Departing for 18 days
$8650 pp twin/double | solo traveller please add $1900
This 18 day journey follows the Mekong River from northern Thailand into Laos then further south into the rarely visited northern reaches of Cambodia.
Our Land of a Million Elephants holiday begins in northern Thailand joining the Luang Xai cruise for a two day journey on the Mekong River to the ancient capital of Luang Prabang. We continue by road to the Plain of Jars for an unforgettable experience amongst these mysterious structures that to this day baffle archaeologists. Further south is Vientiane the capital city of Laos and gateway to the southern reaches of the Mekong River.
The discoveries are rich including the ruins of Wat Phou (once the most northern outpost of the Khmer empire) and the awe inspiring Khone falls set amongst four thousand islands where the Mekong descends into a series of spectacular cataracts. Here we have reached the border with Cambodia and continue to the rarely visited Preah Vihear temple, arguably the most spectacular temple of the Khmer period. Further along the Khmer way, as it was once known, we find the pyramid shaped temple of Koh Ker, unique in its design and lost for years as the Khmer Rouge made it their base during the years of war.
Our journey concludes in Siem Reap and of course we will pay a visit to Angkor Wat - greatness never diminishes.
*International and internal flights
*Quality accommodation for 17 nights
*Private boat on the Mekong River
*Private vehicle (always a ratio of two seats to one)
*All entrance and sightseeing fees
*Private airport/hotel/airport transfers
*Tour director - Ross Goddard
Our favourite things on this journey - two days cruising down the Mekong river in northern Lao. Luang Prabang and its temples and monasteries. The Plain of Jars to Vientiane and beyond to the Khone falls. The furthest outposts of the Khmer Empire at Wat Phou. Crossing the border into Cambodia then by road to Preah Vihear and Siem Reap.