Laos to Cambodia

  • days: 19
  • from $5,495

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Laos
  • Cambodia

Description

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Let your adventurous side run free on this tour through captivating Laos and Cambodia. Explore ancient ruins, see stunning views and uncover the unique cultures in these two fascinating countries. Discover Luang Prabang, explore 4000 Islands, marvel at Angkor Wat and uncover Phnom Penh’s history. 

Charismatic Laos   

Travel to Laos, where you’ll discover beautiful Luang Prabang. Explore the city by tuk tuk and learn about the culture, architecture and temple etiquette of Buddhism during a private guided tour. Learn about rice harvesting, the tools that are used and meet the local farming guide at Living Lands Organic Farm. Cruise along the Mekong River to explore the 4000 Islands, where Laos becomes an archipelago. The view here is picture perfect. 

Amazing Angkor 

Fly to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor and its ancient temples. Explore the fortified city of Angkor Thom and of course, incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat. Stop at Kampong Chhnang to visit a local pottery and silversmith village and then visit the poignant Killing Fields and the notorious Security Prison 21, Tuol Sleng. 

Itinerary

Day 1. Depart Australia 

Day 2.  Arrive Luang Prabang

Welcome to Laos and its ancient capital of Luang Prabang, which is a fascinating fusion of urban and traditional. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D]

Day 3. Luang Prabang

This morning we'll travel to the local open air market by tuk tuk.

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Special Experience: Learn about the culture, architecture and temple etiquette of Buddhism during a private guided tour by a former monk or novice who has left the monastery. 

We'll then climb Mt Phou Si for breathtaking views of the city and tour Wat Xieng Thong, known as the 'Temple of the Golden City'. 

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Special Experience: This afternoon we'll join the locals in a traditional game of Pétanque. [B]

Day 4. Luang Prabang

We begin today with a visit to the multi-tiered, turquoise Kuang Si Falls. We'll then visit the 'Free the Bears' organisation, which rescues and rehabilitates Asiatic bears after illegal poaching and trading. After lunch, we'll enjoy a delicious dessert at Laos Buffalo Dairy before stopping at Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre for an insight into Lao textiles. [B,L]

Day 5. Luang Prabang

We'll learn about rice harvesting, the tools that are used and meet the local farming guide at Living Lands Organic Farm. We'll then enjoy a tasting of some typical food made from the rice. This evening we'll embark on a picturesque sunset cruise along the Mekong River before enjoying dinner together at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 6. Luang Prabang - Pakse - Champassak

Enjoy the morning at leisure or awaken early to observe the sacred Lao tradition 'Tak Bat' (giving alms to monks) before dawn. We'll then fly to Pakse, where we'll hop aboard a long-tailed river boat and travel along the Mekong to Champassak. [B]

Day 7. Champassak

Our morning is dedicated to exploring the ancient ruins of Wat Phu (Mountain Temple). The temple was built during the late 10th century to the early 11th century, therefore making it older than the temples of Angkor Wat. It is believed that Wat Phu was designed to express the Hindu vision of nature and humanity. [B]

Day 8. Champassak - Bolaven Plateau - Don Khong

Today we'll take a scenic journey to the elevated region of Bolaven Plateau, known for its cool climate, dramatic waterfalls and high-grade coffee. The French began planting coffee and bananas here in the early 20th century. We'll stop at the Coffee Producers Cooperative to learn about coffee production and sample tea at Ban Lal 40 coffee shop. We'll then stop at Tad Fane, Tad Yeuang and Tad Phasuam Waterfalls en route to Don Khong, part of the 4000 Islands. [B]

Day 9. 4000 Islands Excursion

We'll cruise along the Mekong River this morning to explore the 4000 Islands, where Laos becomes an archipelago. The view here is picture perfect. We'll then visit the old French Locomotive and railway bridge, before continuing to Liphi Waterfalls and cruising back to Don Khong. [B]

Day 10. Don Khong - Stung Treng - Kratie

This morning we'll visit the mighty Phapheng Falls. As the largest falls in Southeast Asia, its immense size and powerful currents are truly mesmerising. We'll transfer to the Cambodian border and then travel to Kratie.

