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 - Laos - Luang Prabang - Kamu Lodge - Siem Reap
 - Laos - Luang Prabang - Kamu Lodge - Siem Reap
 - Laos - Luang Prabang - Kamu Lodge - Siem Reap
 - Laos - Luang Prabang - Kamu Lodge - Siem Reap
 - Laos - Luang Prabang - Kamu Lodge - Siem Reap
Discover the magic of Laos and Cambodia through an unforgettable tour.

Your itinerary

What Package Includes:

- This is a multi destination tour to the spiritual capital, including a magnificent panoramic view from Mount Phousi.
- You will discover many temples and monasteries of Luang Prabang, by tuk tuk.
- You will be amazed by the hot air balloon trip over Angkor and its sunset.
- Visit a monk procession at dawn.
- Attend a traditional Baci ceremony with a local family.
- Plant rice in a typical tent lodge. You can also experience gold panning, fishing and many other cultural highlights.
- 8 nights in four star hotels, including meals, as indicated in the itinerary (if you wish a Superior Room, please contact our Service Team).
- Boat trips according to program.
- All sightseeing tours including entrance fees.
- Transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles.
- Domestic flights.

Your itravel advantage:

- According to your personal wishes and passions, your guide will prepare you a customised tour!
- This trip can also be booked as a private guided tour, at an additional charge.
- Thanks to our English-speaking guides, you will benefit from a comprehensive and fascinating insight into the local culture.
- During the excursions, you will be provided drinking water and fresh drinks.
- Enjoy this trip even more, with the superior class hotels.

Additional activities:
- All-day bike ride through Luang Prabang by electric bike (price upon request).
- All-day bike trip "Sunset over Tunle Sap" (price upon request).
- Each trip including bicycles, helmets, English speaking tour guide, transfer from your hotel and lunch. Further details are available upon request.


Not included:
- Drinks at mealtime.
- Optional visits.
- Personal expenses (Telephone, laundry...).
- Visa on Arrival for Cambodia (USD 20).
- Personal travel insurance (must include helicopter evacuation for Cambodia).
- Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters.
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
- All international air travel.
- Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusion above.

Specific package details:

- This itinerary may alter due to local conditions, the physical abilities of the group and other unexpected circumstances. We will do our very best to adhere to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your biking or trekking guide will have the final say.
- You will need a passport valid for six months and appropriate visas to enter our countries. itravel cannot be liable if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct visa documentation.
- It is strongly recommended for travelers to Laos to have a travel insurance also covering the cost of medical evacuation flights.
- Depending on airlines, hotels and cruises’ cancellation policies, the above conditions may be modified.
- For further informations about tariffs and conditions please contact the itravel service centre.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Luang Prabang

On arrival in Luang Prabang you will be picked up by a guide and transferred to your hotel.
Luang Prabang is a peaceful provincial city and the spiritual capital of Laos. There is little traffic on the Luang Prabang roads where monks in orange robes scurry in all directions, carrying umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun.

In the afternoon you will first be taken on a brief orientation tour of Luang Prabang. Then, after having climbed the 328 steps leading to the top of Mount Phousi, you will enjoy an outstanding panoramic view of the city and of the surrounding countryside.

In the evening you will get the chance to stop at the hill tribe market.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 2 - Luang Prabang City Tour

Optional: For early-risers (05:30 a.m.), there is a very special dawn visit to witness the long lines of orange-robed monks leaving their pagodas to receive offerings of food from Luang Prabang residents. If you're interested in participating, your guide will show you how to prepare and present the meals. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

After your breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and start the Tour by Tuk Tuk. Please note that as buses cannot enter into the heart of Luang Prabang, city tour is done by tuk tuk for 10 passengers (4 per tuk tuk). Your city tour begins by Wat Mai, a temple famous for its golden bas-relief. You will then reach the most beautiful monastery of the city, Wat Xieng Thong and its exquisite mosaics and gilded murals. The afternoon begins at the former Royal Palace, which is now the National Museum. The Royal Palace was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family, and is now home to exhibits of art and jewels as well as the residence itself. You will end your day with Wat Visoun, where you will see the famous Watermelon Stupa, shaped like the fruit it takes its name from. This temple was destroyed in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from China, and was restored in 1930 by Buddhist monks and local people. You will also visit Wat Aham, where you will see the altar of the two geniuses of Luang Prabang.

Before dinner, participate in a traditional Baci ceremony. These ceremonies are deeply rooted in the Laos culture and are used to celebrate a special occasion - whether a wedding, an annual festival, or as a welcome.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Included meal(s) : Breakfast.

