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12 days CAMBODIA and LAOS Tour | 16 - 28 March 2019


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16 - 28 March 2019 (12 Days) CAMBODIA and LAOS 2019 Tour

Cost: $3,299 Per Person, twin share including economy class airfares from Melbourne

Day 1: Saturday March 16, 2019 / Arrive at Siem Reap

Depart Melbourne at 11:25 on Vietnam airlines and arrive in Siem Reap at 20:35, the same day. Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport you will be transferred to hotel. A late snack will be available at the hotel before turning in for a good night's rest after the long flight.
Transportation: Bus

Breakfast: n/a Lunch: n/a Dinner: at hotel

Day 2: Sunday March 17 / Tuk Tuk to Chress Village for Water Filter Project

After breakfast at your hotel, a unique tuk tuk ride is the transportation of choice to visit Chress village. Rotary has enabled local people to be taught to build water filters to purify their ground water. They will teach us and then we will donate the water filters to families who need them most. After that you will walk around the village to discover the village way of life. While you are walking through the village we will make targeted donations: piglets, bicycles, water wells etc. After that it’s back to hotel and freshen up before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.Transportation: Tuk Tuk

Breakfast: at hotel
Lunch: Picnic
Dinner: at Selintra Restaurant

Day 3: Monday March 18 / Sunrise at Angkor Wat / Temple Tour/ Siem Reap at night

A very early start to see the sunrise at one of the ancient wonders of the world - Angkor Wat. Our expert guide will explain its mysteries as we explore it. We will experience more mystical masterpieces built by the Khmer people over 900 years ago including the jungle-clad Ta Phrom made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster “Tomb Raider” and Bayon. After a picnic lunch we will head to explore this buzzing city and its eclectic offerings by tuk tuk. After freshening up, enjoy a traditional Khmer meal and soak up the evening atmosphere in Siem Reap including a visit to the Angkor Night Market.

Transportation: Tuk Tuk
Breakfast: at hotel
Lunch: Picnic
Dinner: Butterfly Restaurant


Day 4: Tuesday March 19 / Project at Remote school “Sreivibolker Primary”
Via tuk tuk this morning the remote school of Sreivibolker Primary school is our destination, located in the approximately 35km Northeast of Siem Reap town. We will provide bicycles to children who have over 10 kms to walk to school...perhaps to get a sense...you may ride them the last 10 kms. Here we will conduct several activities with the school children. These could include a reading lesson, dental hygiene, simple songs, teaching sport, art or music. We may stay here for the day day or we may may return to Chress village to continue the water filters from yesterday. Flexibility is always fun in Cambodia.

Transportation: Tuk Tuk/bicycle Breakfast: at hotel
Lunch: Picnic
Dinner: Khmer Kitchen Restaurant

Day 5: Wednesday March 20 / Anlong Veng Project

A deep remote area in the former Khmer Rouge strong hold of Anlong Veng is seldom visited by weterners. Here we will assess the use of mosquito nets that were donated 2 years ago. The first time in this community...After that you will head to explore the village way of life, perhaps an oxen or walking tractor ride.. and you may wish to have a chit chat with local people to learn about the former Khmer Rouge era and the impact that is has today.

Transportation: Bus
Breakfast: at hotel
Lunch: Picnic
Dinner: at Champey Restaurant

Day 6: Thursday March 21 / Krouser Thmey Deaf Blind School

To be disabled in Cambodia is a very difficult life. We will learn about the challenges and contribute to ways forward in developing paths of education and support. Vannsak who is blind will be our guide for this experience. World of Difference has supported this home and school for 10 years now and we continue this journey with your assistance. It is also a chance to offer some fun with the deaf or blind children with games and activities. A very special few hours today! Then a free afternoon to explore the markets, the museum or a stroll along the river walk.Transportation: Bus
Breakfast: at Hotel
Lunch: picnic
Dinner: at Khmer Kitchen Restaurant

Day 7: Friday March 22/ Siem Reap – Luang Prabang, Laos

In the morning attend a local temple in Siem Reap with your guide, Rithy, for a meditation class and a discussion about spirituality and Buddhism. Return to the hotel for lunch before heading to the airport for the flight to Luang Prabang that departs at 5:05pm.
On arrival at Luang Prabang at 6:35pm complete the “Visa on arrival” process ($US31 in cash and a passport photo required) and transfer to the luxurious MyDream resort for dinner and a relaxed evening.

