Undiscovered Laos and Cambodia

12 Days / 11 Nights

  Pakse - Ratanakiri - Ban Lung - Kratie - Phnom Penh

12 Days / 11 Nights

Undiscovered Laos and Cambodia

  Pakse - Ratanakiri - Ban Lung - Kratie - Phnom Penh

This unique overland tour will see you travel ‘off the beaten track’ through Laos and into Cambodia. Explore the southern region of Laos where ancient ruins dot the landscape and rare pink Irrawaddy dolphins swim. Cross at the border near the 4000 Islands into Rattanakiri and enter a world of mountains, elephants and ethnic minorities before ending your adventure in Phnom Penh.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hiking on the Bolaven Plateau, in Pakse, surrounded by incredible natural beauty
  • Cruising through 4000 Islands and witnessing the largest waterfalls in Asia
  • Wandering through the temples and historical highlights of Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
  • Other meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Boat cruises and rides while on tour
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Pakse

DAY 1 - Pakse

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Pakse is the sleepy provincial capital of Champasak and a former French colonial outpost. Take a walk around the town and look out for traces of French architecture that still remain.

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Pakse

Spend your day in the great outdoors. Begin with an easy trek through coffee plantations, villages and forest to reach the plains of the Bolaven Plateau. See waterfalls and ancient temples ruins, and enjoy the refreshingly cool climate – a rarity in Southeast Asia!

DAY 3

DAY 3 - 4000 Islands

Travel to the ancient ruins of Wat Phou temple complex that pre-dates Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat by a couple of hundred years. Take an elephant trek to the archaeological site of Phou Asa to peek at more ancient ruins and go by ferry to Khong Island, a riverine archipelago in the Mekong River and the gateway to the 4000 Islands.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - 4000 Islands

Cruise past the tiny islands dotted throughout this tropical paradise to Khone Phapeng and Li Phi Falls, the largest waterfalls in Asia. If you’re lucky, you might see some of the rare and elusive pink Irrawaddy dolphins that call the 4000 Islands home!

 

DAY 5

DAY 5 - Ratanakiri

Cross the border into Cambodia at Rattanakiri and travel to the remote provincial capital of Ban Lung. This little visited province boasts some of the more striking landscapes of the area and is home to several ethnic minority groups and natural attractions. Over the next few days you will venture out to discover this remote area.

DAY 6

DAY 6 - Ban Lung – Virachey National Park – Voen Sai – Yeak Loam Lake

Explore the Virachey National Park a wilderness of jungle and grasslands that are home to a large variety of rare and endangered wildlife. Keep an eye out and you might spot a clouded leopard, elephants or a tiger. Visit Voen Sai village where the inhabitants are considered the true indigenous Khmer and later this afternoon swim in the crystal clear waters of Yeak Laom, a volcanic lake.

DAY 7

DAY 7 - Ban Lung - Borkeo – Andong Meas

Travel to the small town of Bokheo known for its gem mines and watch the precarious way the locals mine for amethyst and zircon. You can buy these precious gems but be prepared to bargain! Continue to Andong Meas and meet the fascinating Jarai people. Gain insight to this ethnic minority and witness the elaborate cemeteries for their dead, which include carved effigies of the deceased.

DAY 8

DAY 8 - Katieng

Located a short distance from Ban Lung is the Katieng Waterfall that cascades 10m into a pool below. This impressive waterfall is a popular swimming hole for the locals in the hotter months. Then climb atop an elephant for a ride through the surrounding villages that are known for their handicrafts.

DAY 9

DAY 9 - Ratanakiri - Kratie

Depart from Ban Lung and travel to the sleepy riverside town of Kratie with its faded French architecture to see the rare and elusive pink river dolphins. Just across the water from Kratie is the sandy peninsula of Koh Trong, hop on a boat and make the short journey across and watch the sunset over the river.

DAY 10

DAY 10 - Kratie

This morning grab a bike and cycle around Koh Trong for a peek into village life. You might get the chance to see the rare Mekong mud turtles that inhabit the western shore, or the shy pink river dolphins.

DAY 11

DAY 11 - Kratie - Phnom Penh

Journey to Phnom Penh via Kampong Cham, a town that’s steeped in myths and legends. Take a quick look at the 12th century Wat Nokor before arriving in the capital of Phnom Penh, late afternoon. Take a walk along the riverside promenade, filled with food stalls, people exercising and courting couples.

 

DAY 12

DAY 12 - Depart Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is a city with an interesting history. Explore the city at your leisure before your transfer to the airport and onward flight.

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