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Cambodia & Laos

22 Jan — 4 Feb 2018 | 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 1140. Continue to Sanctuary Hotel, Luang Prabang, for three nights.

Day

3

Luang Prabang: Mount Phousi (spectacular views of the city), Royal Palace Museum (treasures of Laos’s recent past), 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, via rural riverside villages. Afternoon visits to Wat Mai (five-tiered roof and exquisite carving), Wat Visoun (Luang Prabang’s oldest temple) and Wat Aham.

Day

5

Depart Luang Prabang through beautiful mountain scenery via Phoukoun to Xieng Khouang. Two nights at Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel, Phonsavan.

Day

6

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

Day

7

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

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).

Day

9

By air to Phnom Penh. Afternoon: Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda. Overnight stay at So tel Phnom Penh Phokeethra hotel.

Day

10

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

Day

11

Visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom. Continue to Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. 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). Afternoon visit to oating village on Tonlé Sap Lake (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve).

Day

13

Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Neak Pean. 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

22 Jan — 4 Feb 2018

Days

14

Cost

£4135

Tour Code

CALA-18

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Cost of £4135 includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, ve lunches, eleven dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

visas, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £590.

 
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