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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 $2,585 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. These days will operate as per 1-6 of Secrets of Cambodia itinerary on pages 50-51.
  3. Your morning visit to Wat Damnak will give you 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 continue to our hotel where we share a traditional Lao dinner.
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  4. This morning, we embark on a walking tour around the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit 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 Laos. Later 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. 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.
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  5. Before the city comes to life, join the locals 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. If you're feeling energetic, climb the winding steps up Mount Phousi for panoramic views of the countryside before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely start to the day before joining your fellow travelers for a visit to the Friends Visitor Center, 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.
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  6. 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 Center for a demonstration by local craftswomen, a Cultural Insight. On arrival at Kuang Si National Park witness rescued Asian bears playing and feeding at the Asian Bear Rescue Center. We then enjoy a leisurely walk and see the main fall which has a 60-metre cascade that collects in turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream. This evening we join our Travel Director and new friends for a Lao-inspired Farewell Dinner.
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  7. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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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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  • 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, 5 dinners, On-trip transport

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
  • As per Secrets of Cambodia itinerary plus:

Authentic Accommodations

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • As per Secrets of Cambodia itinerary plus:
  • 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 48 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. 

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