Kingdom of Wonder

Take an in-depth look at the culture, history, and mystery surrounding Cambodia on your 5 Day Kingdom of Wonder Tour. Lose yourself in this fabulous country and its people during your stay in the capital Phnom Penh and magical Siem Reap.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh

Welcome at Phnom Penh International Airport and transfer to hotel. Visit the National Museum, built in 1917. It is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and displaying Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both Angkorian and pre-Angkorian. Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh’s namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree lined avenues of the city. In the afternoon visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town; and the Silver Pagoda located within the grounds of the Royal Palace (its floor is made up of 5000 silver tiles). Visit the Notorious Tuol Sleng Museum (Genocide Museum). In the former time, this museum was the secondary school. It became a detention and torture centre for thousand of Cambodian people in Pol Pot regime and known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). Nowadays, the Tuol Sleng Museum remains a lot of evidences of deaths’ people.

Hotel: Ohana Hotel

Day 2: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap. In the afternoon join the Angkor Gondola, a unique Khmer traditional boat for a natural and historical experience. Relax while watching the sunset over South Gate.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Resort & Spa, 3 Nights

Day 3: Siem Reap

Visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, the last capital of Angkor Period (AD 802-1432) until the 15thcentury, which was indeed a Great City as its name implies. Visit Bayon Temple, one of the most popular sites in Angkor complex. over 200 large faces carved on the 54 towers, which at that time represented the 54 provinces in The Khmer Empire, give this temple its majestic character. There are also Bapoun Temple and Phimean Akas Temple, Terrace of Elephant and Terrace of Leper King. In the afternoon, we proceed to visit Ta Prohm Temple which was built in AD 1186 by King Jayavarman VII. Trunks of trees twist amongst stone pillars, and spread their gigantic roots over, under and in between the stones, probing walls and terraces apart, make this temple even more attractive and a place worth visiting during your stay. End the day with a visit magnificent Angkor Wat with its extraordinary architecture and bas-reliefs. End the day with a spectacular sunset from the top of the mountain temple of Phnom Bakheng.

Day 4: Siem Reap

After breakfast today we drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer countryside (approx 60 Kms from Siem Reap). Proceed to the Banteay Srei temple (10th century) regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Finally a visit to Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of “anastylosis”.

Day 5: Depart Siem Reap

After breakfast visit Pouk Silk farm village 16km west of Siem Reap. Then onto a visit at Artisan d’Angkor of Seam Reap. This afternoon transfer to Siem Reap International Airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Siem Reap:On ApplicationOn Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport: Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Flight Ticket: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
Accommodation:4 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Temples of Angkor

The astounding Temples of Angkor are a must-see experience. On this short journey, discover the highlights of this amazing city. Enter via the lesser-used East Gate and watch the sun rise over the majestic temples. Further afield, uncover the ruins of tree-enveloped Ta Prohm and the imposing Bayon.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap

On arrival in Siem Reap, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.

Hotel: La Niche D’Angkor Boutique Hotel, 4 nights

Day 2: Siem Reap

After breakfast, drive to the southern gate of the “Great City” Angkor Thom. Marvel at the imposing carvings and temples scattered throughout this ancient city. At the heart of this mammoth citadel, visit the state temple of Bayon and its many monolithic stone face carvings. Continue your exploration of the Terrace of Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, before you arrive at the vine covered ruins of the temple of Ta Prohm. As the day closes, explore the grounds of Angkor Wat and enjoy a stop at the Angkor National Museum with its unique collection of Buddhist and Hindu artefacts.

Day 3: Siem Reap

Rise early and enjoy a memorable sunrise at Angkor Wat. Marvel at the silhouetted central
spires before returning for breakfast at your hotel. Continue your day with a visit to the floating villages of Kampong Phluk and witness their traditional way of local life. Experience a monk blessing ceremony before driving to the historical temples of Rolous. As the day concludes, spend the evening enjoying a tuk-tuk street food tour, savouring many delicious Cambodian delicacies.

Day 4: Siem Reap

Start your day with a visit to the local market at Domdek before continuing your journey to Beng Mealea Temple, one of the two largest temples outside of Angkor. View the partly buried sandstone remains and explore the temple ground before enjoying a local lunch, and continuing your drive to the Banteay Srei. On your return journey, stop and visit the Landmine Museum and visit a local village to see the sugar palm production before enjoying sunset at Pre Rup temple.

Day 5: Depart Siem Reap

Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12, 26$775.00$949.00
May: 10, 24$749.00$949.00
June: 07, 21$749.00$899.00
July: 05, 19$749.00$899.00
August: 02, 16, 30$749.00$899.00
September: 13, 27$749.00$899.00
October: 11, 25$775.00$949.00
November: 08, 22$775.00$949.00
December: 06, 20$775.00$949.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 03, 17, 31$775.00$949.00
February: 14, 28$775.00$949.00
March: 14, 28$775.00$949.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 4 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Angkor to Saigon by Bike

Travel from Angkor to Saigon by Bike – A journey in the truest sense of the word from the most significant archaeological site in Cambodia to the most important commercial city in Vietnam. The contrasts you see along the way are what make this an educational, enjoyable and achievable ride for anyone passing through Southeast Asia. This is one of our easier cycling tours with hardly a hill in sight, but enough variety in scenery and surface to keep the ride interesting. The biking is interrupted by a boat ride down the Mekong River and finishes off with two full days of pedaling through the intriguing Mekong Delta. If you want to get far away from the daily grind and immerse yourself in Indochina scenery, culture, and cuisine, this is the ride for you.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Drive to Kampong Thom & Cycle Sambor Prei Kuk

Riding: 55km cycling – After we pick you up early from the Siem Reap hotel, a 2 and a half hour drive awaits to reach the neighboring province of Kampong Thom. After a bike fitting, we mount our bikes and start pedaling towards the set of pre-Angkorian temples known as Sambor Prei Kuk for an exploration. These 7th-century ruins are in remarkable shape despite being swallowed by the jungle, and the remoteness of their location provides a unique and off the beaten track experience. After we escape the hottest part of the day, we return to Kampong Thom by a different route and are rewarded by a delicious local meal.

Riding: 45km cycling – This morning we begin a little later for a 3-hour drive to Oudong Mountain which was once the capital of Cambodia, where we will find a nice temple on the summit and breathtaking views. After a Cambodian style picnic, and we will enjoy a ride on bumpy village roads and trails. We will pedal our way through rice paddies and farmland, passing the smaller Basset Mountain. From here, once we cross a railway line, the views shift quickly. If you are willing to bike in traffic, cycle straight onwards to the night’s accommodation. For those who would prefer a ride, the support vehicle is there for the transfer. Tonight we will eat by the Tonle Sap River, near where the country’s three main rivers converge.

