Laos & Cambodia

A RELAXING AND INSPIRATIONAL WORLD OF ANCIENT WONDERS

Code: LSWHW

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  • Culture

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  • 3
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From £3,055.00 - 15 to 16 nights

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Holiday overview

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Marvel at the architectural wonder of Angkor Wat, the stunning, 12th century Buddhist temple and trek to the peaceful Kulen Mountain and beautiful Kuang Si Falls. Visit grand Luang Prabang, former royal capital of Laos, and spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphins around 4000 Islands in the mighty Mekong.

Holiday highlights

  • Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Luang Prabang
  • Explore remote Kuang Si falls on foot
  • Learn about coffee processing on Bolaven Plateau
  • Enjoy the peace of the 4000 Islands and spot the Irrawaddy dolphins
  • Walk in the Kulen Mountains
  • Discover the Khmer temples of Angkor Wat

In pictures...

Accommodation

3 to 4-star hotels which have been chosen for their character and location. You’ll be staying in boutique hotels, a lodge overlooking the Mekong, and a former governor’s residence, with a mix of traditional and modern, but all representing typical Lao & Cambodian styles. Some offer swimming pools and spas.

2017 Accommodation

Villa-Santi-Resort in Laos 

Villa Santi Resort, Luang Prabang - 3nts

Located approx 10 mins drive from central Luang Prabang. This 4-star boutique hotel combines traditional Lao architecture with modern comforts. It has 67 elegant rooms. There is a plunge pool for you to use at the end of your day's activities. (The November tour will stay at the Sada hotel)

 Athena-Hotel in Laos

Athena Hotel, Pakse - 2nts

3-star hotel built in 2012, the Athena is a charming and comfortable hotel in the centre of town. The hotel uses dark wood and various colonial touches creating a clean and classic finish. The hotel has a swimming pool.

 Sala-Done-Khone in Laos

Sala Done Khone, Don Khone Island - 2nts

This hotel is situated in a stunning river front location, at the point where the mighty Mekong is at its widest. The hotel consists of several cottages, floating bungalows and villas, all with colonial influences. One of the top places to stay in the region, but perhaps not as luxurious as the other accommodations on this tour.

 Terres-Rouge-Lodge in Cambodia

Terres Rouge Lodge, Ban Lung - 2nts

A boutique hotel on the shores of lake Ban Lung, Terres Rouge Lodge is the mix of a Cambodian villa and luxurious bungalows in the middle of an exotic garden. The lodge was the former residence of the governor of the province and combines the traditions of the past with modern comforts. The hotel has a pool.

 Rajabori-Villas in Cambodia

Rajabori Villas, Kratie Koh Trong Island - 1nt

The Rajabori is a resort comprising 13 traditional Khmer wooden houses located north of the island of Koh Trong in front of the town of Kratie. Access is by boat then on the back of a moped.

 Teav-Bassac-Boutique-Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Teav Bassac Boutique Hotel, Phnom Penh - 1nt

The hotel has beautiful tropical gardens with an outdoor swimming pool. Spacious rooms are equipped with bathrobes, bottled water, hairdryer, TV, mini-bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi.

 Shinta-Mani-Resort in Cambodia

Shinta Mani Resort, Siem Reap - 4nts

The Shinta Mani Resort is a newly renovated boutique property centrally located in the leafy French Quarter between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market Area just 15 minutes from Angkor Wat. The courtyard-style resort’s 62 rooms enjoy direct access or first floor balcony views to the stunning swimming pool and flourishing tropical gardens.


2018 Accommodation

Villa-Santi-Resort in Laos 

Villa Santi Resort, Luang Prabang - 3nts

Located approx 10 mins drive from central Luang Prabang. This 4-star boutique hotel combines traditional Lao architecture with modern comforts. It has 67 elegant rooms. There is a plunge pool for you to use at the end of your day's activities. (The November tour will stay at the Sada hotel)

 Athena-Hotel in Laos

Athena Hotel, Pakse - 2nts

3-star hotel built in 2012, the Athena is a charming and comfortable hotel in the centre of town. The hotel uses dark wood and various colonial touches creating a clean and classic finish. The hotel has a swimming pool.

 Sala-Done-Khone in Laos

Sala Done Khone, Don Khone Island - 2nts

This hotel is situated in a stunning river front location, at the point where the mighty Mekong is at its widest. The hotel consists of several cottages, floating bungalows and villas, all with colonial influences. One of the top places to stay in the region, but perhaps not as luxurious as the other accommodations on this tour.

