A Laotian dinner is served on the open-air terrace overlooking the Mekong River.
Meals: (B, L, D)
This exciting Cambodia and Laos tour incorporates two riverboat cruises and makes for the perfect honeymoon. From the history and seductive elegance of Phnom Penh to the phenomenal temples of Angkor Wat, to lovely lazy Luang Prabang. All excursions and transfers on this tour are on a private basis, apart from the cruise portions, which are shared with other passengers. All day trips, activities, and accommodations can be tailored in accordance with your personal wishes.
Your Cambodia and Laos Mekong adventure begins in Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh. See the National Museum and the Silver Pagoda. Learn about Cambodia’s tragic past at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek; it’s not a warm experience but it is essential if you want to understand what happened in Cambodia during the time of the Pol Pot regime.
Step aboard a luxurious French-colonial-styled riverboat for your Mekong Cruise. See the villages, including silversmiths’ and pottery villages along the way, as well as a floating ice factory. Explore the communities around the mighty Tonlé Sap Lake, where the local houses are built on stilts to allow for the lake’s changing levels. Explore the Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve by boat and spot large water birds such as the spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, black-headed ibis and the elusive masked finfoot.
Your guided tour of Laos and Cambodia continues with an exploration of the incredible temples of Angkor. See the ancient city area of Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm, a temple complex slowly being reclaimed by the jungle. Marvel at the 400-acre Angkor Wat complex; stroll through the intricately carved hallways and take your time to see every part of this incredible complex.
Head off the beaten path on the back of a Vespa with a local guide on a personalized adventure into the lush green Cambodian countryside. Your tour includes a visit to APOPO, a landmine clearing organization that uses Hero Rats to sniff out the deadly explosives. Meet local families and their water buffalo. Later, be amazed by the Phare Circus show, during which you’ll be entertained with dance, theater, original live music, juggling, gymnastics, and breath-taking circus arts that are used to tell Cambodian stories from recent history, folklore and modern society. On your last morning here, journey deep into the Angkor Complex to a small village community and its monastery with 200 monks for the ancient tradition of Alms Giving at Sunrise.
Transfer to Laos and the tiny city of Luang Prabang, which is one of Laos’ best-loved destinations. Stroll through the charming town on an off-the-beaten-track walking tour; visit the morning market, admire the architecture, and meet the locals. Spend a full day trekking in the Lao countryside through the surrounding rice fields and farms and into the jungle. Explore a cave that served as a natural bomb shelter for the villagers during the Second Indochina War. Meet the sun bears and Malayan black bears at a bear rescue center, and swim in the natural pools at the gorgeous Kuang Si Waterfalls.
Board another luxury river boat for the second cruise of your Laos and Cambodia tour. Visit the famous Pak Ou Caves, and stop by the hill tribe village of Baw, where you can watch the traditional process of making Lao whiskey. Observe rural life along the Mekong and witness the daily life of ethnic minorities and their talented craftsmanship.