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Cambodia & Laos Mekong Adventure

Cambodia & Laos Mekong Adventure


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, confront recent history in Phnom Penh, try to spot the rare Irrawaddy River dolphin, experience a Mekong homestay, bargain at the night market in Luang Prabang

From Angkor Wat to remote river towns, journey down the Mekong and into the heart and soul of Southeast Asia. Our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) will share with you the region's cultural treasures and natural splendours. Explore the many temples and, if you're lucky, spot a rare Irrawaddy dolphin. Experience the highlights with a chance to get off the beaten track and explore the remote islands of Don Khong. With local transportation and unique accommodation, like a rural homestay, this adventure offers an intriguing blend of included activities and free time for personal discovery.

Day 1: Bangkok
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Hotel Royal Bangkok @ Chinatown (or similar)

Day 2: Bangkok/Siem Reap
Travel from Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor Wat. Enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food either at the G Adventures-supported New Hope project.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Get ready to cross into Cambodia. Aranyaprathet is known for being one of the most hectic border crossings but CEOs will help make the process go as smoothly as possible. The border crossing is done on foot and can take up to an hour so be patient and think of all the fun Cambodia has in store.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food at the New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, an initiative kickstarted by G Adventures. Providing skill-building opportunities to marginalized community members, the project also funds the adjacent free community school and health centre. Visit the restaurant run by locals and see how the New Hope project has supported positive change in the community.
Accommodation: Apsara Dream Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner (Enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food at the G Adventures-supported New Hope project. )

Day 3: Siem Reap
Take a guided tour of the massive Angkor Wat temple complex. Opt to visit the Tonle Sap floating village or the Angkor Museum.
Activity: Enjoy a tour of the impressive ancient ruins with a local guide. Explore magnificent Angkor Wat temple--Visit the enigmatic faces of Bayon within the walled city of Angkor Thom, and tour Ta Prohm (aka the "Tomb Raider" temple), which is slowly being swallowed by the jungle.
Accommodation: Apsara Dream Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Siem Reap/Phnom Penh
Travel to the capital city of Phnom Penh. Opt for a cyclo tour through town for a street level view of this busy city.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time: Free time to explore. Take an educational stroll through a museum or visit some of the local pagodas and palaces.
Accommodation: Mito Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Phnom Penh
Take a guided tour of Tuol Sleng Prison and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields). Opt to visit the Royal Palace, National Museum or Russian Market.
Activity: Learn about the dark history and devastation that occurred at Security Prison 21 (S-21); the prison, used by the Khmer Rouge regime, is now Tuol Sleng Museum. Take a guided tour to hear the stories behind the sombre photos lining the museum walls.
Activity: Learn more about the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge visiting the killing fields of Choeung Ek; the grounds now stand as a powerful memorial filled with victims' skulls and mass graves. Tour this sombre, yet serene, site with a guide.
Accommodation: Mito Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Phnom Penh/Kratié
Travel to Kratie and opt for a boat trip to see Irrawaddy dolphins.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Spend free time on the water looking for Irrawaddy dolphins.
Accommodation: Mekong Dolphine Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Kratié/Don Không
Cross into Laos and travel to Don Khong with options to cycle or walk through the village or choose to relax by the Mekong.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Pon's River Guesthouse (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Don Không/Don Deng
Enjoy a guided tour of Wat Phu Champasak. Enjoy a traditional homestay and local meal in Don Deng.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Head to the base of Mt Phu Kao for a guided tour of Wat Phu, a temple complex associated with the Khmer Empire. Learn about one of the most important and impressive archaeological sites in Laos dating from the Angkorian period.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Activity: Learn about local culture and life on Don Deng on this memorable homestay. Experience typical Laos cuisine in a community setting; eating and sleeping arrangements are shared as a group (usually between two houses). Bring warm clothes; evenings can get cold.
Accommodation: Homestay Dong Deng (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner (Enjoy a local meal at the homestay.)

