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Laos & Cambodia Family Adventure

Our adventure begins in the incredibly beautiful Buddhist town of Luang Prabang in Laos, stepping back in time to a place where every morning hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms. We explore the temples, monasteries and sights of Luang Prabang and take a boat trip on the Mekong River to see the Pak Ou Caves. We fly to Pakse to take in the religious complex of Wat Phu. Continuing on we explore the 4,000 Islands region and Don Khong Island. After visiting the Khone Phapheng Falls, Southeast Asia’s biggest waterfall we make our way into Cambodia and spend a night at the Elephant Conservation Center experiencing these magnificent animals. Next we fly to the bustling town of Siem Reap, the gateway to the temples of Angkor Wat. We take in the Angkor Wat temple with a tour of this impressive and amazing complex. Continuing on in the jungle we visit Kulen Mountain, the most sacred mountain in Cambodia, and a popular place of pilgrimage. Our adventure culminates with a visit Tonle Sap Lake to witness how life is lived on the water in villages built on stilts - homes, schools and hospitals purpose built to float on the water during the wet season. This is the ultimate Southeast Asia family adventure.

Inclusions

14 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 1 dinner
flight Luang Prabang to Pakse
airport transfers (day 1 & 13 only)
comfortable hotels
private air conditioned vehicles
daily drinking water, cold towels and snacks
sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
expert bilingual guide
medical kit
Hightlights
Marvel at one of the great wonders of the world, Angkor Wat
Kayak through a floating village
Witness local life on Tonle Sap Lake
Discover the beauty of UNESCO World Heritage listed Luang Prabang
Visit the Elephant Conservation Center and encounter elephants up close
Cruise on the Mekong River and search for Irrawaddy Dolphins
Walk to the summit of Kulen Mountain, the most sacred mountain in Cambodia
Learn about local culture and enjoy the local cuisine
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
13
Price From
AUD $2,790
Start Location
Luang Prabang, Laos
End Location
Laos
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
05 May 201917 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
19 May 201931 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
02 Jun 201914 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
07 Jul 201919 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
21 Jul 201902 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
04 Aug 201916 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
18 Aug 201930 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
02 Sep 201914 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
22 Sep 201904 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
29 Sep 201911 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
06 Oct 201918 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
13 Oct 201925 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
03 Nov 201915 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
10 Nov 201922 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
08 Dec 201920 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
22 Dec 201903 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $2,790
05 Jan 202017 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $2,790
12 Jan 202024 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $2,790
02 Feb 202014 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
09 Feb 202021 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
01 Mar 202013 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
15 Mar 202027 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
05 Apr 202017 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
19 Apr 202001 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
03 May 202015 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
17 May 202029 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
07 Jun 202019 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
21 Jun 202003 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
05 Jul 202017 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
12 Jul 202024 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
02 Aug 202014 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
16 Aug 202028 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
06 Sep 202018 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
20 Sep 202002 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
04 Oct 202016 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
18 Oct 202030 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
01 Nov 202013 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
15 Nov 202027 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
06 Dec 202018 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,870
20 Dec 202001 Jan 2021AvailableAUD $2,870
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Sabaidee. Welcome to Luang Prabang, the cultural capital of Laos. You and your family will be met upon arrival by your expert English speaking guide and driver and transferred to your boutique hotel located in the old quarter. Depending on your arrival time, you will have free time to explore Luang Prabang, perhaps the best preserved traditional city in South East Asia. The afternoon is at leisure until the group meets in the hotel lobby this evening to journey out and enjoy a welcome dinner together. Overnight: Sala Prabang Hotel or similar
Day 2
After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing with a visit to Wat Xieng Thong - the largest and most splendid temple of Luang Prabang royal city. Built on the Mekong River bank in 1560 under the reign of King Setthathirat (1548 – 1571), the temple is best known for its impressive Tree of Life mural depicting the Buddhist story. We then embark on a boat and cruise upstream along the Mekong River to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, with their thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues left by pilgrims. The trip offers a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as we make our way to visit the Pak Ou Caves. Locally called Tam Ting, the caves are filled with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues. The caves are noted for their miniature Buddha sculptures. Hundreds of wooden Buddhist figures take many different positions, including meditation, teaching, peace, rain, and reclining (nirvana). You will return to our hotel in Luang Prabang by vehicle for a lunch break (own expense). This afternoon we make our way to Wat Visoun or Wisunalat, built in 1513, it is the oldest and perhaps the most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang. The temple strikes visitors with its huge stupa, called That Makmo, which dominates the temple compound. Because of its odd shape, this stupa is commonly known as the watermelon (Makmo) stupa instead of its official name That Pathum (Lotus Stupa). The National Museum (closed on Tuesdays), housed in the former Royal Palace, showcases many treasures of Laos’ royal past and features the Prabang, the sacred Buddha image for which Luang Prabang was named. Rising 150m in the centre of town, Mount Phousi cuts a distinctive figure on the Luang Prabang skyline. The hill is a popular as a place to watch the sun rise or set. From the summit you enjoy spectacular 360-degree views across the city and its many temples, and over the surrounding landscape to the mountains in the distance. The Night Market here is a great place for wandering, offering a lovely variety of handmade textiles crafted by local and hill-tribe people, along with street food, knickknacks and friendly banter. Overnight: Sala Prabang Hotel or similar Note: The cruise is 2 hours and the back to Luang Prabang is approx. 1 hour.
