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Cambodia & Laos

20 Jan — 2 Feb 2020 | Tour Director: Moira Tait

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Tour Director

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Moira Tait,

MA, FRAS

Archaeologist with interests in Paleolithic and Mesolithic Europe

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1150 on Thai Airways.

Day

2

Transfer via Bangkok, arriving Luang Prabang 1135. Continue to Villa Maydou Hotel, Luang Prabang, for three nights. Visits to Wat Visoun (oldest temple in Luang Prabang) and Wat Aham.

Day

3

Luang Prabang: Mount Phousi (spectacular views of the city), Royal Palace Museum (treasures of Laos’s recent past) and 16th century Wat Xieng Thong.

Day

4

Excursion to the sacred Buddha caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum. Return to Luang Prabang by boat along the Mekong.

Day

5

Depart Luang Prabang through beautiful mountain scenery via Phoukoun to Xieng Khouang. Two nights at Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel, Phonsavan. Please note today’s journey takes approximately 7–8 hours.

Day

6

Visit to the Mines Advisory Group, followed by Plain of Jars (megalithic archaeological site), Hmong settlements.

Day

7

Morning in Xieng Khouang (Sunday market, Mulberries organic silk project) then by air to Vientiane for two nights at Lao Plaza Hotel.

Day

8

Vientiane: Wat Si Saket (over 10,000 Buddha images), Ho Pha Keo (built to house Emerald Buddha), Wat Si Muang (city’s foundation pillar), Pha That Luang stupa (Laos’s most revered Buddhist shrine), Patouxai (triumphal arch). Evening dance show.

Day

9

By air to Phnom Penh. Afternoon: Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda. Overnight stay at Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh.

Day

10

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (former S-21 prison under the Khmer Rouge), then by air to Siem Reap. Roluos Temples (ancient centre of Khmer civilisation): Preah Ko, Bakong, Lolei (time permitting). Three nights at Victoria Angkor Resort, Siem Reap.

Day

11

Tour of the Bayon temple and visit to the West Gate of Angkor Thom. Afternoon excursion to Banteay Srei (10th century temple dedicated to Shiva with intricate red sandstone carvings).

Day

12

Early morning excursion to Angkor Wat (breathtaking temple complex) followed by visit to floating village on Tonlé Sap Lake (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve). Afternoon: Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King.

Day

13

Morning: Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Neak Pean. Afternoon visit to Artisans d’Angkor and local market before evening departure from Siem Reap to Bangkok.

Day

14

Depart Bangkok 0015, arriving Heathrow 0620.

Tour Dates

20 Jan — 2 Feb 2020

Days

14

Cost

£4295

Tour Code

CALA-20

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Cost of £4295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, six lunches, eleven dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: visas, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £615.


FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

Please note this tour covers a great deal of ground both in terms of cultural content and geography. While this will make for a deeply rewarding experience, participants should be prepared for lengthy journeys, often over bumpy ground, in addition to several internal flights. When visiting sites we will frequently be walking over uneven ground and pavements, and steep steps without handrails. Particularly in Cambodia, participants should feel comfortable standing in hot weather, walking through the forest and stepping over fallen stones at some temples.

 
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