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Secrets of Cambodia with Laos

11 Days 2 Countries 4 Cities

This trip takes you inside the sights and stories of two of Asia's most fascinating nations.

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About this trip

Taking you inside the sights and stories of two of Asia's most fascinating nations, you'll also step beyond museums and monuments, like Angkor Wat, to visit places and people off the tourist trail.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… tasting the true flavours of Asia as you rustle up Khmer classics in your cookery class in Siem Reap, stop off for a home-cooked Lao dinner with a local family near Luang Prabang, and visit the home of 'lao lao' whisky, Ban Muang Keo village.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: SOCL

10 Nights

accommodation

16 Meals
  • 10 buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

  • 1 lunch.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City Tour of Phnom Penh and walking tour of Siem Reap Old Town

    • Visit Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace, Cheung Ek Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat, Terrace of the Elephants, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei and Artisans d'Angkor in Siem Reap and Wat Xiengthong, the Royal Palace Museum, Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 1 lunch.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Secrets of Cambodia with Laos

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Phnom Penh (2 Nights)

Day 2

Phnom Penh Sightseeing

Day 3

Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (4 Nights)

Day 4

Angkor Wat and Siem Reap Sightseeing

Day 5

Angkor and Siem Reap

Day 6

Angkor and Kompheim village

Day 7

Siem Reap - Luang Prabang (4 Nights)

Day 8

Luang Prabang Sightseeing

Day 9

Luang Prabang Sightseeing

Day 10

Luang Prabang Sightseeing

Day 11

Depart Luang Prabang

Day 1

Arrive Phnom Penh (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Phnom Penh (2 Nights)

Welcome to Cambodia. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel and relax before later meeting your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception with drinks and appetisers.

Hotel

Sokha Phnom Penh

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Sokha Phnom Penh

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Phnom Penh Sightseeing Day 2 - Phnom Penh Sightseeing

Your included City Tour with a Local Specialist begins with a visit to Wat Phnom to discover the legend of Lady Penh. Next head to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, two of the most striking buildings in the capital and considered some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. Continue with a visit to the National Museum, which houses a collection of Khmer art and sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history. In the afternoon learn more about the turbulent Khmer Rouge years starting with a visit to Tuol Sleng. Formerly a high school, then a notorious security prison and now a museum depicting the terrifying reign of the Khmer Rouge. Next head to Cheung Ek Killing Fields, a memorial built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died under the reign of the Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. Spend the evening at leisure.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (4 Nights) Day 3 - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (4 Nights)

Have a relaxing morning before transferring to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to the magnificent temples of Angkor. Later explore the city on a walking tour. Visit the Old Market and capture a sense of local culture and lifestyle. See the range of colourful fruit, vegetables and spices on the market stalls. In the evening prepare to be entertained and moved at the Phare Circus with a beautifully choreographed performance reflecting Cambodian lives and society.

Hotel

Borei Angkor Resort & Spa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Borei Angkor Resort & Spa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 3

Day 4

Angkor Wat and Siem Reap Sightseeing Day 4 - Angkor Wat and Siem Reap Sightseeing

This morning visit the famous and spectacular religious monument of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A Khmer scholar will be your Local Specialist and guide you through Khmer history, culture, archaeology and civilization. He will bring to life the various stories contained in the reliefs and murals of the elaborately carved hallways of Angkor Wat. Later on, your choice of activities is a visit to the National Museum for an in-depth insight into the history of Cambodia, or a visit to a silk farm to learn about traditional silk making techniques. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure or join an Optional Experience.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

SUNSET BOAT CRUISE

Depart from your hotel and transfer to Chong Kneas, a trading port of agricultural products on the edge of Tonle Sap Lake. Board a traditional and comfortable wooden boat, and embark on a relaxing and insightful sunset cruise on the lake. Drinks and canapes are served while you observe the local lifestyle of the people living on the lake in their floating and stilted homes. Towards the end of the day, the activity on the lake picks up as people return from their fish farms to present and sell their catch at the local market. Continue to the open waters and take in the sunset before returning to the port for a transfer back to Siem Reap town. Note: This trip will not operate during periods of low water which normally occur from April to September.

Adult Price: US$41.00

Day 4

Day 5

Angkor and Siem Reap Day 5 - Angkor and Siem Reap

Start the day with a visit to two other UNESCO listed sites - Angkor Thom with its centrepiece, the Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm which was used as the location for the film 'Tomb Raider'. The magnificent tree roots have merged with the temple remains over the years, giving the feeling of a forgotten city. See the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King would welcome back his victorious army. Return to Siem Reap for a cooking class, a Cultural Experience. First visit the market to learn about cooking customs, ingredients and food superstitions before continuing to a local restaurant to learn how to prepare and cook various Khmer specialities under the guidance of the chef. After the class enjoy your creations with a dinner of your personally prepared food.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 5

Day 6

Angkor and Kompheim village Day 6 - Angkor and Kompheim village

This morning visit Banteay Srei Temple; the red sandstone temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, whose delicate carvings of the 10th century have been remarkably well preserved. Return to the hotel and after a short break, drive through the countryside to Kompheim village. It is a typical Khmer village surrounded by rice fields with a pagoda and village school. Learn about the HUSK NGO Programme, which works with communities to help improve the lives of the local families. Spend the evening relaxing or take part in an Optional experience.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

DINNER WITH APSARA DANCE SHOW

This evening transfer to the Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel for a wonderful dinner accompanied by traditional Apsara Dancing. Step back in time as the dancers and musicians will bring ancient Khmer culture to life. Enjoy the very best in Cambodian cuisine in spectacular surroundings. A souvenir booklet will help guide you through the stories behind every dance with details of the meanings behind each delicate hand movement.

