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Cross Cambodia Lao & Thailand 15DAYS 14NIGHTS

CODE GCCCLT15D14N
DESTINATION Multi-Country
CATEGORY Classic
DURATION 15 days 14 nights

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Explore 3 of Asia’s fascinating countries with insider adventures led by expert local guides. Visit and compare the most magnificent temples of Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand to experience some of the amazing lesser-seen temples and religious sites.

Explore the highlights of Phnom Penh by Cyclo, an original Cambodia means of transport. Visit the lesser known Sambor Prei Kuk pre-Angkorian ruins. Explore the ‘big 3 temples’ of Angkor Wat, Bayon & Ta Prohm and other famous temples in fascinating Angkor complex.

Explore major highlights of Battambang including  poignant Phnom Sampeau, ride the famous bamboo train.

Discover the charming capital of Luang Prabang, the spiritual and cultural capital of Laos filled with dozens of elaborate temples, French colonial architecture, and friendly locals.  

Fascinating city exploration of Bangkok to enable you to learn more about this town registered on the World Heritage Patrimony List since 1995.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Phnom Penh Luang Prabang Bangkok

 


Day 01: Phnom Penh Arrival

Meet and greet by our local English speaking tour guide at airport then our guide will transfer you to hotel to check in.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meal included on this day: None

 

Day 02: Phnom Penh

After breakfast at hotel, you will visit the most remarkable sights Phnom Penh has to offer in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a very fun way to explore this lively city.

First, head to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and was the last palace built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

Continue to the National Museum, which was built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony!

Enjoy the sunset boat cruise at Mekong River for 1 hour.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 03: Phnom Penh

Today, you will gain insight into the art of Khmer cuisine with a hands-on cooking course. Start the day with a guided tour through the local food market where your chef will explain the Cambodian fruits, vegetables and spices.

Be amazed at the vast array of colors, smells, and tastes for sale- from the ubiquitous, smelly fish sauce to the sweet, fragrant mangoes. Travel by local tuk-tuk to the cooking school and explore the secrets of traditional food preparation. With the guidance of your chef, you will observe and then practice Khmer cuisine techniques creating your own dishes for lunch! After enjoying your freshly-prepared lunch, put on your apron again to prepare an authentic Khmer dessert. This afternoon you will also be trained in decorative fruit and vegetable carving. Finish the day with yet another fine self-prepared meal on the cooking school’s breezy roof terrace.

The course can be adjusted for vegetarians. At the end of the cooking course you will receive a recipe book for further exploration of Khmer cuisine

This afternoon, visit Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the city. From here, you will explore the recent dark history of Cambodia on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide. The museum is housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center. The infamous ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek will also provide you an impression of the brutality of the regime.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 04: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

After a buffet breakfast at the hotel we will start our transfer to Kampong Thom sitiated. The tarnsfer takes about 3.5 hours to the famous temple site of Sambor Prey Kuk. After having explored Angkor Wat, Sambor Prey Kuk is a magnificent and quiet jungle exploration.

The road to Sambor Prey Kuk will lead us over quiet inland roads with beautiful views of paddy fields and many local villages with traditional life styles. Sambor Prey Kuk was built in the Chenla period between the 6th and 7th period and hosts a number of well preserved temples scattered around the jungle. Small and sandy tracks link the 3 main temples sites in a loop of around 8km. This loop is best done by foot or bicycle. We can rent local bicycles and enjoy a beautiful ride along the temples over small and shady paths with breathtaking views.

Around lunchtime we finish up our bike ride of 8km and settle for an excellent prepared lunch by the local community. We eat like the locals like to eat in picnic style in small wooden huts on the river side. After lunch we transfer the remaining 140km (2.5hrs) towards Siem Reap

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

Day 05: Siem Reap

This morning, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom in an ecofriendly electric vehicle. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII.

This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.

From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.

This afternoon, explore the highlights of the Small Circuit. Start your tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”.

From here, it is only a short hop to the most beautiful temples of the Grand Circuit, like the overgrown Preah Khan Temple and Neak Pean with its artificial lakes. Return to your hotel.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 06: Siem Reap

Early today, travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey, which is best viewed in the warm morning light. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” was built between the 11th and 13th century and remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia.

It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs, depicting Hindu god Shiva. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.

On the way back, you will have the possibility to stop at local communities along the way and your guide will help you to interact with the local community to learn about the way of life here. Seize the opportunity to see how rice paper and Palm Sugar, which are a popular local produce. Peek into Banteay Samre, a fine temple in the style of Angkor Wat, before returning to your hotel for some time at leisure.

This afternoon, you will finally visit the famous Angkor Wat by local tuk tuk. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, it is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. The divine residence of Vishnu, the King himself was to reside here after his death. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign.

Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.

Enjoy your fabulous dinner with Khmer traditional dance performance at local restaurant.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 07: Siem Reap

After breakfast, head out to the early-Angkor era temples of the Roluos Group, about 15km outside of Siem Reap. Roluos is the site of the first town built by the Angkorian kings in the 8th and 9th century and consists of three main temples: Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko.

The beautiful surrounding countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees is very typical for Cambodia – enjoy the beauty on a cow cart ride to Roluos Pagoda, a great and fun way to get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people.

This afternoon, embark on an interesting boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season, as it is swelling to about 4 times its size in during the wet season. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast 

Day 08: Siem Reap - Battambang

Depart from Siem Reap by road in your private vehicle, traveling through the beautiful Cambodian countryside and rural villages to Battambang (transfer time 3 hours). You will be taken directly to your hotel for check in.

This afternoon, discover the charming and relaxed river town full of fine examples of French-colonial architecture. Even though Battambang is Cambodia’s second largest city, you will find that the atmosphere to be very laid-back.