Day 3
A highly recommended optional is an early start which gives you the opportunity to witness and even participate in the captivating centuries old tradition of the alms giving ceremony, Tak Bat. Before first light, hundreds of saffron-clad monks file out from the old town’s 35 temples to collect their daily alms from local residents. For those who are up early, we will return to our hotel for breakfast before heading out to Ban Long Lao, a Hmong minority village. Here we can wander around to learn more about life in this rural lowland Lao and Hmong community. The beginning of the trek leads for about half an hour through paddy fields before entering dense mixed growth jungle with a remarkable diversity of tree species. After 3 hours of an up-and down hike through the forest, we’ll reach our destination. First, we stop by the Free the Bears Sanctuary, a rehabilitation center for Asiatic Black bears -also known as Moon bears- confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade before continuing on through the forest to see the stunning Kuang Si Waterfall. A 60m cascade feeds into multi-tiered turquoise pools set in a beautiful lush forest setting. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the pools or choose to walk up the trails to the upper section. Please note: The alms giving ceremony this morning is a daily religious event not a show for tourists. Therefore, please be respectful - dress conservatively, turn camera flashes off and carefully follow the instructions of your guide. Overnight: Sala Prabang Hotel or similar Trek duration: 8.5 km, 3 - 3.5 hours, transfer: approx. 2 hours
Day 4
After breakfast, at 08:00 am you will be picked up at your hotel and travel to the natural habitat of the Asian Elephant, in Sayaboury province, South West of Luang Prabang. Approximately 2 and half hours later, you will arrive at the Nam Tien Lake pier. This is a majestic lake with many islands surrounded by untouched tropical forest. From here, you will take a short boat trip on the Nam Tien lake for 15 minutes to reach the Center. Then you will welcomed into your comfortable bungalow. Enjoy your welcome lunch at the Elephant Conservation Restaurant. You are going to visit the only hospital dedicated to elephants in Laos. A vet will talk to you about their work here and will show around. Then, you will have a further opportunity to see, observe and learn about the mysterious pachyderm at the museum and at the mahout school. Elephant Bath: Elephants are surprisingly good swimmers and love water. You will witness the unique bond between the mahout and his elephant. You will be welcomed to join the mahouts for a walk in the forest to take the elephants back to their nightly resting place. Our afternoon concludes with a boat trip on the lake to watch the sunset over the islands while enjoying a fresh drink and snacks. Before dinner, you will have some time to visit the elephant museum, swim or simply relax on the lake shore. Overnight: Elephant Conservation Center Note: Transfer approx. 2.5 hours and 15 minute boat journey
Day 5
Enjoy a western style breakfast served in the restaurant. After breakfast, you will go for a walk with the guide and mahouts through the forest to visit the elephant nursery. It is located deep inside the forest where the baby elephants are learning how to sustain themselves, closely watched by mum. You will receive information about the reproduction program set up by the NGO ElefantAsia while watching them play. Then you will be able to spend some intimate time at the yard with Mae Khamon, Mae Bounnam, Mae Dok and Phu Thongkhoon, the four resident elephants. Elephants have a delicate diet, and under professional guidance, you will play and feed them. We head back to the Center for lunch before leaving the ECC and returning to Luang Prabang with unique memories of this majestic elephant experience. We will arrive in Luang Prabang by late afternoon and the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight: Sala Prabang Hotel or similar Note: transfer approx. 2.5 hours
Day 6
Our day begins with a morning flight to Pakse and then we travel by road to the religious complex of Wat Phu. Located on an escarpment overlooking the Mekong River, Wat Phu reflects the Hindu culture of the pre-Buddhist Khmer society that constructed it. The summit, Phu Kao, immediately commands attention because of its shape, identified in ancient times with the linga, the phallic symbol of Shiva, from which originated its ancient name, Lingaparvata, and its reputation as a sacred hill. The permanent spring at the foot of the cliffs is probably one of the main reasons the ancient rulers of the area established a sanctuary to Shiva at this spot. After lunch we will continue to the 4,000 Islands region. Here, the Mekong can reach up to 14km wide during the rainy season and it is dotted with thousands of islands of various sizes. Don Khong is the largest of the Mekong Islands at 16km long and 8km wide, and the site of Muang Khong, a small former French settlement. Enjoy some free time to explore this quaint island and its villages by bicycle or foot. Overnight: Pon Arena Hotel or similar Transfer: 2.5 hours approx. (Pakse airport - Wat Phou & Khong Island)
Day 7
