This captivating small group tour offers an excellent introduction to Cambodia and Laos’ turbulent history and cultural sights. Enjoy a great mix of sightseeing and authentic local experiences as you journey north from Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh to the charming laid-back town of Luang Prabang in Laos. Explore the magnificent Temples of Angkor in Siem Reap and discover the traditional arts of Battambang along the way.

• Phnom Penh: 2 nights

• Battambang: 1 night

• Siem Reap: 3 nights
• Luang Prabang: 3 nights

11nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
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This captivating small group tour offers an excellent introduction to Cambodia and Laos’ turbulent history and cultural sights. Enjoy a great mix of sightseeing and authentic local experiences as you journey north from Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh to the charming laid-back town of Luang Prabang in Laos. Explore the magnificent Temples of Angkor in Siem Reap and discover the traditional arts of Battambang along the way.

• Phnom Penh: 2 nights

• Battambang: 1 night

• Siem Reap: 3 nights
• Luang Prabang: 3 nights

11nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Phnom Penh Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Phnom Penh, via Bangkok.

Day 2: Phnom Penh Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free so you could relax, visit the Central Market or hop in a tuk-tuk and head to the riverside. Stay: La Rose Suites (or similar).

Day 3: Phnom Penh Begin your tour of the capital with a visit to the Royal Palace, home to the Throne Hall and the Silver Pagoda – an impressive marble temple with a dazzling floor of over 5000 silver tiles, a solid gold Buddha and an emerald Buddha. Continue to the infamous Killing Fields of Choeung Ek which serve as a shocking reminder of the brutalities of the Khmer Rouge regime. Learn about Cambodia’s tragic history during a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum which was used as a prison by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. This afternoon, enjoy a welcome lunch in The Banana Tree restaurant at your hotel. Continue to the Khmer-style National Museum of Arts, home to a treasure trove of prehistoric, pre-Angkor and post Angkor relics. Continue by cyclo to the temple of Wat Phnom. End your day with an optional sunset cruise on the Mekong River. Stay: La Rose Suites (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Phnom Penh to Battambang Depart this morning for a full-day road transfer to Battambang. This is a great opportunity to chat to your tour leader and learn more about Cambodia’s history. En route, visit a pottery village in Kampong Chhnang. During the harvest season you will have the chance to enjoy an authentic experience, such as harvesting the rice or sugar palm production. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and continue to Battambang. Transfer to your hotel before visiting the village of Wat Kor to see a traditional wooden Khmer house and learn how the house escaped unscathed during the Khmer Rouge regime. This evening, you can look forward to a tour of Battambang's old colonial quarter and a stroll along the banks of the Sangke river, followed by dinner in a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 11 hours with stops. Stay: Maisons Wat Kor (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Battambang to Siem Reap This morning, enjoy a local livelihood tour of the villages that surround Battambang. Visit the homes of artisans and observe as local products are created, such as rice paper – you may also have the chance to join in. Continue to Siem Reap by road and, if time permits, visit the silk farm in Pouk. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. On arrival in Siem Reap, transfer to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure. Approx. journey time: 9 hours with stops. Stay: Tara Angkor (or similar). B, L.

Day 6: Siem Reap Rise early to experience the world-famous archaeological ruins of UNESCO-listed Angkor in the morning light. A real highlight of the tour is a visit to the beautifully preserved Angkor Wat, the most popular and spectacular of Angkor’s many temples. This 12th-Century architectural masterpiece will take your breath away with its beauty and scale. This afternoon you'll have lunch at Sala Bai School – learn about the history of this remarkable school, created in 2002 to fight poverty and human trafficking through social and professional training of young underprivileged Cambodians. You'll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore Siem Reap independently. Stay: Tara Angkor (or similar). B.

Day 7: Siem Reap Escape the crowds and explore some of Angkor’s lesser-visited temples including Banteay Srei and the small Banteay Samré temple which has an interior moat. On your way back to Siem Reap, stop off at a village to see how the locals harvest the rice or collect sugar palm (October-April). This afternoon you have a choice of travelling by air-conditioned vehicle or tuk-tuk as you explore the South Gate of Angkor Thom. A fascinating site here is the central Bayon temple – massive stone faces adorn the structure’s many towers. Another highlight is the Ta Prohm temple where trees grow out of the ruins and vines wrap around the walls. An optional gondola ride as the sun sets over Angkor Thom is the perfect way to end your day. This evening, enjoy dinner with a traditional dance show at a local restaurant. Stay: Tara Angkor (or similar). B, D.