Day 9: Don Deng/Luang Prabang
Arrive at charming Luang Prabang. With dozens of activities to choose from, spend your time exploring all this town has to offer.
Free Time: Say goodbye to the homestay hosts and get ready for the flight later today.
Transport: Climb aboard and get your float on.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Drive 20 mins from the airport to the hotel in Luang Prabang.
Accommodation: Treasure Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Luang Prabang
Opt to rise before dawn and watch the monks walk through town in saffron robes receiving alms from local residents. Visit the Ethnology Museum and Kuang Si waterfalls. With free time, opt to take a cooking class, go hiking or biking or test out the local Laotian-style massages.
Activity: Take a guided tour of the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) to learn about the traditional arts and cultures of Laos's many diverse ethnic groups. Shop in the TAEC Boutique for authentic village-made handicrafts and relax with a drink at the museum café.
Activity: Journey to this magnificent tiered waterfall, where relaxing is highly recommended. Opt for a dip in the turquoise waters and explore multiple picture-perfect pools, framed by the jungle landscape.
Accommodation: Treasure Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11: Luang Prabang
Enjoy a free day to continue exploring.
Free Time: Don't waste a minute—get out and explore.
Accommodation: Treasure Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12: Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng
Travel to Vang Vieng, a town full of adventure opportunities. Get active outdoors or relax in a café.
Transport: The drive is spectacular but full of curvy mountain roads. If prone to motion-sickness, prepare accordingly.
Free Time: Free time to enjoy Vang Vieng however you'd like.
Accommodation: Vilayvong Guesthouse (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13: Vang Vieng/Vientiane
Spend the morning in Vang Vieng before travelling to Laos' capital city. Opt to visit temples, shop in the markets or check out city highlights. This is a great place to get a massage and try some local restaurants.
Free Time: Get in some last minute activities before the drive to Vientiane.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Unwind with a massage or start exploring the capital.
Accommodation: City Inn Vientiane (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14: Vientiane/Bangkok
Spend a day in Vientiane before an overnight train to Bangkok.
Free Time: Check out the Morning Market and visit some of the sights of the city.
Transport: From the city centre, it is approximately 20 kms to reach the Friendship Bridge that crosses into Thailand.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport: Travel from the border to the train station.
Transport: Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15: Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok in the morning. The trip ends on arrival at the Bangkok train station.

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Inclusions

Meals Included
12 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport
Private bus, local bus, plane, boat, train.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, Siem Reap Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Don Deng Homestay, Don Deng Your Discover Moment: Luang Prabang. Angkor Wat complex entrance and guide (Siem Reap). Tuol Sleng Prison and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) entrance and guide (Phnom Penh). Wat Phu Champasak entrance and guide. Ethnology Museum entrance (Luang Prabang). Kuang Si waterfalls trip (half-day). Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Hygiene and Safety Protocols for G Adventures Tours

Travel with Confidence

Your safety, as well as the safety of employees and partners, has always been G Adventures top priority, which is why new physical distancing and cleaning measures have been put in place on all of the tours. New Travel with Confidence policy features new health and safety procedures from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, without taking away from having the time of your life. The policy will evolve as time goes on and as G Adventures continues to monitor local public health recommendations, but what won't change is the commitment to keeping you safe as you explore big, beautiful world.


Before you join us

Global Connection Officers

GCOs (the people who answer when you call us) are available 24/7 to help with any questions you have prior to your trip, so you can feel confident and safe before leaving. No matter what time of day, they're there to respond to you — even at 3AM. They'll be up to date on local regulations and restrictions and can guide you through your travel process as smoothly as possible. And if you don't feel well before travelling, there's the Book with Confidence policy that helps you reschedule your trip for when you do, which they can help you with too (terms & conditions apply). If you book flights with us and there are any changes, rest assured that the team will support you by making new arrangements on your behalf.

Smaller groups

Groups have always been small. This offers security, access, camaraderie, and a connection with your destination you won't get by travelling on bus tours or on your own. The average group size is 12, ensuring travellers can engage with each other without being squeezed together like sardines — and that was before physical distancing became a reality. Plus, if you have 8 or more friends you'd like to adventure with, you can reserve the entire trip!

My own room

If you're joining one of the small group tours on your own, good on ya! If you are a solo traveller sharing a room with someone, G Adventures will do their best to ensure they will be your roommate for the entire journey to support distancing efforts. G Adventures has 'My Own Rooms' available as an extra option for tours (pending availability), and they'll be offering more of these at more affordable prices to make it even easier to have a bit more space.


When you arrive

Chief Experience Officers

CEOs are responsible for ensuring you have the time of your life while keeping you as safe as possible. Here's how they're ready to do that:

  • They're trained in First Aid, CPR, and other safety protocols
  • They're supported 24/7 by the field staff in offices around the world who are well-equipped to handle emergencies
  • They can help you find local clinics if you're feeling sick
  • They'll receive new training to ensure they are up to date on all health and safety policies during these evolving times
  • They have extensive local knowledge to proactively help you navigate wherever you're travelling
  • Their local knowledge allows for greater flexibility when it comes to knowing the best time to visit certain highlights to avoid crowds whenever possible and suggesting the restaurants with the strictest hygiene practices or those where you can reserve your own table or room in advance
  • They'll wear face masks when necessary based on local guidelines and recommendations

You & your fellow travellers

Travellers' safety and wellbeing is G Adventures biggest concern. If you're not feeling well before your departure, G Adventures has a Book with Confidence policy that provides you with flexibility and freedom to delay leaving until you're back to 100% healthy (terms & conditions apply). If you have a fever or any other symptoms on tour, you may be required to have a doctor clear you before rejoining us. All travellers are requested to bring face coverings, whether they're buffs, face masks or bandanas (extra style points encouraged). G Adventures makes every effort to have hand sanitizer available, but recommend bringing your own.


