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Laos & Cambodia Adventure Week

Trip Length 7 days

From $2,695

  • A quick adventure to two of Southeast Asia's gems
  • Visit two of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the mystical ruins at Angkor Wat and the ancient Lao capital of Luang Prabang
  • Take an elephant ride and hike to a Khmu village in Laos

The historic cities, dense jungles, steep limestone hills, lush river valleys, mysterious caves, and spectacular coastlines of Southeast Asia bring you straight to paradise. Ruins, temples, citadels, pagodas, and lost cities half-submerged in the jungles reveal a past of ancient kingdoms—yours to discover on this quick adventure to many of our favorite places in Southeast Asia. Here you’ll have opportunities for genuine, personal encounters with the local people as well as visits to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the mystical ruins of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap and the ancient Lao capital of Luang Prabang.  We bring you the best, even if you don't have much time.  Only with MTS!
 

Day 1: Luang Prabang

Upon arrival at Luang Prabang Airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. The crown jewel of Laos and former Lanexang, Luang Prabang, is perhaps the best preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. Magical and charming, it has preserved its long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with its splendid natural scenery and sense of timelessness. In 1995 UNESCO voted Luang Prabang as a World Heritage City.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll visit Vat Visoun, the site of an impressive stupa and That Makmo, stylistically more Sri Lankan than Laotian. Continue to the nearby Vat Aham, one of the city’s major tutelary shrines dedicated to Deveta Luang (spirit) Pu Gneu Ya Gneu (ancestors). Continue to Vat Mai, built in 1796, famous for the five – tiered roof of its wooden sim built in the standard of Luang Prabang style. Climb Vat Phousi hill for on outstanding overview of the city. Sunset at Vat Prabaht Tai located along the Mekong River. Dinner is on your own.

  • Lunch
  • Accommodation:Burasari Heritage

Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll visit Vat Xiang Thong, considered the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang. The main sanctuary represents the classic Luang Prabang temple architecture with roofs that sweep low to the ground. In the compound stand several small chapels housing bronze Buddha images, which were displayed in Paris in 1911. Near the East gate stands the royal Funeral chapel. Inside are an impressive 12-meter high funeral chariot and various funeral urns of each Royal Family’s members. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts a semi-erotic episode from the Ramayana.

We’ll then board a traditional boat for a trip up the Mekong River to visit the famous caves of Pak Ou which houses thousands of statues representing Lord Buddha. We’ll have lunch at Minivan Restaurant, overlooking the confluence between the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. Return to Luang Prabang, and continue by car to visit the villages of Ban Xang Hai was once a “jar-maker village.” Nowadays the community fills the jars (which come from elsewhere) with láo-láo, the local rice whisky.  Then visit Ban Xang Khong, where you’ll see the locals make paper from mulberry. Dinner is on your own.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Burasari Heritage

Day 3: Luang Prabang - Lao Spirit Resort

After breakfast we’ll drive to an elephant camp where you will be introduced to Asian elephants, and go out for a scenic ride! Enjoy the new perspective from the height of an elephant back, and the wonderful natural surroundings, on this approximately 1-hour elephant ride. A stunning landscape, quiet, and the lush nature gives you a relaxed ride on the back of the protected elephant. Make your way through forests and along the Nam Khan River up to the amazing waterfalls of Tad Sae. Here you can hang out for lunch and some swimming and bathing in the refreshing cool cascades. After you lunch, we’ll explore the tropical surrounding on one of the nature trails.

Our half-day hike will take you to a Khmu Village where you’ll get insight into everyday life of this hill tribe. Most are farmers and fishermen and live from their slash and burn tradition. The countryside offers you great views and a relaxing atmosphere. They even speak a different language here and your guide will help to ask questions. A short hike along a steep mountain range will bring you to the newly opened Jungle Camp, where another swim in a crystal clear river is a wonderful option. Have a drink and finish your day of activity after another 45 minutes of walking to your lodge.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Lao Spirit Resort

Day 4: Lao Spirit Resort - Luang Prabang

We’ll take a late morning return drive to Luang Prabang, to visit the National Museum (formerly the King’s Palace), displaying a collection of personal artifacts of the Royal Family: photos, musical equipment and gifts received from foreign countries. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax or explore the town on your own.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Burasari Heritage

Day 5: Luang Prabang - Siem Reap

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, the former capital of the Khmer empire, which ruled vast areas of Indochina between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. After exiting through immigration and customs at Siem Reap Airport, you will transfer to your hotel, where you can leave your luggage before embarking on the morning tour.

