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Days : 8 | Nights : 7Phnom Penh , Indochina
Cambodia and Laos are two major tourist destinations that once were a part of Indochina. The two places have kept remnants of the history, splendid architecture, and awe-inspiring natural beauty pristine in their glory.
The Cambodia and Laos tour package will begin with the capital city of Phnom Penh which is a bustling place lying at the merging point of Mekong and Tonlé Sap Rivers. The pulse of the city can be nabbed by visiting its adorned Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, restaurants, bars, plush boutiques, sprawling Russian market, exhibits of National Museum, etc. All of its attractions will promise you a whale’s time. You will then head to Siem Reap which is a beautiful resort town which is more of a reminiscent of Angkor ruins whose reins were in the hands of Khmer Kingdom. You will explore the marvellous Angkor Vat Temple which is famous for intricate stone making and the Bayon Temple which is made by culling out mysterious faces.
Cambodia and Laos Tours will allow you to take a tour of Luang Prabang which is a picturesque town nestled at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. The place is famous for its Buddhist temples such as the gilt-laden Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai. Cambodia and Laos holidays will take you to the Pak Ou caves tucked away at Luang Prabang, Laos in the north. They are a group of two caves ashore the western part of the Mekong River.
Day 01: Arrival Phnom Penh
Upon arrival, welcome direct transfer to visit: The Monument Independent: A shortstop for taking photograph. The Monument which is patterned on a lotus flower bud, adorned with Naga heads (multi-headed cobras), and obviously reminiscent in design of the towers of Angkor Wat. Souvenir Shop: For shopping. Naga Casino & Resort: and try your best luck. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Phnom Penh
Breakfast at the hotel visit: Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda: the Royal Palace compound build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, is the most conspicuous feature and also one of impressive colorful Khmer-style Palaces. Nearside the Royal Palace is Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple), display plenty of Buddha Statues that were decorated and made by diamond, emerald, gold and silver. Wat Phnom: the birthplace of the capital; according to legend, Phnom Penh was founded here when a woman named Penh found four Buddha statues and built the temple to house them, from there you can enjoy views over the Tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh. Russian Market: Offers the largest and most varied selection of Traditional souvenirs, curios and other items of interest to the visitor.
Afternoon visit: Toul Sleng S-21 the Genocide Museum: Prior to 1975, Toul Sleng was a high school, When the Khmer Rouge came to power it was converted into the S-21 prison. The building now serves as a museum, a memorial and a testament to the madness of the Khmer Rouge regime. The prison kept extensive records, leaving thousands of photos of their victims, many of which are on display. Take the boat cruise to visit floating village and view sunset at front of the Royal Palace. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap by Express Bus
After breakfast, continue the journey by express A/C coach to Siem Reap, it takes approx 6 hours to travel, Arrival Siem Reap, meet and visit: Artisan D’ Angkor: the Handicraft center for the wood and stone carving processes. Wat Thmei (Killing Field) contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Some of the bones were recovered from a nearby well while others are the remains of soldiers who died on a nearby battlefield. Bakheng hill: Sunset viewing on top of the hill. Bakheng is the first major temple to be constructed in the Angkor area, this temple-mountain offers extraordinary views of the Tonle Sap and Angkor wat. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Siem Reap – Angkor Temple
Breakfast at the hotel, we explore to visit Angkor Thom: The ancient capital (12th century). See the South Gate including Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara. The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Ta Prohm: One of the most popular temples, this sprawling complex is famous for its jungle-like, ruined atmosphere, and the giant trees which rise from the stone, gripping the temple in their extensive roots. The temple appears very much as it would have to the first European explores and invites visitors to linger in its crumbling passageways.
After lunch visit Jewelry Souvenir Shop then continue visit Ta Promh Temple then discover the Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat: The “7th Wonders’ of the World”. World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Siem Reap – Luang Prabang
After breakfast transfer to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival check I to the hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. We’ll visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset. From there, we visit the Night Market, where you can browse through a lovely selection of handmade textiles. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 06: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning alms giving ritual to saffron clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving this procession.
After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city's oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong where you can see the impressive “tree of life” mosaic set in colored glass. We then board an upstream cruise on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. We’ll make sure to stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. We will also stop at a few villages during the day, including Ban Xanghai where the local rice wine is produced. On our way back, we pass by a few more local villages and see the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 07: Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfalls
Breakfast at the hotel. Start your day with a visit to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre where you are able to observe valuable artifacts and traditional clothing and implements from each of the 20 ethnic minority groups which inhabit the Luang Prabang area. Later in the morning we go to Phosi Market, which has an eclectic selection of foodstuffs and souvenirs. Afterwards, we head out to visit some ethnic minority villages and see how these colorful people live. We then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfalls where you can swim in the turquoise pools or walk along forest paths. We continue to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek - small villages well known for silk weavings and Saa (jute) Papermaking, and return to the city by late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Phabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 08: Departure Luang Prabang
After breakfast, we visit The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture throughout the ages. We also will see the Central Market. After visiting these sights in the morning, there will be free time to venture into town and stroll around the shopping areas. The tour ends after your transfer to the airport for departure.
Days : 8 | Nights : 7