Description of itinerary
- Phnom Penh;
- Siem Reap;
- Vang Vieng;
- Luang Prabang;
- Xieng Khuang;
Day 1 – Arrival in Phnom Penh (by A/C car)
Arrival Phnom Penh Airport via the flights from Bang Kok or Vietnam. Warm welcome to Phnom Penh – the city retains its traditional Khmer and colonial charm. French villas along tree-lined boulevards remind the visitor that the city was once considered the gem of Southeast Asia. Recent political changes have triggered an economic boom of sorts, with new hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs springing up around the city.
After a moment of courtesy meeting then self-introduce with our Cambodian tour guide in the meeting points Phnom Penh airport. Transfer to hotel for check in, a moment of resting then followed-up is a quick city tour of Phnom Penh.
The best and most stylish way as far more charming to see Phnom Penh and to take in the sights and sounds of Phnom Penh is by Cycle ( a tricycle ), your people will enjoy 1 hour cycle tour along the Tonle Sap riverfront to watch the daily lives of the people living on and around the busy areas, the Tonle Sap riverfront is an institution among Phnom Penhois, is a bustling promenade and home to many international style bars and restaurants, many of them set in restored colonial villas dating back to the 19th century. The riverfront is also a focus for the citys major festivals…let enjoy a magnificent sunset, when the reflected rays of the setting sun cast a golden glow across the river.
Rest of the day, have a look at Toul Tompong Market (called Russian Market), so-named because of the prevalence of items from the Eastern Bloc in past times, the Russian Market today is a treasure trove for tourists, that you will feel a bustling daily life of local people with Cambodians special character through local specialities, their houses, their face. Back to your hotel and free at leisure for the rest of day. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 2 – Phnom Pehn Tour (by A/C car, boat)
After breakfast, enjoy a fullday sightseeing tour of the charming city with the most attractions of Cambodia. Photo-stop at Independence Monument – the Independence Monument commemorates the end of Cambodia’s ruled by France in 1953, which was constructed in 1954 after Cambodian took their country back from French colony. Continue transfer for visit to the National Museum, the distinctive red building with a beautiful Khmer architecture was build since 1917 and contains more than 5000 art objects made of sandstone, bronze, silver, Copper, wood and others. They are really the cultural treasure of Cambodian.
Visit to the Royal Palace compound, was built by King Norodom in 1866, inside its gleaming yellow walls are most conspicuous feature and impressive colorful Khmer-style Halls for the Royal family, then visit Silver Pagoda, located in the compound of the Royal Palace. Inside its floor is constructed of 5000 silver tiles. In the center of the pagoda there is a magnificent 17th-century emerald Buddha statue made of baccarat crystal and its walls enclosing are covered with frescoes depicting episodes from the Khmer version of the Ramayana.
Go on visitting to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, Prior to 1975, Toul Sleng was a high school by under the Khmer Rouge it was converted into a prison and interrogation facility. Inmates were systematically tortured to extract confessions.
In the afternoon, Go on to visit National Museum, the distinctive red building with a beautiful Khmer architecture was build since 1917 and contains more than 5000 art objects made of sandstone, bronze, silver, Copper, wood and others. They are really the cultural treasure of Cambodian.Then proceed to Wat Phnom Daun Penh – the name of a pagoda, was built by lady Daun Penh in 1372 on a little hill, Legend has it that after a particularly heavy flood, a wealthy Khmer woman named Daun Penh found a tree on the banks of the Mekong with four statues of Buddha hidden inside. Today Wat Phnom remains the highest artificial hill in Phnom Penh and the center of many forms of leisure activity.
In the late afternoon, you enjoy the sunset while cruising by Motor-boat along the Mekong and Tonle Sap River for 1 hour. Back to hotel and free leisure at night. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 3 – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (by A/C car, plane, boat)
After breakfast, free at leisure until the time of check-out, transfer to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap by FT 992 at 09.20 – 10.00. Our experienced tour guide will transmit you the most lovely aspects of Angkor Temples – during 25 by coach from the Airport to your hotel in the centre of town. Express check-in with welcome-drink and room-keys are being available. Then take your time to have a short-rest after a long flight. Followed-up is a visit to Angkor Temples.
