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IC 02: Combined Tour Laos – Cambodia (14 days)

  • Tour Code: IC 02
  • Tour route: Luang Prabang LUANG PRABANG – VIENTIANE – DONE KHONE – DON KHONG – STUNG TRENG – RATTANAKIRI – KAMPONG CHAM – PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP Siem Reap

If you have already been to Vietnam from the North to the South, this is time for you to have other interesting experiences in its neighbouring countries: Laos, the Million Elephant land and Cambodia, the land of Angkor temples. This combined tour is the best choice to capture the main attractions in Laos, starting from the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang to the capital Vientiane, down to the South of four thousand Islands and crossing the border to Cambodia, passing through stunning landscape of Rattanakhiri, Kampong Cham, capital Phnom Penh and the World Heritage of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Hanoi - Luang Prabang

Welcome to Luang prabang. Upon arrival meet your guide transfer to your hotel. After a short rest, climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals included: No meal

Day 2 Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave

After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the distillation of local rice wine. Return to town late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 Luang Prabang – Vientiane

After breakfast visit The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign, visit Wat Mai, visit Wat Visun. Afternoon take a flight to Vientiane.

Upon arrival in Vientiane Capital, you are met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. After a short rest, we start visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with 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 and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Over night in Vientiane.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Vientiane - Pakse - Wat Phu - Done Khone

Early morning take a flight to Pakse. Upon arrival met your guide and traveling by road to Wat Phu via Pakse town, keep our way, crossing Mekong ferry to visit the pre-angkorian, ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia ‘s most dramatically situated temples. Explore these Khmer ruins, perched atop a nearby hill, which is one of Lao World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 2001, this wonderful archeological site of Khmer civilization dated back to the 9-12th centuries. We continue our way to 4000 islands region and take a boat to Khone island. Overnight in Don Khone.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 Done Khone - Don Khong

After breakfast visit Lii Phii, then take a boat trip Back to Naksang village, short visit Khonephapeang Water fall. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant Overnight in Khong island.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 Done Khong - Trapeang Kriel - Stung Treng

After breakfast, Transfer back to pier and rejoin the car to visit Khone Pha Pheng Waterfall. Then continue transfer to Dongalor Border for your Cambodia trip.

Upon arrival at Trapeang Kriel Cambodia – Laos border meet up with your guide transfer to Steung Treng. Stung Treng is a northern province of Cambodia. It was formerly called Xieng Teng and was once a part of the vast Khmer Empire, then the Lao kingdom of Lan Xang and later the Lao kingdom of Champassack. During the period of French Indochina it was again ceded to Cambodia.

The provincial capital is also named Stung Treng and is an important trade hub with a few hints of Lao influence scattered about, owing to the fact that the Lao border is about 50 km away. It’s a friendly, quiet country town situated on the confluence of the San River and the Mekong River. It actually sits on the banks of the San River, with the mighty Mekong coming into the picture on the northeastern outskirts of the town. The mountainous province of Stung Treng borders Laos to the north. Stung Treng towns are friendly and quiet, situated near the confluence of the San and Mekong rivers and jsut downstream from the thousand islands. Stung Treng town is a picture-postcard riverside settlement with an economy based on fishing and silk weaving.

Arrive Stung Treng transfer to hotel for check in at hotel and rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight in Stung Treng.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Stung Treng - Rattanakiri

Breakfast at hotel, enjoy last minute shopping at local market in Stung Treng and then drive to Rattanakiri.

Ratanakiri is located in Cambodia’s far northeast bordered by Laos to the north, Vietnam to the east, Mondulkiri to the south, and Stung Treng to the west. This rural rugged province is a 70% ethnic minority, which are known as “Chunchiet”. Ratanakiri was as recently as 2002 seriously off the beaten track but has since been “discovered” step by step.
Still, while you won’t get any bragging rights for coming here, it’s well worth the effort to do so, and once you get away from it’s capital Banlung you won’t run into too many other tourists. So Ratanakiri is still a remote province in Northeastern Cambodia worth to visit. The word “Ratanakiri” itself is a derivative of two Cambodian words, which are combined to mean “place of gems and mountains.” The word comes from the Sanskrit words Ratna (gem) and giri (mountain).

It’s quite dusty capital, Banlung, is located in the central highlands of the province, approximately 365 miles (586 kilometres) from Phnom Penh and reminds one of a wild western city, even if it’s the wild east. Its wide red laterite roads are bordered by new, recently build houses replacing the older ones. The centre of the town features a lively marked with all the needful things.