Riding: 30km cycling – This morning we saddle up and make our way through the nearby Mekong islands where we will cycle through friendly villages, fruit orchards, traditional silk weaving workshops and a variety of more recent temples. This ride shows you another side of the Phnom Penh area that will be a unique cycling and cultural exploration.
Phnom Penh’s history is far from uneventful. The French settlers transformed this collection of wooden shacks into a thriving city in the 19th century. In 1975, this changed quickly with the evacuation of the city by the Khmer Rouge, and Phnom Penh was left to decay. Recently it has become a center of rapid development and growth. Explore the capital city with the help of your guide, and enjoy a late afternoon walk for a cultural exploration of this city.

Enjoy a reinvigorating rest day. Spend your morning exploring Phnom Penh or lounging by the pool, then board an international boat that takes us down the Mekong River where we will cross into Vietnam via Chau Doc- a bustling Delta town that specializes in salted fish. Enjoy the views as we float towards the next leg of our adventure.

Riding: 75km cycling – Today we begin our exploration of the Mekong Delta. After a short ferry ride, we will cross canals by bridge and boat and cycle our way through the maze of waterways. Observe the fertile delta lands that are used for food production, and watch the locals hard at work to grow, harvest, or transport these products as we pedal past. We’ll be cycling on small, paved canal roads that allow for only cycling or motorbike travel. We will arrive in the large town of Long Xuyen in the late afternoon.

Riding: 70km cycling – We finish up our cycling on canal paths that provide an intriguing final day of exploration. Pedal through the scenic countryside that hosts many small canals and large crops such as otherworldly jackfruit. We will ride past mat weavers and wooden boat builders today before enjoying another delicious lunch. The day ends with a relaxing boat ride as we arrive into the busy town of Can Tho in the late afternoon.

Spend the early morning exploring the floating markets of Can Tho. You’ll be impressed by a wide variety of boats and markets selling a huge array of fresh vegetables and fruit. After our morning meal, we will board the van for a 3-hour drive into Saigon. Enjoy lunch and a short walking tour of the city and its main historical sites before the tour concludes. Saigon is an exciting city and is certainly worth a couple of extra days if you have time to spare.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 05, 17USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
February: 09USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
July: 05USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
August: 09USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
September: 05USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
November: 22USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
December: 27USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
Private Tour also AvailablePrice on ApplicationPrice on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Transport:Hotel Transfer to starting point of the ride & Bikes in a full range of sizes
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Cycle Bangkok to Saigon

Cycle from Bangkok to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The essential discovery trip of Thailand, Cambodia and the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. This fertile region, which was once almost entirely ruled by the Angkor kings, now is comprised of Vietnam’s food-producing land, the majority of modern Cambodia, and the eastern extreme of Thailand. A goldmine of material for the budding historian. For the cyclist, a variety of dynamic riding that includes everything from single-lane bike trails to remote back roads through the countryside; something to satisfy the appetite of any rider. For the gourmet traveler, this tour showcases the highlights of three different cuisines with an emphasis on fresh vegetables, fish, and seafood, but with all tastes catered for. For those who wish to connect with village life in Southeast Asia, there could not be a better trip.

The ride may be epic in terms of its scope, but it is an achievable and enjoyable one with a high degree of comfort at our overnight stops. It is sure to be a humbling, rewarding and exciting experience discovering the heart and soul of Southeast Asia.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

You can arrive in Bangkok any time today before our briefing at 5pm. After this, we will head out for our first dinner together- an adventure in a city famous for its cuisine.

Riding: 50km cycling – After picking you up from your hotel in Bangkok, we drive 3 hours to reach the starting point of the ride. On a sleepy beach far from the bustle of Bangkok, we unload and set up the bikes before embarking on a lovely ride along the dramatic coast of Thailand’s Gulf. At times a few small hills will provide nice views out over the water, and just as our stomachs begin to grumble we discover our lunch stop where the first of many great meals awaits. We pedal into the regional town of Chanthaburi in the mid-afternoon where our friendly host awaits to introduce us to the cozy guesthouse and vegetable garden that he is very passionate about.

Riding: 60km cycling – As we leave Chanthaburi, we will pedal through the old town area and the Catholic quarter before we reach the surrounding orchards. We are on well-made, back roads today with hardly a car in sight. A little before lunchtime, we will pack up and drive a busier section to our next stop on the food adventure. From there we spend 30 minutes in the car to reach the Cambodian border. After completing border formalities, we ride on to the hotel that is set among the gem-studded hills of Pailin. This town is famous not only for its gems but also for harboring a number of senior members of the Khmer Rouge for many years after the fall of the tyrannous regime. With these characters now long gone, the historic town of Pailin is now hoping to put itself on the tourist map a little by providing hospitality to those passing through.

Riding: 55km cycling – Today we leave the paved surface and cycle on some fun red dirt roads and trails through the villages behind Pailin town. Despite a steady trickle of foreign travelers through this area, you will still be the center of much attention in the villages as friendly locals curiously watch you pedal by. We rejoin the main road after an hour and a half or so and then enjoy some rolling hills down out of the highlands onto the plains. The final stretch of riding is through the outskirts of Battambang City, as the day heats up and the population increases. We reach the heart of the quiet city in time for a delicious local-style lunch. Once the sun gets a little lower in the sky, we take to the bikes again and ride to see one of the province’s most stunning 11th-century temples at Phnom Banan. We check into our centrally located accommodation and have some time to explore this charming town.

Riding: 25km cycling – Soksabike is a program created by a local vocational training NGO called Kinyei. This morning we will enjoy a tour led by students of Kinyei. Our cycling tour around the suburbs and villages of Battambang introduces us to the many village products that are made here. Most of these are food products, so any hopes of losing weight on this tour will be firmly extinguished by this stage. We will, however, get a great insight into how people here live and survive. We see how rice wine, dried bananas and a tasty snack called Kralanh are made before we return to town for lunch. This afternoon you can rest during our 3-hour drive to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, there will be an option to see the sunset over the largest lake in South East Asia- Tonle Sap- from a small mountain on the shore.

Riding: 25km cycling – In the quiet and cool darkness, you will be out at the most important religious monument in Cambodia, anticipating the sunrise over the imposing towers of Angkor Wat. Even in the wet season, this is a magical time to see Angkor. As the crowds thin, we’ll take an unforgettable walk through the temple, where the soft light and cool temperatures present this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site at its best. A short pedal away, a delicious breakfast spread awaits. After breakfast, we ride around the hidden trails of the Angkor complex to visit some of its best-kept secrets and the iconic temples of the Bayon, Tha Prom and The Elephant Terrace. As the day heats up, we enjoy lunch with a view of Sra Srang Lake and then return to our hotel by vehicle around 2pm. This tour is the essential introduction to the Angkor park and will give you not only a great historical overview, but also a geographic orientation, so if you plan to visit the temples again tomorrow you can explore on your own with confidence.

Please note: Appropriate dress (knees and shoulders fully covered) is compulsory for entry into certain sections of Angkor Wat, and should also be observed throughout all temple areas for reasons of cultural sensitivity.