Day 8: Siem Reap to Luang Prabang Enjoy a cultural morning with a visit to the Les Artisans d’Angkor arts and crafts school, and Theam’s House, an artisan’s studio. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang in Laos (approx. 1½-2 hours). On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Stay: Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, D. Day 9: Luang Prabang Transfer to the pier and board a traditional boat for a cruise upstream on the Mekong River. Visit the village of Ban Xang Hai, known as the ‘whiskey village’, to learn about the production of rice wine. Continue to the mysterious caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum which house hundreds of Buddha statues. Stop for lunch at a nearby restaurant and visit the paper-making village of Ban Xang Khong. Head to the northern tip of the peninsula of Luang Prabang to visit the temple of Wat Xieng Thong which features a jewelled ‘tree of life’ mosaic. Continue to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre which houses a collection of over 400 objects – such as jewellery and household items – that represent over 30 distinct ethnic groups. A free evening provides an opportunity to take a stroll down to the night market. Stay: Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, L.

Day 9: Luang Prabang Transfer to the pier and board a traditional boat for a cruise upstream on the Mekong River. Visit the village of Ban Xang Hai, known as the ‘whiskey village’, to learn about the production of rice wine. Continue to  the mysterious caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum which house hundreds of Buddha statues. Stop for lunch at a nearby restaurant and visit the paper-making village of Ban Xang Khong. Head to the northern tip of the peninsula of Luang Prabang to visit the temple of Wat Xieng Thong which features a jewelled ‘tree of life’ mosaic. Continue to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre which houses a collection of over 400 objects – such as jewellery and household items – that represent over 30 distinct ethnic groups. A free evening provides an opportunity to take a stroll down to the night market. Stay: Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Luang Prabang Rise early to witness the morning ritual of ‘Tagbat’, when monks make a daily collection of alms through the town. Visit a market selling fruit and vegetables as well as local favourites such as rodents, bugs and frogs! Return to your hotel for breakfast before heading to the Kuang Si Falls (approx. 1 hour). A short walk through the forest leads to these pretty waterfalls and you can take a dip in the natural pools. Stop for lunch at a nearby restaurant before returning to Luang Prabang. There’s time at leisure before a tuk-tuk tour of the city and the chance to climb Phousy Hill at sunset to enjoy spellbinding views over the city and the Mekong River. Stay: Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, L.

Day 11: Luang Prabang Enjoy free time this morning before visiting the Royal Palace Museum and the Wat Mai temple. Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B.


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Day 1: Vientiane

On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy a welcome drink. Stay: Crowne Plaza Vientiane (or similar).

Day 2: Vientiane

After breakfast you'll transfer by car to Buddha Park, built by a monk in 1950 as a religious spot and home to hundreds of Buddha statues – nowadays it's a park where locals come to relax. After lunch at a local restaurant you'll visit Vat Sisaket, the oldest temple in Vientiane which was built in 1818, and Ho Phra Keo, the former royal temple. Visit That Luang, Laos's most important shrine with a 45-metre-high stupa, and stop at Patouxay, the victory monument. Take some time to explore the streets leading to the Mekong or take an afternoon stroll along the river bank. Stay: Crowne Plaza Vientiane (or similar). B, L.

Day 3: Vientiane to UK.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B.

Day 1: UK to Phnom Penh Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Phnom Penh, via Bangkok.

Day 2: Phnom Penh Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free so you can relax, visit the Central Market or hop in a tuk-tuk and head to the riverside. Stay: La Rose Suites (or similar).

Day 3: Phnom Penh Begin your tour of the capital with a visit to the Royal Palace, home to the Throne Hall and the Silver Pagoda – an impressive marble temple with a dazzling floor of over 5000 silver tiles, a solid gold Buddha and an emerald Buddha. Continue to the infamous Killing Fields of Choeung Ek which serve as a shocking reminder of the brutalities of the Khmer Rouge regime. Learn about Cambodia’s tragic history during a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum which was used as a prison by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. This afternoon, enjoy a welcome lunch in The Banana Tree Restaurant at your hotel. Continue to the Khmer-style National Museum of Arts, home to a treasure trove of prehistoric, pre-Angkor and post Angkor relics. Continue by cyclo to the temple of Wat Phnom. End your day with an optional sunset cruise on the Mekong River. Stay: La Rose Suites (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Phnom Penh to Battambang After breakfast you'll have a long journey as you depart on a full-day road transfer to Battambang (approx. 5½ hours, 180 miles). This is a great opportunity to chat to your tour leader and learn more about Cambodia’s history. En route, visit a pottery village in Kampong Chhnang. During the harvest season you will have the chance to enjoy an authentic experience, such as harvesting the rice or sugar palm production. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and continue to Battambang. Transfer to your hotel before visiting the village of Wat Kor to see a traditional wooden Khmer house and learn how the house escaped unscathed during the Khmer Rouge regime. This evening, you can look forward to a tour of Battambang's old colonial quarter and a stroll along the banks of the Sangke river, followed by dinner in a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 11 hours with stops. Stay: Maisons Wat Kor (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Battambang to Siem Reap Today is another long journey day. This morning, enjoy a local livelihood tour of the villages that surround Battambang. Visit the homes of artisans and observe as local products are created, such as rice paper – you may also have the chance to join in. Continue to Siem Reap by road and, if time permits, visit the silk farm in Pouk. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. On arrival in Siem Reap, transfer to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure. Approx. journey time: 9 hours with stops. Stay: Tara Angkor, Siem Reap (or similar). B, L.

