Trip Type : Private Guided

Mountains & Mangroves: Laos and Cambodia tour

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
22 days
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Laos is one of the few destinations where, in some areas, visitors are yet to deviate from a few well-trodden sights. It’s Indochina’s final frontier, and our specialists have trekked through jungles, scouted out caves and journeyed up rivers to get to know it more intimately. They can help you plan your holiday to Laos to follow in their wake.

Only now emerging after years of isolation, Laos is a country of steep, jungle-robed valleys inhabited by resilient communities who live at a refreshingly unhurried pace. The former royal stronghold, Luang Prabang, is a mosaic of golden wats and Indochinese villas, its streets often filled with silent processions of monks. In the diminutive capital, Vientiane, you’ll find faded French-colonial mansions and coffee shops. The rest of the country is predominately one blanket of green, carved with slow-flowing tributaries of the Mekong. As you explore, you’ll happen upon little-visited hill tribes, backwater towns and Cham temples that predate Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Chiang Rai
End City Bangkok

Itinerary

Day 1 : International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Chiang Rai.

Day 2 : Chiang Rai

Arriving into Chiang Rai you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure to relax after your flight.

Day 3 : Pakbeng

This morning your guide and driver will take you to Huay Xai, where you cross the border into Laos and board the Luang Say boat. The rest of the day is spent cruising down the mighty Mekong River. This relaxing journey is a fantastic way to see the Laos countryside and get under the skin of this laid back country.

Day 4 : Luang Prabang

You depart Pakbeng and continue to cruise down river. En route you can visit the Pak Ou caves before reaching the UNESCO town of Luang Prabang.

Day 5 : Luang Prabang

This morning your guide and driver will take you on a tour of this charming town visiting some of the many temples and National Museum.The afternoon your guide and driver will take you outside of the town to visit the scenic Kuang Si Waterfalls - remember to take your swimming kit so that you can have a dip in the refreshing pools. Also nearby and worth a visit is a bear sanctuary.

Day 6 : Nong Khiaw

The morning is free to spend at your leisure. You then travel by road north of Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw where you can see some of the beautiful Laos countryside.

Day 7 : Nong Khiaw

Travel upstream to Muang Ngoi where you disembark for a walk around the countryside and visit one of the local villages. This is a great chance to learn more about some of the various ethnic minority groups that live in Laos.

Day 8 : Luang Prabang

Travelling by boat you can enjoy some of Laos's beautiful scenery en route to Luang Prabang.

Day 9 : Luang Prabang

Day at leisure in Luang Prabang. This is a chance to relax or explore the town further.

Day 10 : Siem Reap

This morning you have a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap.

Day 11 : Siem Reap

Rising early your guide will show you around Ta Prohm temple at dawn - seeing this 'lost to the jungle' temple at this time lessens the chances of sharing the experience with lots of other tour groups. The rest of the day you can explore the temple complex of Angkor Thom and the stone faced covered temple the Bayon. Your day will finish with a visit to the most majestic temple of them all, Angkor Wat.

Day 12 : Siem Reap

Today you have a day trip to see the jungle covered Beng Melea and the intricate carvings of Banteay Srei.

Day 13 : Phnom Penh

You have a private transfer by road to the capital city, Phnom Penh. En route you can see local life in Cambodia and stop at any point to take photographs.

Day 14 : Phnom Penh

Today you have a full day exploring Phnom Penh's cultural and historical sights accompanied by your guide and driver. Sights include the National Museum and harrowing killing fields.

Day 15 : Koh Kong

You have a private transfer (driver only) to the remote area of the Cardamom Mountains. The last part of your journey will be by speedboat as the area is inaccessible by car.

Day 16 : Koh Kong

Enjoy time at leisure at 4 Rivers - there will be a range of activities for you to choose from and pay for at the lodge on the day.

Day 17 : Koh Samet

Departing the resort by boat once more, you meet your car at the bridge and continue by road into Thailand and the pier for the boat to Koh Samet. The car journey will take approximately six hours.On this idyllic island you can relax before returning home.

Day 18 : Koh Samet

Day at leisure.

Day 19 : Koh Samet

Day to relax by the beach.

Day 20 : Koh Samet

Day at leisure.

Day 21 : International return flight

You have a boat transfer to the mainland where you continue by road to Bangkok Airport for your flight home.

Day 22 : International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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Intimate Group - 12 max

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