Transfer by A/C coach to the Angkor area then firstly, you will visit the wonderful Angkor Wat – one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the world, as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman II at the peak of the Khmer empire in the first half of 12th, Angkor Wat is probably the best-preserved of the Angkorean temples, with a central tower surrounded by four smaller towers. The central monument represents the mythical Mount Meru, the holy mountain at the centre of the universe, which was home to the Hindu God Vishnu. The whole complex covers 81 hectares, a rectangular wall measuring 1025 metres by 800 metres borders the inner edge of the moat, and temples greatest sculptural treasure is its 2 km-long bas-reliefs around the walls… In the afternoon, visit floating village of the Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap rivers, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia and the largest in Asia, its extraordinary bio-diversity and hydrology make it an ecological wonder of the world, offer visitors an insight into the old tradition of riparian life and natural splendor of Cambodia. Followed up, visit to “Les Artisans dAngkor – Chantiers Ecoles and doing shopping at Old Market & colonial quarter, take your time to enjoy a busy market day, communicating with the local sales and all sorts of their products. It’s quite a sight to see, to give somewhat a picture of Cambodian social living.
Evening is the time of an exclusive Cultural Show-Dinner on buffet, For those travllers thirsting for cultural highlights of Cambodia, No visit to Cambodia is complete without attending at least one traditional Khmer dance performance, often referred to as Apsara Dance after one of the most popular Classical dance pieces. Traditional Khmer dance is better described as dance-drama in that the dances are not merely dance but are also meant to convey a story or message.
We would strongly recommend a Cultural Show-Dinner on buffet, with the most traditional surrounds accompanied with the best of regional Cambodian cuisine in a local restaurant. Your clients will enjoy able the tradition Royal musical instruments of Cambodia. A traditional music band will sow in your mind the most memorable moments of lifetime thru the folk-music, folk-singers, folk-songs and folk-dances of Apsara dancers during dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4 – Siem Reap Fullday tour (by A/C car)
After buffet breakfast, enjoy a typical fullday excursion to discover Angkor Temples.
All group will experience the wind-swept transfers particularly by motor-cycles from the hotel to the Angkor temples during this morning tour, there are 4 people per motor-cycle, enjoy an exciting morning in the ancient Angkor environment and the most popular transfer locally of Cambodia, then firstly, you will visit the wonderful Angkor Thom (the Great City) including the Southern Gate, famous Bayon temple (12th century in the center of city remains one the most enigmatic temples of the Angkor group composed of 54 gothic towers decorated with 216 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara; Baphuon temple lying just to the north of Bayon a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru; Terrasse of Elephants used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall ; Terrace of the Leper King a plateform 7m high, on the top stands a nude though sexless statue; Phimean Akas temple means “Celestial Palace”, dedicated to Hinduism.
Afternoon, transfer by A/C coach to visit Thommanon, small, attractive temple in very good condition, built at the same time as Angkor Wat. It’s Angkor Wat style is most easily seen in the style of the carved apsaras and the shape of the tower, Chaosay Tevoda, it seems to stand in partnership with Thommanon but actually was built much later in Suryavarman II’s rule than Thommanon, Banteay Kdei, Srash Srong. Then visit Kravan & especially Ta Phrom Temple, was a monastery built by Jayavarman VII as a residence for his mother. Ta Prohm has been controversially left to the destructive power of the jungle by French archeologists to show how nature can destroy mans work. It has been largely overgrown by the jungle and as you climb through the dilapidated stone structures you see many giant trees growing out of the top of the temple itself. Ta Prohm looks as many of the monuments did when European explorers first laid eyes on them.
In the late afternoon, coming to the Phnom Bakheng temple, is the first temple in Angkor region build by the YacovarmanI King in the first of 9th century, the group will enjoy elephan riding up ( for one-way up only ) to the Phnom Bakheng hill, where the temple located on a slope gently hill that thousands worldwide tourist are grouping on the hilltop to catch a memorable time of life when viewing the marvellous sunset.
Back to hotel. Free leisure at night. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 5 – Siem Reap Fullday tour (by A/C car)
A continuing fullday tour for Angkor complex. Morning visit to Banteay Samre temple built by Suryavarman II and contains well-preserved relief depicting scenes of Vishnu and Krishna legends. Then visit Banteay Srei temple, built under Jayavarman V, as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer arts. Its rose-coloured sandstone walls are decorated with carvings and bas-reliefs, which are among the most accomplished Angkor has to offer. Proceeding to visit Srash Srong, Ta Keo temples, is a pyramid on 5 levels whose total height is 22 metres and dedicated to Shiva, continuing to visit most rememberable Temples that build from 9th to 11th century such as: Preah Rup, Preah Neak Pean , Mebon Oriental, Preah Khan
After that, excursion to grand circuit, visit Pre Rup, Traditionally believed to be a funerary temple, but in fact the state temple of Rajendravarman II. Mebon, architecturally and artistically superior temple-mountain. Beautifully carved false doors on upper level as well as an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. Tasom, The most distant temple on the grand circuit. Small but classic Jayavarman VII temple, Neak Pean, which means ‘coiled serpents’, from the encoiled nagas that encircled the temple. The temple is faced by a statue of the horse, Balaha, saving drowning sailors and Preah Khan, Preah Khan means sacred sword. In harmony with Ta Prohm, which was dedicated to Jayavarman VIIs mother, Preah Khan is dedicated to his father. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 6 – Siem Reap – Vientiane (by A/C car, plane)
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Siem Reap airport for your flight to Vientiane via QV522 at 09.40 – 12.30.