Day 6: Siem Reap Rise early for a superb experience – watching the sun rise over the world-famous archaeological ruins of UNESCO-listed Angkor. A real highlight of the tour is a visit to the beautifully preserved Angkor Wat, the most popular and spectacular of Angkor’s many temples. This 12th-Century architectural masterpiece will take your breath away with its beauty and scale. This afternoon you'll have lunch at Sala Bai School – learn about the history of this remarkable school, created in 2002 to fight poverty and human trafficking through social and professional training of young underprivileged Cambodians. You'll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore Siem Reap independently, and this evening there's an optional excursion to the famous (animal-free) Phare Cambodian Circus, where you can see energetic performances. Stay: Tara Angkor, Siem Reap (or similar). B.

Day 7: Siem Reap Explore some of Angkor’s lesser-visited temples including Banteay Srei and the small Banteay Samré temple which has an interior moat. On your way back to Siem Reap, stop off at a village to see how the locals harvest the rice or collect sugar palm (October-April). This afternoon you have a choice of travelling by air-conditioned vehicle or tuk-tuk as you explore the South Gate of Angkor Thom. A fascinating site here is the central Bayon temple – massive stone faces adorn the structure’s many towers. Another highlight is the Ta Prohm temple where trees grow out of the ruins and vines wrap around the walls. An optional gondola ride as the sun sets over Angkor Thom is the perfect way to end your day. This evening, enjoy dinner with a traditional dance show at a local restaurant. Stay: Tara Angkor, Siem Reap (or similar). B, D.

Day 8: Siem Reap to Luang Prabang Enjoy a cultural morning with a visit to the Les Artisans d’Angkor arts and crafts school, and Theam’s House, an artisan’s studio. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang in Laos (approx. 1½-2 hours). On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Stay: Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, D.

Day 9: Luang Prabang
Transfer to the pier and board a traditional boat for a cruise upstream on the Mekong River. Visit the village of Ban Xang Hai, known as the ‘whiskey village’, to learn about the production of rice wine. Continue to  the mysterious caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum which house hundreds of Buddha statues. Stop for lunch at a nearby restaurant and visit the paper-making village of Ban Xang Khong. Head to the northern tip of the peninsula of Luang Prabang to visit the temple of Wat Xieng Thong which features a jewelled ‘tree of life’ mosaic. Continue to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre which houses a collection of over 400 objects – such as jewellery and household items – that represent over 30 distinct ethnic groups. A free evening provides an opportunity to take a stroll down to the night market. Stay: Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Luang Prabang Rise early to witness the morning ritual of ‘Tagbat’, when monks make a daily collection of alms through the town. Visit a local market, return to your hotel for breakfast and head to the Kuang Si Falls (approx. 1 hour). A short walk through the forest leads to these pretty waterfalls and you can take a dip in the natural pools, and afterwards you'll visit the Asian Bear Sanctuary rescue centre. Stop for lunch at a nearby restaurant before returning to Luang Prabang, where you'll take a tuk-tuk tour of the city and get the chance to climb Phousy Hill at sunset for spellbinding views over the city and the Mekong River. Stay: Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, L.

Day 11: Luang Prabang Enjoy free time this morning, or an optional excursion to Chan Nua Pottery for an authentic Lao village experience. Visit the Royal Palace Museum and Wat Mai temple in the afternoon, before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B.


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Vientiane 2 nights

Enjoy a two-night stay in Laos' magnificent capital.

Day 1: Vientiane

On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy a welcome drink. Stay: Crowne Plaza Vientiane (or similar).

