Cambodia and Laos are filled with wonder which captivates both children and adults. History and culture come alive at Angkor Wat and the verdant landscape is filled with mountain trails and cascading waterfalls. The winding Mekong River is lush along its riverbanks and its villages are as welcoming as they are diverse. From ancient history to French Colonialism, gilded temples to humble monks, caves to palaces, and from riverboats to lively markets, your family will be brought closer together...
Phnom Penh – The Boulevards of Phnom Penh
Welcome to Phnom Penh, the eclectic capital of Cambodia. The city continues to hold remnants of its French Colonial past. Wide boulevards run alongside the Mekong River. The scent of fresh pressed coffee mixes with the luscious fragrance of ripe bananas. Palm trees tower over the riverbanks. Shops line the streets and have open displays that allow you to see into the store. The local market is colorful, filled with vibrant textiles and fresh produce, from spiky jackfruit to succulent mangos.
The city is filled with allure for both you and your children, from rich history to tasty cuisine. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel. The city is a mixture of ancient and contemporary history and which includes a bit of everything, from the elegant to the tragic. Your private tour of the city will take you to Tuol Sleng Prison Museum where you will learn about the short but vicious rule of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. The museum is also known as S-21 and was once a school. As a prison it held up to 20,000 people.
The complex has four main buildings. Building B is home to the photo galleries that document the prisoners and history of the prison. The checkered-tile floor shifts between deep yellow and faded white. The photographs show people that were once held within the prison walls. The history of S-21 brings to light the unparalleled spirit of Cambodians. That unbreakable energy is apparent in their smiles and the boundless bustle of Phnom Penh’s streets. After lunch you will watch a local dance class where children have the opportunity to learn about their culture through the grace and persistence of traditional movement.
Phnom Penh – Fit for the Family
Siem Reap – A Journey for Adventurers on the Mekong River
Siem Reap – A Family History
Siem Reap – The Elder Past
Pakse – The Landscape of Laos
Vientiane – The Waterfalls of Laos
Vientiane – The Capital Quiet
Luang Prabang – A Capital Touch
Luang Prabang – The Intrigue of Monks
Luang Prabang – Touching Caves
Luang Prabang – It Takes a Village
Luang Prabang – Family Journey Home
- Discover the magnitude and wonder of the Angkor Temple complex, including the famous Angkor Wat
- Learn about the diverse history of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, from a regal and opulent empire to the tumultuous contemporary government of the Khmer Rouge
- Witness the exceptional artistry of the Banteay Srei temple complex
- Enjoy the soothing calm around the beautiful 4,000 islands in southern Laos
- Explore the charm of the best-preserved ancient city in Southeast Asia at Luang Prabang
- Experience the tremendous shrines hidden inside Pak Ou Caves on the banks of the Mekong River
- Indulge in a cultural experience that the entire family will relish
Let your family be swept up in the history and culture of Cambodia and Laos on this custom tailored tour that will show you magnificent ruins and exceptional waterfalls, gorgeous mountain landscapes and innumerable islands. The images carved into the walls of Angkor Wat tell divine legends and the Pak Ou Caves are filled with Buddha statues housed deep in the cliff side. Watch the power of the river as it thunders over Kone Phapheng Falls and listen to monks chant in an early morning mist. Discover Southeast Asia’s beauty and distinctiveness on a treasured family getaway.
Your exceptional family discovery begins with your arrival in Phnom Penh. After you check in to your hotel you will visit the S-21 Museum that contains the troubled contemporary history of the Pol Pot Regime. In the evening you will venture deeper into the culture of Cambodia by indulging in a local traditional dance class. The following morning you will see the city on a tour that will have you visiting the Royal Palace and the National Museum, both offering insight into the wealth of history and culture around the nation’s capital.
Cruise up stream and arrive in Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor. The following day you will explore the majestic temple before making your way to the city complex at Angkor Thom. Banteay Srei is an elegant display of devotion set in the reliefs and carvings of each temple. Later in the day you will visit the tremendous temple of Ta Prohm. Fly to Pakse to begin your Laos tour. You will visit the Boloven Plateau and spend the evening on Khong Island. In the morning you will visit a local fishing village before exploring the landscape in search of exceptional waterfalls, such as Khone Phapheng.
Your flight to Vientiane is followed by a guided tour of the city’s quiet and graceful magnetism. The next day you will venture to Luang Prabang. Tour the city to visit the exquisite temples and sensational National Museum. Spend a day traversing the Mekong River where you will head to the interesting Pak Ou Caves. Your final day has you trekking through the mountainside to visit the ethnic hill tribes and Kuang Si Waterfalls. In the morning you will have a private transfer to the airport. Your family trip will end but the memories of this stellar getaway will never be far away.
$3,037 per person (excluding international flights)
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