Welcome to Vientiane – the Capital of Laos – the only land – locked country in Southeast Asia land of a million elephants and one of the last places to see old Indochina. Laos isolation from foreign influence offers travellers an unparalleled glimpse of traditional southeast Asian life. From the fertile lowlands of the Mekong River valley to the rugged Annamite highlands, Laos is the highlight of southeast Asia.
Sits on a bend in the Mekong River amid fertile alluvial plains. Despite its chequered past, Vientiane is a laid-back city with a number of interesting Wats and lively markets.
Check-in hotel, then a moment of resting. Afternoon would be a good time to have a glimpse of Vientaine, visit the most sacred temples of Wat Sisaket, built in 1818 by Chao Anou – the very king responsible for incurring the wrath of the Siamese and causing his capitals obliteration. The interior of the main hall, and the walls of the surrounding courtyard, are inset with thousands of tiny niches and shelves containing 6840 Buddha images and Buddhist inscriptions from the 18th century. Then Patouxai war memorial. Inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Patouxai (Lao for Gateway of Victory) is adorned with an array of rough hero Lao historical imagery and offers a splendid, panoramic view of the city from its top. Proceeding to Wat Ho Phakeo – a former royal temple, built in 1565 by King Setthathirat, the temple was originally designed to house the famous Emerald Buddha, which he had brought with him from the Kingdom of Lanna, That Luang – The most important national monument in Vientiane, is a symbol of both Buddhism and Lao sovereignty, was constructed in 1566 by King Setthathirat.
Back to your hotel and free leisure at night. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 7 – Vientiane – Vang Vieng Halfday tour (by A/C car 162km, boat)
Morning heading out of the town, travel by road to Vang Vieng with stop over at the archeological sight of Vang Xang dating back from the 11th century.
On arrival at Vang Vieng, we cross the Nam Song river, then enjoy a short trek through the breathtaking mountain landscape to Tam None cave and some hill villages. Today ends with a spectacular view of the sunset over the Nam Song river.
Transfer to hotel for check-in and free time for your own leisure at hotel.
Overnight in Vang Vieng.
Day 8 – Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang Halfday tour (by A/C car 220km)
An early morning start to drive to Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The road passes unequalled scenery with a mixture of steep terraced fields and hill tribe villages which make for an interesting journey.
Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of the Lao Kingdom, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 1995. Luang Prabang today is a small, peaceful town with a remarkably well-preserved combination of Lao and colonial French architecture, which led to UNESCO World Heritage in 1995. Though virtually nothing of the magnificent 14th century capital of Fa Ngoum has survived the ravages of time and numerous invasions, the city is still a veritable treasure trove of beautiful temples, and historical monuments of the kingdoms that rose and fell in the centuries that followed.
Arrival in Luang Prabang, transfer to hotel for check-in and followed-up visit to Wat Mai – largest temple in Luang Prabang with a gorgeous atmosphere, playing the role of a temple for the royal family until 1875. Finally, you climb up to the top of the Phousi temple with 382 steps up to take a good view of the beautiful sunset, of greater Luang Prabang and Mekong rivers on surrounding. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 9 – Luang Prabang Fullday tour (by A/C car)
After breakfast, a full day sightseeing around Luang Prabang including visit National Museum at the former royal Palace which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao cultural dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. Then visit the weaving village of Lu ethnic at Ban Phanom which is well known for its hand weaving.
Afternoon you will visit some royal temples such as: Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple; Heading out of this area, we explore some other major sights including the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, inside you will see the stupa which is know as that Makmo because the form is like the half of Watermelon, the temple structures are decorated in various ways with gilded stuccoes and doorways.
Continue to Wat Aham, which was formerly the residence of the Sangkharat (Supreme Patriarch of Lao Buddhism). Two large banyan trees grace the grounds, which are semideserted except for the occasional devotee who comes to make offerings to the towns most important spirit shrine at the base of the trees.
