Start/Finish
Luang Prabang / Siem Reap
Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Deal price
US$1,699
Typically
US$1,799

Full Itinerary

- This itinerary is designed for your kind reference, and it can totally be personalized to match your time, budget and interests. Feel free to let us know your expectations for the trip and we take care of them for you.

- Trips are personally tailor-made, with basic standards of daily JOIN-GROUP TOURS where-ever possible, while accommodations and your time of leisure are at your own choice. If your budget allows, we recommend you upgrade to PRIVATE TOURS, when you are personally taken care of and be able to enjoy more private time on your own. Certainly, your trip can be a good mix of PRIVATE DAY TOURS and JOIN-GROUP DAY TOURS as you wish, just simply let us know!

Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival

Upon arrival at the Airport, you will be greeted and transferred in a private vehicle to the hotel. Dinner is on your own account (with the recommendation from your Travel Specialists).

Meals included: No

Overnight in Luang Prabang



Day 2: Luang Prabang City Tour – Pak Ou Cave

The first visit today will be Royal Palace Museum (Haw Kham), which is now the National Museum. It houses many religious and cultural treasures, including the royal throne of the Lane Xang kingdom in its original splendor, and preserves some of daily royal life up to 1975. The museum provides information about its exhibits in English, and your guide will be able to offer additional explanations about the artifacts inside.

We then board a private traditional longtail boat for the Mekong River cruise to the famous Pak Ou Caves. Locally called Tam Ting, the caves are filled with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues, in a wide range of sizes. During the boat ride, take note of the fishermen and villagers going about their daily life on the river. For many, the Mekong plays an integral role in daily life and represents one of the only means of transportation and commerce.

On the way back we stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specializing in the making rice wine.

We continue to visit the magnificent Wat Xiengthong a superb piece of Lao temple architecture, which presents a sweeping two-tiered roof and ornate mosaics including a beautiful ‘tree of life ‘glass montage on the rear temple wall. This 15th-century Wat is the most important in Luang Prabang and one of the most important in the entire country. Until the revolution of 1975, 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.

Then we visit Wat Mai (“New Monastery”) built in 1796. It was given its present name following the restoration was undertaken by King Manthathourat in 1821. The most striking feature of the temple is the gilded relief panels covering the front facade. The panels tell the story of Vessentara, the highest incarnation of the Buddha. The gilded doorframes merge into the relief panel, forming what looks like a monolithic wall of gold. Afterward, we will visit the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday) to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. From there, you will be transferred to Wat Prabath to admire the sunset. Time is on your own in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Luang Prabang



Day 3: Luang Prabang – Khoangsi Waterfall – Local Villages

Optional: Monk Arm Giving
Wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning almsgiving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temple to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets.
Inclusions: Tour guide escort, transfer, etc.

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the morning local market near the Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch, from rice to vegetable, to fish, or chicken. This is the best chance to experience the flavor of local life. Then we drive through the Luang Prabang countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls. Upon reaching the Kuang Si Waterfall, enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings or explore the dense jungle on foot. For the adventurous, it is possible to walk to the top of the falls via a steep track where beautiful views await.

These waterfalls cascade down a multilevel limestone formation creating a series of turquoise blue pools perfect for swimming on a hot day (if swimming, please dress modestly). There is also the chance to walk to the nearby village of Ban Thapene and explore the hidden waterfalls, which is rarely visited by other tourists.
If you wish, we will also take a short visit to the Bear Rescue Center, which houses a couple of dozen animals rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers

On the way back to Luang Prabang, we will stop at Ock Pop Tok, set in a tropical Mekong garden it opens doors to learning about Lao textiles and crafts. Bringing alive our concept of east meets west, the Living Craft Centre (LCC) is a place where you can meet silk weavers, craft artisans and silkworms and learn about textiles. Weavers work on traditional looms practicing the age-old techniques brought here to Laos over 1200 years ago. Intern artisans from the Village Weaver Projects work alongside the Ock Pop Tok weavers learning new skills that they, in turn, take home to their villages. The exchanges taking place at the LCC have proven to keep alive the spirit that was prevalent during the prime of the Silk Road and all that was instrumental then in the emergence of the silk industry and appreciation of silk textiles around the world. Transfer back to your hotel late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Luang Prabang



Day 4: Luang Prabang – Free Day

Time is on your own exploring Luang Prabang by yourself.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Luang Prabang



Day 5: Luang Prabang – Flight to Pakse – Bolaven Plateau

Time is on your own until you transfer to the airport for your flight to Pakse around noon time.
Upon arrival in Pakse, drive east to the Bolaven Plateau, a mountainous region home to dozens of hill tribes, waterfalls and coffee, and tea plantations.