 Terres-Rouge-Lodge in Cambodia

Terres Rouge Lodge, Ban Lung - 2nts

A boutique hotel on the shores of lake Ban Lung, Terres Rouge Lodge is the mix of a Cambodian villa and luxurious bungalows in the middle of an exotic garden. The lodge was the former residence of the governor of the province and combines the traditions of the past with modern comforts. The hotel has a pool.

 Rajabori-Villas in Cambodia

Rajabori Villas, Kratie Koh Trong Island - 1nt

The Rajabori is a resort comprising 13 traditional Khmer wooden houses located north of the island of Koh Trong in front of the town of Kratie. Access is by boat then on the back of a moped.

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Queen Grand Boutique Hotel, Phnom Penh - 1nt

This hotel features a rooftop spa pool and sky bar. Rooms are spacious and fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to views. Fully equipped with TV, DVD, minbar and desk. En-suite bathrooms also include a hairdryer and toiletries. WIFI in rooms and throughout the hotel.

 Shinta-Mani-Resort in Cambodia

Shinta Mani Resort, Siem Reap - 4nts

The Shinta Mani Resort is a newly renovated boutique property centrally located in the leafy French Quarter between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market Area just 15 minutes from Angkor Wat. The courtyard-style resort’s 62 rooms enjoy direct access or first floor balcony views to the stunning swimming pool and flourishing tropical gardens.

On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

 

Itinerary

Laos & Cambodia itinerary

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HF Holidays walks level 3 medium

A good mix of walks and sightseeing. Walks are between 3 and 8 miles (5-13km) with some significant ascent. One of the walks has a short steep descent. Walks can be through jungles, rice fields, temple complexes with steps, and towns.

Monks at Luang Prabong

Day 1: Outward flight & Luang Prabang

Fly from the UK to Luang Prabang (3nts). Experience a traditional Laos ceremony and visit the night market.

Highlights of the following day include the Wat Xieng Thong, the largest and most splendid temple of Luang Prabang royal city. The temple is best known for its impressive Tree of Life mural depicting the Buddhist story.

We'll also visit the National Museum and take a boat trip to Pak Ou Beautiful Khuang Si waterfallsCaves to see the thousands of golden Buddha statues. Watching the sun set from Phousi Hill is a memorable end to the day.

The next day we'll walk through the jungle to the Kuang Si Waterfall, where water tumbles over tiered limestone formations into crystal clear pools.

 

 

 

Waterfalls on the Bolaven PlateauDays 5-6: Pakse & the Bolaven Plateau

Take a short internal flight to Pakse (2nts) where we can explore the UNESCO Wat Phu ruins.

The next day we head out to the Bolaven Plateau, a place high above the Mekong known for its temperate climate, coffee plantations and mist-shrouded waterfalls. Our day combines a jeep ride and a walk to remote waterfalls.

 

Wooded houses on Don Khong IslandDays 7-8: Don Khone Island

Xe Pian National Protected Area is one of the most important nature reserves in Laos and is famous for its extensive wetlands. We'll walk through rice fields and the forest to the curious towers of Phou Asa.

We stay on Don Khone island (2nts) on the mighty Mekong. See 4,000 islands and walk to the mighty Liphi waterfall on the Cambodian border.

 

Two Cambodian childrenDays 9-10: Cambodia - Ban Lung

See the ‘Niagara of the East’, the Khone Phapheng Waterfall'; the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia. We’ll say goodbye to our driver and guide from Laos and our Cambodian team will be waiting to greet us. We then head to Ban Lung the capital of the hilly Ratanakiri Province.

The region is heavily forested, giving way to plantation agriculture. Our walks explore Yaklom Lake; the remains of a 4,000 year old volcano. The circular lake holds up to 50 metres of clear water.

Day 11: Koh Trong Island

travel along the Mekong to Kratie and take a boat to Koh Trong Island (1nt). Walk around the island, take part in a tree planting ceremony (time permitting).

Elobate buildings in Pnom PenhDay 12: to Phenom Penh

Take a boat trip to see the Irawaddy freshwater dolphins before our long drive to Phnom Penh (1nt).

 

 

 

Amazing Angkor WatDays 13-16: Siam Reap & Angkor Wat

A morning tour of Phnom Penh includes the National Museum and the Royal Palace. We then fly to Siem Reap (4nts).