On early evening, we explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Back to your hotel and free at leisure at night. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 10 – Luang Prabang – Pak ou Caves & Kuangsi Waterfall (by A/C car 60km, boat)
Following by breakfast, we depart hotel to the boat landing, and take an excursion by boat, upstream on the Mekong to visit Pak Ou caves in the side of a lime stone cliff and opposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height. En route, Lao typical villages are barely visible behind a screen of foliage. Slender canoes bobbing by the shore, bamboo poles and floats mark the location of nets and fish traps. Our first stop will be at Ban Xanghai, a well-known village for Lao traditional rice whisky, We are welcome to taste and also take it away. We have lunch at a riverside restaurant. We arrive back at Luang Prabang in the afternoon, and continue by road 30KM to Kuangsi Waterfall, which though not very high, but it is spectacular and really beautiful with its green surroundings as the national protected forest area., where there is a plenty of time for relaxing and a swim in the cool water before we drive back to Luang Prabang. After arriving in Luang Prabang, we continue to drive outskirt of town to visit Ban Xangkhong. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 11 – Luang Prabang – Xieng Khuang (by A/C car)
After breakfast, we check-out then overland transfer on highway 13 North to Xieng Khuang. The trip will take you about 5 hours driving. On the way, stop-over for visit the local hill tribe and natural landscape in Sala Phoukhoun, T-junction of bordering at Vientiane-Xiengkhouang- Luang Prabang. Continuing to take over mountainous region to visit old Buddha images more than 200 years at Thampra and varied Hmong and varied hill tribe minority villages along the road. They are nice, friendly and welcome you to visit. Photo stop enroute, we continue driving up hill, enjoying mountain splendid natural scenery, deeply forest. Arrival in Xieng Kuang, check in to hotel and visit Plain of Jar 1 – an impressive archeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. Overnight in Xieng Khuang.
Day 12 – Xieng Khuang – Vientaine (by car A/C, plane)
Breakfast, we will drive to visit the Plain of Jars, the archaeological stone Jars (site 2 and 3). There are over 300 giant stone jars scattered across the misty plateau, hey weight between one and six tons each. A legendary story from solid rock around 3,000 years ago of an Bronze Age civilization is really amazing you. The jars are about 2,000 years old but nobody knows the true story about them or how they came to be there. Local legend says that they were made to ferment rice wine after a victory against a wicked chieftan in the 6th century.
Transfer to Xieng Khuang airport for a flight back to Vientiane via QV402 at 14.40- 15.10. Rest of day would probably experience the most traditional and busiest market in Vientiane – Sang Market… until the late afternoon. Overnight Vientiane.
Day 13 – Vientaine – Fly beck home (by car A/C, plane)
After breakfast, free at leisure until the time of check-out, then transfer to Vientiane airport for a flight back home via Bang Kok or Hanoi.
It’s timely, you have to say goodbye Cambodia, Laos, Good-bye Indochina. We thank you very much for your choice of our company as your ground handler in Cambodia & Laos, then South East Asia countries on further, be sure all our people are your best friends always and beyond. May we will meet and honoured welcome you have other voyages to Indochina in the days coming, continuing to discover, to experience the endless imposing landscapes, then get the really restful moments in a diversified World and a this colourful Sub region of the Mekong River: VIETNAM – LAOS – CAMBODIA – THAILAND – MYANMAR!
Good-bye and see you again!
Price per person in U$ Dollar
|Rating Hotels||2||3||4-6||7-10||11-14||15+1||20+1||25+1||Single suppl.|
- Phnom Penh/Siem Reap: US$115/PAX EXCLUSIVE OF Departure AIRPORT TAX US$ 6/PAX
- Siem Reap/VIEN TIANE: US$187/PAX EXCLUSIVE OF Departure AIRPORT TAX US$25/PAX
- XIENG KHUANG/VIEN TIANE: US$110/PAX EXCLUSIVE OF Departure AIRPORT TAX US$1/PAX
REMARK: The airfare ticket may change without prior notice, unless tickets issue.
- Private-transportations between areas by modern air-conditioned vehicle, boat, tricycle, elephant riding as indicated in the itinerary.
- Accommodation based on twin sharing rooms with daily breakfast.
- Sightseeings and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary on travelling days.\
- Meals of Lunch & Dinner in local restaurants, including Apsara Show in Siem Reap and traditional show in Vien Tiane.
- English speaking guides on travelling days.
- International & Inner flights with its airport taxes.
- Visa arrangement fees. (VISA-ON-UPON-ARRIVAL is available in Cambodia & Laos without the Approve Letters )
- Personal expense such as telephone calls, fax, laundry, beverages and meals, and highlights or sightseeings which are not indicated in the program.
- An extra fee for French / Russian / German / Spanish / Italian speaking guides.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Tips for guides, porterage and drivers.
