Classic: Cambodia & Laos Mekong Adventure (ATCM)
Countries Visited: Cambodia, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Thailand Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 12
Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Accommodations: Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), basic family homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt).
Explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, confront recent history in Phnom Penh, catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy River dolphin, experience a Mekong homestay, bargain at the night market in Luang Prabang
From Angkor Wat to remote river towns, journey down the Mekong and into the heart and soul of Southeast Asia. Our CEOs will share with you the region's cultural treasures and natural splendours. Explore the many temples and, if you're lucky, spot a rare Irrawaddy dolphin. Experience the highlights with a chance to get off the beaten track and explore the remote islands of Don Khong. With local transportation and authentic accommodation - like a rural homestay - this adventure offers an intriguing blend of included activities and free time for personal discovery.
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|Day 1||Bangkok||Day 1 Bangkok|
There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Siem Reap||Day 2 Bangkok/Siem Reap (1B, 1D)|
Leave Bangkok and head out on the journey to Cambodia. Cross the border, switch vans and continue on to Siem Reap. The scenery is spectacular and the contrast between Thailand and Cambodia is immediate. Get your first taste of Khmer food in the evening with an included local meal at the New Hope project. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Thailand - Cambodia) New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 255km) Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 148km)
|Day 3||Siem Reap||Day 3 Siem Reap (1B)|
Take a guided tour of the massive Angkor Wat temple complex. Opt to visit the Tonle Sap floating village or the Angkor Museum. Included Activities: Angkor Wat Guided Tour
|Day 4||Phnom Penh||Day 4 Siem Reap/Phnom Penh (1B)|
Travel by public bus to Phnom Penh. Opt for a cyclo tour of the city or a drink in one of the many riverside cafEs. Transport: Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours, 320km)
|Day 5||Phnom Penh||Day 5 Phnom Penh (1B)|
While in Phnom Penh, witness the darker side of Cambodian history with guided visits to Choeung Ek, the site of the infamous Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng, the notorious Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians perished. With a free afternoon, opt to visit the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda or the National Museum. The huge Russian Market is packed with souvenirs and all the necessities of daily life. Included Activities: Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour
|Day 6||Kratie||Day 6 Phnom Penh/Kratie (1B)|
Travel to Kratie. En route, pass through Skuon (a small town famous for its delicious spiders), where its possible to sample an eight-legged snack. Once in Kratie, opt to head out on the water, trying to spot rare Irrawaddy river dolphins. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 285km)
|Day 7||Don Khong||Day 7 Kratie/Don Khong (1B)|
Travel by bus to the Cambodian/Laos border. After completing necessary border formalities, continue the journey to Don Khong Island. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Cambodia - Laos) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 141km) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 8||Don Deng||Day 8 Don Khong/Don Deng (1D)|
Travel through the beautiful province of Champasak, once the capital of the Lao kingdom. Head to Pakse and cross the Mekong River to visit Wat Phu with a local guide. Overnight in a rustic homestay on Don Deng Island. A typical Laotian village environment doesnt have all the creature comforts of home but it allows for insight into the local culture and connection to the people of the village. Included Activities: Wat Phu Guided Tour Don Deng Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s)) Ferry (0.50 hour(s))
|Day 9||Luang Prabang||Day 9 Don Deng/Luang Prabang (1B)|
Fly from Pakse to Luang Prabang and discover Laotian Buddhism and architecture. Opt to visit some of Luang Prabang's most impressive temples and climb Mt Phousi to watch the sun set over the Mekong River and mountains beyond. Be sure to visit one of the best night markets in all of Southeast Asia. Stroll through the nightly market, bargaining with vendors, sampling local food and picking up some souvenirs. Transport: Boat (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 40km) Drive 20 mins from the airport to the hotel in Luang Prabang. Plane (1.75 hour(s))
|Day 10||Luang Prabang||Day 10 Luang Prabang (1B)|
Opt to rise before dawn and watch the monks walk through town in saffron robes receiving alms from local residents. Visit the Ethnology Museum and Kuang Si waterfalls. With free time, opt to take a cooking class, go hiking or biking or test out the local Laotian-style massages. Included Activities: Ethnology Museum Guided Tour Kuang Si Waterfalls Excursion
|Day 11||Luang Prabang||Day 11 Luang Prabang (1B)|
Enjoy a free day to continue exploring.
|Day 12||Vang Vieng||Day 12 Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng (1B)|
Take a winding drive through scenic mountains to picturesque Vang Vieng, a town resting on the Nam Song river surrounded by limestone karsts. Watch the sunset over the river and explore some of the many caves in the area. Transport: The drive is spectacular but full of curvy mountain roads. If prone to motion-sickness, prepare accordingly. Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 190km)
|Day 13||Vientiane||Day 13 Vang Vieng/Vientiane (1B)|
Depart in early afternoon and drive to one of Asias sleepiest capital cities, Vientiane. Enjoy the highlights of Vientiane, including Wat Sisaket (one of the citys oldest and most fascinating temples), Pha That Luang (Laos national symbol and one of its most sacred sites), and the Morning Market (an all-day affair selling virtually everything). Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 154km)
|Day 14||Bangkok||Day 14 Vientiane/Bangkok (1B)|
Spend the morning visiting the sights, getting a massage or enjoying the local food scene. In the late afternoon, cross the Friendship Bridge back into Thailand to board the overnight train to Bangkok. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Laos - Thailand) Transport: From the city centre, it is approximately 20 kms to reach the Friendship Bridge that crosses into Thailand. Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s)) Travel from the border to the train station. Tuk-tuk (0.50-0.75 hours) Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)
|Day 15||Bangkok||Day 15 Bangkok|
Arrive in Bangkok in the morning. Trip ends on arrival at the Bangkok train station.
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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