Lunch will be at local restaurant. After lunch transfer to hotel for check in. Rest of the day free at leisure and overnight at standard hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 Rattanakiri

Excursion to discovery of the waterfall about 8 km Northwest of Banlung Town. It is the most impressive of them. Then visit Ka Chanh waterfall is a 12 meters high constant-flowing waterfall is located midway between “Ou Kan Teung” canal and the Sre Pork River (this cascade river in Lum Phat district), it presents an eye catching natural beauty, with the waterfall surrounded by forest, river and rubber plantations. And on the way back visit to Katieng waterfall. Three kilometers from Ka Chanh waterfall is the 10 m high Katieng waterfall. The cascade is surrounding by tree which provides welcomed shade to the visitor. The falls are best viewed from below visitors descend into the gorge via wooden steps. At the base of the falls are natural scattered large boulders where trekker can relax and take in the spectacle. Located at the upper waterfall pool, there are elephants for scenic tours of the surrounding forest. Then we take elephant ride around there. Lunch will be at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit Yeak Loam Lake, is situated 5 km southeast of Banlung. It is a crater lake, and was formed by a volcanic eruption almost 4,000 years ago. It is considered the most beautiful lake in Rattanakiri. It is 50 m deep during the dry season, and 800 m in diameter with a 2.5 km path around the lake. Along the track is a quaint wooden building housing tribal handicrafts. Boeung Yeak Loam has picturesque, mountainous scenery and a charming bird sanctuary, and it provides daily life of local hill-tribes. Near the shore of the Yeak Loam Lake there is a traditional wooden house (Ethnic Minority Museum) built to preserve and display many kinds of traditional hill tribe artifacts such as musical instruments, farming tools, fishing gear and clothes of the local hill tribes living in Rattanakiri province. This local ethnic minority museum was partitioned off to display the various types off hill tribe items. Overnight at standard hotel in Rattanakiry.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 Rattanakiri – Kam Pong Cham

After breakfast at hotel we drive to Kampong Cham Province. Kampong Cham is the capital of the province of the same name and the third largest city in Cambodia. With its Mekong River location and relatively close proximity to Phnom Penh (123km) and Vietnam, Kampong Cham has always been an important trade and transportation hub. The highway from Phnom Penh is in excellent condition-you can get here in just under two hours by road or by the bullet boats that are a main mode of transportation between towns on the Mekong River. Either way it’s a nice fide, with views of the rural countryside or river area, depending on which way you go.  The town itself is quaint and charming with its bustling morning river scene and wide boulevard streets beside the river. There are a few worthwhile attractions nearby and with its location on the way by boat or road to Kratie, Mondulkiri, Rattanakiri and Stung Treng Provinces; it’s a nice jump-off point.

En route you will see the rubber plantation. Arrive in Kompong Cham and check in the hotel. Free at leisure to explore Kompong Cham. Overnight in hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 Kampong Cham – Phnom Penh

Breakfast. Visit the mountains “Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey” and Pagoda Nokor Bachey from the Angkor era. After lunch visit the rubber plantation of Chubb and see the rubber production process. Then a journey will take about 2hours to covered 124km distance. On the way, you can enjoy a highlights of the people live along the way to Phnom Penh, Arrive at Phnom Penh free at leisure and overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 Phnom Penh – Siem Reap by flight

Breakfast will be at hotel. In the morning, first visit to Independence Monument was inaugurated in November 9, 1962 to celebrate Cambodia’s independence from foreign rule. Notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest such center of detention and torture in the country. More than 17.000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek to be executed; detainees who died during torture were buried in mass graves in the prison ground. The museum displays include room after room of these photographs of men, women and children covering the walls from floor to ceiling; virtually all the people pictured were later killed. And visit Royal Place, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, Raung Damrei Museum. The Palace building and Silver Pagoda are located with in the same walled ground. The Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilos and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. And then move to National Museum of Fine Arts, next to the Royal Palce was dedicated by king Sisowath in 1920. Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts, most notabley the legentary statue of the “Leper King” Though the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including a special exhibition pf post-Angkorian Buddha figures. Lunch at local restaurant.

And last minute visit Central Market (Psah Thmei). The distinctive yellow domed Phsar Thmey (also known as the ‘Central Market’) is a ‘must see,’ both as a historic and architecturally interesting building and as a shopping destination. The Central Market is a good place to pick up souvenirs, books, and if you now what you are doing, gems and jewelry. Souvenir vendors line the entrance walkway offering statuary, silverwork, handicrafts, silks and kramas, carvings, photocopy books and postcards and the largest selection of souvenir t-shirts and caps and town. The central dome of the main building houses an amazing display of jewelry and gems. Then transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap and overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.  

