Highlights of Cambodia & Laos

  • days: 10
  • from $3,295

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Cambodia
  • Laos

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Immerse yourself in the spirit of Cambodia and Laos and discover the beguiling towns of Siem Reap and Luang Prabang. Explore the temples of Angkor and visit the floating villages of Tonlé Sap Lake. Tour Luang Prabang by tuk tuk, cruise the Mekong and visit beautiful Kuang Si Falls.

AMAZING ANGKOR

Fly to the gateway to the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap. Explore the fortified city of Angkor Thom and of course, incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat. Discover rural Cambodia on a visit to a typical village and local community school. Cruise Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake – Tonlé Sap, and explore the vibrant floating villages.

CHARISMATIC LAOS

Travel to Laos, where you’ll discover beautiful Luang Prabang. Explore the city by tuk tuk and visit a local handicraft village. Cruise along the Mekong enjoying typical Laotian cuisine and venture to the cascading Kuang Si waterfalls to swim in the crystal-clear waters.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Siem Reap

Welcome to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor. Tonight we’ll travel by remork to dinner at a local restaurant serving typical Khmer food. [D]

Day 3. Angkor Excursion

Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom. This afternoon we’ll explore the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple of Angkor Wat. Enjoy a group dinner this evening accompanied by a traditional Apsara dance performance. [B,D]

Day 4. Siem Reap

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Special Experience: Discover life, customs and culture in rural Cambodia this morning. We’ll take an ox cart ride through a typical village and meet a local family who will prepare lunch for us.

After lunch we’ll visit a community school and workshop and learn about their ‘Bottle Building Project’.

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Special Experience: We’ll travel by remork to a nearby pagoda, where we’ll hear more about Buddhism and local spiritual beliefs, and experience a monk’s blessing.

Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner to farewell Cambodia at a local restaurant. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Siem Reap - Luang Prabang

This morning we’ll cruise Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia. We’ll observe life and see the colourful floating villages. This afternoon we fly to the charming town of Luang Prabang in Laos. The evening is free for you to relax or begin exploring at your own pace. Luang Prabang has some amazing night markets so you may want to begin your discovery there. [B,L]

Day 6. Luang Prabang

We board a tuk tuk to explore Luang Prabang this morning. We’ll visit the open-air market in the old town and stop to participate in the Big Brother Mouse program, helping young locals practice their English conversation. Later we’ll discover the traditional architecture of Luang Prabang at beautiful Wat Xieng Thong. We’ll also visit the local handicraft village of Ban Xang Khong and then make our way to the top of Mt Phu Si for magnificent views over the town and the Mekong River. [B,D]

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Special Experience: This evening we join the locals to experience the tastes and traditions of Laos during a game of pétanque and a typical Laotian dinner.

Day 7. Luang Prabang

Today we’ll explore the National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace, Haw Kham. We’ll then take a leisurely cruise along the Mekong. Enjoy the typical Laotian cuisine for lunch on board. The boat will also stop so we can explore the Pak Ou Caves. With a history dating back thousands of years, these two caves are shrines to the river spirit and Lord Buddha, and are filled with more than 4,000 Buddha icons. They are set in a dramatic limestone cliff about 12 metres above the river. We’ll disembark in the early afternoon and the rest of the day is free for you to relax or explore. [B,L]

Day 8. Luang Prabang

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Special Experience: Learn about rice harvesting, the tools that are used and meet the local farming guide this morning at Living Lands Organic Farm. We’ll then enjoy a tasting of some typical food made from the rice.

This afternoon we’ll explore the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls and visit ‘Free the Bears’, a rescue centre for Asiatic Black Bears. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local barbecue. [B,D]

Day 9. Depart Luang Prabang

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 10. Arrive Australia

 

Walking Man

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Economy-class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included
  • 1 economy-class flight within Asia
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water-based activities, remork and tuk tuk)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $125pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 7 nights in good quality hotels (4 star)
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout (Laos only)

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

The wonders of Angkor

  • Spend an incredible day exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat. One of the world's must-see attractions, Angkor Wat was recently named a finalist in an international vote for the new Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Meet a local family in the countryside for a home cooked lunch and learn about their food customs and culture. Learn about Buddhism and spiritual beliefs before experiencing a monk's blessing.
  • Join a local school and learn about the "Bottle Building Project" (from April 2019).
  • Explore Tonle Sap Lake and cruise past the floating villages.

The natural charm of Laos

  • Explore Luang Prabang by Tuk Tuk, visiting an open-air market and the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.
  • Experience the tastes and traditions of Laos  and enjoy dinner and a game of petanque with the locals in Luang Prabang.
  • Enjoy a leisurely lunch cruise along the Mekong, stopping to explore the fascinating Pak Ou Caves.
  • Witness the the turquoise blue water and cascading Kuang Si Waterfalls (from April 2019).
  • Stop at Living Lands Organic Farm and meet the local farming guide to learn about rice harvesting and the tools used, and taste some dishes made from the rice.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities: Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $125pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $235pp
Single supplement: from $675
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Optional Excursions

Laos

 

Royal Ballet Theatre – 6:00pm, 1hr – US $30 pp (Seat in Coach)

60 artists of the Royal Ballet troupe performed Phra-Lak Phra-Lam, the Lao version of the sacred poem, the Ramayana. This show takes place in the garden of the National Museum, formerly the Royal palace. Includes transfers.

