Vientiane Holidays

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Day 1: Luang Prabang

Arrive Luang Prabang. Your guide will meet you at the airport and your private transfer to your hotel for check in. In the late afternoon climb the 328 steps that lead to the top of the hill where you will be rewarded with marvellous views of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. The sunset views are particularly spectacular as the sun casts glorious colours over the peaceful scenery below. Descend the steps on the opposite side of the hill and stroll to the nearby colourful Night Market. This evening enjoy dining at L’Eléphant, one of the city’s best restaurants.

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Consider rising early this morning to view the daily ritual of saffron-clad monks and their procession down the streets of Luang Prabang collecting alms from the residents. After we commence our sightseeing tour of this enchanting city, starting with a visit to the oldest temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Visoun. Later we marvel at the former Royal Palace, now a national museum and home to gilded rooms and Buddha artifacts. After Lunch we stop at ethnic minority villages before arriving at the beautiful Khouangsi waterfall. Dip in the turquoise pools or take a walk along the forest trails.

Day 3: Luang Prabang

Today you can sit back and enjoy the views of tranquil countryside as we cruise upstream on the Mekong River to reach the mysterious Pak Ou caves. After exploring here, the boat continues cruising in the vicinity of the caves and will moor for lunch at the foot of beautiful limestone cliffs. A selection of typical Lao dishes will be served on board. Cruise back to Luang Prabang and arrive in the early afternoon. You will be met for a private transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for extra sight-seeing or relaxing in this charming city.

Day 4: Luang Prabang - Vientiane

Free time this morning in Luang Prabang. Your guide and private car will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure to Vientiane. Upon arrival in Vientiane your guide will meet you at the airport and then transfer to your hotel for check in. Laos’ capital Vientiane is one of the world’s smallest capital cities, and its sleepy vibe is the perfect introduction to Laos life. With its laidback, dilapidated grandeur the city offers many pleasant surprises for travellers, from charming French colonial buildings to the impressive golden stupa of Pha That Lung.

Day 5: Vientiane

After breakfast we explore the charming and laid-back capital of Laos with a city tour. We visit the oldest Buddhist monastery temple in the country - Wat Si Saket built to house the famed Emerald Buddha. Today it serves as the national museum of religious art. Next visit Pha That Luang, the most important monument in Laos and a symbol of both Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty. We also stop to view the imposing Patuxay monument - Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe. A stop will be made at the Lao Disabled Women Development Centre. Later in the afternoon enjoy time exploring the hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures scattered throughout Buddha Park.

Day 6: Vientiane - Phnom Penh

Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. Arrive at Phnom Penh airport, be welcome by your guide and transfer to the hotel. Rest of day is free at leisure. Although overshadowed by the popularity of Siem Reap, Cambodia’s capital is coming into its own. Fast paced and at times chaotic, the city might not showcase the charm of Siem Reap but those who scratch the surface are often surprised at what they find in Phnom Penh. With a host of new dining options, boutique shops, and trendy cafes, the city is undergoing a modern renaissance. All of this is on top of the sightseeing gems such as the Royal Palace and the National Museum. Overnight at Amanjaya Pancam in a Junior Suite

Day 7: Phnom Penh

Today you will explore Phnom Penh by Cyclo starting at the hilltop pagoda of Wat Phnom to enjoy fabulous views of the city below before visiting the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. After lunch in a local restaurant you will explore the recent dark history of Cambodia on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum. Also visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. A grim, but important visit that will allow you to dig below the surface and understand Cambodia better. After visit, transfer back to the hotel and enjoy rest of day at leisure. Overnight at Amanjaya Pancam in a Junior Suite

Day 8: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Depart from Phnom Penh and travel through the Cambodian countryside and small villages towards Siem Reap. Stop en route for a visit of the Skuon market. A favourite snack of many Cambodians many buses and pick-ups stop at the market. Continue to Kampong Thom and stop for lunch at Sambo Village restaurant. After lunch, drive to Siem Reap, on the way, you will also visit an ancient Naga bridge in Kampong Kdei dating since Angkorian period. On arrival in Siem Reap, direct transfer to the hotel and enjoy your rest of day at leisure.

Day 9: Siem Reap

Start your day with a tour to the temples of the Small Circuit. The most famous among these is Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Afternoon, depart on a special sightseeing tour of the famous Angkor Wat by local tuk tuk. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru. End your day with spectacular view of sunset from the east or west moat side, its grounds and the jungle beyond.

Day 10: Siem Reap

Today visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII, surrounded by an 8 m 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 are holding the sacred Naga snake. From here you will continue to Bayon Temple which is in the exact centre of the city. Rest of the afternoon is free at leisure with car and guide at disposal.

Day 11: Siem Reap

After breakfast, you will visit Beng Mealea temple which is located 65 kilometres from Siem Reap town. Feel like an explorer when you discover the completely overgrown temple. Undiscovered for centuries, Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible and remains un restored. From here, you will head into to the countryside of Siem Reap Province to see the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey, which is best viewed in the warm afternoon light. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor. on the way back to Siem Reap you will stop at the Landmine Museum.

Day 12: Siem Reap

Today marks the end of our memorable journey. Spend the morning at leisure before hotel check out and included departure transfer to the airport