Set foot on the path to discovery and journey to the heart of three distant lands. Make your way through the timeless backstreets of ancient towns and cities, linger at the busy morning markets filled with exotic goods and explore the imposing temples and pagodas of another age. As you cruise gently down the Mekong, look across to where farmers toil in the lush green paddy fields and watch the sun set peacefully over the landscape.
Our journey starts in the beautiful city of Bangkok. We visit the Grand Palace and take a boat ride along the canals of the rural western suburbs. We then fly to Chiang Rai and visit the Golden Triangle. Crossing into Laos we spend two leisurely days cruising down the Mekong with an overnight stay at Pak Beng before reaching Luang Prabang. Whilst here we’ll take a walking tour of the city with a guide and visit the National Museum. Outside of the city we have the chance to see bears and learn their stories at a rescue centre as well as driving out to the Kuangsi waterfall where you can take a dip or just relax in the beautiful surroundings.
Leaving the Mekong we travel south by coach to Phonsavanh along scenic mountain roads where we stop at the mystical Plain of Jars – a landscape where hundreds of huge megalithic stone jars lie scattered for unknown purpose. We continue to Vang Vieng where we’ll have a visit to the local Mines Advisory Group. Here, you’ll learn of the work they are doing to make the land safe for local children and adults. Then it’s on to the capital, French colonial style Vientiane.
We then fly south to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. On our first day we’ll take local ‘tuk tuk’ transport away from the tourist trail for an evening food safari with a guide where you’ll visit local markets to sample exotic fruit of the region as well as some of the more interesting delicacies-if you dare! Our second day here will be spent sightseeing in the city and we’ll also have an excursion to the sobering Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Museum.
We travel by coach through a sea of rice fields to Siem Reap close to Angkor Wat. This huge temple and tomb complex is undoubtedly one of the wonders of the world, covering an area of 60 square kilometres. One day will be spent exploring the complex and on another we take a boat trip to Kampong Kleang on the edge of Tonle Sap Lake We then fly back to Bangkok for our last night where you will have some free time for personal exploration.