Day 1/ Arrive in Siem Reap
Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to hotel for check-in.
Hotel: Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor https://www.raffles.com/siem-reap/
A grand historic hotel, it is, we believe, the only place to stay when coming to the bustling capital city. Step into our lush tropical oasis with facilities including magnificent gardens, a restful spa and two swimming pools – as well as the intuitive, attentive service one expects from Raffles.
Day 2/ Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom (B,L)
Early risers may experience a spectacular sunrise view of Angkor Wat. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, visit the National Angkor Museum for an overview of the Angkor history before heading to the famous Angkor Wat, the world’s largest temple with the world’s longest intricately carved bas-relief panels. Explore this 3-tier pyramidal structure with massive galleries of thousands of Buddhas, interior walls and niches decorated with stone asparas (celestial dancers) and devatas (goddesses). Take a walk around the top terrace for a great view of Angkor. After lunch, visit Angkor Thom, which means the "Great City" in Khmer, the 12th-century royal Buddhist city especially famed for its grand Bayon temple. Also included are the South Gate, Bapoun, the Terrace of the Elephant, and the Terrace of the Leper King. Return to hotel and evening is free at leisure.
Day 3/ Siem Reap – Cooking Class (10am -1pm) (B,L,D) (joining basis)
Morning, pick up from hotel transfer to the meeting point at Shinta Mani Angkor to join the cooking class. Executive Chef will guide you visit the old market Psa Chas. You will learn about the local produces, herbs and ingredients that are typically used in Khmer cooking; turmeric, kafir lime leaves, ginger, lemongrass, dried chilli and galangal.
Guests will return to Shinta Mani Angkor. The class start in a private space at the unique Kroya restaurant. Each meal has been prepared and cooked under guidance of our Executive Chef. Enjoy your delicious dishes for lunch. Participant will receive a cook book with featuring of four traditional Khmer dishes: mango salad, fish amok, beef sour soup and sticky rice dumplings. Transfer back to hotel around 1:30pm. The rest of day is free at leisure.
Tonight, enjoy dinner with Apsara performance at your hotel.
Day 4/ Siem Reap – Luang Prabang (B) VN930 REP/LPQ 5:05P 6:35P
Free at leisure until check-out by noon. Transfer to airport for flight to Luang Prabang.
Arrive in Luang Prabang and transfer to hotel for check-in. The rest of evening is free at leisure.
Hotel: Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
A sanctuary of serenity in the mountains of Laos. The hotel’s prized location in this UNESCO Heritage region affords spectacular mountain vistas. Sculpted grounds give way to endless cloud forest. Revive in the freshwater infinity pool, teetering on the cliff edge, or indulge in the Mekong Spa. Still, calm, quiet—every second here is a moment to cherish.
Day 5/ Luang Prabang – Half-day City tour (B)
Afternoon, visit the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its sweeping low roofs, the classic architecture of Luang Prabang and WatVisoun, the oldest temple in the city. Climb up to Mount Phou Si (328 steps) to see the sacred gilded stupa and the beautiful panoramic views of the sun setting over this ancient city along the Mekong River. You are free to visit the evening hill-tribe market where various local handicrafts and textiles are sold. Back to hotel and free at leisure.
Day 6/ Luang Prabang – Khuangsi Waterfalls (B,L)
In the morning our guided city tour begins with Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief. Then drive to the National Museum (former Royal Palace), Wat Visoun, and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its sweeping low roofs, the classic architecture of Luang Prabang. We will have traditional Laotian cuisine at a famous restaurant in town. After lunch, we will drive to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfalls to cool off by relaxing in the turquoise pools or walking along the forest paths. Return to Luang Prabang. We can climb Mount Phou Si (328 steps) to see the sacred, gilded stupa if we opted out on day 5. Drive back to hotel and the rest of day is free at leisure.
Optional - Experience one of Laos' oldest traditions, The Baci, a ceremony to celebrate special events such as weddings, births, travel, welcoming friends and farewells. The purpose of this ancient tradition is to call back escaped souls to the body which will re-establish harmony and balance to the body.
Day 7/ Luang Prabang – Departure (B)
The morning is at leisure. Check out by noon. Transfer to the airport. Have a safe journey!
B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner