Welcome to South-east Asia

South-east Asia is undoubtedly one of the world’s most enchanting regions. Laced with equal measures of history and mystery, the dramatic landscapes of the Indochinese Peninsula are a colourful blend of turquoise waters, rolling green valleys, pristine beaches, foreboding mountains and archaic ruins. Join Traveleyes as we venture to Laos, the country where time stood still. Full of colour and vibrancy, from the luscious paddy fields to the bright clothes of the locals. Laos offers culture, a multitude of diverse activities and sumptuous food. We’ll then travel to Cambodia, home to some of the world’s greatest temples. Here we’ll witness where nature meets architecture and blends into its own unique and beautiful hybrid. We’ll also step back in time to explore the dark history of the Killing Fields, an integral part of Cambodia today.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience a sacred Tak Bath Ceremony
  • Revel in the natural beauty of the Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Marvel at the intricate beauty of the famed Angkor Temples
  • Sample the delectable flavours of South-east Asia
  • Understand the historical importance of the Killing Fields
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  • Dates & Prices

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    September 15 - September 27, 2019 (13 days)


    Standard Blind Price: £2499 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £1999 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 2199 GBP Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 1699 GBP Contact us for availability

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    An ornate entrance to the temples
  • A sky view of the main street of Luang Prabang, with the cities temple and the night market next to it

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK
    • Internal flight to Siem Reap
    • 4 nights' hotel accommodation at Houngvilai Hotel in Luang Prabang
    • 4 nights' hotel accommodation at Le Jardin d'Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap
    • 2 nights' accommodation at Juliana Hotel in Phnom Penh
    • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Visit Tak Ba Ceremony
    • Tour of Luang Prabang
    • Visit Kuang Sy Waterfalls
    • Pak Ou Caves tour
    • Angkor Temples tour
    • Visit a floating village
    • Killing Fields Visit
    • Phnom Penh tour
    • Cooking class at an organic farm (optional - £30)
    • Street food tour (optional - £40)
    The cascading Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Sunday 15th September

Today we meet and begin our adventure to south-east Asia.

Overnight in flight.

Monday 16th September

Today we land in Luang Prabang, Laos’ old royal capital and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This outstandingly beautiful area of Laos will be our base for exploration over the first few days of the trip. Upon arriving we will transfer to our hotel and have some time to refresh after our long travels. This evening we shall head into the charming centre of Luang Prabang for our first dinner together and our first taste of authentic Asian cuisine.

Dinner included. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Tuesday 17th September

For our first day immersing ourselves into this new culture, we rise early to visit Wat Nong Temple to observe the Tak Bath Ceremony, known as the procession of the monks. Here the locals kneel before the monks and present them with offerings of food as a sign of respect. Following from this ceremony we shall move on to a local market where we will wander through the stalls, getting a flavour of what a traditional Laos market is like. Once we have had ample time to explore, we shall head to a restaurant on the river bank and eat as the locals do, with soup for breakfast! Our day of exploration has only just begun at this point and we shall continue our discovery of Luang Prabang for the remainder of the day. Our tour will include a visit to the Royal Palace, now a National Museum, where we will learn about the Phrabang Buddha which is believed to be the most sacred artefact of Laos. We’ll also visit the Wat Xieng Thong Temple, a building famed for its beauty and intricate design.

Today we shall also have the opportunity to attend a Baci ceremony. According to Laos tradition, a person has 32 souls and during this ceremony they are recalled which is said to bring you good fortune!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Wednesday 18th September

Today we will visit the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls, which can be found just a stone’s throw from Luang Prabang. The waterfalls themselves are truly breathtaking, as the cascading water falls and forms dazzling turquoise pools below. These limestone pools are incredibly inviting in the hot Lao sun, so take some time to dip into the refreshing waters and immerse yourself in the undeniable natural beauty to be found here. We’ll later return back to Luang Prabang and the rest of the day is yours to discover more of this delightful city.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Thursday 19th September

Our journey of discovery continues today as we travel to the Pak Ou Caves. We shall board a boat and make our way to the caves, which are considered to be the most famous Buddhist site around Luang Prabang. Dating back thousands of years, these caves pay homage to Buddha and are filled with statues of all different shapes and sizes. After wandering the caves and learning about their history, we shall then re-energise with lunch. This meal, prepared by the locals, will take place on a sala – a traditional Laos bamboo platform which overlooks the water. The rest of your day will then be free for you to explore more of Luang Prabang on our final afternoon in this truly beautiful place.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Friday 20th September

