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COMBINED TOUR – Luxury – 8 Days / 7 Nights

– A UNESCO Heritage Monuments Discovery
– Amazing experiences and meetings
– Unforgettable smiles of Southeast Asia

 

Day 1: Arrival in Luang Prabang
You will be warmly welcomed at the airport by your guide and travel by air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel. Then you will enjoy free time for your personal discovery of the city.
At the end of the afternoon you will meet your guide and travel to a beach, a Mekong river bank or a beautiful rice field, where you will enjoy the sunset and some tasty Laotian food in a peaceful atmosphere, typical of Laos. The sunset cocktail includes an assortment of beverages and Lao snacks, arranged only for you and set against a backdrop of wonderful scenery. During this peaceful moment, a therapist will provide a foot and shoulder massage to help you relax. You will then return with your car, driver and guide to the hotel.

Meals included: Meals on your own account
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

Note:
– Hotel rooms will be available at your arrival
– The sunset cocktail will start around 16:30 and will last until 18:00

 

Day 2: Luang Prabang
In the morning you will discover Luang Prabang with a UNESCO expert, Mr. Francis Engelmann. Enjoy a walking conference focusing on the heritage architecture of Luang Prabang, both religious and civil. The walk is oriented towards the lesser known parts of the town including charming lanes showing the more traditional atmosphere of the heritage town. throughout the day, you will be accompanied by your local guide along with Mr Francis Engelmann, who has been actively involved in the conservation of the city since 2001. He has a passion for history, urbanism and anthropology, knows the city like no one else and will be able to bring a new dimension to your discovery of the Sacred City of Laos. M. Engelmann will ensure your visit is from a different angle to enjoy all the more the city’s current splendor.
In the afternoon, you will be invited to meet Tiao Nith, a well-known artist of Luang Prabang, descendant of the former Lao Royal family. In Tiao Nith’s house, you will discover his private art collection and learn more about traditional lao art: embroideries, stenciled gold leaf, lacquer…You will also have the chance to talk about contemporary art in Laos and Thia Nith’s artwork. According to your preference, the artist will invite you to practice and create an artistic souvenir from Luang Prabang, to bring back home. You will return to your hotel after the meeting

Suggestion of restaurant for dinner: Manda de Laos
While daily life has changed in Laos and around the world, at “Manda de Laos” they carry on the traditions and spirit of “Mama Phiew” (Manda meaning “Mother” in Laotian), dedicated to sharing how the people of Laos cooked and ate in the past.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

 

Day 3: Luang Prabang

Option: Tak Bat ceremony
In the early morning, you will be escorted by your guide to Vat Nong temple to attend the Tak Bat ceremony (procession of monks). During the ceremony, devoted residents of Luang Prabang kneel on the sidewalk, bearing food in their hands, which they offer to the monks as they walk by in a procession of orange robes.

After this humbling experience, your guide will take you to a very animated local market. Each stall offers different kinds of food ranging from fruits and vegetables to meats and fishes, herbs, and fragrant spices. The sights, sounds and smells will surely awaken all your senses. While walking through, you will have a chance to taste and savor some local snacks. After the visit you will return to your hotel. The rest of the morning will be free at your leisure; you can also choose to join in a cooking class offered by your hotel.
In the afternoon, you will meet Marie-Pierre, a Belgian researcher focused on the cultural diversity of Laos. You will spend your afternoon with her for a visit of Luang Prabang focusing on local handicraft, from Lao and minority groups. Marie-Pierre will be your expert and personal shopper. You will start with a visit to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre where you will learn about the traditions and handicraft of several ethnic groups of Laos. This visit will be a good starting point to a responsible and high quality shopping session, as it will help you understand the different techniques used in textiles and handicrafts, as well as the specialties of some ethnic groups. Some tips will also be explained to differentiate handmade and machine-made objects. The tour will continue with a visit to some handicraft shops of Luang Prabang offering local and handmade high quality handicrafts such as: local silk clothes, cotton fabrics with natural dye, Hmong handicraft, Lao traditional skirts (can be tailored in one day), basketry, etc. The visits to the shops will always be accompanied by comments about the items that will link them to the visit at the museum.