Overnight in Battambang
Meal included on this day: Breakfast 

Day 09: Battambang

Battambang’s countryside makes this pleasant town a real treat. It is situated along the Sangker River, a quiet body of water that winds its way through Battambang Province and connects the Cardamom Mountains with Tonle Sap Lake and feeds the paddy fields with water on the way, which results in Cambodia’s best rice that can be found here, in Battambang Province.

You will first head towards Phnom Sampeau, meaning “Ship Hill” in Khmer, due to its distinctive shape, and one of only few hills standing out in this otherwise pancake-flat plain. From the small temple on the top, you will have a fantastic view over the typical landscape of paddy fields, pagodas and sugar palm trees. Phnom Sampeau is home to the so-called ‘killing caves’, which are cruel reminders of Cambodia’s troubled past. Serenity and inhumanity represented in one place make this an interesting visit.

Continue to Wat Banan, an 11-century temple on a mountain top situated between lush paddy fields and beautiful lotus ponds. Your guide will lead you through local villages and farms on the way. You can taste oranges here, fresh from the tree (seasonal)! On top of the mountain, enjoy the views over the beautiful countryside and wander around the ancient temple, which is also home to finely scented flowering trees.

From here, you can experience a short ride on the famous Bamboo Train, an original means of transportation on the old train tracks leading to Phnom Penh. A true rollercoaster ride without loops!

This afternoon, you will be taken to some of the many cultural villages around Battambang, where you will learn how the locals produce rice paper, prahoc (typical Cambodian fish paste), grolan (sticky rice stuffed in bamboo), and other Cambodian treats. You will also visit a weaving and handicraft center.

Overnight in Battambang
Meal included on this day: Breakfast 

Day 10: Battambang - Siem Reap

This morning, enjoy some time at leisure to relax at the hotel or to discover Battambang on your own until your return transfer to Siem Reap.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast 

Day 11: Siem Reap - Luang Prabang

Free and easy on your own leisure until time to transfer you to the airport for your departure to Luang Prabang.You will arrive in Luang Prabang. Our guide and driver will pick up you and transfer to the hotel for check in.

Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage City. Situated along the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, this charming city is the spiritual and cultural capital of Laos. Filled with dozens of elaborate temples, French colonial architecture, and friendly locals, this magical town is enjoyed by all.

At the end of the day, climb the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside and get back to your hotel by the evening hill tribe market where you may find plenty of local souvenirs to buy such as handicraft, textile.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meal included on this day: Breakfast 

Day 12: LUANG PRABANG - PAK OU CAVES

Free and easy on your own leisure until time to transfer you to the airport for your departure to Luang Prabang.You will arrive in Luang Prabang. Our guide and driver will pick up you and transfer to the hotel for check in.

Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage City. Situated along the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, this charming city is the spiritual and cultural capital of Laos. Filled with dozens of elaborate temples, French colonial architecture, and friendly locals, this magical town is enjoyed by all.

At the end of the day, climb the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside and get back to your hotel by the evening hill tribe market where you may find plenty of local souvenirs to buy such as handicraft, textile.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meal included on this day: Breakfast 

 

Day 13: LUANG PRABANG - BANGKOK

After breakfast, the city tour begins in the afternoon with your guide who will enable you to learn more about this town registered on the World Heritage Patrimony List since 1995.

Your tour starts at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum. Your walk continue to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief (closed on Tuesdays). During Pimai, the lao new year, the Prabang normally housed in the Royal Palace Museum is brought and put on public display in this temple.
Then, our walk will conduct us to Wat Sensoukarahm, build in 1718 with its beautiful dazzling golden façade. Then transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meal included on this day: Breakfast 

Day 14: BANGKOK - KANCHANABURI - BANGKOK

Drive west of Bangkok to Kanchanaburi province for a varied day of history and nature. In the morning visit the famous bridge of River Kwai, the Second World War cemetery and the JEATH Museum.

If time allows, take a train ride through the Kwai Noi gorge. Deep in the mountainous countryside we take lunch at local restaurant by the river and in the afternoon visit Taweechai Elephant Camp where you can experience bamboo rafting on the peaceful Kwai Yai River and an Elephant ride through the jungle. Return to Bangkok late afternoon.

Overnight in Bangkok 
Meal included on this day: Breakfast 

Day 15: Bangkok - Departure

Your guide will pick you up and drive you to Chinatown square where you start an interesting walk from the Taoist temple Wat Leng Neng Yee to Rachawong pier.

Along the way you walk through one of the oldest parts of Bangkok, passing Yaowarat Road where you stop for a cup of Chinese tea at a very old teashop, Trok Leng Moi Eia (a small soi) and Talad Kao, an interesting local market with variety of fresh foods, fresh & dry fruits, Chinese herbs, and groceries.

Catch the public ferryboat along the Chao Phraya River to Sapan Taksin and hop on the sky train to the Siam Paragon or the Emporium shopping centre. Your guide will leave you here while you take time to explore the modern Bangkok shopping malls.

Meal included on this day: Breakfast 

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation based on double/twin Room with breakfast.
  • Transfers by private A/C vehicles.
  • Airport transfers from and to airport.
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary only breakfast.
  • English Speaking Guide.
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary + 3 day Angkor Pass.
  • Boat trips indicated in itinerary.
  • Excursion to Banteay Sreai
  • Tuk Tuk fees
  • Boat trip if mention

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (Telephone, laundry...).
  • Visa on Arrival for Cambodia (USD20).
  • Personal travel insurance (must include helicopter evacuation for Cambodia).
  • Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels’ porters.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • All air tickets with airport and departure taxes (Cambodia USD25).
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusion above.

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