The following day is filled with with amazing sights and experiences as we visit the amazing temple complex. In the morning we visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur. In the afternoon explore Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex. It is a massive three-tiered structure crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level.

On our remaining days we visit the the Kompong Kleang floating village and wide open waters of Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. We'll also walk in the highlands of the Kulen National Park.

Day 17: Return flight

Return flight to the UK

 

General Information

Passport

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Laos.

Visas

For the most up to date information, contact the nearest Lao Embassy or Consulate and the Royal Cambodian Embassy, or the Cambodia Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation website.

You can get a visa on arrival in Laos for around US$35 or Thai Baht 1,500.00. You will need one passport photo. Alternatively, you can get a visa by contacting the Lao Embassy in London. You can get a visa on arrival at most ports of entry to Cambodia. Payment is in $US only. Bring 2 passport photos. An ‘T-class’ visa costs US$30 for 1 month.

Health advice

Travellers should be up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended in the UK. These vaccinations include for example measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccine. Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk  www.traveldoctor.co.uk The following vaccinations are recommended, Hepatitis A, Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid. Some may also want to consider Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Tuberculosis. Laos & Cambodia are both malaria zones, so please ensure you take measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, and you will need to take anti-malarial tablets.

Climate

Both Laos and Cambodia are tropical countries and generally hot all year round − there are two seasons, wet and dry, so it can be hot and wet, or hot and dry. The average temperature in north Laos can vary from 23° in November, to 29° in March. Temperatures in Cambodia follow a similar pattern with November being the coolest month to travel. All of our travel dates are in the dry season.

Dress Code

The Cambodian authorities have issued an official dress code for visiting Angkor Wat and other religious sites. Visitors should not wear skirts or shorts above the knee or tops that reveal bare shoulders; visitors not following the dress code are liable to be refused admission to the sites.

Money

The currency in Laos is the Lao kip (LAK). It is better to pay with small notes when buying from vendors because they often lack sufficient change. Laos currency cannot be obtained outside of the country, and prices are often quoted in US dollar (£1 = 11,836 LAK)

The currency in Cambodia is the riel (KHR), which similarly cannot be obtained out of the country (£1 = 5,753 riel). US dollars are widely accepted.

Credit cards are widely accepted in major towns and cities, but ensure you have enough currency when you're staying in more rural areas.

Note - if taking dollars, they must be clean, and not ripped, or bent.

Time

Laos and Cambodia are 7 hours ahead of GMT.

Tipping

Tips are included in the price of your holiday.

 

For flight information please see the dates and prices tab

Leaders

Dave Weatherley

Dave has travelled extensively all over the world and is an experienced HF Holidays’ leader. He has been leading our holidays since 1997. He lives in the Lake District. He has a passion for SE Asian culture and he spends approximately 6 weeks a year travelling in SE Asia with his Filipino, Vietnamese, and Thai friends. He has a great understanding of the culture, people, he has previously led HF holidays in Burma, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and is looking forward to meeting you and leading this holiday to these fabulous destinations.

Dave is leading our 18 November 2017 departure

 

 

Bill Chase

Mountain leader Bill Chase has been leading walking holidays for HF Holidays since 2002. A retired garden designer/contractor with an interest in landscape history, Bill lives in the Black Mountains of south Wales where he is actively involved with the local walking community.

Bill’s previous experience of the culture and landscapes of the Himalaya will ensure you enjoy your holiday to the full. Bill has trekked to Everest Base Camp and has led holidays for HF in Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan. 

Bill is leading our 27 October 2018 departure. 

Dates & Prices

Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
28 Oct 2018 LSWHW - Indochina Revealed - Laos & Cambodia - Without 15 £3,055.00 Book Now
17 Nov 2018 LSWHW - Indochina Revealed - Laos & Cambodia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

THAI AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 17 Nov 2018, 11:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 18 Nov 2018, 11:35 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Luang Prabang

Flight - Return

THAI AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 3 Dec 2018, 9:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Dec 2018, 7:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Siem Reap Airport
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
16 £3,875.00 Book Now
18 Nov 2018 LSWHW - Indochina Revealed - Laos & Cambodia - Without 15 £3,055.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Price includes

  • 15 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full board from dinner on day 2 to breakfast on day 17 (less 1 lunch and 5 dinners)
  • A full holiday programme led by specialist local guides, and an HF Holidays' leader
  • All entrance fees, transport and internal flights
  • Tips

Other important information

  • Single room: £630 (2017), £740 (2018)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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