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Special Experience: After lunch we'll drive to Kampi to see this old colonial town and embark on a cruise along the Mekong in search of the rare and endangered river dolphins. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Kratie - Kampong Thom

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Special Experience: Take the ferry to the Island of Koh Trong and witness traditional village life as we explore the island by horse or ox cart. 

 We'll then travel to Kampong Thom, stopping at Stone Mason Village en route. [B,L,D]

Day 12.  Kampong Thom - Siem Reap

Sambor Prei Kuk is our destination today, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that encompasses more than 100 brick temples. This former religious centre was dedicated to the worship of Shiva. We continue to Siem Reap, where we'll enjoy a group dinner this evening. [B,D] 

Day 13. Siem Reap

The first half of today is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom. We'll also see the impressive Bayon Temple, Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. [B,D]

Day 14. Siem Reap

An early start this morning to witness the breathtaking views, shadows and reflections of Angkor Wat at sunrise. The temple complex is one of the largest religious monuments in the world. Originally it was dedicated to the god of Vishnu for the Khmer Empire. It was, however, transformed into a Buddhist temple in the 12th century. We'll then cruise along Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. [B,L,D]

Day 15.  Siem Reap - Battambang

Walking Man

 Today we travel to Battambang and take a stroll through the colonial Old Town for lunch at leisure. We'll then drive to Phnom Sampeou to see spectacular views. This afternoon, our destination is the 'Killing Caves' used by the Khmer Rouge. [B]

Day 16. Battambang - Phnom Penh

Today we'll depart for Phnom Penh, stopping at Kampong Chhnang en route to visit a local pottery and silversmith village. [B]

Day 17. Phnom Penh

Today we visit the poignant Killing Fields and the notorious Security Prison 21, Tuol Sleng. The former prison has been turned into a moving museum which stands as a testament to the crimes committed by Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. This afternoon we'll explore the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 18. Depart Phnom Penh

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 19. 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

  • Return 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
  • Tipping Made Easy, $215pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 16 nights in 3-4 star hotels 
  • 16 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 8 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking national guide in Laos 

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing:

The natural charm of Laos

  • Visit the open-air market of Luang Prabang in the morning by Tuk Tuk.
  • Learn about the culture, architecture and temple etiquette of Buddhism during a private guided tour by an ex Monk or Novice who has left the monastery.
  • Experience a tradition of Laos and enjoy a game of petanque with the locals in Luang Prabang.
  • Witness the breathtaking multi-tiered turquoise-coloured waterfalls. 
  • Visit the Bears Rescue Centre where Asiatic bears are rescued from illegal poaching and trading.
  • Learn the fascinating world of Lao textiles while visiting Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre.
  • 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.
  • Take a sunset cruise on the Mekong before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Observe the long standing sacred Lao tradition and Buddhist ritual 'Tak Bat' before dawn.
  • Take a 2 1/2 hr long-tail riverboat journey between Pakse and Champassak.
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Wat Phu (Mountain Temple), believed by some to be the first Angkor Temple ever built to express the Hindu vision of nature and humanity.
  • Embark on a scenic journey through winding roads to the elevated fertile region of the Bolaven Plateau.
  • Explore 4000 Island where Laos becomes an archipelago of Islands, with postcard perfect views.
  • Witness the mighty Khone Phapheng Waterfalls and marvel at its immense size and powerful cascading currents.

Captivating Cambodia

  • See the old colonial town of Kampi and embark on a cruise of the Mekong in search of the rare and endangered river dolphins.
  • Stop at the hilltop temple of Phnom Sambok to see the Buddhist monasteries and enjoy the magnificent views.
  • Take a ferry to the Island of Koh Trong and witness traditional village life as we explore the island by horse or ox cart.
  • Stop at a stone mason village on the way to Kampong Thom.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sambor Prei Kuk, a former religious centre dedicated to the worship of Shiva.
  • Spend an incredible two half days of sightseeing and explore the ruins of Angkor. 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.
  • Explore Tonle Sap Lake, the richest fresh water fishing ground in the world, and cruise past the floating villages while observing traditional lake life.
  • Enjoy dinner and cultural Apsara Dance performance at a local restaurant.
  • Take a stroll through the lovely old colonial Town of Battambang.
  • Travel to Phnom Sampeou and learn about the Khmer Rouge regime by visiting a group of caves used as 'Killing Caves'.
  • Explore the dark chapter of Cambodia and visit Toul Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields.
  • Explore Phnom Penh by rickshaw including The Royal Palace, The Silver Pagoda and the National Museum.