The first stops are at Tad Fane and Tad Yuang waterfalls. Tad Fane is a set of twin 120-meter-high waterfalls formed by the merging waters of the Champy and Pak Koot rivers. These impressive falls are situated on the edge of Dong Hua Sao protected area, 38km from Pakse (Note: water levels may vary accordingly to the previous rainy season).

Make a short stop in Paksong, the ‘capital of coffee’ before continuing east to the Sinouk Coffee Resort. An expert in coffee will provide a tour through the site, explaining the different aspects of the plantation, its unique coffee trees and what the different processing stages are. After a delicious local lunch (featuring vegetables from the site’s organic garden), there will be a sample session of the resort’s best coffee.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Bolaven Plateau



Day 6: Champasak – Wat Phou – Khong Island

Bolaven Plateau – Champasak: About 40km ~ 01hr driving
Champasak – Wat Phou: About 3km
Champasak – Khong Island: About 100km ~ 1.5hrs driving

After breakfast, we will drive to Champasak, visit Wat Phou Temple.

Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Wat Phou is a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple that sits amidst the rice fields and waterways of southern Laos. The temple was constructed in three levels: the bottom level is focused on the Baray (water reservoir) and promenade, the second level features pavilions and galleries of carvings, and the top level is the sanctuary. The temple served as the most important economic and political center of the region and still is one of the Lao people’s most revered temples.

Pass through Champasak, driving through streets lined with French colonial buildings, and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.

Then continue on to Khong Island, the biggest island in southern Laos and the start of the 4,000 Islands Region. Called “Siphandon” in Lao, this area of the Mekong stretches over 14km wide and is dotted with thousands of islands, cascades, and rapids.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Khong Island



Day 7: Khong Island (4000 islands)

After breakfast, embark on a long tail boat for venturing into the widest reach of the Mekong River, where during the dry season the waters recede and leave behind thousands of islets, giving this area a lovely name” Si Phan Done”. Upon arrival, explore the local peaceful villages of Ban Khone, where you will see an array of relics from the French colonial era and retrace the old colonial past, including old French colonial buildings and the remnants of the first Lao railway with its locomotive. We continue to discover the 4000 islands area by tuk-tuk and visit the marvelous Liphi waterfall, also called the “Corridor of the Devil” one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking the Lao border with Cambodia. If we are lucky, we may even see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone.

The rest of the day is your own free time at leisure. It is a good idea to rent a bicycle and cycle around the island to watch the local life and admire the sun setting along the Mekong river bank.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Khong Island



Day 8: Khong Island – Khone Phapheng – Pakse

In the morning, return to the mainland at the fishing village of Ban Nakasang and drive further south to visit Khone Phapheng. Khone Phapheng is considered the largest waterfall by volume in South East Asia; this is an impressive spot near the Lao-Cambodian border, set within an area which is teeming with wildlife, making this area one of the most breathtaking destinations in Laos. Afterward, we drive back to Pakse.

Founded by the French in 1905 as an administrative post, the capital of Champasak Province is a relatively new town at the confluence of the Mekong and Se Don rivers. In the afternoon, we will first visit Ban Koh, which specializes in stone carving, and walk to the nearby Wat Chomphet, which hosts the biggest sitting Buddha in Laos. Late afternoon, we will ascend to the top of Wat Phou Salao to admire the panoramic view over the town of Pakse, and the nearby area, whilst the dark is falling over the city.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Pakse

Day 9: Pakse – Flight to Siemreap

Time is on your own till being transfer to airport for flight to Siemreap.
Upon arrival at the Siemreap Airport, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred in a private vehicle to the hotel. Dinner is on your own account (with the recommendation from your Travel Specialists).

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Siemreap

*** Note: There is another option of drive overland via border gate Laos – Cambodia, to Siemreap, that takes about 6-7hrs driving, on the way we can stop visit hidden temple Koh Ker & Beng Malea.



Day 10: Siemreap – Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm Temple

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path – a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake. Continue on to the incredible Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground.

Lunch at local restaurant (on your own expense)

In the afternoon visit the legendary Angkor Wat. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple.

We end up the day by a beautiful sunset view from the top of Phnom Bakheng hill. Once the sun has set, we’ll head back to town.

Time is on your own in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Siemreap



Day 11: Siemreap – Tonle Sap Lake – Local Village Walk & Talk

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning you will embark on an interesting boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake (Kampong Phluk area), where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season, as it swells to about four times its size during the wet season. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake swells. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water.

