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Trip Type : Private Guided
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Jewels of Laos and Cambodia

Wildland Adventures
5.0 . Excellent
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
13 days
From: $ 4,780 $ 368 / day
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  • Arrive in Luang Prabang and transfer to your hotel.  Private baci ceremony
  • Early morning alms, visit morning market, walking tour of Luang Prabang, visit Kuang Si waterfall and the Sunbear Refuge
  • Elephant ride, jungle trek, bamboo raft ride
  • Pak Ou caves, visit riverside villages
  • Fly to Siem Reap and transfer to hotel
  • Tour of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Phrom
  • Bicycle through the Cambodian countryside, cooking class at local home, visit Banteay Srei
  • Beng Mealea, visit Kampong Kleang stilted village, sunset trip on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Flight to Phnom Penh, sunset boat trip
  • Walking city tour, lunch at Friends
  • Drive to Sihanoukville and transfer to Song Saa by private boat. Explore island and marine reserve
  • Free day, options include snorkeling, kayaking in the mangroves, village tour, and Song Saa nature safari
  • Transfer by boat to the mainland and transfer to the airport for your international departure flight.

Short Description

Embark on a journey combining the most alluring highlights of Laos and Cambodia, the heart of the ancient Khmer Empire. Charming cities, rich colonial architecture, glorious ancient temples, untamed jungles, and welcoming people combine for a trip fit for Khmer royalty. Ride bareback on an elephant through the Laos jungles and trek to Hmong villages. Explore beyond the main attractions of the Angkor complex and experience the spiritual home of the Cambodian people as the locals do. Phnom Penh will be a lesson in contrasts as you explore the dark history of the Pol Pot regime and then see the bright future of Cambodia’s youth when visiting the Apsara Arts Association. Cap off your journey by reflecting on your adventure from your own private island and marine sanctuary. String together these two gems of Southeast Asia and discover a beautiful and beguiling land which never fails to impress and enchant.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Luang Prabang
End City Phnom Penh

Trip Includes

  • Accommodations for 12 nights as indicated
  • All meals according to itinerary [B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner]
  • Internal airfare Luang Prabang to Siem Reap and Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (listed separately)
  • All transfers and transportation per the itinerary
  • Guided tours and excursions including entrance fees per the itinerary
  • Local on site guides
  • Assistance at airports/ hotels at the time of check in and check out at all major cities
  • Wildland Adventures‟ travel consultation and predeparture services

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Fly into the picturesque city of Luang Prabang. Transfer to Hotel de la Paix, a boutique hotel set in a restored French Colonial fort. Take some time to settle in before being treated to the refined grace of a private Baci ceremony at a small village called Ban Khomkhuang. Translated to mean the “calling of your soul” this ceremony is deeply rooted in Lao culture and villages offer visitors tidings of good luck and fortune for their life and travels by gently tying cotton cords symbolizing luck, friendship and good health around your wrists. The ceremony is held at a private family home.Overnight at Hotel de la Paix.

The bells of the town's monasteries toll at dawn and golden lines of monks emerge to receive their morning rice from the townspeople. Arise early to respectfully witness this sacred ritual of barefoot monks weaving through the streets on their morning alms rounds.Visit the morning market and see an array of meats, vegetables, and spices. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Explore the historic and charming city of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for harmoniously blending traditional Buddhist temples with French colonial architecture.

Begin at WatXieng Thong, a 500-year-old temple that is considered the best example of the classic Luang Prabang style. Zig zag down small side streets, along back alleys and through temples allowing you to soak up the ambiance and appreciate the hidden charms of Luang Prabang. Walk up the peninsula, stopping at temples and other sites as you wish. Discover relics from the Kmer Empire at the National Museum, which is the former Royal Palace. It is said that those who do not climb the 328 steps of Phousi Mountain have not really experienced the city. Venture up this mountain and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city, the river, and the surrounding jungles. Travel south to the Kuang Si Waterfall where tiers of cascades splash into idyllic turquoise pools. Bring a bathing suit if you would like to swim and be sure to try the rope swing! Visit the nearby Sunbeam Refuge to learn more about the conservation of these endangered creatures.

