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Must-see sights and unique experiences go hand in hand on this fabulous holiday to two incredible countries. In Cambodia we'll take in the highlights of its capital, Phnom Penh, including the Royal Palace. We will then travel to lesser-known areas including the sleepy town of Kratie, where there may be a chance to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphin.
- Just You Tour Manager as your host
- Return flights from Heathrow with Vietnam Airlines and internal flights
- Use of an airport lounge in the UK
- 12 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
- 25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 4 dinners
- All excursions included
- Specialist Local Guide
- Welcome drink & farewell get-together
- Overseas transfers & other transportation
- Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
- Audio Guide
- Phnom Penh city tour
- Kratie visit
- Boat ride to Koh Trong Island
- Kampong Cham visit
- Angkor Complex visit
- Angkor Silk Farm visit
- Banteay Srey temple & Tonle Sap Lake cruise
- Chansar village visit
- Luang Prabang city tour
- Alms giving experience
- Kuang Si waterfall
- Living Land Farm in Luang Prabang
Day 1-2: UK - Phnom Penh
Fly to Phnom Penh via Hanoi, arriving on day 2. After transferring to our hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, get to know your travelling companions over a welcome dinner.
Day 3: Phnom Penh
Cambodia's capital lies at the confluence of two great rivers, the Mekong and the Tonle Sap, and we'll discover its highlights on today's included tour. We'll stop at the striking Royal Palace and the National Museum before walking to the top of Wat Phnom Hill, where we can have our fortunes told. Next, we'll visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which documents atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.
Day 4: Phnom Penh
We've a full day of exploration ahead, starting with a visit to Silk Island, a typical Khmer village where the houses are built on stilts above workshops. The families who live here still use traditional methods to weave and dye silk by hand. You'll see spinning wheels made from old bicycle parts and can even try your hand at weaving. Spend some time wandering around the village, chatting with the locals and purchasing souvenirs if you wish. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a picnic lunch and visit a Buddhist temple.
Day 5: Siem Reap
Today's journey is long but rewarding as we leave Phnom Penh and head to Siem Reap. Along the way, one short stop will be at a place known as Spider Town due to the fried tarantulas that local vendors sell at the side of the streets. An unlikely delicacy to most Westerners, during Cambodia's darkest times under the brutal reign of Pol Pot, this was a vital food source as starvation was rife.
Day 6: Siem Reap
A beautiful sight awaits this morning, when we wake early to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. The centrepiece of the centuries-old Angkor complex, this is the largest religious monument in the world. After returning to the hotel for breakfast, we'll head back to the awe-inspiring temple on today's tour. We'll also admire the carved smiling faces adorning the Bayon Temple and visit Ta Phrom, an incredible temple shrouded in dense jungle.
Day 7: Siem Reap
The great Tonle Sap Lake is the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia, and we'll discover its floating villages during a cruise this morning. Next, we'll visit Angkor Silk Farm village, where we'll learn about silkworm farming and silk weaving. The exquisite pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srey is known as 'the jewel of Khmer art', and we'll visit after lunch. We'll then enjoy a short stop at the Banteay Samre temple before heading back to our hotel.
Day 8: Siem Reap
Today we're going to head into rural Cambodia to visit the small village of Knapor on a tour that supports this proven model of responsible tourism. Here, a community guide will show us around the village and introduce us to some of the villagers who benefit from the project. For a hands-on taste of rural life, we'll board an ox cart and take a ride through fields to reach a hidden jungle temple. We'll explore this fascinating site and learn all about the ancient Khmer kingdom from a guide before continuing to the home of one of the villagers.
Day 9: Siem Reap
A great way to start the day is with a trip to an organic farm for a cookery class on our optional excursion. First, we'll visit the local market to experience the hustle and bustle of the morning rush as we shop for items. At the farm we'll pick the rest of the ingredients we need fresh from the ground, all grown without the use of pesticides. We'll then join a talented team of chefs who will show us how to make classic Khmer dishes. They'll also share with us their knowledge of Cambodian history and traditions and tell us how these are linked to the culinary dishes we'll create. Afterwards, we'll sit down together and eat what we have made for lunch, which we'll enjoy whilst taking in beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
Day 10: Siem Reap & Luang Prabang
Artisans D'Angkor is our destination this morning, a project which helps the youths of rural Cambodia into work through Khmer arts and crafts. As you wander amongst the stalls you'll witness ancient handicrafts using materials such as stone, wood, silk and lacquer, and have the chance to make a purchase. Later, after time at leisure, we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Luang Prabang in Laos.
Day 11: Luang Prabang
The former royal capital of Luang Prabang has been proclaimed the best-preserved city in South East Asia and we'll see its highlights today. We'll admire the wonderful architecture of Wat Xieng Thong and the gilded façade of Wat Mai before continuing to the former Royal Palace, which is now a museum housing rare religious and cultural artefacts. Panoramic views will be our reward for climbing the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi, before our last stop at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.
Day 12: Luang Prabang
The Buddhist alms-giving ceremony is one of Laos' most sacred traditions and we will experience it this morning. We'll rise early to the sound of the temple gong and watch about 300 monks walk silently by, collecting sticky rice and other foods in their bronze bowls. If you would like to offer food, your Local Guide will show you how to interact with the monks.
Day 13: Luang Prabang
It’s just a short drive from Luang Prabang to the Living Land Farm, a community project set up to aid the local community through the cultivation of organic rice, vegetables and herbs. It was started in response to destructive farming methods that persist elsewhere in Laos. The farm now sells produce to Luang Prabang restaurants and supports education for underprivileged children.
Days 14-15: Luang Prabang - UK
We'll transfer to the airport on day 14 for our flight back to the UK, arriving on day 15.
Days 2-4: Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh
This hotel is situated in the city within walking distance to many local attractions, shopping haven and flea markets. Rooms have air-conditioning, TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, minibar and private bathroom.
Days 5-9: Angkor Paradise Hotel
Situated in the centre of Siem Reap only a short distance from majestic Angkor Archaeological Park which include the famous temple of Angkor Wat and Bayon. Facilities include swimming pool, restaurant, health & fitness centre, lobby lounge and souvenir shop. Bedrooms have private facilities.
Days 10-13: Parasol Blanc
The Parasol Blanc offers a hotel surrounded by beautiful landscaping, Wi-Fi throughout and 24 hour front desk. The air-conditioned rooms include flat-screen TV, private balcony and en suite bathroom.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on a solo traveller in their own room. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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