This afternoon, set out on your first cycling adventure to explore the rural charms of the Cambodian countryside. A rich tapestry woven with lush scenery, colorful bustling villages, stilted houses, hidden temples and dusty back roads hedged with sugar palms await you. You will pass through the village of Chreav en route to the Tonlé Sap Lake. Stop for a well-earned rest in the shade of the ancient Wat Athvea and take some time to explore this temple. Weave your way through the dusty back roads to a small stilted hammock bar overlooking the rice fields, where you will stop for light refreshment before proceeding to the seldom visited Phnom Krom hill.

The temple at Phnom Krom sits on top of one of the best vantage points overlooking the vast expanse of the Tonlé Sap Lake. Take in this view as the sun sets. Transfer back to your hotel. This evening, you will have your first encounter with Khmer cuisine at Viroth’s served in a traditional Khmer house with a charming warm interior.

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Angkor Village Resort

Day 6: Siem Reap

We begin our morning with a visit to the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. The 12th-century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.

Afternoon visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, once home to nearly one million residents. Passing through the South Gate of the city, we'll cross the moat-bridge with its larger-than-life depictions of the Hindu story of the Churning Sea of Milk, the classic struggle of good and evil typified by a tug of war between giants and demons. We pass under the serene face of Avolokiteshvara, the Boddhisattva of compassion, into the city. We’ll visit Bayon, situated in the center of the ancient town. This Buddhist shrine boasts 54 towers and huge portraits of the Buddha facing each of the cardinal directions. We’ll also visit Baphuon, The Royal Enclosure, Terrace of the Leper King, and the Terrace of Elephants until sunset.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Angkor Village Resort

Day 7: Siem Reap - Departure

This morning, travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei, which is best viewed in the warm morning light. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” was built between the 11th and 13th centuries and remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its remarkable fine bas-reliefs, depicting Hindu god Shiva. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.

Before your departure visit a Buddhist monk for a special travel blessing for your health and a safe journey home.

Transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your departure flight.

  • Breakfast

Oct 09 - 15, 2016

Oct 23 - 29, 2016

Nov 06 - 12, 2016

Nov 20 - 26, 2016

Dec 11 - 17, 2016

Jan 08 - 14, 2017

Jan 29, 2017 - Feb 04, 2017

Feb 12 - 18, 2017

Oct 22 - 28, 2017

Nov 05 - 11, 2017

Nov 19 - 25, 2017

pricing

2016 Prices

$2,695 (6-14 members)

$265 internal airfare – Luang Prabang/Siem Reap
$600 single supplement

2017 Prices

$3,995 (5-14 members)

$265 internal airfare – Luang Prabang/Siem Reap
$1,500 single supplement

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Angkor Village Resort — Siem Reap

Classic Khmer architecture, a lush garden setting, a 250 meter river-style swimming pool and a welcoming staff make Angkor Village Resort a tropical paradise. Tastefully decorated rooms are in keeping with the Cambodian feel of the property, with rich wood furniture and fresh white linens. Suites are spacious and boast separate living rooms, luxurious bathrooms and private terraces overlooking the pool area. Your visit wouldn't be complete without indulging in massages and other treatments at the spa village.

Burasari Heritage — Luang Prabang

Elegant rooms decorated with unique touches such as vintage travel trunks, antique-inspired furniture and rich wood paneling create a charming atmosphere that is at once modern and colonial. In fact, this traditional Laotian house leaves no detail unattended to and brims with the romance of adventure travel. Indulge in luxury spa treatments, enjoy breakfast on the riverfront terrace, take one of the hotel bikes out for a spin, or just absorb the warm way of life in delightful Luang Prabang.