Transportation: Bus Breakfast: at Hotel

Lunch: at Hotel Dinner: at Hotel

Day 8: Saturday March 23 / Luang Prabang

After breakfast walk across the iconic Bamboo bridge into town and join a boat trip to

Transportation: Boat
Breakfast: at Hotel
Lunch: picnic
Dinner: at cooking class by the river

Day 9: Sunday March 24 / Luang Prabang

Today is a day to learn about Laos culture beginning with the sunrise “march of the monks” where you will offer Alms to hundreds of monks as they make their way down the main street, as they do every morning from around 5:30am. Return to the hotel for breakfast and then head out to explore the local temples with the option to join a meditation at a local Monastery. After lunch either relax by the pool of head back into town to climb Mount Phousi which rises 150 metres above the Luang Prabang skyline. From the summit you can enjoy a spectacular 360 degree outlook across the city and its many temples, and out over the surrounding landscape to the mountains in the distance. Count on spending a couple of hours for the climb and descent, with several stops to see the temples, rest under shady trees and admire the magical views. You can pray and make offerings at several temples along the way. Next to Wat Chomsi at the top of the hill you can buy flowers to offer for blessings.
Transportation: Bus
Breakfast: at Hotel
Lunch: at Hotel
Dinner: at local restaurant

Day 10: Monday March 25 / Luang Prabang

After breakfast travel by open pickup truck for about 1 hour to the Kuang Si waterfall which is the biggest and most spectacular in the Luang Prabang area. There are three tiers leading to a 50 metre drop into beautiful azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools make great swimming holes and are very popular with tourists and locals. You can change into your bathers at the wooden huts close to the entrance. The pools have cascades of up to five metres high with refreshing cold water due to the shade provided by the surrounding lush tropical jungle. If you don’t fancy a swim you can relax in the shade. There are trails allowing you to climb up to the top where you can see the stream feeding into the falls and enjoy some more natural pools. Remember to bring sensible footwear as the trails can get slippery and are not recommended for young children or the frail.

There is also the option to visit the nearby Bear sanctuary operated by “Free the Bears” and the enchanting butterfly park alongside.
Transportation: Open pick up
Breakfast: at Hotel

Lunch: picnic
Dinner: at local restaurant

Ou Caves is also a lovely way to see a little more of Laos village life and the beautiful Mekong

The Pak

Ou caves which are around 25Km outside Luang Prabang and are fascinating for their history as

a significant Buddhist site housing thousands of Buddha images and icons. A visit to Pak

river. Returning late afternoon for a cooking lesson on the banks of the river in Luang Prabang

where you’ll prepare your own meal before returning to the hotel.

Day 11: Tuesday March 26 / Luang Prabang

After breakfast we will visit the fascinating Royal Palace Museum. Set in a spacious, well-tended garden just off one of Luang Prabang’s main boulevards. The museum provides an insight into Lao history and culture. Although the current main building dates from the early 20th century, the exhibits stretches back several centuries to trace the turbulent past of the Lane Xang kingdom and the colonial era, through to the present day. Originally the residence of the king, the museum was designed in the French Beaux-Arts style, with many tasteful accents of traditional Lao culture. When the communists came to power in 1975, they took over the palace and sent the royal family to re-education camps. The palace was converted into a museum that was opened to the public in 1995.

After lunch at the hotel we will travel by open pickup to Buam Aor School, a project of Rotary Central Melbourne. Here we will conduct several activities with the school children including giving a reading lesson, teaching dental hygiene, English songs, teaching sport and art or music. We will also donate some bicycles to those children that walk more than 10km to school everyday.

Transportation: Pickup Breakfast: at Hotel
Lunch: at Hotel
Dinner: at local restaurant

Day 12: Wednesday March 27 / Luang Prabang

In the morning you will have the opportunity to revisit the main town of Luang Prabang for some last-minute shopping or just a coffee in the French bakery. After an early lunch we will depart for the airport around 12:30 for the flight to Siem Reap at 2:40pm. At Siem Reap we will transfer to a flight to Ho Chi Minh and transfer again to the Melbourne flight. Arriving home at 9:25am on the next day, Thursday March 28.

Transportation: Bus Breakfast: at Hotel Lunch: at hotel Dinner: NA

INCLUSIONS

  • Economy class airfares

  • Rotary Travel Insurance

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services as detailed in the above itinerary

  • English speaking local guide

  • All accommodation based on 2 sharing a room.

  • All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary

  • Private air conditioned bus, open pickup truck, Private TukTuk

  • Daily drinking water & face towels whilst sightseeing

  • All meals

    EXCLUSIONS

    • Visa fees (Cambodia on-line and Laos on arrival)• Expenditure of a personal nature
    • Any payment / money transfer charges

Itinerary pdf

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