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, $215pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $275pp
Single supplement: from $1,350
  • 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
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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
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 without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
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

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.

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 

The River Resort, Champassak

The River Resort is an eco-friendly resort. Each room is fitted with neutral tone furnishings and the resort provides air-conditioned rooms with a private balcony and free wifi. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; restaurant; free wifi; swimming pool

Pon Arena Hotel, Muang Khong

Pon Arena Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free wifi in public areas. The hotel features an outdoor pool and the rooms are fitted with a cable TV, safety deposit box and refrigerator.

Facilities: free wifi; swimming pool; restaurant; garden 

Rajabori Villas Resort, Kratie

Rajabori Villas is set amidst natural greenery just a 10-minute boat ride from Koh Trong Island. Rajabori Villas offers a peaceful retreat in traditional Cambodian accommodation with facilities such as a restaurant, free wifi and a swimming pool. The rooms are fitted with wooden wall panels and flooring and overlook the garden.

Facilities: free wifi; restaurant; swimming pool; garden 

Sambor Village, Kompong Thom

Sambor Village is ideally located on the quiet river bank of the Stung Seng river, 600 meters from the center of Kompong Thom, and 40 minutes drive from the Angkorian site of Sambor Preh Kukh. Sambor Village offers guestrooms mixing Cambodian traditions and European comfort. Hotel facilities include a sauna, spa, swimming pool and fitness centre.

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

Treeline Urban Resort, Siem Reap

Blending traditional design with a contemporary touch, Treeline Urban Resort is located by the river in the heart of Siem Reap's historic area. Just 1 km from the vibrant old market, the resort provides two restaurants, a swimming pool and lounge/bar area. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; safe deposit box; free wifi; swimming pool; restaurant/bar; spa 

Classy Hotel, Battambang

Situated 200 metres from Colonial Buildings in Battambang, Classy Hotel features a restaurant, bar and free wifi throughout the property. The contemporary rooms come equipped with a bathtub and feature a flat-screen cable TV and a minibar.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box; restaurant; air-conditioning; fitness centre; spa; garden 

Sun & Moon Urban Hotel, Phnom Penh

A modern design hotel the Sun & Moon Urban Hotel is located in the vibrant heart of Phnom Penh and close to many of the city's landmarks and tourist attractions including the Royal Palace, National Museum, Independence Monument, Wat Phnom, Central Market, Rive Side and Sorya Shopping Centre. The hotel offers amenities such as gym, spa, steam, sauna, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, gastropub, lounge and roof top bar.

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

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 optional tours are based on a minimum of 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your guide. We recommend arranging the booking at the beginning of the tour to avoid disappointment. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without prior notice. Payment by cash is preferred as there are no guarantees that credit card facilities will be available. Please check with your guide locally for information relating to this. Credit card fees and exchange rates are at the discretion of your bank.

Weather

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Currency

Currency

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.

Cambodian Riel

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

  • 1 Riel = 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 Riel (Riel is not allowed to enter or leave the country). Ensure you request your change in the currency you made the purchase with.

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!

  • Learn about the culture, architecture and temple etiquette of Buddhism during a private guided tour by a former monk or novice who has left the monastery.
  • Join the locals in a traditional game of Pétanque.
  • Drive to Kampi to see this old colonial town and embark on a cruise along the Mekong in search of the rare and endangered river dolphins. 
  • Take a ferry to the Island of Koh Trong and witness traditional village life as we explore the island by horse or ox cart.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, plane, riverboat,ferry, ox cart or horse cart, motorised tuk tuk & tuk tuk (cyclo)

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $215pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Learn about the culture, architecture and temple etiquette of Buddhism during a private guided tour • Take a scenic journey to the elevated region of Bolaven Plateau • Embark on a cruise along the Mekong in search of the rare and endangered river dolphins • Visit the poignant Killing Fields and the notorious Security Prison 21, Tuol Sleng.

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