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These 9 days through Cambodia and Laos will take you to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, and Vientiane. Experience Cambodia and Laos: learn about their culture and taste local cuisine!
Kick it off in Phnom Penh, then go to Siem Reap to discover amazing Angkor Wat.
After visiting a floating village, fly to Luang Prabang. Visit its stunning temples, and the Kuan Si Falls plus the Pak Ou Caves, before flying to Laos’ capital, Vientiane for more great sightseeing!
Phnom Penh International Airport
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Welcome to Cambodia! You will be greeted by your guide and driver at Phnom Penh International Airport for your transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day you will be free to spend your time as you wish.
In the morning, take a guided tour of charming Phnom Penh. First, visit the Royal Palace, situated on the site of the former citadel. Built by King Norodom in 1966, the Palace still serves as the King and Queen’s residential quarters. Also within the walls of the Palace is the Silver Pagoda, so called because of five thousand silver tiles that line its exquisite floor. Next is the National Museum, which houses the world’s leading collection of Khmer art and sculpture, and Wat Phnom, the founding site of the city. All are within an easy walking distance of each other and are a great introduction to this laid-back city. In the afternoon, drive 30 minutes to the Killing Fields site, then back into the city center to Tuol Sleng Museum. Afterward, you can spend some time at the Russian Markets.
Today you will take your morning flight to Siem Reap. In the afternoon, explore Angkor Wat to learn about the stories and amazing architecture that have stunned archeologists leaving more questions than answers. Angkor Wat possesses some of the most intricate and longest stone carvings in the world. This complex is four times the size of Vatican City, making it the largest religious site in the world. Spend the morning adventuring through the many passages, levels, and exploring chambers that once housed many treasures of the ancient world. It will be an experience you won’t forget. As the sun approaches the horizon, you’ll enjoy a sunset from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup. After sunset, you’ll be taken back to your hotel for the evening.
Wake up early and have breakfast at the hotel, before you head out with your cameras for a day filled with amazing sights and experiences. Visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom. This is surrounded by an 8m high wall. Continue to the Ta Prohm Temple, which unlike most other Angkor temples, has been left like it was when rediscovered. It is a photogenic and atmospheric maze of trees growing out of temple ruins amidst jungle surroundings, making it one of Angkor’s most popular temples with visitors. Continue on to the remote temple of Banteay Srei, set deep in the jungle. The Citadel of Women, Banteay Srei was carved from red sandstone, a material that lends itself to elaborate decorative wall carvings, which are well preserved to this day.
In the morning, head out to a floating village. Take a boat and cruise through this floating settlement and see a floating school, farms, houses, and many more curiosities. Greeted by the waves of the friendly locals, here you can catch a glimpse of Cambodia’s lakeside culture and traditional family lifestyle. The rest of the day will be free for you to spend at your leisure!
Enjoy your last-minute shopping before you transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang. Welcome to Luang Prabang! You will be greeted by your guide and driver at the airport for your transfer to the hotel. The Night Market here is a great place for wandering, offering a lovely variety of handmade textiles crafted by local and hill-tribe people, along with street food, knick-knacks, and friendly banter. Enjoy a dinner around the lively night market.
In the morning, tour the sacred city of temples by visiting the National Museum and the former Royal Palace. The latter houses a collection of valuables, including the famous Prabang Buddha statue and gifts from foreign dignitaries. The tour continues to the Wat Visoun, entirely rebuilt in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa shaped like the fruit for which it is named. Visit Wat Xieng Thong – the largest and most splendid temple of the Luang Prabang royal city, the temple is best known for its impressive Tree of Life mural depicting the Buddhist story. In the afternoon, a short drive out of Luang Prabang will take you to the Kuang Si Waterfall. At the famous Kuang Si Waterfall, a short walk brings you down to the abrupt waterfall, where you will have time for a swim or simply relaxing by the water.
The Pak Ou Caves are a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site with many statues and statuettes of the Buddha in the traditional Luang Prabang style. You will go by boat to Pak Ou Caves to enjoy the splendid natural scenery along the way and observing local fishermen and daily activities along the river. On your return, stop at local villages to capture to soak up the local lifestyle and chat with friendly locals. Return to Luang Prabang and make your way to the airport for your flight to Vientiane. Upon your arrival, visit the Patuxay Monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe. Next, your tour takes you to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthathirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun shines upon its towering golden spire.
Meet your private guide and begin your day with a visit to the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Thai invasion in 1828. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo. Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Also nearby is the Presidential Palace. Although you are not allowed to visit inside, it represents the town’s colonial past as this building formerly served as the French governor’s palace. Check out from your hotel and head to the airport for your departure flight. Safe travels home, and visit again soon!