While on tour

Planes, trains, automobiles and more

Small private transport vehicles

  • Every surface in G Adventures well-kept fleet of private vehicles will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • Each traveller will have a daily assigned seat
  • Hand-sanitizer will be required every time you board the vehicle
  • Facial coverings will be recommended while on-board
Boats
  • Every surface will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • High-traffic areas will receive more frequent cleaning
  • Hand-sanitizer or hand washing will be required every time you board the boat, as well as before and after meals
  • To support physical distancing, meals may have assigned seating and there will be assigned slots for activities and rooming
  • Facial coverings will be recommended and welcomed on-board
  • Your crew is trained in health and safety measures (including food handling) and all cooking staff will follow up-to-date advice from health authorities
Local transportation
  • Use of local transportation will be limited wherever possible. Please reference the Trip Details for each individual tour for specifics
  • If local transportation is used, precautions will be followed in adherence to local health and safety regulations to keep travellers safe and sound.

Where you'll be staying safe

G Adventures has always carefully selected accommodation partners for high standards and local roots. Travelling in small groups means that the stay is in smaller hotels too, with fewer guests — which means less daily contact with others outside your group in public spaces. Now G Adventures is working with accommodation partners to optimize their health, safety and cleanliness procedures, as well as creating additional measures for physical distancing. Here are some of the things G Adventures is working on to help keep you safe:

  • Daily deep cleaning and disinfecting of all surface areas inside your room with extra cleaning on light switches, door handles, TV remotes, and thermostats
  • No hotel staff will enter your room after it has been cleaned
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all public restrooms and all surfaces in public areas. This might include the closure of public spaces such as gyms, bars, restaurants, and meeting rooms for periods throughout the day
  • Wherever possible, groups will stay on the lower floors to limit elevator use
  • Hotels will implement social distancing protocols in line with local regulations
This is just the beginning of commitments to keeping you sleeping safe and sound. G Adventures will continue to evolve and roll-out these and additional policies as needed.

A good & safe place to eat

G Adventures has always carefully selected food service partners and worked closely with them to ensure they are meeting health, safety, and cleanliness standards with their facilities, staff training, and food preparation and delivery. Wherever possible, G Adventures will reserve separate tables or private rooms at the restaurants visited on the trip, opt for more "al fresco" opportunities when it is possible (gotta love that fresh air!), and ensure breakfasts can be "grab and go" boxes, while avoiding family style or self-serve buffets for meals. G Adventures wants you to feel comfortable and safe as you savour every last bite.

Activities

You've always had freedom and flexibility to do your own thing on tours with optional activities and experiences. Now, you'll still have those options with added measures to keep you healthy and safe. All equipment for activities on tour, including hiking poles, camping supplies, life jackets, snorkels, etc., will be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day and disinfected between use. When travellers are responsible for putting up their own tents on camping itineraries, you will be given the supplies required to disinfect your gear. G Adventures will also do their best to make activities and highlights stops happen during non-peak hours, so you can have fun and feel safe no matter what you're doing.


Before you leave

A healthy goodbye

If you're not feeling well at the end of your tour for any reason, let your CEO know and they can help get you access to medical care and support. Because we want you to head home after a life-changing experience feeling just as good (let's be honest, way better) than when you left.

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Accommodations

Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), basic family homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt).

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Questions & Answers

Question: What age group is recommended for CAMBODIA & LAOS MEKONG ADVENTURE

There is no recommended age but the age restrictions for G Adventures are: To travel independently you must be at least 18 years of age. There are no upper age limits for most of G Adventure tours (although 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours are restricted exclusively to 18-to-39-year-olds). Also, travellers with pre-existing medical conditions are required to complete a medical questionnaire. Family Adventures are open to families with children aged between 6 and 17 years of age. Standard (non-family) adventures are open to children aged 12 years or older when accompanied by a parent (max. two children per adult). The two-children-per-adult restriction does not apply to our Family adventures.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.5
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.5
Value for Money
4.5

Ratings based off 4 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

This trip was great because it provided the tour experience to see the bigger attractions and to get us from place to place but allowed plenty of time for exploration on your own outside of the group setting. There were additional activities organized that you could join if you wanted to, but were not required and were not forced to participate in.


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