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 with you will visit the Wat Xieng Thong, the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang with its mosaic decoration and the former royal carriage. Later you will ride your bike to nearby areas such as Ban Phone Hueang, Ban Aphay, and Ban Visun to observe the lives of the locals. A visit will also be made to a handmade Photisak silver shop and the Minority Art Center. Last but not least, a visit to Wat Phabat Tai, a monastery complex built in the 17th century and is the best place to view the 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.
After the hotel pick up, you will proceed to the Elephant Village, a fantastic location in the middle of nature, surrounded by a huge mountain chain. You will traverse the Nam Khan via water taxi and begin the trek up to Theung village (Khamu People). Being careful not to disrupt the serenity of this isolated area, you can observe the locals as they carry out their daily tasks. You will get the chance to ask questions and explore the small village. Your guide will be happy to translate your questions. Edging forward along a steep and narrow track, you ascend to your final destination, sharing the trail with passing villagers. After a short walk you will arrive at the Lao Sung village (Hmong People), an isolated and quaint village high in the mountains. Enjoy lunch in a local home. Listen to stories, play with the curious children or ask your questions about their way of life. After eating you will descend back to the Nam Khan River. In a small boat, you will be brought back to your starting point and return to Luang Prabang.
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.
Olive Ramchand ,
June 03, 2014
"I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.
Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)
Jeanne Tarvin ,
April 21, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"
January 15, 2014
"We just returned on Monday from our wonderful trip to South Korea, Bangkok and Phuket. I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in planning our tours and adventures. Everything was spot on, from our arrivals at the airports, to the guides and the tours. I would not hesitate to recommend you and your company. It was truly a wonderful vacation. Thank you again.
Bob Feldman ,
November 19, 2013
"I wanted to let you know that our trip to China was great! Everybody enjoyed themselves. When planning a trip I am always concerned about the itinerary, the vehicles and the guides. All 3 of these were great. The guides were particularly good and in this case really made the trip a pleasure. Overall a great trip. Thanks for all you did."
Gloria DeWeese ,
October 10, 2013
"A wonderful trip and everything went like clockwork. Thank you so very much for all your assistance. I hope I will have a chance to work with you again."
Wayne Gavioli ,
September 04, 2013
"We just returned from our thailand/cambodia trip. It was fantastic. You did a great job. The guides were excellent as was the drivers. We loved the Victoria Hotel you selected in Siem. Wish we had more time. Thailand met our expectations but our expectations for Cambodia were low and they exceeded them. Loved the places selected for the included lunches. Certainly would use Kensington again"
Santo Filice ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you for arranging our guided trip to Thailand - Vietnam. It was a memorable, and pleasant trip - a 1st for us with Kensington tours and a most enjoyable one. We found that we were able to maximize our visit of the the area without the concern of booking hotels, airline, finding parking and understanding the local language. "
Tim Mesarch ,
August 02, 2013
"Alexis helped us fit in all of the sites we wanted to see on our trip to Thailand and Cambodia, and suggested some more. It was valuable talking with someone who had been there and done that. The planning went pretty smoothly, and so did the trip. The local guides were all top-notch! "
July 25, 2013
"I highly recommend Kesington Tours. The planning of our trip to Cambodia was outstanding. Our advisor Alexis Mayer was unbelievably patient, knowledgeable and responsive. We planned the trip in every possible detail and Alexis was extraordinary during the whole process. Once we were in Cambodia, we had a tiny issue with the car. I was able to get in contact with Alexis right away and the problem was instantly solved. The trip itself was fantastic. Everything was very well planned and perfectly organized. The local guides and drivers were great. The hotels were very well chosen.
Great trip. I would definitely travel again with Kensington Tours."
Pennie Quintana ,
August 07, 2013
"Thank you so much for the amazing trip we enjoyed!! All our guides were fantasy. Joseph in Jakarta, July in Jojakarta and Deon in Borneo!! Wow!! Bless you for all your attention to detail and the outstanding communication to all my questions. You made me feel so taken care of and tended too!! "
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