Vientiane Holidays

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Day 1: Vientiane

Hello and welcome to Vientiane. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your accommodation. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 2: Vientiane

Today we enjoy the major sights, including Wat Sisaket, which contains more than 8000 Buddha statues, Wat Ho Prakeo the former hoe of the Emerald Buddha statue and That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos. Also we visit Patuxay, which was built in commemoration of those who died during past wars and today it is the city's main land mark. In the afternoon we transfer out to see Buddha Park, a scattered and enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures near the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images here dating back over 500 years. Observing the spectacular sunset view over the Mekong River is a perfect way to finish the day. Overnight Vientiane

Day 3: Vientiane

After Breakfat, we will visit the city's market and the weaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong (if time permits). We then board a short afternoon flight to Xieng Khouang, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered throughout the plateau. We also have time in the afternoon to see the old capital. Overnight Xieng Khuang

Day 4: - Luang Prabang

An early morning visit to the central market of Phonsavanh to watch the different hill tribe people barter and exchange merchandise. After we travel to Luang Prabang. En route stope to see the 200 year old Buddha images at Thampra. The Mountainous scenery and fresh air makes for a perfect drive into Luang Prabang. If time permits after hotel check in we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visound and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. Then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture the view of the city and Mekong at sunset. After visit the night market where you can browse through a lovely selection of handmade textiles. Overnight Laung Prabang.

Day 5: Luang Prabang

Enjoy a short sightseeing tour of the city's oldest temple Wa Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its low sweeping rooves. Then board and upsteam cruise on the Mekong, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. Stop at the Pak Ou Caves consisting of 2 large caverns, both with thousands of Buddha images. We wil also stop at a few villages during the day. Incuding Ban Xanghai where the local rice wine is produced. This afternoon visit the royal temple at Wat Long Khoun. Once back in Laung Prabang take a short drive to Ban Phanom a village well known for its silk weaving. Time permitting we may visit some other village also know for their silk and paper making. Overnight Luang Prabang

Day 6: Luang Prabang

After breakfast we visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Laos culture. Later in the morning, you will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will find dried buffalo skins, local teas and saltpeter among the many food stuffs and hill-tribe textiles. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts and today you have the opportunity to visit some ethnic groups in some villages. After visiting these villages we drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfalls where you can swim in turquoise pools or walk along forest paths. We return to Luang Prabang in the late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Phabath. Overnight Luang Prabang

Day 7: Luang Prabang - Siem Reap

This morning we will visit the Central Market. Afterwards enjoy some free time to venture into town and stroll around the shopping areas. Later this afternoon you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Siem Reap.

Day 8: Siem Reap

Start your sightseeing tour of Angkor area we spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the larges as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns. libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. We also visit Preah Khan, Kravan, Neak Pean. If time permitted also walk to Phnom Bakheng Hill for a spectacular sunset over these monuments. Overnight Siem Reap.

Day 9: Siem Reap

We continue to explore the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohmis an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. We explore this masterpiece as well as some of the surrounding temples including Banteay Kdei, Sra Strong, Ta Keo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevado. The grand circuit with Preah Khan, Kravan, Neak Pean , Krol Ko, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre Reup Temples. Overnight Siem Reap

Day 10: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

After breakfast we visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10km south of Siem Reap. We take a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonla Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the larges in Asia. We spend the rest of the time visiting the "Chantiers Ecoles-Les Artisans d'Angkor" which provides training to young Cambodians in an efforet to revive the ancient Khmer traditions of stone carving and wood sculpting. Transfer to the aiprot for your flight toe Phnom Penh. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives. Overnight Phnom Penh.

Day 11: Phnom Penh

Today visit the Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields, both grim reminders or Cambodia's bloody past. The Buddhist memorial at Choeung Ek, commemorates the 1.7 million victims of the 1975-79 Pol Pot regime. This excursion may prove distressing for some. It is however an important piece of this country's historical and cultural puzzle. We continue to visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodomin on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda named because of the 5000 silver tiles. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace. Also visit Wat Phnom Temples, Phnom Penh's namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lines avenues of Phnom Penh during sunset. Overnight Phnom Penh.

Day 12: Phnom Penh - Bangkok

Taking to the skies once again you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your accommodation. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening in this bustling city of over 30 million people that never sleeps. Overnight Bangkok

Battambang street life by Greg Headley

Day 13: Bangkok

After breakfast enjoy some last minute shopping before being transferred to the airport for your final departure back home.