Day 3 - Luang Prabang - Kuang Si - Luang Prabang

After breakfast, enjoy a visit to Kuang Si Waterfall, in the south west of Luang Prabang. Along the way, stops will be expected to visit some villages of the area's various ethnic minorities. Once at the waterfalls, relax and enjoy the scenery. If the weather is good, you can even enjoy a swim in the clear water. For the most adventurous, it is also possible to walk to the top of the falls through a steep track, where stunning views can be admired before you return to Luang Prabang. The afternoon is free at your leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Included meal(s) : Breakfast.

Day 4 - Luang Prabang - Kamu Lodge

After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to Kamu Lodge pier (in front of the Exotissimo LPQ Office). The Kamu boat leaves at 9:00 a.m for a cruise up the Mekong River to Kamu Village. On the way, stop at the sacred Pak Ou caves. In Pak Ou, thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues are crowded into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. They range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human.

Continue up the river for 1 hour before reaching the Kamu Lodge. The lodge features 20 canvas tents covered by a thatched roof, each styled is in harmony with its surrounds and adapted to the local Lao style. Enjoy a welcome drink and lunch at the Lodge's Sala. In the afternoon, you may choose to participate in one of the following activities :

  • Rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields.
  • Gold panning (from January to June) in the Mekong. Anything you find is yours!
  • Traditional fishing techniques. You can sample your catch for dinner!
  • Local village visit.
  • Archery contest. Dinner and overnight at Kamu Lodge.

Included meal(s) : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5 - Kamu Lodge - Luang Prabang - Vientiane

After breakfast, enjoy your morning at leisure by relaxing at the lodge or strolling in the village of Kamu, before sailing back to Luang Prabang. In the early afternoon, you will fly to Vientiane. Once arrived, your guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.

The day will be used to discover the hidden charm of Vientiane (which means "city of sandal wood”). Vientiane is one the quietest capitals in the world, far from the usual hustle and bustle of the other Asian capitals. The afternoon will be used to visit That Luang constructed by King Setthethirat, the holiest place in Laos where you may enjoy the sunlight on the golden structure. Then, we will pursue with the Patuxay monument (the Lao Arc de Triomphe), also called Anousavari. From its roof, you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic sight over the city.


Overnight in Vientiane

Included meal(s) : Breakfast.

Day 6 - Vientiane - Siem Reap

After your early breakfast, you will be transfered to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap (6:30 to 9:25 a.m.).

At your arrival in Siem Reap, the capital city of the eponymous province. This small town crossed by a river coming from the Kulen Mountain is the gateway for the visit of the Angkor Park which is over 40 sq km and is home of more than 100 temples dating from the 9th to the 13th centuries, you will be welcomed and transfered to the hotel for check-in.

In the afternoon, you will visit Angkor Thom by Tuk Tuk. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8m high wall, with each side of the city being 4 km long, drawing a perfect square. You will enter the city from 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. From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact centre of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive, superb bas-reliefs, particularly the East and South Galleries. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.

Optional : Enjoy the spectacular view from above as you depart on a tethered Helium Balloon ride that will lead you 650 ft straight up in the air. From this height you will have amazing aerial views of Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng, West Baray and other ruins amongst the surrounding jungle and rice paddies glimmering in the best evening light.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Included meal(s) : Breakfast.

Day 7 - Siem Reap

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Preah Khan Temple which was built approximately during the same period as Ta Prohm, and originally served both as a religious university and a temple. Continue to Neak Pean, which is unique because it is not a temple but a sanctuary placed in the center of an artificial lake and connected to 4 surrounding ponds exactly at Cardinals points.

Then you will explore the temples of the Small Circuit. Start your tour with a visit to 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. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.

In the afternoon, visit the biggest religious temple in the world; the magnificent Angkor Wat Temple. Built by Suryavarman II in early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Merou, home of the gods. Inside the temple the walls are covered by carvings and bas-reliefs depicting the Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II made during his reign. Angkor Wat is also well-known for the 2000 Apsaras dancers decorating the temple carvings.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Included meal(s) : Breakfast.

Day 8 - Siem Reap

This morning you will be driven to Lake Tonlé Sap where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonlé Sap is Sout East Asia's largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season. During the dry season it is roughly 950 square miles, swelling to about 4 times it size in during the wet season: 3,800 square miles! Board a local boat and visit Kampong Kliang, a village where we'll see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight in the afternoon. Please note that best time for boat trip is from August to January.

In the afternoon travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey, which is best viewed in the warm morning light. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” was built between the 11th and 13th century and remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs, depicting Hindu god Shiva. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.
The last temple for today is Pre Rup which is the architecturally and artistically superior temple-mountain and the most comfortable place to see sunset over the rice field.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Included meal(s) : Breakfast.


Day 9 - Siem Reap - Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, free at leisure until the time transfer to the airport for taking international flight to your next destination.

Included meal(s) : Breakfast.