The natural charm of Laos
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
4 to 20
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
|13 Apr 2019||26 Apr 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $4,355|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor. Tonight we'll travel by tuk tuk to dinner at a local restaurant serving typical Khmer dishes. [D]
Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom and the Terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King. We'll also see the temple of Ta Keo, the amazing ruins of Ta Prohm, the temple of Preah Khan and the Buddhist temples of Banteay Kdei and Banteay Srei, considered the jewels of Khmer art. [B,D]
Special Experience: Take part in a Khmer cooking class with a local family and learn about their food customs and beliefs. We'll savour our creations at lunch, overlooking a lily pond.
We'll then cruise Tonl Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia. We'll observe life and see the colourful floating villages. [B,L]
Special Experience: An early start to witness breathtaking views of Angkor Wat as the sun rises and creates stunning shadows and reflections.
After breakfast we'll return to the site and have time to explore the ruins before our flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. 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 the glistening spires of its palaces and temples. As well, its history is simply captivating. [B]
Today we visit the poignant Killing Fields, a stark reminder of the Pol Pot regime, and the notorious Security Prison 21, Tuol Sleng. The former prison has been turned into a moving museum which stands as a testament to the crimes committed by Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. This afternoon we'll explore the bustling city by cyclo. Highlights include the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and cruising along the riverside. Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant.
Enjoy the morning at leisure before our flight to Laos' charming French colonial capital, Vientiane, characterised by its wide, tree-lined boulevards and glimmering golden temples and monuments. [B]
Today we'll explore the city. Highlights of our tour include the golden stupa of Pha That Luang and the Patuxai Arch, inspired by Paris' Arc de Triomphe. We'll also see Wat Sisaket and Wat Phra Kaew. [B]
We take a scenic drive north to Nam Ngum Reservoir and Dam, an area known for its tranquility and traditional way of life. We'll enjoy a lake cruise and visit Ban Keun village and its traditional salt factory before we continue to Vang Vieng. [B]
Along the way to Luang Prabang we'll stop at a cable bridge and walk across the river to visit the Hmong village of Ban Phan Thao. We'll pass through farmlands, the rice paddies of Ban Nadoa village and the small Tam Chang cave. [B]
We board a tuk tuk to explore Luang Prabang this morning. We'll visit the open-air market in the old town and stop to participate in the Big Brother Mouse program, helping young locals practice their English conversation. Later we'll discover the traditional architecture of Luang Prabang at beautiful Wat Xieng Thong. We'll also visit the local handicraft village of Ban Xang Khong and then make our way to the top of Mt Phu Si for magnificent views over the town and the Mekong River. [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.
Special Experience: Learn about rice harvesting, the tools that are used and meet the local farming guide this morning at Living Lands Organic Farm. We'll then enjoy a tasting of some typical food made from the rice.
This afternoon we'll explore the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls and visit 'Free the Bears', a rescue centre for Asiatic Black Bears. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner on a Mekong sunset cruise. [B,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]