Day 1: Luang Prabang - Arrival
Meet upon arrival at Luang Prabang airport, transfer and check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 2: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou - Luang Prabang (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Vat Xieng Thong, considered as the most beautiful temple. Then board a traditional riverboat for a trip upstream the Mekong River to visit the famous caves of Pak Ou housing thousands of statues representing Lord Buddha. Return to Luang Prabang. Departure by road to the Khuang Xi Waterfalls (30 kms, approx. 1 hour drive). On the way to the waterfalls, visit the Khmu minority village of Ban Thapaene for a glimpse into their lifestyle. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 3: Luang Prabang - Vientiane (B, L) - by flight
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the National Museum (former King's Palace) displaying a collection of personal artifacts of the Royal Family: photos, musical equipment and gifts received from foreign countries. Visit local market/ Transfer to the airport for flight to Vientiane. Meet upon arrival at Vientiane Wattay airport, transfer and check-in at the hotel. Vientiane's major attractions are the serene Buddhist monasteries that dominate the center of town. The city has kept its timeless charm with tree-lined avenues, brightly painted temples and quaint French architecture. Visit Vat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane. Nearby is Ho Phra Keo, once the royal temple of Lao monarchy. The main structure originally housed the famous Emerald Buddha that now resides in Bangkok's Wat Phra Keo. One of the most photographed images of Vientiane is Patousay, the victory gate also known as Anousavari. Another famous Vientiane landmark is the that Luang Stupa. King Setthathirath built this great sacred stupa in 1566. Its central structure is 45 meters tall and echoes the curving lines of an elongated lotus. The original stupa was said to contain relics of Lord Buddha. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 4: Vientiane - Pakse - Tadlo and Tribal Villages (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning transfer to airport for flight Vientiane -Pakse (flight time: 1:10 minutes). Arrive Pakse, check in at hotel. Visit Tad Phasouam, then continue by car to Tadlo, located on the northern edge of the Boloven Plateau. Tatlo is touted as an eco-friendly resort near the Xeset Waterfall. Short visit the Katou village of Ban Houeihoun. This minority is a very primitive population that earns their livelihood from forest products. In this village, one thing worth pointing out is that the women do not use handlooms for weaving as in other parts of the country. Visit Alack and Nge tribal villages, Kaleum on the way to Thateng. Afternoon,visit villages of minority (tribal) Souey, Ta Oy at Tadlo. Overnight in Tadlo.
Day 5: Tadlo - Pakse (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Return to Pakse via Paksong. The Boloven Plateau, formed by ancient volcano, is famous for its coffee and tea plantations. The plateau has a number of tribal villages, some of them still practicing Stone Age culture. They use extremely primitive agriculture tools and conduct frequent spiritual ceremonies. Short stop for coffee or tea at the village garden. Visit TadFane waterfall. Afternoon arrival in Pakse. Visit Vat Luang, the most beautifull temple in Pakse. Visit local market. Overnight in Pakse.
Day 6: Pakse - Champassak - Mekong River - Khong Island (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Board a local long-tail riverboat and cruise down the Mekong River, heading south towards the former royal capital of Champassak. Arrival in Champassak and check-in at the hotel. Visit the pre-Angkorian Vat Phou Temple (6th-13th centuries). Continue by car to Ban Khiet Ngong village and take an elephant ride to reach the enigmatic Phu Asa temple, which lies amidst the dense jungle. Visit Bane Done Khone by boat. Arrive in Khong Island, transfer and check-in at the hotel. Khong Island, blessed with lush tropical vegetation, serene monasteries and lovely fishing villages, offers a unique opportunity to experience the peaceful Lao way of life.
Day 7: Khong Island (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Cruise along the backwaters to explore Siphandone and visit the surrounding islands of Done Ket and Done Som for a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen. Continue to Done Khone Island. Visit Done Khone Island and hike along its ancient railway built by the French in 1897 in order to bypass the powerful rapids when transporting goods from Cambodia. Continue to Sumphamith Waterfall. In the dry season, the Irrawaddy Dolphins, one of the world's rarest large mammal species, congregate at the base of the rapids to hunt the fish that survive in the deep pools. Spend a relaxing hour watching these extremely shy and endangered freshwater dolphins.