Suggestion of restaurant: L’Eléphant Restaurant
The L’Eléphant Restaurant is located in the heart of the historical peninsula of Luang Prabang, between the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. This is a typical colonial house of 60 years offering charming harmonies between Lao and French architecture. It offers French, Lao traditional and creative cuisine composed of local and natural products grown in their own gardens.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

 

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou – Luang Prabang
You will board a luxury wooden boat to travel the 35 kilometers to the Pak Ou caves, the most famous Buddhist site around Luang Prabang. This beautiful excursion on the Mekong River, lined with steep karst cliffs and small villages, will be the opportunity to observe life on its banks. After the 1.5 to 2-hour boat ride, you will reach the Pak Ou site and climb up the stairs to the entrance, to find thousands of Buddha statues inside. Enjoy a delicious lunch cooked on the boat, at your own pace and in privacy.
After the return to Luang Prabang, you will have free time before meeting with your guide to experience a Baci ceremony and dinner in a private villa facing the Mekong River. This traditional ritual is deeply revered by every Lao person and is performed for many kinds of circumstances (birth, death, wedding, illness…). The Baci ceremony is intended to bring good luck to your souls, as Lao people believe that humans have 32 souls. The ceremony and dinner will take place at a locally owned villa situated at a peaceful place with stunning views from the terrace to the Mekong river side. It is also the perfect place to enjoy the sunset after this authentic experience.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

 

Day 5: Luang Prabang – Siem Reap
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be able to use the VIP fast track before meeting with your driver and travel to your hotel or directly to the West Baray.
After settling in, you will travel to the West Baray, a lake formed in the 11th century thanks to the construction of huge dams (2.3 by 8 kilometers) around it. The lake  perfectly illustrates the magnitude of the work undertaken to irrigate the land around Angkor. You will stop on its shores in the late afternoon and enjoy a glass of wine and canapés at sunset. Far from the bustle of the temples, the quietness and enchantment of the site are a wonderful way to end the day and become immersed in Cambodia. The views and atmosphere of the place are amazing – 180-degree views of the Baray, the Phnom Bakheng, and even far above the trees on the towers of Angkor Wat. You will return to your hotel after sunset.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

 

Day 6: Siem Reap
You will be picked up at your hotel and head out to Siem Reap International Airport where the helipad is located. Upon arrival, meet and greet with your English speaking pilot, and after a short presentation and security briefing you will start your discovery of Angkor with a scenic helicopter flight over the archaeological site and the country side. The size and beauty of the temples views from the sky is just amazing. During your 20-minute flight you will see the Angkor Complex and fly over Chong Kneas floating village, located on the Tonle Sap.

Option 50-minute helicopter flight:
You will fly over all the Angkor temples, Siem Reap city, Roluos temples, the floating villages, the temple of Banteay Srei and Phnom Kulen.

After landing, you will meet your driver and travel to the remote temple of Beng Mealea, located 67 kilometers to the north of Siem Reap city center. The temple was built during the reign of Suryavarman II, in the middle of the 12th century. Far from the bustle of Angkor Wat, Beng Mealea lends itself particularly to feelings of peaceful meditation and is now inhabited only by depictions of celestial dancers (Apsaras). You will find the symbiotic relationship between vegetable and mineral most surprising as the roots of the trees have gently wrapped around the temple. After exploring, you will enjoy a private lunch at Beng Melea with a lovely setting, cushions and small tables in the jungle close to this remote temple.
You will then return to Siem Reap and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

Suggestion of restaurant: Malis Restaurant
Malis Restaurant in Siem Reap offers refined Cambodian cuisine. The restaurant’s interior is modern and also enhanced by local handicrafts with refined Khmer artistic touches.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

 

Day 7: Angkor – Siem Reap
You will start the day with the discovery of Angkor Wat, the most impressive ancient Khmer site and the subject of great national pride. After the visit, enjoy a private lunch of Khmer food in a traditional Cambodian wooden house, located in a small village surrounded by ancient temples.
In the afternoon become immersed in a spiritual environment where you will learn and practice the original sacred dance of the Angkor period. During this private activity, you will be able to admire, learn and participate with the students in a part of the meditation and the dance. The school is located in a beautiful position in the middle of three sacred areas – the Banteay Srey temple, the Kbal Spean mountain and Phnom Dei mountain. There, students learn the real discipline it takes to perform the ancient Khmer traditional dance, with a lot of dedication and connection to the religion.
After or before your meeting with the Sacred Dancers, you will have the possibility to visit Banteay Srey temple, a beautiful small pink sandstone temple that is also known as the “Citadel of Women” and features remarkable sculptures. You will return in the afternoon to your hotel and have time at your leisure.
In the evening, your driver will pick you up at the hotel and travel to a remote temple where a gala dinner will be prepared for you in a magic atmosphere. During the dinner, you will enjoy a cultural performance such as circus or Apsara show. You will be back at your hotel in the late evening.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

Notes:
– Sacred Dancers school opening hours:
o Monday to Friday: from 14:00 to 17:00
o Weekends and public holidays: closed
– Before entering the Angkor complex and to obtain to Angkor Pass, a personal photo will be taken by the Apsara Authorities at the Angkor Complex Gate
– To avoid the mass of visitors, we recommend an early visit of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom at 07:00

 

Day 8: Siem Reap departure
You will meet your driver at the hotel to travel to the airport for your departure flight.

Option – Beach stay extension in Thailand
Option – Beach Stay extension in Cambodia

 

 

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