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 Siem Reap

Breakfast will be at hotel. This morning we will visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk) the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) and visit Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Baphun temple,  the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch will be at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and visit the 7th world heritage, Angkor Wat a unique and stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, an enduring example of man’s devotion to his Gods. It is the largest and undoubtedly the most breath taking of the monuments of Angkor and it is widely believed that it is the largest religious structure in the world. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.  

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 Siem Reap

Breakfast will be at hotel. Today we will drive to Mechrey is 15 km on the south west of Siem reap. Just only 25-minute drive pass by country of rice field then you will arrive at ancient-built port waiting to board the tourists on the boat to discover the attractive nature along the waterway. With one and a half hour exploration round trip, at first you will see a floating village where hundreds of families earn their living depending entirely by fishing in a traditional way by making 2 dollars a day in average. When you go further, there is an old pagoda constructed in 1964 on 2700 m2 island engulfed with water and a stopover to take photos of surrounding natural beauty such as floating houses, traditional fishing, people living, and children rowing boat to school. To travel further, you will go through an impressive flooded forests stretching over 24 km2. The forest is a habitat of hundreds types of fish and waterbirds and from November to May, hundreds of waterbirds will come to this area to look for foods as it is a safe and full of proteins for those birds, especially this area is only 6 km from Conservation of Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, where thousands of waterbirds live and breed. Visiting and Experiencing this newly discovered natural tourist Mechrey will help improve people living standard in the area, where formerly the area is a tug of war battle and no one ever take a look after peace prevail in the area. Lunch will be at local restaurant.

Afternoon, Visit Les Artisans D’ Angkor and see their stone and wood carving workshops where the artisans are taught to use traditional Khmer techniques. Next visit the Old Market where you can see the fresh local produce being sold as well as browse the souvenir stalls. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.  

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14 Siem Reap – Departure

Breakfast will be at hotel. Free day until transfer to airport for your departure flight. End of the tour.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Price

TOUR PRICE: in USD per person

Group

2

Persons

4

Persons

6

Persons

15+1 FOC

20+1 FOC

Single room surcharge

Standard

(3*Hotel)

2,451

1,872

1,650

1,373

1,325

298

Superior

(4*Hotel)

2,724

2,148

1,963

1,668

1,616

509

Air Ticket

355

355

355

355

355

HOTEL LIST:

City

Standard (3 Stars)

Superior (4 Stars)

Luang Prabang

Villa Chitdara

www.villachitdara.com

Luang Prabang Legend Hotel

www.luangprabanglegend.com

Villa Santi Hotel

www.villasantihotel.com

Chitchareune Muangluang Hotel

www.cm-hotel.com

Vientiane

City Inn Hotel

www.cityinnvientiane.com

Lao Orchid Hotel

www.lao-orchid.com

Salana Boutique Hotel

www.salanaboutique.com

Vansana Riverside Hotel

www.vansanahotels-group.com

Khone Island

Sala Donkhone

www.salalao.com

Sala Donkhone

www.salalao.com

Stung Treng

Golden River Hotel

www.goldenriverhotel.com

Golden River Hotel

www.goldenriverhotel.com

Rattanakhiri

Terres Rouges Lodge

www.ratanakiri-lodge.com

Terres Rouges Lodge

www.ratanakiri-lodge.com

Kampong Cham

Monorom VIP Hotel

www.monoromviphotel.com

Monorom VIP Hotel

www.monoromviphotel.com

Phnom Penh

Cardamom Hotel
www.cardamomhotel.com

Hotel Cara

www.kh26426.yp.com.kh

Phnom Penh Hotel
www.phnompenhhotel.com

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel

www.frangipanipalacehotel.com

Siem Reap

City River Hotel
www.cityriverhotel.com

Treasure Oasis Hotel

www.treasureoasishotel.com

Tara Angkor Hotel
www.taraangkorhotel.com

Regence Angkor Hotel

www.regencyangkor.com

When booking triple rooms please note that in some hotels this may consist of one double bed and the third bed may be a ‘roll-away’ bed which will limit space in the room. Availability of triple rooms is limited. In case that the selected hotel was fully booked, we will try to assign you an available hotel, if possible, with similar characteristics.

Inclusion & Exclusion

The above prices include

  • Accommodation base on twin sharing room
  • All entrance fee as mention in the itinerary
  • Full land transportation 
  • English-Speaking guide
  • Private Boat trip as mentioned in program
  • Meals half board (Breakfats & lunch) at local restaurant
  • Cool drinking water on board
  • Government Taxes
  • Travel Insurances

The above prices exclude

  • Laos visa fee 35 USD and Cambodia Visa fee 30 USD
  • Domestic flight LPQ – VTE-  PKZ / PNH – REP
  • Personal expense: Tel, Fax, Laundry etc,
  • Other service which not mention in the itinerary

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Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (GMT +7 – Hanoi time).

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