Discover the most famous places in Laos and Siem Reap of Cambodia within 9 days. Beautiful sites in Laos include: Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khouang, Kuang Sii Waterfall, Plain of Jars, Pak Ou cave, Elephant Village, Mekong river. See the great historical places in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh: Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and much more. Especially, a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake.
|Day 1||Vientiane||Arrive in Vientiane. Upon arrival, we welcome you at airport and transfer to hotel. After a refreshment, visit the oldest Wat Sisaket, That Luang Stupa and the imposing Patuxay Monument. and Buddha Park. Overnight in Vientiane.||–|
|Day 2||Vang Vieng||Drive to Vang Vieng. Enjoy tubing along Somg river, see the stunning view of the town. (Alt: Walking to enjoy the great mountain scenery and visit surrounding caves). Overnight in Vang Vieng.||B,L|
|Day 3||Xieng Khouang||Drive to Xieng Khouang. Visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. Visit some villages of hill tribal people. Overnight in Phonsavanh.||B,L|
|Day 4||Luang Prabang||Early morning, visit Central Market of Phonsavan to watch different Hill Tribes bartering and exchanging merchandises. Afternoon, heading to Luang Prabang, visit interesting places on the way. Overnight in Luang Prabang.||B,L|
|Day 5||Luang Prabang||Thad Makmo stupa, Wat Mai, Wat Xieng Thon. Enjoy boat trip on Mekong river, visit very famous Pak Ou Buddha Caves, Visit Por SA Paper Handicraf & textile area. Overnight in Luang Prabang.||B,L|
|Day 6||Luang Prabang||After breakfast, proceed to the “Elephant Village”. Enjoy sightseeing with Elephant ride. Lunch on the river. Transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap.||B,L|
|Day 7||Siem Reap||Morning, visit Angkor Wat the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor. Afternoon, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom. Overnight in Siem Reap.||B,L|
|Day 8||Siem Reap||Morning, visit Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in Angkor. Then proceed to Preah Khan temple. Afternoon, go visiting well known Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. Overnight in Siem Reap.||B,L|
|Day 9||Siem Reap||Morning, boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake for sightseeing. After lunch, transfer you to airport for your departure flight.||B,L|
Day 1: Vientiane – arrival.
Arrive in Vientiane. Upon arrival, we welcome you at airport and transfer to hotel.
After a refreshment, visit Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous, sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Phatuxay Monument, which is Vientiane ’s own Arc de Triumph.
Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 2: Vientiane – Vang Vieng – Tubing and sightseeing (B,L)
Transfer to Vang Vieng. Amazing mountain sceneries, beautiful landscapes and village visits along the way. Upona rrival, check-in hotel. Enjoy a short tubing along Somg river about 2hours. Vang Vieng tubing can be as relaxing or as hedonistic and adventurous as one desires. Bars have sprung up all along the river offering cheap beer, rope swings, zip lines, and large decks for socializing. Tubing has become one big excuse to party in the river. Floating lazily from bar to bar with a drink in hand is a great way to escape the scorching afternoon sun. Enjoy the stunning view of the town.
Alternative: Walk in the great mountain scenery and visit of surrounding caves. Enjoy sightseeing the stunning landscape of Vang Vieng.
Stay overnight at hotel in Vang Vieng.
Day 3: Vang Vieng – Xieng Khouang (B,L)
After breakfast, we drive to Xieng Khouang, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. We then drive out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau.
We also have time, this afternoon seeing the old capital of Muang Khoun Province and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people. They have an interesting local culture and a colorful history.
Stay overnight at hotel in Phonsavanh.
Day 4: Phonsavanh – Luang Prabang (B,L)
Early morning, visit Central Market of Phonsavan to watch different Hill Tribes bartering and exchanging merchandises.
Afternoon, drive to Luang Prabang, passes through splendid scenery and past many panoramic lookout points on the winding mountaintop road. There are several stops en route to take in the scenery. Arrive in Luang Prabang, check into the hotel, and enjoy an exploring the former royal capital & crown jewel of the ancient Lane Xang Empire (pronounced ‘lan sang’) – the Land of a Million Elephants. Shopping Night Market.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 5: Luang Prabang – City tour & Pak Ou cave (B,L)
Morning, Visit Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is 1stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao. Continue to visit Wat Mai. Built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Visit Wat Xieng Thong further emphasizes the uniqueness of Luang Prabang, its several roofs sweeping low to the ground. See also the impressive “tree of life” mosaic here. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts semi-erotic episodes from the Ramayana.
Afternoon, begin a Mekong river boat trip with your guide on the mighty Mekong River to visit the famous & sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. These caves, overlooking the confluence of the Mekong & Ou Rivers from on high, have been home to many thousands of Buddha images that were placed here by local people since 16th century, when King Setthathirat found the caves and declared them a holy spot. On return, visit Por SA Paper Handicraft & textile area at Ban Xang Khong.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 6: Luang Prabang – Siem Reap (B,L)
After breakfast, check-out at hotel. Drive out of town 30KM to the beautiful Kuang Sii Fall, where you can swim, relax, soft trek to the top of the fall. On return short stop at Black Hmong Village, where hill tribe hand-made handicraft as souvenirs for visitors passes by.
Alternative: Riding Elephant for sightseeing
Together with our local guide, you will proceed to the “Elephant Village” about 15 km out Elephant riding, Elephant Tour in Luang Prabangof town and in the middle of a green, natural surrounding, settled on the banks of the Nam Khan river. Here you will be introduced to the protected Asian Elephants and go out for a scenic ride in the beautiful settings along the river. Enjoy the new perspective and the wonderful nature on this 30- 40 min Elephant ride through which you support the rescue of our former logging Elephants. A stunning landscape, tranquillity and lush Lao nature gives you a relaxed stay on the back of the Elephant. Lean back in your seat and enjoy this exceptional Elephant experience…
Lunch will be served on the river view terrace overlooking the Nam Khan river and the surrounding landscapes. A short boat ride will bring you to the amazing Tad Sae waterfalls (not in dry season from Jan-August). Here you can hang out and relax for a while in the refreshing waterfall cascades. A short boat trip will bring you back to the Elephant Village.
After lunch, transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, check-in at hotel and spend your leisure time in Siem Reap.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 7: Siem Reap – Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat (B,L)
Morning, visit Angkor Wat the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Continue to view a wonderful sunset from the Top of Phnom Bakhen Hill.
Afternoon, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom (literally: “Great City”), located in present day Cambodia, was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. Continue your visit at the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 8: Siem Reap – Visit famous temples (B,L)
Morning, drive to the typical Khmer countryside and visit Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer Art. Continue to visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of “anastylosis”.
Afternoon, visit Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in Angkor. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic.
Continue your visit to Preah Khan temple, built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. However, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 9: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake and Departure (B,L)
Morning, take a boat trip for sight-seeing on Tonle Sap Lake, the Great Lake of Cambodia. It is one of the largest lakes in Asia. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals.
After lunch, transfer you to airport for your departure flight.
- Transportation in private
- Accommodation in twin shared room
- Boat trip as stated in above sights
- English speaking guide
- Admission fee to indicated sights
- Meals mentioned
- Gov’t tax and service charge
- Luggage handling and drinking water
- Personal expenses