Cambodia & Laos
Cambodia presents a thrilling balance of mysterious cities, deep forests, colonial grandeur. Archaeologically, the country is best know as the home of the vast and magnificent temple complex of Angkor Wat - a captivating testament to human ingenuity, and to the ravages of time. Of course Angkor isn’t our only highlight, many other temples and cities, deep in the forests are constantly being uncovered.
Laos is the perfect tour companion to Cambodia. Rolling mountains, remote villages, and saffron-robed monks await you. Discover authentic Asia at its best; and enjoy an unforgettable adventure in one incomparable itinerary, beginning in Laos and continuing in Cambodia.
- Discover Angkor Wat – the great legacy of the Khmer kings of Angkor
- Explore Beng Melea – a 12th century temple that has been reclaimed by the Cambodian jungle
- Tour Ta Prohm – an atmospheric 13th century temple-monastery; and view the mysterious Plain of Jars that litter the landscape in Laos
- Special Access
We fly from London to Laos, arriving in ‘land of a million elephants’ on the morning of Day Two.
Arriving in Laos on Day Two.
We visit Lao National Museum, which is housed in the old French Governor’s mansion and displays ancient as well as modern day exhibits. This is followed by a tour of Vientiane, capital of Laos since 1563, stopping at Wat Si Muang, a Buddhist temple.
We fly to Xieng Khouang and visit Muang Khoun for Wat Phia Wat, an ancient Buddha formerly housed within a now-destroyed Laotian Buddhist temple, thought to have been built in 1322. The war-scarred Buddha statue is quite an arresting sight.
Today we travel to Phonsavan to visit a megalithic landscape known as the Plain of Jars where thousands of giant stone jars of unknown origin are scattered around a vast area.
We drive to Luang Prabang visiting the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre dedicated to the many ethnic groups of Laos, past and present. We view traditional handmade clothing and textiles, jewellery, handicraft and household tools, reconstructions of domestic scenes, as well as ritual and religious artefacts.
We walk through the Old Town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered to be the heart of Laotian culture. Discover the blending of two distinct cultural traditions here – a fusion of traditional architecture, Lao urban structures and 19th and 20th century European colonial design.
This morning we fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. On arrival we take in the city, visiting the official residence of King Sihamoni, the Royal Palace with its gilded roof and, nearby, the Silver Pagoda which houses the Baccarat crystal Buddha.
We begin the day at the National Museum of Cambodia. Located just north of the Royal Palace, the museum is housed in a striking terracotta structure, and has an inviting courtyard garden. The museum is home to the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture – discover a millennium of masterful Khmer design. We fly to Siem Riep this evening.
Today we visit Koh Ker, a 10th century Khmer city hidden in the forest and only recently opened to visitors. This afternoon we visit the Beng Mealea Temple complex, again amid the jungle, with massive tree roots snaking through the architecture.
We spend the day at Angkor visiting the huge complex of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, built in the 12th century.
We receive special access this morning at EFEO (French Institute of Asian Studies), and at the Angkor conservation project.
We visit the Angkor National Museum with its fine archaeological collection in the afternoon.
Today, we discover lesser-known temples including: Buddhist monastery Ta Prohm, held together by banyan and strangler fig roots, Ta Nei and Ta Keo. We explore the fortified city of Angkor Thom dominated by giant heads of the Buddha
Fly home from Siem Reap.
- Flights - Scheduled flights London to Vientiane; Vientiane to Xieng Khouang; Luang Prabang to Phnom Penh; Phnom Penh to Siem Reap; Siem Reap to London
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach and river boat
- Meals - All meals included
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme and tips
- Hotels - 2 nights in Vientiane, 2 nights in Xieng Khouang, 2 nights in Luang Prabang, 1 night in Phnom Penh, 4 nights in an upscale 4* boutique hotel in Siem Reap
2 nights in Vientiane
2 nights in Xieng Khouang
2 nights in Luang Prabang
1 night in Phnom Penh
4 nights in an upscale 4* boutique hotel in Siem Reap