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  • Enjoy a two day cruise on the Mekong River
  • Discover the temples of Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos
  • Explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • Understand the dark history of the Khmer Rouge regime on a guided tour of Phnom Penh
This 14-day multi-country adventure features Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, offering a fantastic introduction to Indochina. You'll start in the Thai capital of Bangkok where you'll explore Buddhist temples and the opulent Grand Palace, and you'll then take a flight to Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. From Chiang Rai, you'll transfer to Chiang Khong on the Thai border before travelling across to Huay Xai in Laos. From here, you'll board a private boat to enjoy a relaxing two-day cruise along the Mekong River to Luang Prabang.

You'll have time to fully explore the enchanting UNESCO listed city of Luang Prabang before discovering the mysterious Plain of Jars at Phonsavan, and then you'll fly south to the Vientiane where you'll have time to explore the magnificent temples and monuments. Your next destination is the Cambodian city of Siem Reap, where you can see the ancient temples of Angkor Wat before flying to Phomn Penh. Here, you will learn more about the dark history of the Khmer Rouge regime with visits to the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S-21) and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields.

Please see more details in the included itinerary section.
Hotel
Upon arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport you will be met by a Wayfairer representative and transferred to your chosen accommodation. Your Wayfairer guide will meet you at your hotel in the evening to brief you about your itinerary and recommend some great places to eat in this exciting city.
Hotel
You’ll have an early start today as it is a busy day! This morning your local guide will take you to Bangkok’s magnificent temples and palaces, including Thailand’s most sacred sites: the glittering Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Pho with its spectacular 46-metre long Reclining Buddha.

After lunch you’ll transfer back to the airport for a flight to Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, near the Golden Triangle bordering Myanmar and Laos. This evening you can explore the bustling Chiang Rai Night Bazaar where hill tribe people and lowlanders gather to sell their handicrafts.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Cruise
It is another early start today. This morning you’ll take a two-hour trip to the Thai border town of Chiang Khong and then you’ll cross the border by boat to Huay Xai in Laos where your guide will help you get your Laos entry visas on arrival.

You’ll board a private boat for a two-day personalised cruise down the Mekong River passing beautiful jungle scenery and traditional villages. This slow cruise is a wonderful way to soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the upper Mekong and it is a great introduction to laid-back Laos.

This evening you’ll spend the night in Pakbeng, a small village in Laos located on the Mekong River halfway between Huay Xai in Thailand and Luang Prabang in Laos.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Cruise
Today you’ll continue your cruise south along the Mekong River towards Luang Prabang. Stop to explore the fascinating Pak Ou Caves which contain hundreds of Buddha statues before arriving in Luang Prabang in the late afternoon.

Luang Prabang has been claimed by UNESCO to be ‘the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia’. Here you can wander the streets and back alleys and you’ll soon discover why so many people fall in love with this beautiful town with its gleaming temple roofs, fading French architecture and stunning mountain backdrop.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel
We recommend that you get up early to join the locals as they offer alms to the hundreds of saffron-robed Buddhist Monks who line the streets of Luang Prabang every morning. This sacred ceremony is quite spectacular and in our opinion certainly worth getting up early to witness it.

After breakfast, you’ll embark on a guided walking tour during which you’ll visit Wat Xieng Thong with its sweeping roof and rare reclining Buddha, and Wat Wisunalat which represents the earliest style of Laotian architecture and Luang Prabang's oldest operating temple. You’ll then walk to the top of Phu Si Hill to take in panoramic views of the city.

After lunch, you’ll travel 29km outside of Luang Prabang to Kuang Si Falls, a beautiful cascading waterfall surrounded by lush jungle.

In the evening your Wayfairer guide will give you recommendations for Luang Prabang’s best restaurants.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
Today you’ll travel to Phonsavan in the remote Xieng Khuoang Province in central Laos.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
After breakfast this morning, your guide will take you to the mysterious Plain of Jars, an ancient site where there are hundreds of large stone jars are scattered across the countryside, although no one knows exactly why they are there. The jars are carved from both sandstone and granite in various sizes from very small to about 3.5m high and are thought to be more than 2,000 years old.

In the afternoon you’ll fly to the peaceful capital city of Vientiane, located on the banks of the Mekong River.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
This morning you’ll explore Vientiane with your Wayfairer guide. You’ll visit Wat Si Saket which is the oldest surviving temple in Vientiane and home to over 10,000 Buddha images, and the golden stupa of That Luang (the Great Sacred Stupa) which is the most sacred monument in the country and is now recognised as the national monument and symbol of Laos. You’ll also visit Patuxai (Victory Gate of Vientiane) which is reminiscent of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe and is one of the city’s most noticeable landmarks.

This afternoon you’re free to explore the Talat Sao Morning Market, which is confusingly open in the afternoon.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
Today you’ll fly from Vientiane to Siem Reap, the former capital of the great Khmer Empire. Your Wayfairer guide will meet you at your hotel and they will take you on a tour of this historical city.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
Today you’ll have a full day to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, including the iconic temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Phrom.

The complex consists of hundreds of temples and monuments which were built by the Khmer empire between 800AD to 1300AD. After the fall of the Khmer empire they were abandoned and reclaimed by the jungle for centuries, but many of the temples have now been restored and more than two million tourists visit Angkor Wat each year. Your Wayfairer guide will provide detailed information on how these temples were built, and what purpose each one had within the complex.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
After breakfast you’ll travel to Banteay Srei, a temple famed for its intricate carvings depicting battles, scenes of conquest and Khmer daily life. Built in the 10th century and dedicated to the Hindu God, Shiva, this remote temple is one of Angkor’s highlights.

This afternoon you’ll discover Tonlé Sap Lake and the floating village of Chong Khneas where almost 1000 families live and make their living fishing on the lake.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
This morning you’ll have some free time to explore Siem Reap. We recommend that you visit Wat Thmei which serves as a memorial to those who were killed at the site during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, explore the Old Quarter with its tree-lined boulevards and stunning French architecture, and learn about the fascinating story of the Angkor Empire at the Angkor National Museum. Later today we will transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
Today you’ll have a guided tour of Phnom Penh which will include a visit to the Royal Palace, home of the current Cambodian Monarch, King Sihamoni. There’s also the option to visit Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S-21) where prisoners of the Khmer regime were held and killed. Then, this afternoon you’ll visit the infamous Killing Fields of Choeung Ek Killing Fields just outside the city.

Visiting Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek is a sobering experience that you will never forget.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Sadly your Mekong and Temples holiday is drawing to an end. After breakfast this morning you’ll check-out of your accommodation and you’ll be driven to the airport for your flight home.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Transfers as stated in itinerary
  • Domestic flights as stated in itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites as stated in itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide throughout
  • Boat cruise
  • Some meals, as listed in the itinerary
what's excluded
  • International flights
  • Optional excursions and activities not stated in itinerary
  • Visas and travel insurance
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