Today we must bid farewell to this ancient city as we begin our travels to Siem Reap in Cambodia via flight. Once we arrive at our hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Saturday 21st September

Siem Reap is home to some of the most renowned and magnificent temples across the globe, and today we have the chance to bear witness to these impressive feats of architecture. We begin our day by travelling down a road that is enveloped by archaic trees which have been around for hundreds of years, leading us to Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom is one of the largest of all the temples with various different sections, each more fascinating than the one before. A particular highlight is the Terrace of Elephants, said to be where kings stood to watch their armies returning from battle. We shall also visit the Bayon Temple, a mass of 54 towers each coated with smiling faces. We’ll then continue to Angkor Wat, arguably the most famous temple in the world and not without reason! This architectural achievement is the largest of all the Angkor group, with its vastness seeming overwhelming to begin with, and so many areas to uncover and explore. Our guide will walk us through the fascinating history of the temple, highlighting areas of particular magnificence. We’ll make one final stop today at Ta Prohm; this beautiful temple has fallen into ruin as nature has invaded into the stone and become part of the infrastructure.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

Sunday 22nd September

Today we’ll visit Kompong Khleang, a floating village 40km from Siem Reap. The water levels in this area change so dramatically that most of these homes are on huge stilts, so in the dry season they tower above the water! Floating villages are a huge part of communities in South-east Asia and not something really seen in more westernised countries, meaning this truly is a sight to see. The village is surrounded by flood plains, rice fields and vast pools of water! We’ll explore this village by boat, stopping for a picnic lunch in a local house before making our way back to our hotel in Siem Reap.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Monday 23rd September

Today you have a day at leisure, and with so much to do and see in Siem Reap your choices are endless. You may wish to return to the Angkor Temples to take in more of the magnificent architecture and soak up the history, or alternatively you may wish to take part in a cooking class at an organic farm. Here you will be greeted by a local chef who will talk you through the local produce and take you to the market, where you will learn about the ingredients available. A tuk-tuk will then escort you to the farm, where you will learn about the agricultural process in Cambodia before beginning to prepare your own food and then, of course, tasting the fruits of your labour!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Tuesday 24th September

Our journey today sees us leaving behind the wonderful city of Siem Reap as we make our way to the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. On route we’ll stop at Kampong Kdei, an ancient bridge between the two cities. The bridge has ornate and intricate stone features that have stood the test of time. Combined with beautiful views this is the perfect stop to make on our journey! We’ll also make a stop at Sambor Prei Kuk, the old capital of Chenla’s Kingdom and finally Skun village. We’ll then make our way to Phnom Penh where we will recuperate for the rest of the day.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Wednesday 25th September

Today we will go on a journey of discovery in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. We’ll visit sights such as the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, seeing many treasures supplied by the King of Cambodia and gifts from other countries. We’ll also visit the National Museum, where there are many artefacts dating back to pre-Angkor times. Later we will transfer to Tuol Sleng, an historic school used as a prison during the Khmer Rouge period before making our way to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. This is an incredibly important part of history in Cambodia, and to truly understand the country as it is now, learning about its past is vital.

Tonight, you have the option to uncover Phnom Penh’s street food! The fusion of flavours in Asia is integral to their dishes. A local chef will lead this experience, introducing us a rich diversity of traditional cuisines!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Thursday 26th September

Today we check out of our hotel and head for one last meal together before transferring to the airport for our journey home.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Friday 27th September

For those of you on the group flight, we will arrive back into the UK today.

Single supplement- £300

Visa Information:

This information is applicable to British passport holders only. Please check each individual countries own requirements.

Laos:

Visa conditions change regularly. For the most up to date information, contact the nearest Laos Embassy or Consulate.

You can get a visa on arrival for around US$35 or Thai Baht 1,500.00. You will need one passport photo. Alternatively, you can get a visa by contacting the Laos Embassy in London.

Cambodia:

Tourist visas are available on arrival at the Phnom Penh or Siem Reap international airports, for $30. If you wish to get a visa on arrival you should arrive with a passport photograph. You can also get an eVisa online before you travel.

Visa fees, conditions and photograph requirements are subject to change. Check the Royal Cambodian Embassy, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation website for the latest information on fees, conditions and photograph requirements and on how to apply for an e-visa.

Optional Excursions: Must be purchased 12 weeks prior to departure date.