 

Mandalao Elephant Experience / No Riding – 8:30am, 5hrs – US $99pp (Seat in Coach – Max 6)

Get an in-depth introduction into elephant behaviour and communication. Meet the elephants and cross river for first introduction. Watch the elephants as they bathe then begin a trek with the elephants past beautiful Lao gardens before exploring the jungle covered Huay Nok stream. Say goodbyes after final treats for the elephants as they begin the trek back to MandaLao. Enjoy traditional Lao cusine for lunch from own organic produce. Return to your hotel by 1:30pm. Includes return transfers and lunch.

Please Note: Dress appropriately - you may get wet with the elephants.

 

Ock Pop Tok / Natural Dyes – 8:30am, 3hrs 30mins – US $53pp (Seat in Coach)

Ock Pop Tok (East meets West) is set in a tropical Mekong garden in Luang Prabang and opens its doors to learning about Lao textiles and crafts. Bringing alive our concept of east meets west, the LCC is a place where you can meet silk weavers, craft artisans and silkworms while learning about textiles in class. Includes return transfers.

 

Yoga Class – 7:30am or 5:30pm, 1hr – US $25pp (Seat in Coach)

Luang Prabang Yoga is a cooperative of independent yoga teachers who offer yoga in Luang Prabang at spiritual locations. Together with the students who live or have travelled here, we’re a unique yoga community that believes in the connection between nature and yoga. Includes return transfers.

Special Note: 2 Class options as below –
Mornings on the river deck overlooking the Nam Kham River
Evenings in a cosy third floor studio on main street

 

Traditional Massage – Flexible time (when time permits) – 1hr – US $15pp

After a long flight or a couple of days on a bumpy road you should really try a local massage. During a traditional Lao massage, the masseuse rests on the body’s pressure points with rhythmic repetition, using their body weight to add force. The set routine starts with some foot reflexology and moves its way up to your head. Includes return transfers.

 

Please Note: All tours are subject to availability. The length of tours and price are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Optional tours should be booked directly with your Tour Director whilst on tour. Payment by Cash in local currency

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation listed is subject to change and the list should be used as a guide only. Every effort is made to avoid changes however if a change becomes necessary then accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Prince D’Angkor Hotel & Spa, Siem Reap

In the perfect location to explore the legendary Angkor temples, the Prince D’Angkor offers 2 restaurants, a bar, piano lounge and poolside bar. Situated in the heart of downtown Siem Reap, the property is just a 10 minute walk from the main shopping and mall areas.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Le Bel Aire Boutique Resort, Luang Prabang

A charming colonial style hotel located on the Nam Khan riverside, very close to the town center of Luang Prabang. Soak up the sun on the terrace or enjoy a selection of restaurants situated close by. 

Facilities: gym; swimming pool; safe deposit box; free wifi 

Weather

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Currency

Currency

Reil

The official currency of Cambodia is the Reil (KHR; symbol ៛).

  • 1 Reil = 10 Kak
  • Notes are in denominations of ៛50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000 and 100000
  • Coins are in denominations of ៛50, 100, 200 and 500

Please Note: USD is preferred in Cambodia but you may also wish to carry small denominations of Reil (Reil is not allowed to enter or leave the country). Ensure you request your change in the currency you made the purchase with.

Lao Kip

The official currency of Laos is the Lao Kip (LAK; ₭).

  • 1 Lao Kip = 100 Att.
  • Notes are in denominations of ₭100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500.
  • Coins are in denominations of 10, 20 and 50 att.

Please note: There are no international ATM facilities in Laos. Major credit cards are accepted at some international hotels and tourist orientated establishments. Most transactions are conducted in cash – American Dollars, Thai Baht or Lao Kip.

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • A Cambodian E-visa needs to be applied for prior to travel. This can be applied for here: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/
    • A visa for Laos needs to be applied for prior to travel.
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

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Special Experiences!

  • Discover the life, customs and culture of rural Cambodia. Take an ox cart ride through a typical village and meet a local family who will prepare lunch for us.
  • Travel by remork to a nearby pagoda, learn about Buddhism and experience a monk’s blessing.
  • Join locals for the tastes and traditions of Laos during a game of pétanque and a typical Laotian dinner.
  • Learn about rice harvesting and farming at Living Lands Organic Farm. Then enjoy a taste of some typical food made from the rice.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, plane, longboat, remork, ox cart & tuk tuk

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $125pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Explore the incredible temple ruins of Angkor • Meet a family in the Cambodian countryside and learn about their food, customs and culture. • Cruise past the floating villages on Tonlé Sap Lake • Discover quaint Luang Prabang by tuk tuk • Enjoy a traditional lunch cruise along the Mekong, stopping at Pak Ou Caves • Witness the turquoise blue water and cascading Kuang Si Waterfalls

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