Denise Heywood leads this tour through
Laos and Cambodia, where she has
lived and worked. Begin in serene Luang
Prabang in Laos, filled with glittering
temples. Cruise on the Mekong river to
sacred caves before flying to Vientiane.
End the tour with a stay in Siem Reap
to marvel at the mystical 12th-century
temple complex of Angkor Wat, the
largest religious monument in the world.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Luang Prabang via Bangkok with
Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Villa Santi Hotel (or similar)
for 4 nights. Luang Prabang, a world heritage
site with 35 golden temples, is the best-preserved
town in south-east Asia. Afternoon
at leisure. Evening introductory lecture and
welcome dinner. (D)
Temple tour, including Wat Visoun, Wat Mai
and Wat Xieng Thong. Along the way see
other temples, fine secular architecture and
French colonial buildings. Afternoon visit to the
National Museum, formerly the royal palace,
with fascinating collections of objects,
paintings and costumes. In the evening, see
Heritage House, a perfect example of Luang
Prabang’s secular buildings, and enjoy a
traditional baci welcome ceremony and Lao
dance performance at the historic Puang
Champa Cultural House. (B)
Today, cruise on the Mekong river to the Pak Ou
caves, filled with Buddha images. Have lunch in
a wooden cottage overlooking the river before
visiting a picturesque village to see silk weaving,
sericulture and mulberry paper production.
Late afternoon at leisure, with a chance to visit
Mount Phousi at sunset followed by a visit to a
night market, or listen to a Gavarak storytelling
accompanied by traditional music. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology
Centre for a special private tour, introduced
by the centre’s director. Special private visit to an historic teakwood home furnished with
antiques (subject to confirmation). Afternoon at
leisure or visit other temples, study murals and
iconography or visit The Living Land Company,
an inspiring community farm. (B)
Optional visit to Vipassana Meditation Centre to
learn meditation skills from the monks and talk
to them about their lives. Fly to Vientiane and
transfer to Green Park Boutique Hotel (or similar)
for 2 nights. Visit Patuxai Monument and That
Luang, the national symbol of Laos. (B)
Visit Wat Sisaket and Wat Phra Keo, as well as a
special private visit with silkweaver Carol Cassidy
at Lao Textiles Gallery. Optional afternoon
visit to a private textile museum (subject to
Fly to Siem Reap and stay 4 nights at the
HanumanAlaya Hotel (or similar). Afternoon
introductory lecture followed by a visit to Ta
Prohm temple, now restored but still shrouded
in tropical trees. (B, D)
Morning visit to the early Roluos and oldest
group of temples: Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei.
Afternoon visit to Angkor Wat. Stay until sunset
to admire the bas-reliefs of the Hindu epics. (B)
Morning at Angkor Wat. Afternoon visit to
Angkor Thom, the Bayon temple, Terrace of the
Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. (B)
Morning visit to Banteay Srei, followed by
Banteay Samre. Afternoon at leisure or optional
excursions to less-visited temples.Exclusive
farewell dinner with authentic Khmer cuisine and
traditional dance performance at the historic
Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor (or similar). (B, D)
Day at leisure. Optional visits to the Angkor
National Museum and further temples or local
markets. Late afternoon transfer to Siem Reap
airport. Fly to London, via Bangkok, with Thai
Airways and Bangkok Airways. (B)
Early morning arrival into London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
A collection of expertaccompanied
tours focusing on creativity in its
many forms. All tours are open to everyone.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by the lecturer, as well as
experienced local guides.
Typically based in 4- and 5-star
This tour involves some long walks
over uneven ground and therefore requires a
good level of fitness.
Denise Heywood is an
author, lecturer, journalist
and photographer who
worked in Cambodia for
three years. Her books
include Ancient Luang
Prabang & Laos and Cambodian Dance:
Celebration of the Gods. A lecturer for the
National Association of Decorative and Fine
Art Societies (Nadfas), Art Fund and School of
Oriental and African Studies (Soas), she has
lectured worldwide on Asian art and culture.
Please note that there are many
private visits on this tour, but their exclusive
and personal nature means they are subject to
confirmation nearer the time of departure. If any
do have to be re-arranged, please be assured
that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.
The Green Park Boutique Hotel is situated next to Nong Chanh Park in the heart of Vientiane and only a few minutes from the city's tourist attractions and shopping district. The 34 contemporary guest rooms are furnished using traditional Lao materials with a private balcony or terrace overlooking the swimming pool or the lush tropical garden. The hotel also has a spa and a restaurant with an open-air terrace and...
The HanumanAlaya is a boutique hotel surrounded by lush gardens featuring 13 beautifully furnished rooms finished with wood, silk and local handicrafts. Facilities include a swimming pool, a spa and 2 restaurants that serve Khmer specialities as well as international...
Santi Resort & Spa is situated only 6 km from the World Heritage Site where the original Villa Santi Hotel is located. The resort sits in 10 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens, surrounded by mountains and natural streams. There are has 48 guest rooms, 1 suite and 3 regent villas, all elegantly decorated in traditional Royal Lao theme with rosewood furnishings and Lao silk textiles. The Torseng restaurant offers authentic Royal Lao cuisine and international dishes. Facilities include a lounge bar and an outdoor swimming...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
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