Cambodia & Laos: From Prehistory to the Present Day
17 Jan — 30 Jan 2022 | Tour Director: Moira Tait
• Delve into the breathtaking temple complex of Angkor Wat, one of the world’s largest religious monuments, whose rising galleries come alive with stunning bas-reliefs
• Experience the evocative atmosphere of UNESCO-listed Ta Prohm alongside the ruins of Preah Khan, slowly being reclaimed by the jungle
• Discover Laos’s mysterious Plain of Jars, where hundreds of megalithic stone vessels lie scattered across the rolling landscape
Archaeologist with interests in Paleolithic and Mesolithic Europe
Depart London Heathrow 1150 on Thai Airways.
Transfer via Bangkok, arriving Luang Prabang 1020. Three nights at Villa Maydou Hotel, Luang Prabang. Visits to Wat Visoun (oldest temple in Luang Prabang) and Wat Aham.
Luang Prabang: walking tour including Mount Phousi (spectacular views of the city), Royal Palace Museum (treasures of Laos’s recent past) and the temples of Wat Mai, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Khili.
Excursion to the sacred Buddha caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum via riverside village. Return by boat along the Mekong. Free time. Visit to night market.
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.
Visit to Plain of Jars (megalithic archaeological site), followed by Hmong village and Mines Advisory Group.
Morning visits to Sunday market and Mulberries organic silk project. By air to Vientiane. Visits to Pha That Luang (Laos’s most revered Buddhist shrine – exterior), Wat Si Muang (city’s foundation pillar) and Patouxai (triumphal arch). Overnight at Lao Plaza Hotel, Vientiane.
Vientiane: Wat Si Saket (over 10,000 Buddha images) and Ho Pha Keo (built to house Emerald Buddha). By air to Phnom Penh for two nights at Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh. Evening lecture: The Origins of Angkor.
Phnom Penh: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (former S-21 prison under the Khmer Rouge), Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, and National Museum (artefacts recovered from Angkor).
By air to Siem Reap. Roluos Temples (ancient centre of Khmer civilisation): Preah Ko and Bakong. Three nights at Victoria Angkor Resort, Siem Reap. Evening: Apsara dance show.
Angkor Thom: West Gate and Bayon temple. Visits to the Terrace of Elephants, Leper Terrace and Phimeanakas. Afternoon: Banteay Srei (10th century temple with intricate red sandstone carvings).
Early morning excursion to Angkor Wat (breathtaking temple complex) followed by some free time. Afternoon: floating village on Tonlé Sap Lake (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve).
Morning: Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Neak Pean. Afternoon: Angkor National Museum, Artisans d'Angkor and local market. Depart Siem Reap 2045 via Bangkok.
Depart Bangkok 0015, arriving London Heathrow 0620.
17 Jan — 30 Jan 2022
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"Moira's talks and onsite guidance were excellent. She is extremely knowledgeable and very enthusiastic and articulate in talking about the places we were going to or looking at. The local guides were also very knowledgeable and willing to explain or tell me more about aspects of the visit that I was interested in."
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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 of up to 8 hours by coach, 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.
Cost of £4495 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, five lunches, eleven dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: visas, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £695.