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Cambodia & Laos in Depth 2019/20

2 countries
4 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
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.Captivating CambodiaFly to the gateway to the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap. Explore the fortified city of Angkor Thom and of course, incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat. Take part in a Khmer cooking class with a local family. Cruise Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake Tonl Sap, and explore the vibrant floating villages. Tour Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. Visit the poignant killing fields, a stark reminder of the Pol Pot regime, and Tuol Sleng, the notorious Security Prison 21.Charismatic LaosTravel to Laos, where you'll discover the charming colonial capital of Vientiane. Continue the journey north through the scenic countryside to Vang Vieng, visit the Nam Ngum Reservoir and Dam and a Hmong village. Make your way to quaint Luang Prabang and explore the city by tuk tuk, then join the locals for a game of petanque. Venture to the cascading Kuang Si waterfalls to swim in the crystal-clear waters and cruise along the Mekong enjoying typical Laotian cuisine as the sun sets.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Economy-class flights between Australia and Asia. Taxes included
  • 2 economy-class flights within Asia
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water-based activities, remork and tuk tuk)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $175pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 12 nights in good quality hotels (4 star)
  • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout (Laos only)

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Captivating Cambodia

  • Spend an incredible day and a half exploring the ruins of Angkor. 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.
  • Enjoy a private Khmer cooking class among shaded palm groves and bamboo trees. Learn about food and its role in Cambodian life, as well as their customs, traditional beliefs and superstitions regarding food, herbs and spices.
  • Explore Tonle Sap Lake and cruise past the floating villages.
  • Witness breathtaking views of Angkor Wat at sunrise. A great photo opportunity.
  • Tour the Killing Fields, a chilling reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime.
  • Explore Phnom Penh by rickshaw, including the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

The natural charm of Laos

  • Explore the capital and largest city of Laos, Vientiane, and walk along the banks of the Mekong River.
  • Travel north from Vientiane to Vang Vieng and stop at the first Hydropower Dam in Laos, Nam Ngum Dam. Enjoy a boat excursion on the lake and visit a local village.
  • Explore Luang Prabang by Tuk Tuk, visiting the open-air market and the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.
  • Experience the tastes and traditions of Laos and enjoy dinner and a game of p tanque with the locals in Luang Prabang.
  • Stop at Living Lands Organic Farm and meet the local farming guide to learn about rice harvesting and the tools used, and taste some dishes made from the rice.
  • Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on the Mekong River.
  • Explore Kuang Si Waterfalls including a visit to the "Free the Bears" a rescue centre for Asiatic Black Bears.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
15
Price From
AUD $4,395
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
4 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
23 Apr 201907 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,965
07 May 201921 May 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $3,965
21 May 201904 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,965
04 Jun 201918 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,965
18 Jun 201902 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,965
02 Jul 201916 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,965
16 Jul 201930 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,965
30 Jul 201913 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,965
13 Aug 201927 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,965
27 Aug 201910 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,965
10 Sep 201924 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,965
24 Sep 201908 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,365
08 Oct 201922 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,365
22 Oct 201905 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $4,365
05 Nov 201919 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $4,365
19 Nov 201903 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $4,765
03 Dec 201917 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $4,765
17 Dec 201931 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $4,765
18 Feb 202003 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $4,465
03 Mar 202017 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $4,465
17 Mar 202031 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $4,465
31 Mar 202014 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $4,465
ItineraryExpand
Cambodia & Laos in Depth 2019/20

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

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Siem Reap

Welcome to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor. Tonight we'll travel by remork to dinner at a local restaurant serving typical Khmer dishes. [D]

Day 3. Angkor Excursion

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]

Day 4. Siem Reap

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]

Day 5. Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

Special Experience: An early start to witness breathtaking views, shadows and reflections of Angkor Wat at sunrise.

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]

Day 6. Phnom Penh

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. [B,D]

Day 7. Phnom Penh - Vientiane

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]

Day 8. Vientiane

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]

Day 9. Vientiane - Vang Vieng

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]

Day 10. Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang

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]

Day 11. Luang Prabang

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.

Day 12. Luang Prabang

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.

Day 13. Luang Prabang

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]

Day 14. Depart Luang Prabang

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 15. Arrive Australia

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.