

17 days

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