Siem Reap, once a dusty little town, has now blossomed into a charming destination with an amazing array of food options and a good variety of activities. From zip-lining to an acrobatic circus performance and an emerging arts scene, this city will not disappoint. There is always a good massage and the pool for those who fancy some relaxation.

Riding: 55km cycling – Starting with an early pickup from your hotel, we have a 2.5 hour drive to reach Kampong Thom, the neighboring province to Siem Reap. After a bike fitting, we set off on a ride north of the town to find the sprawling complex of pre-Angkorian temples known as Sambor Prei Kuk. These ruins date back as far as the 7th century and are remarkably intact for their age. The lush green surrounds and absence of tourists make this a really special cycling exploration. After we see out the heat of the day in the shade, we return to Kampong Thom by a different route and enjoy a tasty, authentic meal.

Riding: 45km cycling – Following a laid-back start in order to time our day correctly, we drive around 3 hours to Oudong Mountain. This place was the former capital of Cambodia and hosts a hilltop temple with fine views. We enjoy a Cambodian-style picnic before hopping on our bikes for an afternoon ride on lovely village roads and trails which are mostly unpaved. We pedal our way through rice fields and farmland, passing Oudong’s smaller brother; Basset Mountain. Crossing a recently refurbished but un-operational railway line, the scenery changes rapidly. For those comfortable cycling in traffic, you can ride right up to the hotel door. For those who are not game, the support vehicle awaits. Dinner tonight will be enjoyed by the Tonle Sap River, not far from where the three main rivers of Cambodia converge.

Riding: 30km cycling – This morning we take to the bikes again and explore the nearby Mekong islands. Here we pedal through charming village communities, fruit orchards, traditional silk weaving workshops and a variety of temples from a more recent time. This is a highlight ride and gives a unique perspective to Phnom Penh and its surroundings.
Phnom Penh has a turbulent history. Little more than a collection of wooden shacks when the French first arrived, the colonials transformed it into a beautiful city. With the evacuation of the city by the Khmer Rouge in 1975, its decay and decline began, with regeneration and rapid economic development only a recent trend. Your guide can dispense a great deal of advice on how the city can be explored and will offer a late afternoon walk to introduce you to some of the lesser-known aspects of this eccentric Cambodian capital.

Today we rest our legs and stay off the bikes. In the morning we can have a bit of leisure to enjoy the pool or wander around Phnom Penh. After an early lunch, we board the international boat which will take us down the Mekong River into Chau Doc, Vietnam: a bustling Delta town with a specialization in salted fish.

Riding: 75km cycling – Our Mekong Delta adventure begins in earnest today. The first of many short ferry rides comes after about 15km and the rest of the day will involve crossing numerous canals by bridge and boat and following a path through the maze of waterways. You will likely notice the fertility of the land, as every square inch is cultivated for food production and each person in sight works hard to grow, harvest, process or transport these products. The riding is predominantly on small, paved canal paths with only bicycles and motor scooters to accompany us. We roll into the substantial town of Long Xuyen in the late afternoon.

Riding: 70km cycling – Our final ride of the trip continues on canal paths which become even more interesting as we go. The countryside is just as scenic as yesterday, but with an even higher concentration of canals and the farm produce now includes large hanging fruit such as jackfruit. We encounter mat weaving and wooden boat building today as well as yet another amazing lunch. We finish up with a boat ride and arrive into the pleasant, bustling town of Can Tho in the late afternoon.

An early morning visit to the floating markets is on offer today. It’s an impressive sight, with boats of varying sizes and all manner of fruit and vegetables being bought and sold, and a good insight into local Vietnamese life. After breakfast, we pack up and board the van for a 3-hour drive into Saigon. After seeing out the heat of the day, we explore the city on foot, including the former French Quarter, the former Presidential Palace and the Ben Tanh Market. It’s then time to celebrate a fantastic journey with our final meal together.

Your Bangkok to Saigon Explorer concludes after breakfast this morning. Your guide will be on hand to assist you with your travel arrangements as required.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 10USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
February: 02USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
June: 28USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
August: 02, 29USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
November: 15USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
December: 20USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 09, 27USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
June: 27USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
July: 18USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
August: 29USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
November: 14USD $4,000.00
December: 19USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
Private Tour also AvailablePrice on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 11 Dinners
Transport:Hotel Transfer to starting point of the ride & Cannondale (Cambodia), GT (Vietnam) and Merida (Thailand) mountain bikes
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage. In the Mekong Delta, we are on narrow bike and pedestrian style paths and trails where the support vehicle cannot follow. It will, however, meet us at intervals of 10km or so and can meet us at closer intervals if there is an urgent need.
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Portrait of Cambodia

Discover the Portrait of Cambodia. Venture to the bohemian city of Battambang to explore the local market and colonial architecture. Explore the ancient temple of Ek Phnom, the Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau and the five-spire temple of Phnom Banan. Discover the iconic temples of Angkor including the favourites of Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh

On arrival in Phnom Penh, be transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: Cardamom Hotel, 2 nights

Day 2: Phnom Penh

Enjoy a full day city tour of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Visit the National Museum, the Royal Palace and the beautiful Silver Pagoda. In the afternoon, visit the chilling Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and the Killing Fields memorial of Choeng Ek. Both sites give an important insight into Cambodia’s turbulent history.

Day 3: Phnom Penh to Battambang

Travel north to Battambang, and discover a bohemian city filled with charm on the banks of the Stung Sangke River. Walk along the riverside to see some of Cambodia’s most impressive colonial architecture and explore the local market.

Hotel: Stung Sangke Hotel, 2 nights

Day 4: Battambang

On a full day tour, head to the ancient temple of Ek Phnom, and stop at a rice paper-making village. Ek Phnom is a partly collapsed 11th century temple featuring impressive and intricate carvings. Visit the Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau, and enjoy breathtaking rural views from the summit. Climb up 358 steps to explore Phnom Banan with its five-spire temple, stop at a small local winery and experience a unique bamboo train ride. Return to Battambang for the evening.

Day 5: Battambang to Siem Reap

From Battambang, journey through some of Cambodia’s prettiest landscapes to Siem Reap. Gateway to the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap is a small city filled with interesting sights, charm and atmosphere.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

Day 6: Siem Reap – Temples of Angkor

Rise early and venture by tuk-tuk to the East Gate of the temples of Angkor. Away from the crowds, see the sun rise over Angkor Wat’s iconic spires. Spend the morning exploring Angkor Wat, see the many faces of Bayon and discover Preah Khan, before returning to your hotel for some free time. After midday, travel to the outlying temple of Banteay Kdei, explore tree-covered Ta Prohm and see the sun set over Angkor Wat.

