Cambodian and Laos explored a "culture and foodie" adventure.
There is something about Cambodia and Laos that draws me back time after time, it's hard to put a finger on it, rather its the combination of the friendliness of the people, awe inspiring sights, and the stage of development the country is at.
The infrastructure has finally improved to the point where a comfortable trip can be enjoyed, the food is amazing! and this is a real "foodie" trip. We have spent as much time sourcing the restaurants as we have the charming hotels. But make no mistake this is a poor country with many challenges, and you will find your emotions are all over the place, from the wonder of its glorious history, to the horror of its recent past, the delight of the people, tapered with the obvious poverty and hardships they face on a daily basis.
October is a wonderful month to explore this country, its right at the end of the rainy season but there is still plenty of sunshine, and its before the crowds arrive.
Phnom Penh (3 nights)
There is a real frontier feel in Phnom Penh. It has a vibrant street-life and colonial architecture. We get to sample some truly great restaurants, enjoy a Spa and massage that will have you begging for more, and visit some markets where you will be in bargain heaven. There is time to explore the Royal Palace with its opulence a stark contrast to our visit to the genocide museum and killing fields. For those interested in Khmer cuisine there is an optional morning cooking class which I can highly recommend.
Kep (2 nights)
Leaving the hectic capital we travel through the rice paddies and countryside in our private minivan with our driver Kong, to enjoy laid back time exploring the old French colonial beach town of Kep, and out magnificent Eco lodge. (we dine at the water's edge famous Kep crab market and take a walk in the forest (national park) which backs only our wonderful lodge.
Kampot (1 night)
Then it's onto the river port town of Kampot and its famous pepper, where we have time to explore the town on foot, it's the perfect, go and explore on your own location.There is a choice, either to explore Bokor mountain or Kayak the "Green Cathedral".before sunset drinks by the river.
Siem Reap (4 nights)
After breakfast in Kampot we drive to PNPH airport and take a short flight to Siem Reap saving time while our driver drives through the night to meet us the next morning.
Siem Reap is a delightful town situated on a lovely river setting and will be our base as we explore the wonders of Angkor Wat, a complex of temples that is truly one of the great wonders of the ancient world. We will purchase the 3 day pass for the temples and visit them for a few hours each day showcasing the best at the most interesting time of the day for the lighting and atmosphere.
Along the way I have found some exceptional restaurants, the best places to enjoy an evening beer, and some superb massage spas, to indulge and relax in during the hot afternoons. Both P Penh and S Reap have some fun, quirky Gay bars and nightclubs where we get to meet the locals, watch some shows and enjoy evening time and each others company.
Luang Prabang (3 nights)
The UNESCO listed former Royal Capital of Laos, Luang Prabang, is a true gem. Here we stay in a lovely hotel in the old city, perfect for heading out on foot to explore at your leisure. We get to visit the fabled waterfalls, and see some of the most beautiful Buddhist Wat's in the whole of Asia. Our trip has been timed for us to be here during the "festival of the fire boat". Magical!
Accommodation for this tour package is of western standard, and all hotels are delightful and located in the heart of where we want to be. Expect to be able walk out of the hotel and be in the middle of the action. Hotels are 3-4* with an X factor style all with ensuite, a swimming pool (Except Kampot and Luang Prabang) and WiFi.
As with all our trips let go of the concept you're signing up for a structured tour, you're not, you're joining us on an adventure , yes its a semi structured adventure with all the hard work done, but it is nevertheless an adventure. Things will go wrong some days, and changes will need to be taken in their stride, you will need your wits about you, and to expect to do some exploring on your own occasionally.
Dates 09th - 22th October 2021
Arrive in Phnom Penh (PNH) anytime on the 9th and depart Luang Prabang (LPQ) anytime on the 22nd.
This trip can be extended by to finish in Chiang Mai, see the Best of Laos and Northern Thailand trip, ask for a special extension price if interested.
Escorted by Richard OTS founder
Min 4 Max 10.
Cost estimate for 2021 U$2790 (Twin share)
Single room + U$590
Single we can try and match you up with a partner to share, or take up the offer of our very reasonable single supplement to enjoy your own space.
Exchange rate movements can play havoc with planning overseas trips but quoting in USD usually means less fluctuations.
Singapore, Bangkok, KL or Hong Kong all good bases to fly into and out of the right airports for this trip.
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