Child policy: Sharing room with parents
- Child under 6 YRS without extra bed : 40% of adult’s rate, with extra bed : 65% of adult’s rate.
- Child from 6-10 YRS without extra bed : 60% of adult’s rate, with extra bed : 80% of adult’s rate.
- Child from 10 YRS sharing room without extra bed : 80% of adult’s rate, 100 % with extra bed.
|Siem Reap||Le Meridien Angkor|
|Vien Tiane||Don Chan Palace||Lap Plaza|
|Xieng Khuang||—||—||Vansana Hotel|
|Luang Prabang||Grand Luang Prabang||Muang Luang|
|Vang Vieng||—||—||Vansana Hotel|
Villa Vang Vieng
- Other similar hotels are replaced if the mentioned hotels are fully booked.
Conditions of tour
The offered prices have been just estimated, might valid until 30th APR, 2009, subject to change prior to tour departure without any notice, especially on Christmas – New Year Days, Lunar New Year periods, kindly to ask a final rate as tailor-made for your group size and supposed departure day.
Notes of payment
Please be informed that payment by Bank Draft is NOT accepted.
Deposit representing of a 30% estimated charge for the whole is to be submitted when tentative confirm and the balance will be paid at least 15 days prior to arrival.
Rooming List/Name List
A rooming list/Name List for the group or individual bookings must be submitted to the HOTEL/INNER AIR CARRIERS at least 30 days prior to the groups or as soon as if it is available.
30 days prior for the groups arrival.
- Within 30 days prior to arrival, 30% charge will be applied;
- Within 21 days prior to arrival, 50% charge will be applied;
- Within 14 days prior to arrival, 70% charge will be applied;
- Within 7 days prior to arrival, 100% charge will be applied;
In cases of Force Majeure, unpredictable events (natural calamity, epidemic diseases, delayed flights, etc.) which are powerless or out of control. We will not compensate any service influenced. The parties concerned nevertheless just try the best in order to limit potential loss or damage.
Passengers will pay all expenses as the extra for any change, which is made by the Clients themselves during the on-going tour.
During the on-going tour, any cut of services, which is made by Passengers themselves, will not be refunded at all.
The responsibility of our company and land partners is limited. We will not accept any responsibility in the event of damage, loss, accident, illness, delay or other irregularity due to defects in any vehicle used for transportation or the fault or default of any company or person employed in the organization of the transportation. We are not responsible for any consular, political or military complications created voluntarily or involuntarily by the passengers or any other person. We cannot be held responsible for any fault or default or negligence by hotels owners or his employees. We reserve the right to decline, to accept or retain any person and to change or cancel the tours, if necessary, for any reason. The airline tickets shall, when issued, constitute to the sole contract between the passenger and the airline. The airline is not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event, when the passengers are not on board its aircraft. Any deposit will represent acceptance of all the above mentioned conditions.
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Visa to Vietnam or Myanmar
Visa on upon arrival is avaible with the approve letter
We will assist your dear clients to get the entry visa on UPON ARRIVAL easily. Please do send methe passport copiesorpersonal detailsof your travellers ( fullname as mentioned in the passport, DOB, sex, date of arrival/departure, occupation ), we will arrange the APPROVE LETTER which have been issued from the Immigration Department of Vietnam, you must receive our fax of this APPROVE LETTER then to keep it BEFORE boarding. At immigration counters in the International airports, please show your passport + 1 picture 4 cm x 4 cm + copy of this APPROVE LETTER, then an tourist entry visa will be issued with 1 month validity right after. Our assistants will come into the immigration counters to welcome and assist your people for this visa procedure.
Fee for this visa service including stamping fee in VIETNAM is 70 usd/pax. ( 3-4 working days for arranging the APPROVE LETTER )
Fee for this visa service including stamping fee in MYANMAR is 100 usd/pax. ( 14 working days for arranging the APPROVE LETTER )
Visa to Cambodia & Laos: VISA ON UPON ARRIVAL IS AVAILABLE WITHOUTTHE APPROVE LETTER
an entry visa on upon arrival could be applied easily in the international airports, tourist will just fill-in the immigration forms, show their passport with 1 picture 4 cm x 4 cm, then an tourist entry visa will be issued with 1 month validity for Cambodia and 15 days validity for Laos right after, please pay a stamping fee of 20 usd/pax for Cambodia, 30 usd/pax for Laos right in the immigration counters. (Cambodia online visa might be available at www.mfaic.gov.kh)
Kindly to advise if you would like to have the private custom programes, corporate or incentive and leisure travels as well, special itineraries/free-easy services and/or tours-on-request of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, entry visa services, let us know more about your planning programes and we will be happy to work out the Custom tours for your dear people.