Day 2: Vientiane

After breakfast you'll transfer by car to Buddha Park, built by a monk in 1950 as a religious spot and home to hundreds of Buddha statues – nowadays it's a park where locals come to relax. After lunch at a local restaurant you'll visit Vat Sisaket, the oldest temple in Vientiane which was built in 1818, and Ho Phra Keo, the former royal temple. Visit That Luang, Laos's most important shrine with a 45-metre-high stupa, and stop at Patouxay, the victory monument. Take some time to explore the streets leading to the Mekong or take an afternoon stroll along the river bank. Stay: Crowne Plaza Vientiane (or similar). B, L.

Day 3: Vientiane to UK.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

A great choice for seeing Cambodia and Laos' key sights and immersing yourself in the local culture.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 10 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• Busy days spent sightseeing
• Some potentially bumpy roads
• Exploration on foot and by boat, cyclo and road
• Cambodia’s infrastructure is less developed than some countries and so an element of patience and an open-minded attitude are required
• Driving times are approximate
• Not recommended for those with walking difficulties
• Prices do not include the Cambodian visa fee (approx. $30 on arrival) and Laos visa fee (approx. $35 on arrival)
• Please dress appropriately when visiting temples. Revealing clothes are not permitted and clothing should cover the knees and shoulders.

Accommodation on tour

We've selected traditional or boutique-style accommodation to reflect the areas. In Battambang, Maisons Wat Kor has a tranquil setting and offers an authentic taste of the region, with traditional wooden Khmer houses on stilts, a restaurant serving healthy local cuisine. Experience traditional Lao charm and hospitality at Le Palais Juliana which has a peaceful setting surrounded by forests and mountains in charming Luang Prabang.

Single travellers

Single travellers Single room supplement from £459

Is this for you?

A great choice for seeing Cambodia and Laos' key sights and immersing yourself in the local culture.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey, where the minimum age is 12)

• Average group size of 10 guests

• A maximum of 16 guests

• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions

• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag

• A good level of fitness is required

• Prices do not include the Cambodian visa fee (approx. $30 on arrival) or Laos visa fee (approx. $35 on arrival).

What to expect

• A pair of comfortable walking shoes is recommended

• A considerable amount of travelling (particularly on Days 4 and 5) with some early starts. Delays may occur due to under-developed infrastructure

• Authentic local experiences

• Busy days with lots of walking and exploration on foot, boat and cyclo

• Mosquito repellent is essential, particularly along the Mekong River

• Knees and shoulders need to be covered during temple visits.

Accommodation on tour

We've selected traditional or boutique-style accommodation to reflect the areas. In Battambang, Maisons Wat Kor has a tranquil setting and offers an authentic taste of the region, with traditional wooden Khmer houses on stilts and a restaurant serving healthy local cuisine. Experience traditional Lao charm and hospitality at Le Palais Juliana which has a peaceful setting surrounded by forests and mountains in charming Luang Prabang.

Single travellers

Single travellers Single room supplement from £459

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Oct 17; Nov 21

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £489 per person

Excursions

Day 3: Mekong sunset cruise from £8 per person

Day 6: Cambodian Circus Show from £18 per person
Day 7: Angkor Gondola from £15 per person

Tour dates

2020 Jan 16; Feb 13, 20, 27; Mar 05, 19; May 14; Jun 18; Oct 15; Nov 12

2021 Jan 14; Feb 11, 18, 25; Mar 04, 18; Apr 22; May 13; Jun 17; Oct 14; Nov 11

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £489 per person

Excursions

Day 3: Mekong sunset cruise from £8 per person

Day 6: Cambodian Circus Show from £18 per person
Day 7: Angkor Gondola from £15 per person

Special offer
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Price per person for 11 nights
ESCORTED SMALL GROUP TOUR
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Fly with Thai Airways from London Heathrow
Special offer
From
£2555
 
SAVE UP TO £228 PER PERSON
Price per person for 11 nights
ESCORTED SMALL GROUP TOUR
GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
Departs 21 Nov 2019
 
Fly with Thai Airways from London Heathrow

Kuoni highlights

This tour takes you to iconic sights including the spectacular Temples of Angkor, while also giving you moments to reflect and enjoy magical experiences such as an unforgettable sunrise at Angkor Wat and sunset over the Mekong River. We've also included plenty of cultural experiences to give you an authentic taste of the local culture. Visit local artisans' homes, a pottery village, paper village and an arts and crafts school.

Kuoni highlights

This tour takes you to iconic sites including the spectacular jungle-clad temples at Angkor and Kuang Si Falls, while offering magical experiences such as sunrise at Angkor Wat and sunset over the Mekong River. We've also included plenty of cultural experiences to give you an authentic taste of the local culture. Visit local artisans' homes, a pottery village, an arts and crafts school and a monk ceremony.