Lao Spirit Resort


  • A quick adventure to two of Southeast Asia's gems
  • Visit two of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the mystical ruins at Angkor Wat and the ancient Lao capital of Luang Prabang
  • Take an elephant ride and hike to a Khmu village in Laos

The historic cities, dense jungles, steep limestone hills, lush river valleys, mysterious caves, and spectacular coastlines of Southeast Asia bring you straight to paradise. Ruins, temples, citadels, pagodas, and lost cities half-submerged in the jungles reveal a past of ancient kingdoms—yours to discover on this quick adventure to many of our favorite places in Southeast Asia. Here you’ll have opportunities for genuine, personal encounters with the local people as well as visits to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the mystical ruins of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap and the ancient Lao capital of Luang Prabang.  We bring you the best, even if you don't have much time.  Only with MTS!
 

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Luang Prabang

Upon arrival at Luang Prabang Airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. The crown jewel of Laos and former Lanexang, Luang Prabang, is perhaps the best preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. Magical and charming, it has preserved its long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with its splendid natural scenery and sense of timelessness. In 1995 UNESCO voted Luang Prabang as a World Heritage City.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll visit Vat Visoun, the site of an impressive stupa and That Makmo, stylistically more Sri Lankan than Laotian. Continue to the nearby Vat Aham, one of the city’s major tutelary shrines dedicated to Deveta Luang (spirit) Pu Gneu Ya Gneu (ancestors). Continue to Vat Mai, built in 1796, famous for the five – tiered roof of its wooden sim built in the standard of Luang Prabang style. Climb Vat Phousi hill for on outstanding overview of the city. Sunset at Vat Prabaht Tai located along the Mekong River. Dinner is on your own.

  • Lunch
  • Accommodation:Burasari Heritage

Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll visit Vat Xiang Thong, considered the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang. The main sanctuary represents the classic Luang Prabang temple architecture with roofs that sweep low to the ground. In the compound stand several small chapels housing bronze Buddha images, which were displayed in Paris in 1911. Near the East gate stands the royal Funeral chapel. Inside are an impressive 12-meter high funeral chariot and various funeral urns of each Royal Family’s members. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts a semi-erotic episode from the Ramayana.

We’ll then board a traditional boat for a trip up the Mekong River to visit the famous caves of Pak Ou which houses thousands of statues representing Lord Buddha. We’ll have lunch at Minivan Restaurant, overlooking the confluence between the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. Return to Luang Prabang, and continue by car to visit the villages of Ban Xang Hai was once a “jar-maker village.” Nowadays the community fills the jars (which come from elsewhere) with láo-láo, the local rice whisky.  Then visit Ban Xang Khong, where you’ll see the locals make paper from mulberry. Dinner is on your own.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Burasari Heritage

Day 3: Luang Prabang - Lao Spirit Resort

After breakfast we’ll drive to an elephant camp where you will be introduced to Asian elephants, and go out for a scenic ride! Enjoy the new perspective from the height of an elephant back, and the wonderful natural surroundings, on this approximately 1-hour elephant ride. A stunning landscape, quiet, and the lush nature gives you a relaxed ride on the back of the protected elephant. Make your way through forests and along the Nam Khan River up to the amazing waterfalls of Tad Sae. Here you can hang out for lunch and some swimming and bathing in the refreshing cool cascades. After you lunch, we’ll explore the tropical surrounding on one of the nature trails.

Our half-day hike will take you to a Khmu Village where you’ll get insight into everyday life of this hill tribe. Most are farmers and fishermen and live from their slash and burn tradition. The countryside offers you great views and a relaxing atmosphere. They even speak a different language here and your guide will help to ask questions. A short hike along a steep mountain range will bring you to the newly opened Jungle Camp, where another swim in a crystal clear river is a wonderful option. Have a drink and finish your day of activity after another 45 minutes of walking to your lodge.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Lao Spirit Resort

Day 4: Lao Spirit Resort - Luang Prabang

We’ll take a late morning return drive to Luang Prabang, to visit the National Museum (formerly the King’s Palace), displaying a collection of personal artifacts of the Royal Family: photos, musical equipment and gifts received from foreign countries. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax or explore the town on your own.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Burasari Heritage

Day 5: Luang Prabang - Siem Reap

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, the former capital of the Khmer empire, which ruled vast areas of Indochina between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. After exiting through immigration and customs at Siem Reap Airport, you will transfer to your hotel, where you can leave your luggage before embarking on the morning tour.

