Monks at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

Essence of Laos & Cambodia - 8 Days

Essence of Laos & Cambodia engages the discerning travelers on an 8 day tour with easy travel pace to the tranquil and exotic Laos and Cambodia. The tour starts in Luang Phabang – the Royal Capital of Laos and finishes in Siem Reap, home to the unrivalled Temples of Angkor.

The tour activities include walking, river cruising, culture and history touring. The hotels are all of deluxe and luxurious class. The tour is well-escorted by local tour guides and travel experts which warrants a relaxing and unforgettable vacation.Luang Prabang, Laos

Day1    Arrive at Luang Phabang (no meal)
Day2    Luang Phabang – Pak Ou Cave – Luang Phabang (B/L)
Day3    Luang Phabang – Vientiane (QV104: 1440-1520) (B)
Day4    Vientiane (B)
Day5    Vientiane - Phnom Penh (QV 841: 1010 - 1140) (B)
Day6    Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (FT 992: 0955-1040) (B)
Day7    Siem Reap (B)
Day8    Departure (B)

What is included

  • English-speaking guide;
  • Private A/C van for transportation as indicated in the program;
  • Economy-class airlines tickets for  Luang Phabang – Vientiane – Phnom Penh - Siem Reap as per itinerary;
  • Private boat cruise on the Mekong River in Luang Phabang as in the program;
  • Accommodation on twin-shared basis as indicated in the program;
  • Meals as indicated in the program (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner);
  • All admission fees during the guided times in the program;

What is excluded

  • Insurance of any type;
  • Early check-ins and late check-outs;
  • Drinks or personal expenses such as phone bills, laundry;
  • Others not specified clearly in the Inclusions;

Day 1 Arrive at Luang Phabang (PG 630: 1350-1520) That Luang in Vientiane, Laos

Take the flight from Bangkok to Luang Phabang, the Royal Capital City of Laos. Arriving at Luang Phabang Airport, you’ll be welcomed by our tour guide and escorted to the town. We’ll have an oriented walking tour of Luang Phabang – A World Heritage Site.
Overnight in Luang Phabang.

Day 2 Luang Phabang – Pak Ou Cave – Luang Phabang (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Our morning tour is for the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum. Then we’ll take the boat trip to Pak Ou cave on the Mekong River to visit the mysterious Cave Pagoda. Thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues are crammed into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. The pagoda is the destination for many of Laos Buddhist Pilgrims during the festival time. Then we continue our tour to a riverside village where rice wine is produced before heading back to town.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 3 Luang Phabang – Vientiane (QV104: 1440-1520) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning, we’ll tour Vat Xieng Thong, Vat Sen, Vat Visun and Mount Phousi with panoramic views. Then we’ll continue with a visit to Kaungsi waterfall, the weaving village (Phanom), Xangkhong where traditional Lao textiles are woven on ancient wooden looms.

In the afternoon, we’ll travel back to Luang Phabang Airport for the flight to Vientiane. Arriving in Vientiane, you’ll be welcomed at the airport by our tour guide and transferred to the hotel.
Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 4 Vientiane (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Starting the tour of Vientiane with Vat Sisaket, with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues, Vat Prakeo, Vat Simuang, the That Luang Monument and Vientiane’s Arc de Triomphe, the Patouxai Monument. And then we’ll visit a state-owned workshop producing ceramics, woodcarving, bronze and copper works as well as traditional Lao musical instruments.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit Vat Simuang with its famous stone column that marks the spot where the city of Vientiane was founded. Continue to the National Museum which documents the history of Laos. We’ll have time for strolling along the breezy Mekong River bank or sipping cold beer on the riverfront before travelling back to the hotel.
Overnight in Vientiane.Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Day 5 Vientiane - Phnom Penh (QV 841: 1010 - 1140) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
You have free time at leisure until we transfer you to the airport for the flight to Phnom Penh – The Kingdom of Cambodia. Arriving at Phnom Penh International Airport, you’ll be welcomed by our tour guide and escorted to the city. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace, the National Museum and have a walk on the Mekong River Bank.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 6 Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (FT 992: 0955-1040) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast at hotel, we’ll have a transfer to the domestic airport for flight Phnom Penh - Siem Reap. Upon arriving at the airport, we’ll start the discovery of the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Elephants Terrace, and Terrace of the Leper King and Ta Prohm temple. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the much celebrated Angkor Wat until sunset.
Overnight in Siem Reap.Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Day 7 Siem Reap (B)
Breakfast at hotel.
Our tour goes on with a scenic trip through the countryside of Siem Reap to Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. Then we’ll continue the discovery to Kravan, Pre Rup, Mebon Oriental, Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan Temples.
In late afternoon, climb Phnom Bakheng Hill for adoring sunset.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 8 Departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
You have free time until we transfer you back to the airport for your departure. Time to bid farewell to the fabled temples of Angkor. We hope you had a wonderful vacation in Laos and Cambodia with Paradissa Travel.