Day 7: Depart Siem Reap

Enjoy breakfast before being transferred to the airport where your Portrait of Cambodia Journey finishes.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Siem Reap daily From $1,265.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 Breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English-speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Vietnam & Cambodia Uncovered

Experience Vietnam & Cambodia Uncovered. Journey from the beauty of Halong Bay to a spine-tingling encounter with the abandoned capital of Angkor Thom, left to ruin in the depths of the dense Cambodian jungle and on to Phnom Penh – a city that has emerged from the past to recapture its reputation as the ‘Pearl of Asia’.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi

Relish the warm embrace of Vietnam and her welcoming people, who will touch you with their humility and entrepreneurial spirit throughout your journey across this intoxicating land. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetisers.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi, 2 nights

Day 2: Hanoi

This morning is dedicated to the revolutionary leader who fanned the flames of Vietnam’s independence. We begin our day with a visit to the final resting place of “Uncle Ho”, the imposing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. A short walk from here, we’ll find Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, where we’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ exploring the grounds surrounding the humble abode of Vietnam’s most famous son. We’ll continue to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of Mandarins, to gain insights into Hanoian culture. This afternoon, we’ll take a cyclo tour, weaving through the lively Old Quarter past colourful shopfronts and street food vendors. Enjoy an evening at leisure or consider joining our Optional Experience to taste some delicious local flavours on a foodie tour.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise

We leave the busy streets of Hanoi behind, bound for the serenity of Halong Bay where we’ll board a traditional-style Vietnamese Junk boat. The limestone karsts and tropical islets rising up from the emerald waters provide an ethereal backdrop for our leisurely cruise. After lunch on board, we’ll take a small boat transfer to the Tien Ong Cave and Cua Van Fishing Village, whose residents still live in traditional floating houses. We return to our Junk boat for a cooking demonstration with the chef or enjoy a mesmerising sunset on the top deck before dinner and a peaceful overnight stay in this UNESCO-listed natural wonder.

Cruise: Jasmine Cruise

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An 

The graceful practice of T’ai Chi eases you into your day as is the local custom. Join a Local Specialist on the deck of the Junk boat for a morning class in exquisite natural surrounds. You’ll have time for an early morning swim at one of Halong Bay’s quiet beaches and, if you’re feeling energetic, a brisk walk to catch one last view of scenic Halong Bay before your drive to Hanoi Airport to catch your flight to Danang. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Hoi An.

Hotel: Royal Hoi An, 3 nights

Day 5: Hoi An

‘Dive Into Culture’ this morning, embarking on a walking tour around the ancient town of Hoi An. Embrace its charm of yesteryear – the narrow lanes, colourful marketplaces and ancient temples providing insights into the Vietnam of old. See the old merchant houses and 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, before visiting Thanh Dong Organic Village where you’ll spend some time helping local farmers and learning about their daily working routines. Kick back and enjoy a relaxing foot massage that will set the pace for the rest of the day and evening at leisure.

Day 6: Hoi An

Enjoy some free time this morning to explore Hoi An further or simply relax at your hotel. Your choice of activities this afternoon could see you learn how to craft your own colourful lantern or gain insights into life as a local fisherman (subject to weather conditions). Create a work of art to bring your home luck and happiness, or cast your net wide for the catch of the day – the choice is yours.

Day 7: Hoi An – Hue

The healthy flavours of Vietnamese cuisine take centre stage as we travel by boat to the Red Bridge Cooking School to learn about the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food. We’ll have an opportunity to savour the dishes we’ve prepared for lunch before returning to Hoi An. This afternoon, our journey takes us over Hai Van Pass en route to Red Beach, where the American Marines first landed in Vietnam during the decades-long war. We continue to Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum before arriving in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, for our overnight stay.

Hotel: Imperial, 2 nights

Day 8: Hue

We’ll navigate the busy streets of Hue on the back of a cyclo en route to the UNESCO-listed Imperial Citadel, once home to Nguyen emperors. From here, we drive to Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Boarding a local dragon boat next, we cruise along the Perfume River to the house of the former Princess Ngoc Son where we’ll ‘Connect With Locals’ and meet a family member for a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch to gain a glimpse of their life in this historic house. The afternoon is ours to enjoy at leisure or consider joining one of our Optional Experiences

Day 9: Hue – Ho Chi Minh City

A short flight this morning brings you to Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll enjoy some time at leisure before lunch at KOTO restaurant. Your visit will ‘Make A Difference’ to this non-profit social enterprise that provides training to disadvantaged young people in the hospitality industry. The iconic sights of Ho Chi Minh are revealed on a walking tour of Dong Khoi Street next. See the Opera House and the former Hotel de Ville. Then, wander up to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, designed by the renowned Gustave Eiffel. Continue to the War Remnants Museum where you’ll have a vivid glimpse of the war through the eyes of the locals. Your final stop today is Ben Thanh market, one of the earliest surviving structures in old Saigon, before arriving at your hotel.

Hotel: Sofitel Saigon Plaza, 3 nights

Day 10: Mekong Delta

The mighty Mekong beckons today, as we take a day trip to My Tho, a nearby Delta market town. We’ll transfer to a small sampan boat and navigate the maze of small canals before stopping for a lunch of delicious Mekong Delta specialities. After a short walk along village roads, we’ll visit the house of a former soldier, a ‘Local Specialist’ who survived fighting the Khmer Rouge. Indulge in the family’s colourful stories and learn how they make a living crafting rice paper, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for an evening at leisure.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City

We’ll delve into Vietnam’s turbulent history from the previous century with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels built to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. We’ll explore the underground compounds with a VC veteran and gain an understanding of the history of the tunnels, which once served as living quarters and housed hospitals, food and weapons caches. Returning to Ho Chi Minh City by private speedboat, we’ll enjoy some free time this afternoon. Later, we’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ during a visit to the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge, followed by a Farewell Dinner to say goodbye to your Vietnam Travel Director and those guests not continuing on to Cambodia.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for the short international flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. On arrival meet your Cambodia Travel Director and check in to your hotel.

Hotel: Le Meridien, 4 Nights

Day 13: Angkor Wat and Siem Reap Sightseeing

Today, we venture deep into the Cambodian jungle, through a pyramid-shaped gateway into an ancient world. Serene stone faces watch over us as we cross the causeway suspended over a moat into the spiritual heart of the ancient lost city of Angkor. A ‘Local Specialist’ and renowned Khmer scholar brings to life the stories behind the intricate carvings and murals of celestial nymphs and mythical serpents along the abandoned hallways of Angkor Wat. Our next stop are the terracotta-hued walls of Banteay Srei Temple – the “Citadel of Women” dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. We’ll have time to admire the 10thcentury carvings of women, said to have been too delicate to have been carved by a man, hence its name. We’ll return to Siem Reap for some free time and this afternoon embark on a walking tour of the Old Town. We ‘Make A Difference’ to the lives of rural youths during our visit to Artisans d’Angkor, where we’ll witness the revival of Khmer arts and crafts. Later we’ll visit Wat Damnak and participate in a private blessing ceremony during which a sacred thread will be tied around our wrists to protect against evil spirits. Our final stop today is to the labyrinthine Old Market, where the locals spend their early mornings shopping for fresh fruit, vegetables and spices. Wander past the busy stalls and smell freshly baked baguettes, a remnant of the country’s French heritage.

