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Cambodia & Laos Mekong Adventure

From Angkor Wat to remote river towns, journey down the Mekong and into the heart and soul of Southeast Asia. Our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) will share with you the region’s cultural treasures and natural splendours. Explore the many temples and, if you’re lucky, spot a rare Irrawaddy dolphin. Experience the highlights with a chance to get off the beaten track and explore the remote islands of Don Khong. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, like a rural homestay, this adventure offers an intriguing blend of included activities and free time for personal discovery.

Travel Style: Classic
Service Level: Standard
Physical Rating: 2 - Light
Trip Type: Small Group
Merchandising:Planeterra Project

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat
  • Confront recent history in Phnom Penh
  • Catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy River dolphin
  • Experience a Mekong homestay
  • Bargain at the night market in Luang Prabang
Pricing Information

Total From €1,499
Nights  14



Flight prices are not included, prices are p.person.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok

There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Bangkok/Siem Reap

Leave Bangkok and head out on the journey to Cambodia. Cross the border, switch vans and continue on to Siem Reap.

The scenery is spectacular and the contrast between Thailand and Cambodia is immediate.

Get your first taste of Khmer food in the evening with an included local meal at the New Hope project.

Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (Thailand - Cambodia)
  • New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant


Transport

Private Vehicle (4.00-4.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (3.00-3.00 hours)

Included Meals

1B, 1D

Day 3 Siem Reap

Take a guided tour of the massive Angkor Wat temple complex. Opt to visit the Tonle Sap floating village or the Angkor Museum.

Included Activities
  • Angkor Wat Guided Tour


Included Meals

1B

Day 4 Siem Reap/Phnom Penh

Travel by public bus to Phnom Penh. Opt for a cyclo tour of the city or a drink in one of the many riverside cafés.

Transport

Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours)

Included Meals

1B

Day 5 Phnom Penh

While in Phnom Penh, witness the darker side of Cambodian history with guided visits to Choeung Ek, the site of the infamous Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng, the notorious Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians perished.

With a free afternoon, opt to visit the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda or the National Museum. The huge Russian Market is packed with souvenirs and all the necessities of daily life.

Included Activities
  • Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour
  • Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour


Included Meals

1B

Day 6 Phnom Penh/Kratié

Travel to Kratié. En route, pass through Skuon (a small town famous for its delicious spiders), where it's possible to sample an eight-legged snack. Once in Kratié, opt to head out on the water, trying to spot rare Irrawaddy river dolphins.

Transport

Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 285km)

Included Meals

1B

Day 7 Kratié/Don Không

Travel by bus to the Cambodian/Laos border. After completing necessary border formalities, continue the journey to Don Khong Island.

Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (Cambodia - Laos)


Transport

Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 141km)
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

Included Meals

1B

Day 8 Don Không/Don Deng

Travel through the beautiful province of Champasak, once the capital of the Lao kingdom. Head to Pakse and cross the Mekong River to visit Wat Phu with a local guide.

Overnight in a rustic homestay on Don Deng Island. A typical Laotian village environment doesn't have all the creature comforts of home but it allows for insight into the local culture and connection to the people of the village.

Included Activities
  • Wat Phu Guided Tour
  • Don Deng Homestay


Transport

Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Ferry (0.50 hour(s))

Included Meals

1D

Day 9 Don Deng/Luang Prabang

Fly from Pakse to Luang Prabang and discover Laotian Buddhism and architecture. Opt to visit some of Luang Prabang’s most impressive temples and climb Mt Phousi to watch the sun set over the Mekong River and mountains beyond.

Be sure to visit one of the best night markets in all of Southeast Asia. Stroll through the nightly market, bargaining with vendors, sampling local food and picking up some souvenirs.



Transport

Boat (0.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 40km)
Drive 20 mins from the airport to the hotel in Luang Prabang.
Plane (1.75 hour(s))

Included Meals

1B

Day 10 Luang Prabang

Opt to rise before dawn and watch the monks walk through town in saffron robes receiving alms from local residents. Visit the Ethnology Museum and Kuang Si waterfalls. With free time, opt to take a cooking class, go hiking or biking or test out the local Laotian-style massages.

Included Activities
  • Ethnology Museum Guided Tour
  • Kuang Si Waterfalls Excursion


Included Meals

1B

Day 11 Luang Prabang

Enjoy a free day to continue exploring.

Included Meals

1B

Day 12 Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng

Take a winding drive through scenic mountains to picturesque Vang Vieng, a town resting on the Nam Song river surrounded by limestone karsts. Watch the sunset over the river and explore some of the many caves in the area.

Transport

The drive is spectacular but full of curvy mountain roads. If prone to motion-sickness, prepare accordingly.
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 190km)

Included Meals

1B

Day 13 Vang Vieng/Vientiane

Depart in early afternoon and drive to one of Asia's sleepiest capital cities, Vientiane. Enjoy the highlights of Vientiane, including Wat Sisaket (one of the city's oldest and most fascinating temples), Pha That Luang (Laos' national symbol and one of its most sacred sites), and the Morning Market (an all-day affair selling virtually everything).

Transport

Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

Included Meals

1B

Day 14 Vientiane/Bangkok

Spend the morning visiting the sights, getting a massage or enjoying the local food scene. In the late afternoon, cross the Friendship Bridge back into Thailand to board the overnight train to Bangkok.

Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (Laos - Thailand)


Transport

From the city centre, it is approximately 20 kms to reach the Friendship Bridge that crosses into Thailand.
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Travel from the border to the train station.
Tuk-tuk (0.50-0.75 hours)
Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)

Included Meals

1B

Day 15 Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok in the morning. Trip ends on arrival at the Bangkok train station.

What's Included

  • G Adventures for Good: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, Siem Reap
    Local Living: Don Deng Homestay, Don Deng
  • Angkor Wat complex entrance and guide (Siem Reap)
  • Tuol Sleng Prison and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) entrance and guide (Phnom Penh)
  • Wat Phu Champasak entrance and guide
  • Ethnology Museum entrance (Luang Prabang)
  • Kuang Si waterfalls trip (half-day)
  • Internal flight
  • Border crossing support
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Accommodation

Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), basic family homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt).

My Own Room Exceptions

Night 7, Homestay; Night 14, Sleeper Train
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