After breakfast, we will board a long trail boat sailing to the widest reach of the Mekong River where during the dry season the waters recede and leave behind thousands of islets, giving this area a lovely name” Si Phan Done” then you reach to Khone Island area where you will see an array of relics from the French colonial era and retrace the old colonial past, including old French architecture buildings and the remnants of the first Lao railway with its locomotive and from here we cycling to visit Liphi Waterfall, "the Devil’s Corridor". Once we've had a short rest here we continue cycling on to Ban Hang Khone. Once we arrive, we will take a small long boat and cruise on the Mekong River to see one of the world's rarest mammal species, the Irrawaddy Dolphins. Let's spend some time here for watching the dolphins then we cycling back to Khone Islands where we cruise upstream on the Mekong back to Don Khong by late afternoon. Overnight: Pon Arena Hotel or similar Cruise & Cycling: approx. 4 hours round trip on cruise and 30 minutes cycling
Day 8
After a busy week, enjoy a whole day soaking in the slow pace of life down Don Khong Island in Laos' 4000 Islands river archipelago. Relax and take advantage of the hotel pool overlooking the mighty Mekong River and partake in the various activities on offer. Overnight: Pon Arena Hotel or similar Driving: 2hrs
Day 9
After breakfast at your hotel you can enjoy some free time until your transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Sua s’dei. Welcome to Cambodia. You will be greeted by your Cambodian guide and driver (please look for the World Expeditions welcome sign). You will be driven to your hotel in Siem Reap and, upon arrival, check in. We will enjoy a group dinner together this evening. Overnight: Treasure Oasis Hotel or similar
Day 10
Today will be day to explore the world famous Angkorian temples near Siem Reap. We highly recommend an early start to beat the crowds and take advantage of the cool morning air. You and your family will visit the very best and most interesting temples such as Ta Prohm, the walled city of Angkor Thom with the enigmatic Bayon at its centre and of course Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious monument. The day's touring will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions, with time to have lunch and relax back at the hotel pool during the midday heat. Note: To enter the Angkorian temples, visitors are required to wear appropriate clothes. Shorts must cover the knees and sleeveless tops are strictly not permitted. Overnight: Treasure Oasis Hotel or similar
Day 11
After breakfast we will drive to Kulen Mountain Range, approximately 60km from Siem Reap. Phnom Kulen is considered by Khmers to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia, and is a popular place of pilgrimage during weekends and festivals. On your tour you will see a variety of animals and learn firsthand about efforts to save Cambodia’s wildlife. Starting from the River of 1,000 Lingas, you then follow the trail into the natural jungle setting while seeing big rocks, which might be the hidden remains of the Khmer Empire. A small wat at the summit of the mountain houses a large reclining Buddha carved into the very sandstone boulder on which the structure is built. Arriving on the top, you will move on by foot on trails leading to the area's hidden villages and Srah Damrei. Enjoy the natural jungle setting while exploring hidden remains of the Khmer Empire, such as life size elephant statues. Back from the jungle, you can visit a waterfall and take a refreshing dip in its pool. Overnight: Treasure Oasis Hotel or similar Hiking distance: approx. 11 km Note: From Phnom Bok Village to Kulen Mountain the road is paved and the journey takes approx. 2.5 hours.
Day 12
This morning after breakfast we transfer out from Siem Reap towards the vast wetlands on the edge of Asia's largest freshwater lake, the Tonle Sap. The lake's size and depth increases with the annual monsoon rains by as much as six times and local people have found ingenious ways to live with the ever changing water world. Whilst most visitors head directly south to the crowded stilted villages, we will take you south-west to the quiet floating village of Mechrey. Once we reach the end of the road, we board a traditional local boat on which we cruise down toward the village. Close to the village, our specialist guide will provide a safety briefing before we slip into the water aboard our kayaks. Glide through the waterways which make up the streets of the floating village and witness the lives of the locals who rely on this diverse ecosystem for their living. Explore the surrounding flooded forests and mangroves before venturing out to the edges of the great lake, which in fact resembles a sea. We'll head back to Siem Reap around lunchtime and the afternoon is free time at leisure. In the evening, you will be collected at 19:30 to go for the best night out in Siem Reap, to the famous Phare, The Cambodian Circus. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. Overnight: Treasure Oasis Hotel or similar
Day 13
The day is free at your leisure until your transfer to the Siem Reap International Airport for your departure flight, where the trip concludes.