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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 Resort
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 a 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 confirmation). (B)
Fly to Siem Reap and stay 4 nights at the
HanumanAlaya Hotel (or similar). On arrival
transfer to the hotel where an afternoon
introductory lecture will be held. (B, D)
Morning visit to the early Roluos temples, the
oldest group of temples, including Preah Ko,
Bakong and Lolei. Afternoon visit to Angkor
Wat. Stay until sunset to admire the bas-reliefs
of the Hindu epics. (B)
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.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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