A visit to the Living Crafts Center is an opportunity to discover time-honored textile art and meet the weavers who help keep this tradition alive.Overnight at Hotel de la Paix[BL]

Drive about 15 km outside of town to meet your first guide of the day, an elephant! Explore the camp -learning more about the project, speaking with the veterinarian, and helping to feed the elephants.This full day expedition begins with a 3-mile elephant ride across the river through teak forests and over hills to reach the protected Huay Sae Valley. Say goodbye to your elephant and have a traditional Lao lunch by a secluded waterfall where you can take a dip and cool off in the pool below the falls.  Trekking along the marvelous Huay Sae mountain stream the trail crosses bamboo bridges and passes waterfalls, impressive limestone formations and turquoise blue pools in the dense jungle. A Hmong guide shares indigenous knowledge about local flora and fauna and introduces you to daily life, agriculture, and farming practices of hill tribes all while trekking through fields, plantations, and teak forests.Float serenely down the Nam Khan River on a bamboo raft back to Luang Prabang observing the traditional village life of farmers and fishermen along the river. Free evening to explore the city. Overnight at Hotel de la Paix [BL]

Spend the day cruising the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, the Mekong River. Visit the Pak Ou Caves, sacred grottos cut into a sheer limestone cliff beside the river. A steep staircase takes you to the upper cave where the serene faces and figures of more than 3,000 Buddha images emerge from the darkness.Travel along this economic lifeline stopping at two riverside villages along the way. In Ban XangKhong, wander the narrow village streets between women weaving on wooden looms, stacks of colorful fabrics, and stalls selling all types of Lao, a very potent rice whiskey. Return to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon. Overnight at Hotel de la Paix [BL]

Spend the morning exploring new parts of Luang Prabang or revisiting old favorites before transferring to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap.After clearing immigration and customs meet your Cambodian guide and transfer to your hotel.The Victoria, a lovely colonial style hotel, is located right by the Royal Park and Residences. Have the evening to explore the gateway to Angkor and Cambodia‟s epicenter of chic, wandering the bustling night markets, meandering along the river, and indulging in Cambodian cuisine. Overnight at Victoria Angkor Resort [B]Flight:  Lao Airlines QV 513, departing Luang Prabang 10:40 AM, arriving Siem Reap 14:00 PM

Wake before sunrise to arrive at Angkor at before most other tour groups as the vast complex of temples and boulevards emerges out of the jungle in the serene light of dawn.The ancient capital of the Khmer empire, Angkor is the greatest medieval city on earth, once ruled by warrior kings who dominated all of the present day Cambodia and much of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.Your guide will take you to different areas of this sprawling complex, explaining the elaborate sculptural decorations and bas relief of the Angkor complex. You have time to wander, contemplate and photograph the site before returning to the hotel for breakfast. The Angkor complex is one of the largest archeological sites in the world. Return today entering by the southern gate of Angkor Thom to see the complex network of temples of Bayon, Baphoun, Phimean Akas, the Royal Enclosure, the terraces of elephants, and the Leper King. Drive to Ta Phrom, a jungle-clad temple that has been left in much the same condition in which it was found. Photogenic trees spiral out of the ruins making for a truly unique experience that contrasts that of restored Angkor.Perch on one of the temples to enjoy a lovely sunset view as a fitting finale to a grand day.Overnight at Victoria Angkor Resort [BL]

Hop on bicycles and cycle from the city into the countryside, stopping by a local market to purchase ingredients for lunch. Drop your market booty at a local family‟s home and head out to explore the small villages and rice fields (by bike or on foot). Sharing rural roads on bikes or walking amongst locals is a great way to observe daily life, to photograph the countryside, and to chat with people you meet along the way. When your belly starts to grumble cycle back to the house and enjoy lunch with your new family friends. Further in the countryside is the lesser known Banteay Srei.The walls of the "Citadel of Women" are dense with some of the most beautiful and intricate carvings of any Angkorian temple. It is said they could only have been carved by the hands of women. Its relatively small size, pink sandstone walls, and ornate design give it a magical aura and a distinct feel from other Khmer temples. In the afternoon, ramble through the labyrinth of gray stone courtyards of Preah Khan and listen to raucous parrots screech and watch the monkeys lounging on the temple walls as the day comes to a close.Return to Siem Reap for overnight at Victoria Angkor Resort [BL]

