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Cambodia & Laos

Discover the natural beauty and rich history of Indochina's two hidden gems. Tour the beautiful bustling city of Phnom Penh, once tarnished by war, explore the amazing temples and ruins of Angkor and Siem Reap, and unwind in the peaceful and charming Laotian cities of Luang Prabang and Vientiane.Moving CambodiaDiscover Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. We visit the poignant killing fields, a stark reminder of the Pol Pot regime, and Tuol Sleng, the notorious Security Prison 21. Fly to the gateway to the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap. Explore Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and of course, incredible Angkor Wat, where we watch the sunset from the upper level of an ancient Angkorian temple. We'll cruise Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake Tonl Sap, and explore the floating villages. Charismatic LaosWe travel to Laos, where you'll discover beautiful Luang Prabang. Experience the amazing morning ritual of Tak Bat - giving alms to the monks, and stroll the temple-lined main street. Venture to the cascading Kuang Si waterfalls and swim in the crystal-clear waters and buy hand-woven cottons and silks from local villages. Our adventure finishes with two days exploring the charming French colonial capital, Vientiane.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Economy-class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included
  • 3 economy-class flights within Asia
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $135pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 11 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking locally based national guide in Laos (based on min. of 5 passengers)

Sightseeing

Tour Phnom Penh & learn more about the astonishing history of Cambodia

  • Explore Phnom Penh by cyclo around the city and along Tonl Sap River, including Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & the National Museum.
  • Tour the Killing Fields, a stark reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Explore rural Cambodia and life on Tonl Sap Lake

  • Explore Tonl Sap Lake as we cruise past the floating villages.
  • Participate in a cooking class in rural Cambodia. We meet a local family in the countryside and learn about their food customs and beliefs, explore their garden and see the typical ingredients of local home cooking.

Discover breathtaking temples

  • Spend one and a half incredible days exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat. One of the world's must-see attractions, Angkor Wat was recently named a finalist in an international vote for the new Seven Wonders of the World.
  • View the sunset from the upper level of an ancient Angkorian temple at Angkor Wat.

Experience the natural charm of Laos

  • Explore Kuang Si Waterfalls and visit local villages on the way.
  • Relax on a sunset cruise on the Mekong in Luang Prabang.
  • Tour beautiful Luang Prabang with its amazing temples and markets.

Immerse yourself in Laotian tradition and ritual

  • Experience the monastic ritual of Tak Bat.
  • Enjoy the tastes and traditions of Laos with a game of p tanque with the locals.
  • Discover the city of Vientiane with a tour that includes the golden stupa of Pha That Luang, the former royal temple of Ho Pha Keo, and the Patuxai arch.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
13
Price From
AUD $4,785
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
07 Apr 201819 Apr 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $4,385
ItineraryExpand
Cambodia & Laos

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Phnom Penh

Welcome to Cambodia and its capital, Phnom Penh, on the banks of the Tonl Sap and Mekong Rivers. This beautiful city was once known as the 'Pearl of Asia'. Despite being tarnished by war, the city still boasts great charm by way of its traditional architecture and glistening spires of its palaces and temples. As well, its history is simply captivating. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure.

Day 2. Phnom Penh

Special Experience: Today we explore bustling Phnom Penh by cyclo as we travel along the scenic Tonl Sap River and take in the chaos and energy of this fascinating city. Tour highlights include the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, home to a comprehensive collection of Khmer art.

Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 3. Phnom Penh

Today we visit the poignant Killing Fields, a stark reminder of the Pol Pot regime. We visit Tuol Sleng, the former high school and site of the notorious Security Prison 21, converted by the Khmer Rouge during their rise to power where an estimated 17,000 people were imprisoned. This visit is very moving and can also be quite confronting for some as it has now become the Cambodia Genocide Museum. [B]

Day 4. Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

We fly to Siem Reap, home to the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and the national symbol of Cambodia. The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat impresses visitors both with its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. We enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls runs the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. This afternoon we explore the site before witnessing an incredible sunset from the upper terraces. [B,D]

Special Experience: Tonight we'll travel by tuk tuk to the New Hope restaurant for dinner. This restaurant was established with the aim of teaching unemployed and uneducated Khmers valuable cooking and hospitality skills. All proceeds from our meal tonight will go directly towards funding the New Hope School Education Programme.

Day 5. Siem Reap

Special Experience: Today we take part in a cooking class in rural Cambodia. We meet a local family in the countryside and learn about their food customs and beliefs, explore their garden and see the typical ingredients of local home cooking.

Later we'll cruise Tonl Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. During the monsoon season the lake swells to four times its normal size, so it is important for the locals that live on the banks and surrounds to build their houses on stilts. We'll observe life on the lake and see the colourful floating villages. [B,L]

Day 6. Angkor

Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom and Ta Keo, built by Jayavarman V who ruled from 968 to 1001. We'll also see the amazing ruins of Ta Prohm, the temple of Preah Khan and the Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei. Our sightseeing concludes at Banteay Srei, considered to be the jewel of Khmer art. Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner to farewell Cambodia. [B,D]

Day 7. Siem Reap - Luang Prabang

We fly to Luang Prabang, the former capital of the Kingdom of Laos. Largely undiscovered by westerners, Laos has survived many occupations and is still shrouded in mystery. The town of Luang Prabang is enchanting, filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. In 1995 the entire town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. [B]

Day 8. Luang Prabang

Early this morning we watch the silent ritual of Tak Bat, the giving of alms to the monks. The monks make their way from the local monasteries, walking one by one with the oldest at the front of the line, carrying their alms bowls around their necks. We'll then take a city sightseeing tour, including the temple of Wat Visoun, the temple-lined Main Street, and the National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace. [B,D]

Special Experience: This evening we join the locals to experience the tastes and traditions of Laos during a game of p tanque and a typical Laotian dinner.

Day 9. Luang Prabang

We travel to beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls, multi-tiered falls that tumble over limestone formations into turquoise pools. Enjoy some time at leisure to swim or explore the lush environment before we visit some local villages known for their traditional hand-woven cottons and silks. We'll end the day with a late-afternoon cruise along the Mekong to enjoy the sunset. [B]

Day 10. Luang Prabang - Vientiane

We fly to Vientiane, the charming French colonial capital of Laos, characterised by its wide, tree-lined boulevards and glimmering golden temples and monuments. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 11. Vientiane

Today we'll explore the city. Highlights of our tour include the golden stupa of Pha That Luang, the former royal temple of Ho Pha Keo, and the Patuxai arch, a monumental arch inspired by the French Arc de Triomphe. The afternoon is at leisure before our group farewell dinner tonight. [B,L,D]

Note: For departures prior to 15 April 2017, today is free to explore at leisure and the city tour is Day-10.

Day 12. Depart Vientiane

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 13. Arrive in Australia