Day 14: Angkor & Siem Reap

Our intimate encounter with a lost empire continues today, as we uncover other iconic sites of the ancient abandoned city of Angkor that have been devoured by the Cambodian jungle. We explore its ancient ruins in the company of saffron-clad monks and monkeys that clamber up and over the roots of centuries-old trees that have carved their way deep into the Great City’s walls. Our first stop today is a visit to the fortified Angkor Thom, where we’ll see such iconic sites as the Terrace of Elephants, the Royal Enclosure and the Temple of Bayon with its giant smiling faces of Buddha. We venture underneath the dense tree canopy to the crumbling, moss-covered ruins of the Buddhist temple of Ta Prohm, which featured as the location for the film ‘Tomb Raider’, exploring its towers courtyards and corridors to uncover the intricate stone reliefs that are shielded by the surrounding foliage. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience to learn the secrets of Khmer cuisine.

Day 15: Peak Sneng Village

We begin the day in the company of local Khmer villagers and ‘Make A Difference’ with a visit to their local school for an opportunity to chat to some of the children who will join us on our walk through the village to see how they spend their day-to-day lives. We’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’, gaining insights into their time-honoured craft traditions, such as weaving Cambodia’s national hats made from palm leaves, or folding Lotus flowers into delicate works of art. After the rest of the day at leisure, this evening to say farewell to those not continuing on to Phnom Penh tomorrow, we’ll join our Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Farewell Dinner with Apsara dance show.

Day 16: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

This morning we fly to Phnom Penh, once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’ it is one of the loveliest French built cities in Indochina. Later we’ll embark on a cyclo tour, exploring the city, which boasts a rich blend of Khmer and French colonial architecture. We’ll discover the history and catch glimpses of churches and Chinese temples hidden down narrow alleyways.

Hotel: La Rose Suites, 2 nights

Day 17: Phnom Penh

Indulge in the exotic flavours of Phnom Penh this morning, joining a ‘Local Specialist’ for an in-depth city tour. Our first stop is Wat Phnom temple where we’ll delve into the legend of Lady Penh who discovered the four statues of Buddha deposited on this tree-covered hill. We’ll continue to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda before visiting the National Museum showcasing centuries-old Khmer art and sculptures. Delving deep into the turbulent, terrifying history of the Khmer Rouge years, we’ll travel along a dusty road to the outskirts of the city to visit the former school turned torture, interrogation and execution centre of Tuol Sleng. The history of that time is depicted in the thousands of S-21 portraits of victims that are on display at the Museum of Genocide, providing insights into the horrors of Cambodia under Pol Pot’s rule. Finally, we’ll take a journey back in time to the Cheung Ek Killing Fields, a memorial built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died under the reign of the Khmer Rouge. The rest of the evening is spent at leisure.

Day 18: Depart Phnom Penh

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 11$6,795.00$8,885.00
February: 15, 29$6,625.00$8,715.00
March: 21$6,495.00$8,435.00
April: 04, 18$6,495.00$8,435.00
May: 02, 16$6,495.00$8,435.00
June: 13$6,495.00$8,435.00
July: 11$6,495.00$8,435.00
August: 08$6,495.00$8,435.00
September: 05, 12$6,495.00$8,435.00
September: 26$6,625.00$8,715.00
October: 10$6,625.00$8,715.00
November: 14$6,625.00$8,715.00
December: 05$6,625.00$8,715.00
December: 19$7,150.00$9,240.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 17 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flight: Air Ticket: Hanoi - Danang / Hue - Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
Accommodation: 16 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide:An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Indochina Explorer

This comprehensive journey takes in the history, culture and natural beauty of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In historic Cambodia, uncover the museums and monuments of the capital, Phnom Penh, before witnessing the incredible temples of Angkor. Travel from south to north through Vietnam, which reveals bustling cities, sparkling bays, ancient relics and delectable cuisine. In Laos, experience the Asia of yesteryear with its languid pace and welcoming people.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

On arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel and meet your fellow travellers and Tour Leader (or local guide).

Hotel: Sunway Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Phnom Penh Tour

Discover Phnom Penh during a fun cyclo ride exploring the backstreets and highlights. Continue to Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek. In the afternoon, explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

Day 3: Phnom Penh To Siem Reap

Fly to Siem Reap and venture to Tonle Sap Lake for a boat cruise.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa or similar, 2 nights

Day 4: Temples Of Angkor

Take a pre-dawn tuk-tuk ride to Angkor Wat’s seldom-used East Gate entrance to see the silhouetted central spires at sunrise. See the stone head sculptures of Bayon temple, explore Banteay Srei temple and discover Ta Prohm temple.

Day 5: Siem Reap to Saigon (Vietnam)

Fly from Siem Reap, and enjoy your first insights into Vietnam as you arrive in Saigon. Meet your new group of fellow travellers and Tour Leader (or local guide).

Hotel: Northern Hotel or similar, 3 nights

Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnels

From Saigon, drive to Cu Chi and discover the incredible network of underground tunnels. Wander the streets of Saigon on a walking tour and take in the city’s most impressive sites.

Day 7: Mekong Delta

Explore the Mekong Delta to gain insights into local life and enjoy a delicious local lunch.

Day 8: Saigon To Hue

Foundation, a unique enterprise that employs people with disabilities who make souvenirs from 100% recycled materials.

Hotel: Hotel Saigon Morin or similar

Day 9: Hue To Hoi An

Venture over the Hai Van Pass from Hue to Hoi An and marvel at some of Vietnam’s most stunning scenery. Stroll through the streets of Hoi An’s old town.

Hotel: Hoi An Historic Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 10: Hoi An

Enjoy a free day to do as much or as little as you like in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An to Halong Bay

Fly to Haiphong before driving to Halong Bay. Once on board your luxurious private junk boat, cruise impressive Halong Bay while feasting on fresh seafood.

Cruise: Overnight boat

Day 12: Halong Bay To Hanoi

Wake early to take part in a Tai Chi lesson as the sun rises. Continue exploring the bay before returning to Hanoi to discover the Old Quarter and meet some boisterous locals at a ‘Bia Hoi’.

Hotel: The Ann Hanoi or similar, 2 nights

Day 13: Hanoi City Tour

Discover Hanoi’s must-visit sites. Enjoy a farewell group dinner to celebrate your time in Vietnam.

Day 14: Hanoi To Vientiane (Laos)

Fly to Vientiane and transfer to your hotel. In the evening, meet your new group of fellow travellers and Tour Leader (or local guide).

Hotel: Mandala Boutique Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 15: Vientiane

Enjoy an authentic Lao coffee at a local cafe before discovering Vientiane’s main sites. Receive a traditional ‘baci’ blessing to welcome you to Laos.

