Highlights of Laos and Cambodia

Highlights of Laos and Cambodia Highlights of Laos and Cambodia

On this journey you will cruise the Mekong from Thailand, straight into Laos, before ending in Siem Reap with an exploration of the mysterious temples of Angkor Wat.

Your journey through Laos and Cambodia will begin in Thailand, in Chiang Rai. Enjoy one blissful night at the Le Meridien Chiang Rai resort, which is located on an idyllic 26-rai site, directly on the banks of the Mae Kok River. The resort is just a one hour drive from the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmare converge. Set amongst glorious landscaped gardens, and a tranquil man-made lake, the resort is framed by magnificent mountain scenery. Whilst here you may want to visit Wat Phra Kaew, the temple that once housed the Emerald Buddha, the Hill Tribe Education Centre or the Chiang Rai Night Market.

Next you will board a two-day Luang Say Cruise on the Mekong heading downstream to Pakbeng where you overnight at a rustic  lodge overlooking the Mekong. Whilst drifting on the Mekong the next day you will enjoy the pasing scenery, from small riverside villages to rolling hills, before embarking at Pak Ou village at the mouth of the Nam Ou River, where you will visit the Tam Thing Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. 

Upon arrival in Luang Prabang you will stay at the Hotel de la Paix - a unique, boutique resort that is a World Heritage treasure in a colonial style. Once a Governor’s mansion, the century old structure has been restored to luxury. Today, 23 spacious Suites await, each with a walled rear garden and a terrace overlooking a sunny courtyard; some with their own expansive and very private swimming pools. Whilst in Luang Prabang you will have the opportunity to explore the town itself, with opportunities to visit a dawn gathering of saffron-robed monks, the former Royal Palace which is home to the most sacred Buddha image in Laos, Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple which is the only temple in Luang Prabang that was neither razed by the Chinese or over restored, and the spectacular Kuangsi Waterfall. 

Next you will fly to  Siem Reap, where you will stay at the Heritage Suites. Quietly nestled in central Siem Reap, this romantic luxury hide away is an exquisite boutique hotel located just a 3 minutes tuk tuk ride from downtown Siem Reap and a 10 minute ride from Angkor Wat temples and their wonders. Whilst in Siam Reap you will visit the small, but magnificent, Banteay Srei temple, the picturesque Ta Prohm temple that remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene, and the floating village of Mechrey, a lesser visited part of Tonle Sap Lake.

The highlight of your time in Siem Reap will of course be a visit to Angkor Wat - one of the world's most impressive ruins. You will visit at sunset, to enjoy illuminated views of the intricately carved ruins and the imposing 50-tower temple of Angkor Thom. Exploring these enchanting ruins provides a fitting end to your journey through Indochina. 

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