Laos & Cambodia Guided Walking Holiday

Enjoy the mystique of ancient and modern worlds across two beautiful countries

Code: LSWHW

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • Outdoors

Level

  • 3
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £2,999.00 - 16 to 17 nights

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Holiday overview

Download Laos & Cambodia 2019 Trip Notes

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 freshwater dolphins around 4000 Islands in the mighty Mekong River.

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

Price includes

  • 16 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full board from dinner on day 2 to breakfast on day 18, less 1 lunch and 6 dinners
  • A full holiday programme led by specialist local guides and an HF Holidays' leader
  • All entrance fees, transport and internal flights
  • Tips

In pictures...

Accommodation

Accommodation

This information relates to the accommodation for our 2019 holidays; for details of the accommodation and partner hotels for 2018 holidays please refer to the Trip Notes.

Example of guest room at Grand Luang Prabang Hotel

Luang Prabang - Grand Luang Prabang

This hotel, a short distance from the centre of town, is on the banks of the mighty Mekong River and offers enviable views to the surrounding landscapes.

 Athena-Hotel in Laos

Pakse - Athena Hotel or Champasak Grand

Both hotels offer a number of amenities and comfortable guest rooms. The Athena Hotel is located in town, while the Champasak Grand enjoys a riverside setting.

Athena Hotel - Feb & Nov holiday
Champasak Grand - Oct holiday

 Sala-Done-Khone in Laos

Don Khone Island - Sala Done Khone

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

Ban Lung - Terres Rouge Lodge

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

Koh Trong Island, Kratie - Rajabori Villas

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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Phnom Penh - Queen Grand Hotel

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

Siem Reap - Shinta Mani Resort

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

Guided Walking & Sightseeing in Laos & Cambodia

Download Laos & Cambodia 2019 Trip Notes

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 are through jungles, rice fields, temple complexes with steps, and towns.

Day 1 - Outbound flight

We fly from London via an overnight flight to Bangkok and on to Luang Prabang

Days 2-4: Luang Prabang

Monks at Luang PrabongSabai dee! Welcome to Luang Prabang, where we stay for 3 nights. On arrival, experience a traditional Laos Baci ceremony and visit the night market.

Highlights of the following day include the Wat Xieng Thong, the National Museum and  a boat trip to Pak Ou Caves to see the thousands of golden Buddha statues. Watching the sun set from Phousi Hill is a memorable end to the day.

 

Beautiful Khuang Si waterfallsThe next day we'll walk through the jungle and past local villages to the Kuang Si waterfall, where water tumbles over tiered limestone formations into crystal clear pools.

Days 5-6: Pakse & the Bolaven Plateau

Waterfalls on the Bolaven PlateauTake a short internal flight to Pakse (2nts). While here, we explore the UNESCO listed Wat Phu ruins, which date to the 5th century CE and head out to the Bolaven Plateau, a place high above the Mekong known for its temperate climate, coffee plantations and mist-shrouded waterfalls. Our visit to the plateau combines a jeep ride, a visit to a coffee plantation and a walk to remote waterfalls.

Days 7-8: Don Khone Island

Wooded houses on Don Khong IslandXe 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. Along the way, keep an eye out for elephants and listen to the sounds of the jungle's birdlife.

We stay on Don Khone island (2nts) on the mighty Mekong River. See 4,000 islands and walk to the impressive Liphi waterfall on the Cambodian border. The afternoon is then free to relax in the village or explore further and see locals fishing in the Mekong.

Days 9-10: Cambodia - Ban Lung

Two Cambodian childrenSee 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 and cross the border.

Chom reab suor! Welcome to Cambodia. Once across the border, we head to Ban Lung, the capital of the hilly Ratanakiri Province, where we stay for 2 nights

The region is heavily forested, giving way to plantation agriculture. Our walk will explore Yaklom Lake, located in what 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 for one night. This is a very peaceful and relaxed place to stay, and you can soak up the island's atmosphere as we walk around it in the late afternoon. Time permitting, visit the island's temple and take part in a tree planting ceremony, which aims to help reforest the island.

Days 12-13: Phnom Penh

Spot the Irrawaddy Freshwater Dolphins with our Laos & Cambodia tripTake a boat trip to see the Irawaddy freshwater dolphins before our long drive to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, where we stay for 2 nights. After the journey, there'll be time to relax before we end the day with a delicious Khmer dinner in a beautifully restored colonial building.

