Accompanied by expert lecturer Denise
Heywood who has lived in the region,
begin your tour 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
of Angkor Wat, the largest religious
monument in the world and the highlight
of the tour.
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Fly from London Heathrow to Luang Prabang,
via Bangkok with Thai Airways and Bangkok
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 That Makmo, seeing other temples,
fine secular architecture and French colonial
buildings along the way. 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 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, or listen to a Gavarak
storytelling. (B, L)
Morning visit to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology
Centre for a special tour, introduced by the
centre’s curator. Special private visit to a
traditional teak-wood home furnished with
antiques (subject to availability). 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.
Fly to Vientiane. Transfer to Green Park Boutique
Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. Visit Wat Sisaket,
Wat Phra Keo, Patuxai Monument and That
Luang, the national symbol of Laos. (B)
Continued city visits followed by a special
private visit with silkweaver Carol Cassidy at Lao
Textiles Gallery. Optional afternoon visit to the
National Museum in Vientiane. (B)
Fly to Siem Reap and stay 4 nights at The Victoria
Angkor Resort & Spa (or similar). Afternoon
introductory lecture followed by a visit to Ta
Prohm temple, now restored but still shrouded in
tropical trees. (B)
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 food and
traditional dance performance. (B, D)
Day at leisure. Optional visits to the Angkor
National Museum and further temples. Late
afternoon transfer to Siem Reap airport. Fly to
London, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways and
Bangkok Airways. (B)
Early morning arrival into London Heathrow. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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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.
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 Tara Angkor Hotel is a stylish 4-star property in the heart of Siem Reap, offering 206 rooms and suites. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities, a minibar and flatscreen television, while wireless internet access is complimentary in the rooms and throughout the hotel. Facilities include a lobby bar, swimming pool with jacuzzi, fitness centre and sauna. The two restaurants serve European, Thai and Cambodian dishes, and the chefs are also available for cooking lessons, where you can learn to prepare and cook your favourite Cambodian or Thai...
The Villa Santi Hotel was established in 1992 by a Lao businessman Mr. Santi Inthavong who married a former royal princess. The hotel was renovated from the former royal mansion and had been operated as a family hotel with 25 rooms. It is situated in the heart of Luang Prabang's World Heritage Site, only a block away from the Nam Khan River and the Mekong, and only a few steps to many sightseeing places such as ancient temples, the former Royal Palace and Mount...
Denise 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.
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