Day 16: Vientiane To Luang Prabang

Fly to Luang Prabang. Visit the National Museum and Wat Mai temple. In the evening, take part in a cooking demonstration at Tamarind cooking school.

Hotel: Sala Prabang or similar, 3 nights

Day 17: Pak Ou Caves

Begin the day with a steaming-hot noodle breakfast. Walk to Wat Xieng Thong temple before taking a boat trip to Pak Ou Caves.

Day 18: Kuang Si Falls

Rise early and be rewarded with the sight of brightly-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms. Explore a lively morning market and travel to Kuang Si Falls. Cook your own lunch before exploring Luang Prabang independently. In the evening, participate in a game of petanque. Enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate a memorable visit to Laos.

Day 19: Luang Prabang

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 08$4,385.00$5,569.00
February: 05$4,385.00$5,569.00
March: 05, 26$4,385.00$5,569.00
April: 23$4,329.00$5,544.00
May: 21$4,299.00$5,395.00
June: 18$4,299.00$5,395.00
July: 23$4,299.00$5,395.00
August: 20$4,299.00$5,395.00
September: 24$4,299.00$5,395.00
November: 05$4,385.00$5,569.00
December: 03$4,385.00$5,569.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January: 07$4,825.00$6,129.00
February: 04$4,825.00$6,129.00
March: 03$4,825.00$6,129.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 18 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City - Hue / Hanoi - Haiphong / Hanoi - Vientiane - Luang Prabang
Accommodation: 17 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide:English Speaking Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Secrets of Cambodia with Laos

This 11 Day Secrets of Cambodia with Laos Trip takes you inside the sights and stories of two of Asia’s most fascinating nations. Embrace the timeless charm and generous spirit of Cambodia on this Hidden Journey through ancient lost capitals, remote rural villages and extraordinary natural wonders, peeling back the layers of centuries-old culture and heritage through beautiful choreographed performances and traditional cooking customs and superstitions.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh

A riot of colours, smells and swarm of scooters on Phnom Penh’s busy streets signal the start of our Hidden Journey. An Indochina gateway to the spiritual heart of Cambodia. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow adventurers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and appetisers.

Hotel: Sokha Phnom Penh, 2 nights

Day 2: Phnom Penh

Exotic flavours are yours to explore this morning on an in-depth City Tour with a Local Specialist. Begin with a visit to Wat Phnom temple from which the city takes its name. Delve into the legend of Lady Penh who discovered the four statues of Buddha deposited on this tree-covered hill. The golden spires of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda with its bountiful national treasures are our next stop on this exploration of Cambodia’s capital. Visits includes the National Museum, where we gain a unique insight into Khmer art and sculptures from different periods throughout Khmer history. Delving deep into the turbulent, terrifying history of the Khmer Rouge years, we travel along a dusty road to the outskirts of the city to visit the former school turned torture, interrogation and execution centre of Tuol Sleng. The history of that time is depicted in the thousands of S-21 portraits of victims that are on display at the Museum of Genocide, providing an insight into the horrors of Cambodia under Pol Pot’s rule. Our journey back in time continues on to the Cheung Ek Killing Fields, a memorial built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died under the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Spend the evening at leisure.

Day 3: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

A leisurely start to your morning gives you an opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of the city. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to the magnificent temples of the lost city of Angkor. Spend the afternoon exploring Siem Reap’s busy streets on a walking tour. Visit to the labyrinthine Old Market where the locals spend their early mornings shopping for fresh fruit, vegetables and spices. Wander past the busy stalls. See authentic Khmer soups and freshly baked baguettes. a remnant of the country’s French heritage. Tonight, we watch enthralled by the energy, emotion and enthusiasm of the talented Phare performers who use theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories.

Hotel: Le Meridien, 4 nights

Day 4: Angkor Wat & Siem Reap

Venturing deep into the Cambodian jungle and through a pyramid-shaped gateway into an ancient world. Serene stone faces watch over us as we cross the stone causeway suspended over a moat into the spiritual heart of the ancient lost city of Angkor. Enjoy a rare opportunity to gain in-depth insight into the fascinating ancient empire of the Khmer. Join a renowned scholar and Local Specialist who will bring to life the stories behind the intricate carvings and murals of celestial nymphs and mythical serpents along the abandoned hallways of Angkor Wat. We leave the mystical lotus-shaped temple towers behind us for your choice of activities. Visiting the National Museum to explore the history, art and culture of the Khmer civilisation. Collections date as far back as the 9th century. Or learning about the delicate traditions of silk making at a local silk farm. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure or join an Optional Experience.

Day 5: Angkor & Siem Reap

Our intimate encounter with a lost empire continues today. Uncover other iconic sites of the ancient abandoned city of Angkor that have been devoured by the Cambodian jungle. Explore its ancient ruins in the company of saffron-clad monks and mischievous monkeys that clamber up and over the roots of centuries-old trees that have carved their way deep into the Great City’s walls. Begin our day with a visit to the fortified Angkor Thom. Seeing such iconic sites as the Terrace of Elephants, the Royal Enclosure and the Temple of Bayon. With its giant smiling faces of Buddha that have watched over the heart of the lost city for centuries. Venture underneath the dense tree canopy to the crumbling, moss-covered ruins of the Buddhist temple of Ta Prohm. Featured as the location for the film ‘Tomb Raider’. Exploring its towers courtyards and corridors to uncover the intricate stone reliefs that are shielded by the surrounding foliage. The fresh flavours of Khmer cuisine are explored during a Cultural Insight cooking class in Siem Reap. Amble through the vibrant local market and learn about cooking customs, ingredients and food superstitions. Joining a local chef at his restaurant, learn how to craft and cook various peppery Khmer specialities. After the class, share your creation with your travel companions over dinner.

Day 6: Angkor & Peak Sneng village

The terracotta-hued walls of Banteay Srei Temple are our first stop today. A red sandstone temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, whose 10th century delicate carvings of women with lotus flowers are said to have been too delicate to have been carved by a man. Hence its name, “Citadel of the Women”. Deep in the heart of the Cambodian countryside, we come face-to-face with the rich Khmer culture. Join a local family in their 80-year-old wooden house. Located on their dragon fruit farm for a Be My Guest lunch of traditional dishes freshly cooked with locally grown produce. Our interaction with the local Khmer villagers continues as we visit their local school. Chat to some of the children who join us on our rambling through the village to see how they spend their day-to-day lives. Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn some of the time-honoured craft traditions. Weaving is Cambodia’s national hats made from palm leaves, or folding Lotus flowers into delicate works of art, a Cultural Insight. Our in-depth interaction with Cambodia has sadly come to an end. We return to our hotel later and join our Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Farewell dinner.

