Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand by Intrepid Travel

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cambodia classic cambodia comfort 6 days phnom penh to siem reap itinerary days 1-2 phnom penh our adventure begins in cambodia s capital a friendly riverside city with loads of khmer charm and faded french-colonial elegance venture into the plus local payment us$100 physical culture shock serene environs of the royal palace with its spectacular silver pagoda a stark contrast to the tragedy of the khmer rouge era revealed on visits to the tuol sleng genocide museum and the killing fields of choeung ek there is time to delve deeper into khmer history at the national museum to hunt for silver and local crafts in the russian market or take a sunset stroll along sisowath quay days 3-6 siem reap a short flight takes us to the laid-back town of siem reap our base for explorations among the stunning temples of angkor over the next few days our guide introduces us to the history and mythology of the angkor empire as we wander among the ruins hindu epics come to life in the sandstone bas-reliefs of angkor wat feel the might of nature as we explore root-smothered ta prohm and wonder at the skill of khmer artisans while admiring the stone heads of the bayon ease away any temple-fatigue with a massage back in town and travel further afield to visit pretty banteay srei the best preserved of all the temples our adventure ends with a sumptuous feast of khmer cuisine bayon faces chris o neill accommodation hotels 5 nts transport bus plane walking group size max 12 meals 5 breakfasts budget allow us$180 for meals not included departs selected tue notes arrival airport transfer is included so please advise flight details at time of booking traveller rating 4.76 out of 5 2007 start 02 jan 09 jan 16 jan 30 jan 13 feb 27 feb 13 mar 27 mar 24 apr 08 may 05 jun 19 jun finish 07 jan 14 jan 21 jan 04 feb 18 feb 04 mar 18 mar 01 apr 29 apr 13 may 10 jun 24 jun 26 jun 10 jul 17 jul 07 aug 14 aug 21 aug 04 sep 11 sep 18 sep 02 oct 16 oct 06 nov 13 nov 01 jul 15 jul 22 jul 12 aug 19 aug 26 aug 09 sep 16 sep 23 sep 07 oct 21 oct 11 nov 18 nov 20 nov 25 nov 04 dec 09 dec 18 dec 23 dec 2008 01 jan 08 jan 15 jan 22 jan 05 feb 12 feb 19 feb 04 mar 06 jan 13 jan 20 jan 27 jan 10 feb 17 feb 24 feb 09 mar 11 mar 18 mar 01 apr 06 may 03 jun 10 jun 17 jun 16 mar 23 mar 06 apr 11 may 08 jun 15 jun 22 jun · bask in the serene beauty of the royal palace · reflect on cambodia s tragedy at tuol sleng · see the incredible angkor wat · wander among the vine-covered ruins of ta prohm kks trip code bangkok to hanoi original 15 days bangkok to hanoi departs every sun selected thu itinerary days 1-2 bangkok a longtail boat ride along the city s khlongs reveals why bangkok was once known as the `venice of the east later visit wat pho home to the world s plus local payment us$200 physical culture shock largest reclining buddha day 3 chiang mai do as the locals do and take in the aerial views of chiang mai from doi suthep enjoy a bowl of kao soi noodles and browse the night bazaar for a bo sang umbrella day 4 chiang khong slow down in the pleasant environment of this border town mingle with mien and white h mong villagers while taking in spectacular views of the mekong days 5-6 mekong river take a slow boat down the mekong soaking up the laid-back river lifestyle stay overnight in tranquil pakbeng and see the hundreds of buddhas carved into the limestone cliffs at pak ou caves days 7-8 luang prabang nestled into a river bend with a mountain backdrop temples galore and a quaint colonial air luang prabang is stunning delve into local history at the royal palace museum and swim in the turquoise waters of nearby kuang si falls days 9-11 vientiane a laid-back charm pervades the lao capital whether you re checking out the symbolic pha that luang or savouring a mekong sunset with a cold beerlao day 12 lak sao revel in a striking montage of mountain forest and karst scenery en route to the border town of lak sao days 13-15 hanoi we continue on to vietnam s capital browse the old quarter shops and take in a water puppet performance accommodation guesthouses/hotels 13 nts overnight train 1 nt transport train riverboat jumbo tuk tuk songthaew taxi local and charter bus group size max 12 meals 3 breakfasts budget allow us$225 for meals not included departs every sun selected thu traveller rating 4.73 out of 5 trip code photography competition 2005 local vendor laos mike wedgwood · zoom down bangkok s khlongs on a longtail boat · relax on a slow boat down the mekong · explore the temples of luang prabang lsv 32