Two of Indochina’s most popular cities are combined in this 6-day Cambodia and Laos program. Certainly the highlight of any visit to Cambodia is Siem Reap, gateway to the magnificent temples of Angkor. The jewel in the crown is Angkor Wat; the largest and best preserved of the temples, with a beautifully proportioned layout and delicate artistry to its carvings. Other important temples to explore are The Bayon, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Srei. The gem of Laos is undoubtedly Luang Prabang. Situated in the north-central part of Laos, it was once a royal kingdom and contains temples and historic sights, a bustling night market, excellent hotel and dining options, and natural beauty in areas such as Kuang Si Falls and Pak Ou Caves.
Arrive at Siem Reap Airport and transfer to your hotel.
The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat, is the national symbol and highlight of any visit to Cambodia. It is the largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples. Cross the vast moat and enter the main building, ascending through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary. Intricate stone-carvings adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones. Afterwards continue to Preah Khan, built by King Jayavarman VII; it features towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Also visit Banteay Srei, smaller in comparison to other Angkor temples, but considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Finish the day watching the sun set over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple. Meals Breakfast
Today visit Angkor Thom, the fortified "Great City" that was the final capital of the Khmer empire. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights. Enter the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, and continue to the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeankas before arriving at Bayon Temple. The Bayon is one of Angkor's most compelling and popular sights, with galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs, where giant stone faces smile enigmatically down at you from every angle. Continue your exploration of Angkor's most beautiful and important temples. Visits include Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei, Sras Srang, among others. Also see Ta Prohm; built in the Bayon style, it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. A most interesting and distinctive feature of Ta Prohm is the twists of tree trunks and roots that emerge from the ruins and soar upward into a lovely shaded canopy. Meals Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang, Laos. The balance of the day is free to relax and enjoy the town on your own. Meals Breakfast
Embark on a full-day tour of Luang Prabang. Begin with a visit to the National Museum (Royal Palace), a turn-of-the century royal residence that has been preserved as it was when the royal family lived there. Continue to Wat Mai, constructed in 1821, it is Luang Prabang's largest and perhaps most photographed temple due to its rich decoration. Leaving the town, embark on a boat excursion up the Mekong River to the steep limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers, home to the Pak Ou Caves. These extraordinary caves are filled with Buddha images of every style and material imaginable. On the return journey stop at Ban Xang Hai Village, a local village famous for the production of lao lao, the local rice wine whisky. After a visit to Wat Xieng Thong, the crown jewel of all monasteries and temples in the city, finish the day at Mount Phousi for a beautiful sunset view over the temples and rivers. Meals Breakfast
Transfer to Luang Prabang Airport for your onward flight. Meals Breakfast Note: The National Museum in Luang Prabang is closed on Tuesdays.
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