Venture further afield to Beng Mealea, a 900-year-old seldom-visited temple where the jungle envelopes the sandstone sanctuary covered in carvings from Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Enter amongst the ruins of the royal road amongst kapok trees whose roots twist and wind their way around courtyards and galleries. After a peaceful picnic lunch in the complex, drive to Kampong Kleang, a fishing village on a flood plain where houses are built on 30-foot-tall stilts. Watch the local fishermen using their inventive ways to catch fish. Speak with students in the local school and in the late afternoon take a boat to watch the spectacular sunset over Tonle Sap Lake. Overnight at Victoria Angkor Resort [BL]

Transfer to the SiemReap airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. Check in at your hotel before meeting your guide in the evening to head to Phnom Penh‟s riverfront where a boat is waiting to take you on a sunset river cruise down the Tonle Sap River. Float the river and marvel at the stark differences of Cambodia; this river lined by the metropolis of Phnom Penh is the same one that feeds the flood plains of the stilted fishing village you visited yesterday. Return to your hotel and overnight at Raffles le Royal [B]Flight:  Lao Airlines, departing Siem Reap 11:50 AM, arriving Phnom Penh 12:35 PM

Phnom Penh is not just another metropolis -it‟s the old Asia of your imagination–beautiful historical buildings, aromatic street food around every corner, endless markets, monks passing on the streets. This fascinating city with a dark history of war and turmoil is now filled with vibrancy and warmth.Start your walking tour with a visit to the Royal Palace and a visit to the Silver Pagoda, aptly named after its shimmering floor, which is covered with over 5,000 silver less.Next up is the Apsara Art Association, whose aim is to preserve Cambodian arts and culture while teaching disadvantaged children traditional dancing. The association also provides foreign language classes, housing, and educational support. Later visit the National Museum which houses everything from ancient Angkorian sculpture and inscription to wooden tools and contemporary archeological exhibits. The museum is one of the most intellectually stimulating and calming experiences in the city Eat lunch at a very special restaurant, Friends or Romdeng, where 100% of the profits are re-invested in training activities for the local staff.Friends is a training restaurant that helps former street children get a head start in the hospitality industry. The sky won‟t be the only thing darkening in the afternoon.  Visit Choeng Ek, the location of the infamous Killing Fields and continue to Tuol Sleng prison, the prison where thousands of people perished in the darkest hours of Cambodian history. This tour offers a comprehensive view of Phnom Penh, one that will take you on an emotional roller coaster. From the horrors of the Pol Pot regime to the optimistic outlook at the Apsara Art Association, you‟ll leave with a better idea of the intricate culture of the Cambodian people –where it‟s been and where it‟s going. Return to your hotel and overnight at Raffles le Royal [BL]

Drive through the Cambodian countryside to Sihanoukville.Upon arrival, a private speed boat takes you to Song Saa Private Island. Song San Khmer means „Sweetheart‟ and the resort‟s location is as seductive as the name implies. It is made up of two small islands –KohOuen and Koh Bong which are connected by a footbridge over a marine reserve. It has undergone 5 years of restoration and rejuvenation for its flora, fauna, and coral making for a truly spectacular undersea experience. Song Saa is a sustainable sanctuary inspired by Cambodian fishing villages. Guests to Song Saa Island will be among the first travelers to experience this beautiful, untouched world, where rare hornbills perch on your balcony and the warm sapphire waters teem with life. The resort is all inclusive. Overnight at Song Saa Private Island.[BLD]

Do as much or as little as you wish. Kayak amongst the mangroves, snorkel around the islands in the marine reserve, visit the local village or embark on a Song Saa island or marine safari. Of course, you can always just spend the day relaxing at your villa, mere feet above the shimmering sea abundant with colorful fish and turtles. Overnight at Song Saa Private Island [BLD]

Say goodbye to Song Saa. Transfer back to Sihanoukville by speedboat and continue on to the airport in Phnom Penh to begin your journey home.[B]


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Trip Excludes

  • International airfare arriving in Luang Prabang and departing from Phnom Penh
  • Cambodia and Laos Visa
  • Tips and gratuities
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  • Personal expenses for extra
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