Prepare for a mystical journey through the wonders of Southeast Asia as you delve into the ancient temples and lush jungles of Cambodia and Laos.
From horse rides through lush rice fields and bamboo raft cruises past traditional villages, to exploring the temples of Luang Prabang by bicycle and encountering the cave of Pak Ou in a traditional wooden boat, this trip delivers once-in-a-lifetime experiences from start to finish. Head high into the mountains of Luang Prabang and visit an isolated village where you will enjoy lunch with a local family. Explore the beautiful Bayon Temple on the back of an elephant, take in a traditional Khmer show, taste local rice wine, and watch the sunset behind ancient temples as you prepare to say goodbye to this magical land.
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Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Meet your private guide at your hotel and set off for a day of memorable Cambodian sightseeing. Visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the Bayon temple complex, as well as Takeo and Ta Prohm temples. Travel from the South Gate of Angkor Thom to Bayon temple by elephant.The walled and moated city of Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Angkorian empire. It was built to protect against invaders in the 12th century. The Bayon is a state temple, erected in the center of the city. In the afternoon, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue with a visit to Angkor Wat complex and watch the sunset from Phnom Bakheng. Afterwards you will be brought back to your hotel.
Today, you will travel on a private cruise on one of Cambodia's largest lake: Tonle Sap. You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred along with your guide to Phnom Krom to begin your cruise. Along the way you will stop at Chong Khneas, one of the floating villages at the edge of the lake. Your guide will point out the differing Khmer and Vietnamese floating households, clinics, and schools and you will stop at the floating markets where you can view and purchase some local produce. After the tour is over you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Tonight you will enjoy a traditional Khmer dance show and dinner.
You will be picked up by a private vehicle and driven to a local horse ranch. A guide will take you on a horseback journey to places that are otherwise unreachable, through local countryside villages, scenic rice fields, and tourist-free temple ruins. An authentic taste of the real Khmer lifestyle viewed from horseback, and a welcome break from other tourists. This tour is suitable for both beginners and advanced riders.
Fly from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang, Laos. Flight time is approximately 2 hours.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.
By bicycle, you will visit Wat Xieng Thong temple, the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang with its mosaic decoration and the former royal carriage then. You will later will ride your bike to nearby areas such as Ban Phone Hueang, Ban Aphay, Ban Visun to observe lives of locals, another visit to handmade Photisak silver shop and Minority Art Center. Last but not least, a visit to Wat Phabat Tai, a monastery complex built in the 17th century, a best place to view sunset if visiting in the evening.
Take a traditional wooden boat upstream to visit the famous cave of Pak Ou. The caves are located right on the cliff; it’s a very impressive and stunning sight. Inside the cave, there are more than one hundred Buddha images which have been brought by local people since the early 14th century when the cave was found. On the way, a short stop will be made at Ban Muang Kham, which specializes in river weed making. After, a stop will be made at Ban Xanghai where you can enjoy the taste of the local rice wine.
Each morning, hundreds of Buddhist monks line up in their deep orange robes and walk along the roads to receive alms from the people of Luang Prabang who wake up early to cook the rice and prepare their offerings. This ritual has been a part of the area’s religious heritage ever since Buddhism was introduced to Laos in the 14th century. Please, dress respectably (no shorts or sleeveless shirts), keep a respectful distance, and observe the ceremony in silence. A short stop will be made to the fresh food market where locals come and sell their goods from their farms such as rice, poultry, herbs, and fresh fish from the Mekong River.
This living craft center is a place where you can meet silk weavers, craft artisans and silkworms learn about textiles and take some classes. You will see the women from the nearby villages working on their traditional looms. You will have a chance to join classes and create your own textile. You can experience dye preparation and complete 3-color dyes. Most of the natural dyes are growing in the local garden. You will take home 3-dyed silk skeins and after classes you will enjoy lunch in the tropical garden facing Mekong River.
The Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa provides a sense of serenity with the nostalgic comfort and elegant refinement of the French Art de Vivre in the heart of Siem Reap. The building's graceful colonial architecture of the 1930's provides a sense of peaceful tranquility. The hotel is located within close proximity to World Heritage listed Angkor Temples, the quaint old market town of Siem Reap, and the international airport. Featuring a Victorian touch, air conditioned rooms and suites come with dark furnishings, all with private balcony facing the pool, tropical garden or the Royal Park. International, Asian, and local Khmer dishes are served at L'Escale restaurant, while Le Bistrot de Siem Reap presents modern French gastronomy, complemented by the finest wines. L'Explorateur Bar and Le Pool Deck feature light meals, exquisite cocktails, and refreshing beverages. Surrounded by tropical garden, the hotel houses a magnificent outdoor saltwater pool with a spa tub. Relaxing massages, facial and body treatments are available at the Victoria Spa.
The Mekong Riverview Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel with a personal touch located on the tip of the peninsula at the very end of the old town, in the UNESCO World Heritage area. The view from the rooms and Café/Restaurant is the meeting of great Mekong River and Nam Khan River. The hotel is quiet and peaceful with the beautiful former Royal temple Wat Xienthong as your neighbor.
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December 12, 2014
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December 12, 2014
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December 12, 2014
"We were so impressed with all aspects of the trip that Kensington arranged for us - even at short notice. The itinerary was perfectly planned, full of extra activities like riding an elephant and a water buffalo cart ride. The guides were wonderful in all the places we went and the travel was easy between locations. Vietnam is a wonderful destination and Angkor Wat is amazing too. We loved the overnight on the boat in Halong Bay and the train ride to Sapa. The day we spent trekking between indigenous villages in the mountains of Sapa was one of the most interesting days of my life! We have travelled a lot and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken."
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June 03, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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January 15, 2014
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November 19, 2013
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