Khmer & Lao UNESCO Heritage Sites- A Secret Retreats journey -
This journey has been personally designed by Ton (host at River Resort) native Thai,
born near the Mekong who has crossed the river to share his knowledge and passion for the nature and history around this mystic River
Highlights of the Journey:
- An exploration of Angkor Wat UNESCO site
- Exploration of the Mekong in Laos and Vat Phou UNESCO site
Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monument complex in the World, spread over 160 hectares. Its construction started in the middle of XII century, as a Hindu then Buddhist monument. At the same period, the Khmer Kingdom was also covering large territories across South East Asia and Vat Phou site was erected near the Mekong, in Champasak, dedicated to Shiva. This itinerary combines an exploration of both areas, connected by the Mekong, from an historic and natural perspective.
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After a lunch on site, visit the South Gate by tuk tuk with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Royal Enclosure, the Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King and Baphuon Temple.
We drive you back to hotel to relax for the rest of the day.
A driver will pick you up at Pakse Airport and drive you across the Mekong River to the pontoon Ban Waphakok, for a short rest and a cool drink, before boarding a Long-Tail Riverboat and a pleasant cruise downstream to The River Resort’s pier. Along the way you can see South Laos’s traditional River life and its pristine river banks. Your luggage will be in your room by the time you arrive at the Resort. After check-in at the Resort you can relax and enjoy its peaceful atmosphere and the views over the Mekong.
Before dinner, we may suggest a cocktail at the bar and for dinner a Lao-style set menu is served at the restaurant or the deck overlooking the river.
Vat Phou is a pre-Angkor Wat with a close connection to Angkor, witnessed by a road (now a pathway) from Vat Phou to Angkor Wat. Vat Phou was in Thai territory until the annexation of Champasak by French Indochine, around 100 years ago, when the French colonial power has their eyes on Bangkok and Ayutthaya, the then King traded Champasak to the French even though Vat Phou had been on the King's annual visits to the 5 Vats in Thailand that were considered most important. After some refreshment, the car will drive you back to relax at The River Resort for the rest of the day.
No arrangement for dinner
Khmer & Lao UNESCO Heritage Sites
based on two people sharing a room
The total price includes:
Accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis in the 2 hotels mentioned in the program.
All transportation from/to airport and during the excursions (car, tuk tuk or boats)
Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the program
Local English-speaking guide in Siem Reap (other languages possible when required) for all tours mentioned in the program.
One hour Thai/Lao Massage, Foot Massage or Oil Massage for each guest at River Resort
Lao Set Dinner at River Resort
Sunset on Mekong River By Riverboat (Lao Beer with Snacks)
- 15% Discount on Food at River Resort.
The total price does not include:
Visa: valid visas for Cambodia and Laos are required. Visas are issued on arrival for certain countries in Cambodia and Laos (Please make sure your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your departure date).
Flight between Siem Reap and Pakse and international flights to arrive/depart
Other meals that are not included in the program.
Drinks, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
Options and other activities not included in the program.
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