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SEA-08 Laos & Cambodia - Mekong Adventure

  • Price from: 2860USD per person
  • Trip day:14 days 13 nights days


  Highlights: Vientiane, Khammoune, Wat Phu, Four Thousand Islands, elephant riding, Khone Phapaeng Falls, kayaking on the Mekong, Mekong River trip, Phnom Penh, Southeast Asian food.

  Fascinating journey by road and by river along the mighty Mekong River from the Lao capital of Vientiane to the vibrant Cambodian city of Phnom Penh. We’ll visit the incredible, yet little known, limestone scenery of Khammoune Province’s Hin Boun region including a jungle nature hike and a boat trip on an underground river plus the waterfalls and coffee plantations of the Boloven Plateau as well as UNESCO World Heritage site Wat Phu before reaching the picturesque 4,000 Islands region on the Lao/Cambodian border. Here we’ll take in the spectacular Khone Phapaeng Falls, (one of the largest in the world even though few people have heard of them!), and its pod of rare Irrawaddy dolphins before continuing down the Mekong to the remote Cambodian settlement of Stung Treng and on to Phnom Phen itself. An unforgettable trip through some of Southeast Asia’s most spectacular yet little known regions!


  Included in the price:

  * 13 nights accommodation in hotel/guesthouse/eco lodge

  * Daily meals out of hotel (as detailed in the tour description)

  * Admission charges where applicable as shown in the tour description

  * English-speaking local guide

  * A/C tourism transportation in the program

  * Service charges for baggage handling between airports/train stations and hotels

  * Service charge and Government tax


  Not included in the price:

  * International flights and tax

  * Personal consumption

  * Visa fee

  * Tips for drivers, guides and hotel porters

  No flight


  easy to moderate – maximum walking approx. 3-4 hrs on day 6, kayaking approx. 2 hrs on day 11.

Payment should be finished four weeks before the arrival of the group.

Cancellation: You may cancel your confirmed booking, but this must be in written letter (email or fax). But if cancellation occurs after your confirmation to book the tour, or if you fail to pay the full cost of the tour within the specified time, you will be liable to pay cancellation charges.

Cancellation charges are as follows:

  • No less than 30 days before arrival: $150 per person
  • 30 to 15 days before arrival: $300 per person
  • 14 to 7 days before arrival: 60% of the full payment per person
  • 6 to 0 days before arrival: 100% of the full payment per person

 Traveler substitutions are considered reservation cancellations and are subject to the above cancellation fees. After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

Refunding: If you have paid for the tour but then have to cancel it more than 15 days before the start of your tour, we will refund all the payment except the deposit ($300 per person). If cancellation has to be made within 15 days, we will charge some cancellation penalty as well as the deposit, according to how much we have to pay to our suppliers. We will try our best to decrease your loss because we know it's not your purpose to cancel it.

Day 1: Arrival Vientiane D
Morning arrival via Bangkok, in the capital Vientiane and an afternoon at leisure to recover from jet-lag, explore the local markets or perhaps to stretch our legs with a stroll along the Mekong waterfront for sundowners in a riverbank cafe.
Overnight in Vientiane
Day 2: Vientiane B/L
Day tour of some of the city’s fascinating sites; Si Saket Temple with its thousand Buddha images, the bustling morning market and Vientiane’s most famous monument – the That Luang Stupa as well as the unusual ‘Buddha Park’. Less cheerful, but we feel important and highly informative stops, will also be made at the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a major problem many of the local people face daily in the form of unexploded ordnance as a result of the heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War era.
Overnight in Vientiane
Day 3: VIentiane - Hin Boun B/L
Leave Vientiane for a leisurely drive south east to Khammoune, one of Laos’s most picturesque, yet least visited Provinces. Visits along the way will include a 15th century stupa, a hill-tribe market and plenty of photo opportunities! Afternoon arrival at our night’s accommodation in Hin Boun, a remote and charming riverside lodge set amongst dramatic limestone scenery. Time to relax or explore the area.
Overnight in Hin Boun
Day 4: Hin Boun - Thakaek B/L
Departure by boat for an exploration of the incredible Konglor Cave – a 7 km long cavern, up to 100 m high, with spectacular stalactite formations and an underground river running from end to end. On traversing the cave we’ll have an opportunity for a hike through the hidden valley on the far side before completing our day with a transfer to the nearby town of Thakaek – an old Mekong river port from the French era – in time for sundowners on the waterfront.
Overnight in Thakaek
Day 5: Thakaek - Savannakhet B/L
A fascinating day trip through the area’s awesome limestone landscapes including a forest hike where local guides will show you traditional forest food and medicines collected by the local inhabitants; a walk around the serene Nong Thao Lake to discover local fishing techniques, stop-offs in rarely visited villages and a visit to a secret 300 year old cave temple, only discovered in 2004. Late afternoon drive to Savannakhet - another important colonial period town – for our night’s accommodation.
Overnight in Savannakhet
Day 6: Savannakhet - Pakse
Continue south along the Mekong to another old river port, Pakse. Lunchtime arrival and the afternoon at leisure to explore the local markets, try out a Lao style spa, or just relax in the hotel’s roof garden and take in the sunset.
Overnight in Pakse
Day 7: Pakse B/L
Day tour of some of the sites of the Boloven Plateau, home to numerous ethnic minorities and the centre of Lao’s coffee growing industry including visits to one of the area’s coffee plantations and a chance to bathe in the Tad Yeuang Falls.
Overnight in Pakse
Day 8: Pakse - Champassak B/L
Boat trip down the Mekong River south to the small town of Champassak. Afternoon trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phu – a pre-Angkor, Khmer temple dramatically situated on a mountain side overlooking the valley of the Mekong.
Overnight in Champassak
Day 9: Champassak - Kietngong village B/L
Morning transfer to Kietngong village for an elephant trek to some hilltop ruins and on to the delightful Kingfisher Eco Lodge on the edge of the Sepian national Biodiversity Area for our night’s accommodation. Afternoon hike to discover the area, bird watching in the nearby wetlands or simply resting up on the balcony admiring the superb view.
Overnight in Kietngong village
Day 10: Kietngong village - Lao/Cambodian border B/L
Continuing south to the - a stretch of the Mekong River of truly outstanding natural beauty straddling the Lao/Cambodian border.
Overnight in Four Thousand Islands
Day 11: Four Thousand Islands B/L
Explore some of the islands by boat, kayak and on foot. Visit SE Asia’s largest waterfalls – the stunning Khone Phapaeng Falls – and with luck catch a glimpse of some of the rare freshwater dolphins which still inhabit this stretch of the river.
Overnight in Four Thousand Islands
Day 12: Four Thousand Islands - Stung Treng of Cambodia - Kratie
Continuing down the Mekong we’ll follow the picturesque jungle-lined river into Cambodia and the remote town of Stung Treng. From here we’ll continue overland, south to the old French port of Kratie for our night’s accommodation. Afternoon to wander the bustling river front area.
Overnight in Kratie
Day 13: Kratie - Kompong Cham - Phnom Penh B/L
The final leg of our journey will take us overland via Kompong Cham and a visit to the Angkor era temple of Wat Nokor to Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.
Overnight in Phnom Penh
Day 14: Departure Kunming B
Transfer to the airport for leaving flight. End of service.