Day 8: Khong Island - Dong Kralor - Stung Stren - Kratie (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel.Transfer to Dong Kralor immigration checkpoint (border crossing to Cambodia). En route, stop at the magnificent Khone Phapheng Waterfall, the largest cascade along the Mekong River. A fault line caused the cascade, which is 6 km wide at this point, and the astonishing force of the water has cut dramatic gorges through the brittle bedrock. Transfer to Dong Kralor immigration checkpoint (border crossing to Cambodia). Your Cambodian Guide is waiting you at the border and transfer by private car to Stung Stren and Kratie. Overnight in simple Guest house in Kratie (air conditionned and attach bath room).
Day 9: Kratie (B, L)
Kratie its a little colonial town. Visit of an interesting market and around the town with guide and private car. Beautifull typical landscapes In evening we go at 10 Km on the Mekong bank and go by little boat for try to see big Irrawadi Dolphins on the Mekong.
Day 10: Kratie - Kompong Cham (B, L)
Depart morning with guide from Kratie by boat (ferry) to Kompong Cham. At Kompong Cham a private car is waiting you. Kompong Cham is a colonial style town. Visit of Vat Knokor temple (12th centyry) and visit of Hevea forest in Chupp and a Latex factory (latex is not made in June July August).
Day 11: Kompong Cham - Kompong Thom - Sambor Prei Kuk - Siem Reap (B, L)
Departure with guide and private vehicle for Kompong Thom and discovery of Sambor Prei Kuk's temples, certainly the most beautiful examples of the art Pré-Angkorien of the VIIth century, after visit departure to Siem Reap about (4 hours drive) to arrive in Siem Reap, near Angkor. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 12: Siem Reap (B, L)
This morning we will visit the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya (preangkorian), which flourished in the late 9th and early 10th Centuries. These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred as the Roluos group. The three Roluos temples are Bakong Temple Mountain with wonderful carvings on the false doors and lintels, the funerary temple of Preah Ko, Lolei Temple with the Roluos group's most exquisite carvings and inscriptions. Then we will visit some temples, Kleangs, Prah Pithu, la Porte de la Victoire, Thommanon, Chau Say Thevauda. End afternnon we go to Phnom Bakhend temple to watch the sunset on Angkor Wat and others temples. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 13: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat (B, L)
Morning you will visit with your prived professional guide, the "Great City" of Angkor Thom, visits include the famous Bayon Temple, Phimeanakas Temple within the Royal Palace enclosure, Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Afternoon dedicated to visit the most famous and magnificent Angkor Vat temple. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 14: Angkor Temple (B, L)
Morning visit of a selection of temples, including the Royal City of Preah Khan with impressive sculptures, Neak Pean built on a small circular island, Ta Som, East Mebon, Preah Rup. Afternoon we will continue our visits by Thommanon temple, Ta Keo, one of Angkor's great temple mountains, Ta Prohm with a part of the jungle, Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang a Royal bathing place, Prasat Kravan with unique brick sculptures. We will visit Les Chantiers Ecole, a handicraft center located in the center of Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 15: Banteay Srei - Kobal Spien (B, L)
Morning we will visit the enchanting Banteay Srei. It appears that the temple was designed to leave no space undecorated, and the fine carvings in pink sandstone are unique. We will continue after by car to a little chain of hills. After one hour, we will arrive in a place near Kbal Spien and continue our journey on foot, following a white sand path which heads up into the jungle. This very pleasant walk takes us through the beautiful forest. Please note that there are several narrow and steep passages on the way. After approximately 40 minutes walk, we will hear the sound of a waterfall. We will discover that the riverbed and the rocks around us are covered with carvings representing the gods of the Brahma religion dating back as far as the 11th century, its the "thousand Lingas Rivers". After this visit, we will go to Banteay Samre, with elaborate architecture and exceptional carvings, and we will visit of a local village. and visit of Baray Oriental sites, built by Rajendravarman: Banteay Kdey, Pré Rup, Preasat Khleang, Mébon Oriental. When we return, visit of an actual Pagodae-Monastry, where youngs Monks are studiyng. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 16: Tonle Sap Lake - Departure (B, L)
This morning we will enjoy a boat ride (private boat and guide) on the Tonle Sap lake. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen's "floating village" with floatting schools, floatting police station, etc. It is same as a big village floatting on the lake, and the "village" move from place to place following water levels and curant. Afternoon, (depending of your departure time by plane) we will visit Siem Reap central market and the Silk Farm in Puok, established by a French NGO to revive Cambodia's beautiful silk production. We can see every step of silk production. Transfer to Siem Reap Airport 3 hours before your departure with international flight.