Day 7: Siem Reap – Luang Prabang

Your morning visit to Wat Damnak will give you an in-depth insight into Buddhism, enjoying a rare opportunity to take part in a private blessing ceremony where a sacred thread will be tied around your wrist to protect against evil spirits. Later, we visit Artisans d’Angkor for a Cultural Insight into the exciting revival of Khmer arts and crafts at a training school, which creates job opportunities for young people living in rural areas. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before your flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival, meet your Travel Director and transfer to your hotel. This evening, the smells of Padek, garlic and lao-lao rice wine permeate the air as we share a traditional Lao dinner together with our fellow adventurers at our hotel.

Hotel: Villa Maly, 4 nights

Day 8: Luang Prabang Sightseeing

This morning, we embark on a walking tour around the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang admiring the effortless fusion of traditional Lao architecture and French flair, and the natural beauty of a colonial city encircled by mountains and set on the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. Our in-depth exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage Site includes a visit to the Royal Palace Museum to uncover the history and culture of Laos, and Wat Xiengthong, the so-called ‘Temple of the Golden City’, whose tree of life mosaic and rare Buddhist deities make it one of the most beautiful temples in all of Laos. The mighty Mekong is our host for the afternoon as we board a traditional long-tail boat bound for the mystical Pak Ou Caves. We pass Laotian villages and wooden canoes bobbing by the shore attached to bamboo poles before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant and then coming face to face with thousands of Buddha icons that fill the limestone caves, paying homage to the river spirit at her cavernous shrine. Boarding our long-tail boat, we cruise back to Luang Prabang stopping en route at Ban Muang Keo village for a Cultural Insight into the tradition of lao-lao brewing in the dark earthenware jars that seem to flood the tiny village.

Day 9: Luang Prabang

Before the palm-lined boulevards of the city come to life, join the local Laotians who rise before dawn to pay their alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks and then follow their journey down to the bustling morning market where the locals buy their groceries for the day. If you’re feeling energetic, climb the winding steps up Mount Phousi for panoramic views of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, stopping every so often to rest under the shady trees or offer blessings at the temples along the way 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, a local non-profit community project, to learn about the work done at the Friends Lao Hospital for Children. Return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon or take part in an Optional Experience.

Day 10: Luang Prabang

This morning, we drive south towards one of Luang Prabang’s most spectacular natural sites, the Kuang Si Waterfall. En route, we stop at Phou Si market to watch the local Laotians trade their fresh produce and at the Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre for one-on-one interactions with local craftswomen whose traditional handicrafts are on display and for sale, a Cultural Insight. On arrival at Kuang Si National Park enjoy a rare opportunity to witness rescued Asian bears playing and feeding at the Asian Bear Rescue Centre. We then venture deep into the national park, enjoying a leisurely walk through to the 60-metre cascade that collects in turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream. We return to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure or join in an Optional Experience, before joining our Travel Director and new friends for a Lao-inspired Farewell Dinner.

Day 11: Depart Luang Prabang

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 14$4,075.00$5,405.00
April: 18$3,795.00$4,859.00
May: 16$3,795.00$4,859.00
June: 27$3,795.00$4,859.00
July: 25$3,795.00$4,859.00
August: 22$3,795.00$4,859.00
September: 26 $4,075.00$5,405.00
October: 24$4,075.00$5,405.00
November: 28 $4,075.00$5,405.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flight: Air Ticket: Phnom Penh / Siem Reap / Luang Prabang
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Travel Director and Separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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Laos & Cambodia Experience

Experience the picturesque countryside of laidback Laos & Cambodia hidden south coast on this unforgettable journey. Cruise down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, kayak along the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng and discover the sacred temples of Vientiane. Unravel Cambodia’s history in Phnom Penh, venture to the south coast and explore the temples of Angkor.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Chiang Rai (Thailand)

On arrival in Chiang Rai, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Laos tour briefing.

Hotel: Laluna Hotel & Resort or similar

Day 2: Chiang Rai to Pakbeng (Laos)

At the Lao border, board a private boat and cruise pass small villages along the Mekong to Pakbeng.

Hotel: Phetsokxai or similar

Day 3: Pakbeng to Luang Prabang

Continue cruising, stopping at Pak Ou Caves to see thousands of Buddha statues. On arrival in Luang Prabang, take a tuk-tuk to your hotel.

Hotel: Sala Prabang  or similar, 3 nights

Day 4: Luang Prabang

Explore the National Museum, visit Wat Mai temple and continue on to Wat Xieng Thong Temple on a walking tour. After a free afternoon, play a game of petanque before sunset drinks and traditional local snacks overlooking the Mekong.

Day 5: Kuang Si Falls

In the early morning, see brightly-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms and enjoy a local noodle breakfast. Drive to Kuang Si Falls to swim in the turquoise pools before spending the afternoon at leisure. Late afternoon take part in the Bamboo Experience cooking school and learn about Lao cuisine.

Day 6: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Drive through stunning scenery to Vang Vieng and climb to the entrance of Tham Chang cave for impressive views of town.

Hotel: Thavonsouk Bungalows or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Vang Vieng

After breakfast, enjoy some light kayaking along the Nam Song River as you soak in the beautiful scenery. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8: Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Continue overland to Vientiane with a stop at ‘Kilometre 52’, a village with a large ethnic H’mong population. On arrival in Vientiane, discover Pha That Luang and Wat Sisaket before seeing the Patuxai Monument.

Hotel: Lao Orchid Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 9: Vientiane

See intriguing ‘Buddha Park’ filled with statues inspired by Buddhist and Hindu epics. Visit the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre and COPE Centre to learn about the inspiring work done by both organisations. Spend the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, receive a traditional Lao blessing at a ‘baci’ ceremony and enjoy a Lao ‘jaew’ feast.

Day 10: Vientiane to Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Fly from Vientiane to Phnom Penh. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Cambodia tour briefing.

Hotel: Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 11: Phnom Penh Tour

Spend the day exploring Phnom Penh’s main attractions and take a fun cyclo ride to the Central Market. Visit Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek. In the afternoon, explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by drinks at the iconic Foreign Correspondence Club.

Day 12: Phnom Penh to Kampot

Travel by train along an historical route from Phnom Penh to Kampot on Cambodia’s south coast. Cruise on Preaek Tuek Chhu River and visit local fishing villages inhabited by the local Cham Muslim population.

Hotel: Columns Hotel or similar

Day 13: Kampot to Kep

On the way to Kep, visit an ancient temple at Phnom Chhnork. Renowned for its salt and Kampot pepper, stop to learn about the production of one of Cambodia’s most valuable exports before continuing to Kep.

Hotel: The Beach House or similar, 2 nights

Day 14: Kep & Rabbit Island

Explore Kep’s ruined French villas and uncover the busy crab market which specialises in the region’s most popular dish, Kampot pepper crab. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on Rabbit Island, a rustic, rural island.