Return to Siem Reap town for Lunch and to rest a while.
In the afternoon, you will be taken on a drive through the countryside to a local Village, a beautiful small farming village where life revolves around the seasons and family, located approximately 15 minutes outside of Siem Reap. Here you will be taken on an incredible walking tour through the village and local community, learning about their simple way of life, meet local people and you probably want to chat with them or help them with gardening works or help grow vegetables in the gardens, you will be welcomed by kids saying “Hello” to you. The village tour guide will explain you about Cambodian daily lifestyle, customers, cultures, and superstitions. Then we will also stop at a local pagoda for an intimate monk blessing (water blessing), wishing you good health and a safe journey – a very special experience!

This is a wonderful village tour that provides a lot of photo opportunities and local experiences. End of the trip, we enjoy seasonal fruits & fresh coconut juice at a host family’s house before we transfer you back to the hotel. The rest of the day is on your own.

*** Note: Today we recommend you to have proper clothes if you want to join the monk blessing at the local temple.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Siemreap

Optional Tour: Phare Circus show https://pharecircus.org/
Set up by refugees of the Khmer Rouge era, Phare promotes performing arts as a way to cope with trauma. Over the years they have not only helped hundreds of Cambodians but also helped to promote traditional Khmer culture.Price (no guide escort)
Section A: Upon request
Section B: Upon request
Section C: Upon request
*** Remark: You can take a taxi or tuk-tuk to the Phare Circus Compound

Day 12: Siemreap – Free Day

Time is on your own exploring Siemreap by yourself.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Siemreap

Optional Tour 1: The lost city of Koh Ker and Beng Malea

Start off your day off with a 40km comfortable ride in one of our A/C cars up to the wild and overgrown Beng Mealea temple. Next,  Koh Ker Temple abandoned in the forests of the north of Siem Reap, the ancient capital of the Angkorian empire (from AD 928 to AD 944).

You’ll be hungry after that long drive, so settle into one of the restaurants nearby, and dig into some traditional Cambodian curries, soups, and stir-fries

Return Siemreap in the late afternoon.

Price:
Group tour: Upon request
Private tour: Upon request
Inclusions: Transfer in AC vehicle, English speaking guide

*** Remark: Entrance fee to Beng Malea USD $7/person and Koh Ker USD $10/person payable by your own account upon arrival.

Optional 2: Bike in the countryside at twilight (group tour)
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel, and transfer you to the starting point. Bring your camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfortable cycling clothes. You will start with a ride out of town on a small road following the river.
First, we ride out of town as local children are departing school. We then cycle the quiet back roads to villages surrounded by rice paddies, leaving the bustle of Siem Reap behind us and exploring the charms of rural Cambodia. Bathe in the bucolic bliss of countryside life as we watch farmers return home with their buffalo. Taking some time to explore a crocodile farm and vegetable farms before enjoying an iconic sunset over the palm trees, weather permitting. From here we ride a red dirt road and then some great small tracks back to town. You can expect to return to Siem Reap around 6:00 pm.
Please note: Appropriate dress should be observed throughout in traditional rural areas for reasons of cultural sensitivity.
What’s the Riding Like?
Flat terrain
16km riding
This ride is predominantly on flat tracks and small roads – there are no hills in the area so anyone who can reasonably ride a bike can do this tour. There are some sections on small dirt trails so beginner riders should not choose this tour.Group tour: Upon request


Day 13: Siemreap – Departure

Time is on your own. Depending on the time of your departure flight, your private driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport for your outbound flight Say goodbye and we wish you a safe flight departure.

Meals included: Breakfast

End of tour.


Pricing

  • The quotation is per person in USD, based on twin-sharing
Hotel TypeGroup TourPrivate Tour
Standard 3*Typical price1,7991,895
Special Deal1,6991,795
Superior 4*Typical price1,9992,095
Special Deal1,8991,995

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What’s Included?

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Luang Prabang with highlights
  • Pak Ou Cave tour and Khoangsi Waterfall in Luang Prabang
  • Southern Laos discovery (Pakse, Bolaven Plateau, Khong island, Mekong Dolphin)

  • Angkor Temple Complex discovery
  • Boat trip on Great Tonle Sap Lake
  • Walk & Talk in the local village, interact with local people

Travel Services

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • All Excursions
  • Transportation in AC vehicles
  • English speaking guide(s)

  • Domestic flights
  • Local boats
  • Admission fee
  • Meals as stated in the program

Travel Highlights

  • An open choice for join-group tour or private tour with maximum flexibility
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
  • Transfer in good and high qualified transportation vehicles

  • Hand-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Accompanied by Experienced and friendly local guides
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour

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