Adult Price: US$56.00

Day 6

Day 7

Siem Reap - Luang Prabang (4 Nights) Day 7 - Siem Reap - Luang Prabang (4 Nights)

Visit Wat Damnak, one of the most beautiful pagodas in town and take part in a private blessing ceremony performed by the local monks who reside in the temple. Sit on a mat whilst the monks chant blessings and then a sacred thread will be tied around your wrist to protect against evil spirits. Later visit Artisans d'Angkor, for a Cultural Insight into the training school, which creates job opportunities for young people living in rural areas, while at the same time reviving traditional Khmer craftsmanship. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before your flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival meet your Travel Director and transfer to your hotel. Dinner this evening is a typical Lao meal at the hotel.

Hotel

Villa Maly Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Villa Maly Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 7

Day 8

Luang Prabang Sightseeing Day 8 - Luang Prabang Sightseeing

This morning enjoy a walking tour around the ancient town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an outstanding example of the fusion of Lao and colonial architecture. Visit the Royal Palace Museum which was the residence of the king up until when the monarchy was overthrown in 1975. Next visit the so-called 'Temple of the Golden City'; Wat Xiengthong, before heading to the riverside for a relaxing cruise in a long-tail boat up the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. Pass by typical Laotian villages just visible through the thick foliage and wooden canoes bobbing by the shore attached to bamboo poles. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before exploring the caves which house thousands of Buddha images ranging from mere centimetres to two meters in height. Cruise back to town making a stop en route at Ban Muang Keo village for a Cultural Insight. The village is famous for producing 'lao-lao', (Laotian whisky) as well as having a thriving weaving industry.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 8

Day 9

Luang Prabang Sightseeing Day 9 - Luang Prabang Sightseeing

For the early risers wake up before dawn to witness and participate in offering alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks, a living Buddhist tradition for the people of Luang Prabang which dates back generations. Then watch the town come to life during a visit to the bustling morning market. Followed by a climb up the steps of Mount Phousi to admire the wonderful views of the Mekong and Khan rivers, as well as the surrounding mountain ranges before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely start to the day before joining your fellow travellers for a visit to the Friends Visitor Centre, to learn about the work done at the Friends Lao Hospital for Children which is a local non-profit community project. Return to the hotel for a leisurely afternoon or choose to take part in an Optional Experience. This evening travel to a nearby village for a Be My Guest dining experience with a local family in their home and learn all about their lifestyle while enjoying a meal of local specialities.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

RICE FARMING EXPERIENCE

Spend an afternoon on a community based living rice farm situated in the idyllic countryside, surrounded by mountains and rice paddies. Experience the life of a farmer and try your hand at some of the activities, or just view it all from the comfort of the traditional Lao rice house balcony. During the experience, you will also have the opportunity to learn more about bamboo weaving, blacksmith work, and sugar cane processing. Towards the end, join a tour of the organic garden with an explanation on how natural herbs are used in traditional medicine.

Adult Price: US$60.00

Day 9

Day 10

Luang Prabang Sightseeing Day 10 - Luang Prabang Sightseeing

This morning drive south to one of Luang Prabang's most picturesque sights, the Kuang Si Waterfall. Stop en route at Phou Si market to observe locals trading in fresh produce and at the Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre for a demonstration of their work. On arrival see the bears at the Asian Bear Rescue Centre before taking a leisurely walk through the national park towards the main fall which has a 60 metre (200 ft) cascade. The water collects in numerous turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream and is a spectacular sight. Later return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure or join in an Optional Experience. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Lao-inspired Farewell Dinner.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

2OTH ANNIVERSARY WALKING TOUR

Wander through the town of Luang Prabang, starting at the beginning of the town peninsula, where the Mekong and Nam River meet. Observe Luang Prabang’s distinct architecture, wandering through small streets and alleys to witness the rural lifestyle that local people have maintained. After the tour, stroll along a tree-lined lane just off the main road and step into a bygone era. Visit the ‘Artisans Café’, often also called ‘Phuang Champa Cultural House’ it is a treasure trove of Lao antiques housed in a more than 100-year old traditional wooden residence. Step into the garden and enjoy a ‘Lao Tea Break’ with Lao coffee or herbal tea and traditional snacks.

Adult Price: US$43.00

Day 10

Day 11

Depart Luang Prabang Day 11 - Depart Luang Prabang

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 11

Available Departures

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    Hotel Villa Maly, Luang Prabang: Stay at a historical house built by the royal family in 1938. Princess Vanthatmaly built the residence as a family home which it remained until 1994.

  • Be My Guest
    dinner with a local family in a village near Luang Prabang.

  • Cultural Insight
    Khmer Cooking Class and market visit.

  • Hidden Treasure
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialist
    in Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat.

  • #TrafalgarCares
    At the Friends Visitor Centre in Luang Prabang learn how your visit helps support the work being done at the Friends Lao Hospital for Children. At Ock Pop Tok, a Lao based social enterprise, learn about their mission to elevate the profile of locally produced textiles and to increase economic opportunities for the artisans.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City Tour of Phnom Penh and walking tour of Siem Reap Old Town

    • Visit Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace, Cheung Ek Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat, Terrace of the Elephants, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei and Artisans d'Angkor in Siem Reap and Wat Xiengthong, the Royal Palace Museum, Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 1 lunch.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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