Tour Code : KA001
Duration : 6Days 5Nights
Destination : Lao and Cambodia
Highlight : Lao and Cambodia
Day 1: Luang prabang Arrival (-/L/D)
Luang Prabang a UNESCO World Heritage site. After check in at your hotel, we will discover this beautiful city was the royal capital and seat of government for the Kingdom of Laos, until the communist takeover in 1975. The main part of the city consists of four main roads located on a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers.
Our visit will start with the Wat Visoun, this temple was constructed during the reign of King Visounarat around 1520. In 1942, it was turned into a Museum of Religious Arts, and houses collections of Buddha images and religious artifacts from the fourteenth century. A short drive along the Nam Khan river bring us to Wat Xieng Thong. This is one of the most important temples in the entire country of Laos and the most important one in Luang prabang. Until 1975, when the Communist Party gained control over Laos, Wat Xieng Thong was a royal temple, supported by the royal family. During the 1960s Wat Xieng Thong was completely remodeled and redecorated, becoming the splendid temple we see today.
After a short walk along the streets you will arrive at Wat Mai (“New Monastery” built in 1796). It was given its present name following the restoration undertaken in 1821 by King Manthathourat. The most striking feature of the temple is the gilded relief panels covering the front facade. The panels tell the story of the highest incarnation of the Buddha -- Vessentara. The gilded door frames merge into the relief panel, forming what looks like a monolithic wall of gold. Next to Wat Mai temple is the National Museum (close every Tuesday) which used to be the Royal Palace (Haw Kham). Your guide will help explain some information as you tour the museum. It houses the Royal throne of the Lane Xang kingdom in its original splendor, and many other religious treasures. To finish our trip we will climb the steps of Phou Si hill, to the top, which is studded with many small temples and shrines. The gilded stupa at the top of the hill is built on a large rock outcropping. An old opening in the base of the rock was sealed up to prevent vandalism. Next to the stupa is a small wiharn (chapel) for prayers. Further down the side of the hill is part of Wat Phra Buddabhat (The Buddha's Footprint Temple). From here enjoy the view of the peninsula where the Nam Khan river meets the mighty Mekong river.
Day 2: Luang prabang – Pak Ou caves (B/L/D)
Today you’ll board a traditional slow boat for the trip on the Mekong River.
This majestic river runs from the Tibetan Plateau through China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. It is the world’s 10th longest river, with an estimated length of 4,909km. The name Mekong derived from Lao and Thai and reflects those peoples’ understanding of the Mekong as their “Mother River.” The Mekong basin is the second richest area of biodiversity in the world, exceeded only by the Amazon. Protected by the Mother River, Laos remains one of Asia’s most unvisited and unchanged countries.
We will stop to visit the holly Tam Ting Caves (also called the Pak Ou caves), where the Nam Ou river meets the Mekong, . This is a site of ancient spiritual significance. It was here, during the 15th century, that the animistic religions were peacefully united with Buddhism. Within the two caves of Tam Ting are stupas, shrines, and carvings of Buddha. Over 4,000 wooden figures of Buddha, many highly ornate, stand within the natural limestone caves, testament to the skill of Lao craftsmen centuries ago.
Continuing along the river, we will visit some local villages: Ban Xang Hai where you can see rice whisky (Lou Lao) being distilled and taste the local product;.and Ban Xang Khong, where Lao craftspeople make saa paper from the bark of mulberry trees.
Day 3: Luang prabang –Kuang Si fall – Siem Reap afternoon flight (B/-/-)
After breakfast at the hotel we’ll travel by car to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls, stopping on the way to visit Hmong and Khamu villages. Hmong and Khamu villages have different structures and ways of life; here, we can learn about their traditions and the differences between Lao, Khamu and Hmong culture. The multi-tiered waterfall, which takes on a striking turquoise color in the dry season, is perfect for a refreshing bath, drive back to town in afternoon, transfer to airport for your onwards flight.
Upon arrive we meet you from your flight with private transfer to your hotel. You may wish to consider our arrival and be whisked past the queues of tourists who wait in line for their Visas with our fast-track visa and baggage collection process transfer to hotel free and your won activity over night stay.
Day 4: Siem Reap – Pre of Angkor Temple (B/L/D)
Breakfast in the hotel
Morning will have your first taste of Tonle Sap great lake to take a boat see one of the most interesting floating villages is called Chhong Khneas back to Siem Reap town on the way back stopover visit Artisan D’Angkor these places you will see the real activities of Stone Carving/Wooden Carving which support by European Union Cooperates with Cambodia Gov't. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay.
Afternoon Angkor wat temple and than continue to Ta Prom tmple with is exciting interplay of stonework, nature, big tree and root cover on top of temple. Explore this important temple with its many captivating complex. Return back to town enjoy your dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: Siem Reap – Banteay Srei (Lady Temple) (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel
Morning excursion to visit Banteay Srei Temple (32 km away from Siem Reap Town), this temple is most popular by tourists because of its wonderful of its pink sandstone that you will see the wonder of the perfect sculpture still standing from the second half of the 10th century on the way back stopover to visit Banteay Samre temple, return to the hotel for lunch break.
Afternoon visit the city of Angkor, stop visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon temple complex.
Return to the hotel, and overnight stay at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 6: Siem Reap- Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer from hotel to Siem Reap International Airport for journey back home.