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Secrets of Cambodia with Laos

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Angkor Thom, Cambodia
Tour Style: First Class
12 Days from $2,645 per person

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.

Taste the true flavors 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.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Asia (not included).

  2. 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 appetizers.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Sokha Phnom Penh
  3. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  4. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Borei Angkor Resort & Spa
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  6. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Villa Maly Authentic Accommodation
  9. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  10. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
  11. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  12. After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast

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Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued upon entry to the country.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $790.

Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. 

Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for flights: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Siem Reap to Luang Prabang.

Visas are generally required for Cambodia and Laos, please call for details. 

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation. 

Special Discounts: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Past Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued upon entry to the country. 

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

10 nights, 10 buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches (including Be My Guest), 5 dinners, On-trip transport

Included Highlights

Authentic Accommodations

  • Stay at a historical house built by the royal family in 1938.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tour of Phnom Penh and walking tour of Siem Reap Old Town.
  • Visit Wat Damnak, Artisans D'Angkor in Siem Reap, Wat Xiengthong, the Royal Palace Museum, Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting Vietnam and Cambodia will also need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.

  • The currency in Vietnam is the Dong and in Cambodia is the Riel. We recommend bringing a few cards on your trip as well as some cash.  You can obtain cash in the local currency at ATMs.  In Cambodia you can pay with US dollars but change will be given in Riel.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local food, and Southeast Asia is known for its delicious cuisines. On your trip you’ll discover lightly prepared dishes including noodles, rice, vegetables, and seafood flavored with a variety of herbs and spices.

  • We suggest bringing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that can be layered for your trip. Sturdy walking shoes are important for sightseeing excursions; a hat, lightweight jacket, and shawl or scarf might also come in handy. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Vietnam and Cambodia is not required or expected, but always appreciated.  It is appropriate to leave some coins or round up your bill at bars and restaurants.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Day 5: 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. A selection of soft drinks and beer is 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: $36.00


Day 7: Dinner with Apsara 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: $56.00

Day 10: 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: $60.00

Day 11: UNESCO 20th 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: $43.00

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