The next day, we'll have a tour of the city. Visit the moving Genocide Museum (S-21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Later, continue to Wat Phnom temple and the Psar Thmei central market for a taste of local life and to see the intriguing mix of Khmer and colonial architecture.

Days 14-17: Siam Reap & Angkor Wat

Amazing Angkor WatA morning tour of Phnom Penh includes the National Museum and the Royal Palace before we fly to Siem Reap (4nts).

We visit the famous Angkor temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire and then explore Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex.

During the rest of our time here, we'll walk in the highlands of the Kulen National Park and we also the visit Kompong Kleang floating village and wide open waters of Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia.

On our final evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner accompanied by an Aspara dance show

Day 18: Return flight

Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for our return flight to the UK

Essential Information

Passport

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

Visas

Visa conditions change regularly. 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. A ‘T-class’ visa costs US$30 for 30 days.

Health advice

Travelers 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: http://www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/ www.redplanet.travel/mdtravelhealth

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 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 = 11,064 LAK)

The currency in Cambodia is the riel (KHR), which similarly cannot be obtained out of the country (£1 = 5,356 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 GMT + 7.

Tipping

Tips are included in the price of your holiday.

For flight information please see the dates and prices tab

Leaders

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. 

Janet Coles

After three fascinating trips to Vietnam, Janet is keen to discover the differences and similarities of culture in Laos and Cambodia. Her personal trips have taken her to China and Japan.  She has led for HF for 15  years, enjoying travels all over Europe and the Caribbean. Janet works part time at a Dartmoor National Park Visitor centre and as a local Tour Guide.

Janet is leading our February 2019 holiday.

Lonica Vanclay

Lonica is a keen traveller and has visited many different countries over the years. She is particularly interested in their people, culture, history and geography. Asia is a particular favourite. She is keen to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural beauty and rich history and culture of Asian countries with guests. She first travelled in South East Asia in the 1970s, so can share tales of changes over time. Lonica considers the variety and beauty of the Siem Reap temples to be one of the world’s cultural and historic highlights and is looking forward to making sure guests have a great holiday. She is a keen walker and regularly leads walks with the Long Distance Walkers Association as well as with HF Holidays. She has been leading for HF Holidays since 2005 and enjoys leading in the UK, Europe and Worldwide.

Lonica is leading our October 2019 holiday.

Dorothy Woodcock

Dorothy has led holidays for HF holidays for 14 years in the UK, Europe, New Zealand, Nepal, Burma and Bhutan. She has travelled extensively through India.

She was a school teacher who enjoyed taking pupils hiking in her local area on Saturdays and to the Yorkshire Dales on weekends to share her passion for the outdoors. Her love of hiking has taken her to Everest Base Camp and round the Annapurna circuit.

Dorothy's interest in the history of the former French colonies and her previous experience of the culture, religion and landscapes of the region will ensure you get the most out of your holiday. She will be leading our November 2019 holiday.

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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
17 Feb 2019 LSWHW - Indochina Revealed - Laos & Cambodia - Without 16 £2,999.00 Book Now
26 Oct 2019 LSWHW - Indochina Revealed - Laos & Cambodia
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

THAI AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 26 Oct 2019, 12:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 27 Oct 2019, 11:35 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Luang Prabang

Flight - Return

THAI AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 12 Nov 2019, 9:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Nov 2019, 7:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Siem Reap Airport
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
17 £3,799.00 Book Now
27 Oct 2019 LSWHW - Indochina Revealed - Laos & Cambodia - Without 16 £2,999.00 Book Now
16 Nov 2019 LSWHW - Indochina Revealed - Laos & Cambodia
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

THAI AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 Nov 2019, 12:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Nov 2019, 11:35 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Luang Prabang

Flight - Return

THAI AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 3 Dec 2019, 9:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Dec 2019, 7:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Siem Reap Airport
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
17 £3,799.00 Book Now
17 Nov 2019 LSWHW - Indochina Revealed - Laos & Cambodia - Without 16 £2,999.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Price includes

  • 16 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full board from dinner on day 2 to breakfast on day 18, less 1 lunch and 6 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: £699
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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