This afternoon, set out on your first cycling adventure to explore the rural charms of the Cambodian countryside. A rich tapestry woven with lush scenery, colorful bustling villages, stilted houses, hidden temples and dusty back roads hedged with sugar palms await you. You will pass through the village of Chreav en route to the Tonlé Sap Lake. Stop for a well-earned rest in the shade of the ancient Wat Athvea and take some time to explore this temple. Weave your way through the dusty back roads to a small stilted hammock bar overlooking the rice fields, where you will stop for light refreshment before proceeding to the seldom visited Phnom Krom hill.

The temple at Phnom Krom sits on top of one of the best vantage points overlooking the vast expanse of the Tonlé Sap Lake. Take in this view as the sun sets. Transfer back to your hotel. This evening, you will have your first encounter with Khmer cuisine at Viroth’s served in a traditional Khmer house with a charming warm interior.

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Angkor Village Resort

Day 6: Siem Reap

We begin our morning with a visit to the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. The 12th-century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.

Afternoon visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, once home to nearly one million residents. Passing through the South Gate of the city, we'll cross the moat-bridge with its larger-than-life depictions of the Hindu story of the Churning Sea of Milk, the classic struggle of good and evil typified by a tug of war between giants and demons. We pass under the serene face of Avolokiteshvara, the Boddhisattva of compassion, into the city. We’ll visit Bayon, situated in the center of the ancient town. This Buddhist shrine boasts 54 towers and huge portraits of the Buddha facing each of the cardinal directions. We’ll also visit Baphuon, The Royal Enclosure, Terrace of the Leper King, and the Terrace of Elephants until sunset.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Angkor Village Resort

Day 7: Siem Reap - Departure

This morning, travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei, which is best viewed in the warm morning light. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” was built between the 11th and 13th centuries and remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its remarkable fine bas-reliefs, depicting Hindu god Shiva. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.

Before your departure visit a Buddhist monk for a special travel blessing for your health and a safe journey home.

Transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your departure flight.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Angkor Village Resort — Siem Reap

Classic Khmer architecture, a lush garden setting, a 250 meter river-style swimming pool and a welcoming staff make Angkor Village Resort a tropical paradise. Tastefully decorated rooms are in keeping with the Cambodian feel of the property, with rich wood furniture and fresh white linens. Suites are spacious and boast separate living rooms, luxurious bathrooms and private terraces overlooking the pool area. Your visit wouldn't be complete without indulging in massages and other treatments at the spa village.

Burasari Heritage — Luang Prabang

Elegant rooms decorated with unique touches such as vintage travel trunks, antique-inspired furniture and rich wood paneling create a charming atmosphere that is at once modern and colonial. In fact, this traditional Laotian house leaves no detail unattended to and brims with the romance of adventure travel. Indulge in luxury spa treatments, enjoy breakfast on the riverfront terrace, take one of the hotel bikes out for a spin, or just absorb the warm way of life in delightful Luang Prabang.

Lao Spirit Resort


Dates and Pricing

Oct 09 - 15, 2016

Oct 23 - 29, 2016

Nov 06 - 12, 2016

Nov 20 - 26, 2016

Dec 11 - 17, 2016

Jan 08 - 14, 2017

Jan 29, 2017 - Feb 04, 2017

Feb 12 - 18, 2017

Oct 22 - 28, 2017

Nov 05 - 11, 2017

Nov 19 - 25, 2017

pricing

2016 Prices

$2,695 (6-14 members)

$265 internal airfare – Luang Prabang/Siem Reap
$600 single supplement

2017 Prices

$3,995 (5-14 members)

$265 internal airfare – Luang Prabang/Siem Reap
$1,500 single supplement

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