Day 15: Kep to Takeo

Travel north to Takeo and enjoy an exhilarating speedboat ride before visiting Phnom Da, a striking hilltop temple. Stay overnight at a home-stay in Takeo and share a home-cooked meal with the family.

Hotel: Home-stay or similar

Day 16: Takeo to Kampong Thom

Drive through rural Cambodia to Santuk Silk Farm and learn about silk production techniques. After a delicious home-cooked lunch, continue the drive to Kampong Thom. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel: Sambor Village Hotel or similar

Day 17: Kampong Thom to Siem Reap

On the way to Siem Reap, stop at Kampong Kdei to walk across a Naga Bridge, one of the longest corbelled stone arch bridges in the world. Take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake before arriving in Siem Reap.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa or similar, 3 nights

Day 18: Temples of Angkor

Venture to Angkor Wat’s seldom-used East Gate by tuk-tuk for sunrise. Travel on to the nearby Angkor Thom complex for a monk blessing, explore Bayon temple and visit jungle-covered Ta Prohm. Return to town for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 19: Outlying Temples

Discover Banteay Srei, an intricately carved temple and Boeng Mealea, a lesser known temple overgrown by the jungle. Stop at a small roadside village which makes palm sugar and visit the fascinating Aki Ra Landmine Museum. In the evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner.

Day 20: Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January 15$4,159.00$5,115.00
February 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
March 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
April 09$4,159.00$5,115.00
May 14$4,029.00$4,869.00
June 11$4,029.00$4,869.00
July 09$4,029.00$4,869.00
August 13$4,029.00$4,869.00
September10$4,029.00$4,869.00
October 08$4,159.00$5,115.00
November 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
December 10$4,159.00$5,115.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January 14$4,565.00$5,629.00
February 11$4,565.00$5,629.00
March 10$4,565.00$5,629.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 19 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers, Boat & air-conditioned vehicle
Flight: Air Ticket: Vientiane - Phnom Penh
Rail: Train Ticket: Phnom Penh - Kampot
Accommodation: 19 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Cambodia & Vietnam Explorer

Combine the best of Cambodia & Vietnam. Gain insights into the region’s past in Phnom Penh, venture to Siem Reap and witness the sun rising over magnificent Angkor Wat. Cross the border into Vietnam to uncover magical moments in places you least expect, from the streets of bustling Hanoi and Saigon, to the charm of Hoi An and Hue, as well as a scenic cruise of Halong Bay on this unforgettable journey.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

On arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Cambodia tour briefing.

Hotel: Sunway Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Phnom Penh Tour

Begin your Phnom Penh city tour with a fun cyclo ride through the backstreets of the city to the Central Market. Travel to Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek to learn about the country’s chilling history. In the afternoon, see the beautiful architecture of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Enjoy sunset drinks with your group at the iconic Foreign Correspondence Club.

Day 3: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

Fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Drive to Tonle Sap Lake and explore the lake by boat as you cruise past floating villages. Return to Siem Reap and spend time exploring independently.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa or similar, 2 nights

Day 4: Temples Of Angkor

Rise early and travel by tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat’s East Gate entrance for sunrise. Explore the temple before entering the little-visited West Gate of the Angkor Thom complex. Spend time at Bayon temple, famous for its stone head sculptures and see the Terraces of the Elephant and Leper King. Enjoy free time at the hotel before exploring Banteay Srei temple in the afternoon. Visit a palm sugar village and discover jungle-covered Ta Prohm temple. This evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.

Day 5: Siem Reap – Saigon (Vietnam)

Fly from Siem Reap to Saigon in Vietnam. On arrival in Saigon, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Vietnam tour briefing.

Hotel: Grand Hotel or similar, 3 nights

Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnels

Drive to Cu Chi and discover the network of underground tunnels. On your return to Saigon, enjoy a traditional Pho lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, wander along Dong Khoi Street, see the Notre Dame Cathedral and Ho Chi Minh Square before visiting the War Remnants Museum on a walking tour. As the sun sets over the city, relax with a drink at the iconic rooftop bar, Saigon Saigon, the perfect end to the day.

Day 7: Mekong Delta

Spend the day exploring the Mekong Delta in a private boat. Visit a traditional brick factory, meet a family of weavers and enjoy a delicious local lunch. On the return drive to Saigon, stop at Cao Dai temple.

Day 8: Saigon – Hue

ly from Saigon to Hue and discover Emperor Tu Duc’s tomb, Imperial Palace and Citadel. Visit Spiral Foundation, a unique enterprise which was established in 2001 to employ people with disabilities. With the help of the local people, enjoy making a souvenir from recycled materials as you learn about their lives.

Hotel: Hotel Saigon Morin or similar

Day 9: Hue – Hoi An

Soak in some of Vietnam’s most stunning scenery along Hai Van Pass as you drive from Hue to Hoi An. On arrival in Hoi An, embark on a walking tour and visit a traditional ancient house, a Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese Covered Bridge.

Hotel: Hoi An Historic Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 10: Hoi An

Enjoy a free day to do as much or as little as you like in Hoi An. Choose to explore the old town or cycle to An Bang Beach.

Day 11: Hoi An – Halong Bay

Drive a short distance to Danang before flying to Haiphong and driving on to Halong Bay. Board a beautifully appointed junk boat and feast on fresh seafood before exploring an enormous grotto. In the evening, retreat to your private cabin, or relax on the main deck or at the bar.

Cruise: Indochina Sails overnight boat or similar

Day 12: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Greet the day with a sunrise Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck. Spend time climbing to the peak of a remote island for 360 degree views of Halong Bay. After brunch on board, disembark and drive to Hanoi. In the afternoon, wander the backstreets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and sample some delicious local snacks including a Vietnamese pancake and drink beer local-style at a ‘Bia Hoi’ establishment.

Hotel: Silk Path Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 13: Hanoi City Tour

Discover Hanoi on a city tour with a visit to the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison, bustling Old Quarter and tranquil Temple of Literature. In the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, see the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and House on Stilts. This evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner.

Day 14: Hanoi

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 08, 15, 22$3,035.00$3,955.00
February: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,035.00$3,955.00
March: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,035.00$3,955.00
April: 02, 09, 23$2,999.00$3,839.00
May: 07, 21$2,999.00$3,839.00
June: 04, 18$2,999.00$3,839.00
July: 09, 23$2,999.00$3,839.00
August: 06, 20$2,999.00$3,839.00
September: 10, 17, 24$2,999.00$3,839.00
October: 08, 15, 22$3,035.00$3,955.00
November: 05, 12, 19$3,035.00$3,955.00
December: 03, 17, 24$3,035.00$3,955.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January: 07, 14, 21$3,349.00$4,355.00
February: 04, 11, 18, 25$3,349.00$4,355.00
March: 03, 10, 17, 24$3,349.00$4,355.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 1 brunch, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Air Ticket: Phnom Penh / Siem Reap / Ho Chi Minh City / Hue - Hoi An / Haiphong
Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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