Mekong adventure holiday, Laos & Cambodia

“Discover the spectacular sights and exceptional scenery of Laos on an inspiring journey by river and road, following the Mekong from the country’s far north to the Cambodian capital.”

Highlights

Luang Prabang | Kuang Si waterfalls | Phonsavan | Plain of Jars | Visit to a traditional Hmong village | Vientiane | visit to a hill-tribe market | Konglor Cave | Nong Thao Lake | Pakse | Boloven Plateau | Champassak | Wat Phu | Four Thousand Islands | Khon Phapaeng Falls | Phnom Penh

Description of Mekong adventure holiday, Laos & Cambodia

This Mekong adventure holiday, Laos and Cambodia, uses the mighty Mekong River as a guide, charting its progress from the far north of Laos down to Phnom Penh, the energetic capital of Cambodia. It’s a diverse and memorable journey by road and boat, taking in magnificent scenery and impressive sights.

This small group holiday begins in beautiful Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site in the mountains, famed for its temples and faded colonial architecture. From here, visit the extraordinary Plain of Jars and explore the Lao capital of Vientiane. In southern Laos, discover Wat Phu, a pre-Angkor, Khmer temple sitting on a hillside overlooking the Mekong, before arriving at the stretch of the river known as Four Thousand Islands, an area of outstanding natural beauty straddling the Lao-Cambodian border.

We will be travelling well away from the familiar tourist trails to discover some of southeast Asia’s most remote and untouched areas, meeting local people in little visited villages and busy markets. There’s lots of the chance for active exploration throughout, too, with forest hikes, swimming in waterfalls and discovering islands by boat, kayak and on foot.

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14 Sep 2018
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09 Oct 2018
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01 Nov 2018
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26 Nov 2018
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22 Dec 2018
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12 Feb 2019
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07 Apr 2019
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31 May 2019
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Our top tip:
Families are encouraged to book this trip as the itinerary is very flexible and can be adapted easily.
Trip type:
Small group. 4-12 people (no min. age).
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
16 nights, hotel and eco-lodge.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available.
Meals:
Full board except 2 lunches and 5 dinners.
Included:
Accomm., transport, listed activities, tour leader, flights and transfers (if booked).
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Small group holiday

This is a 'small group adventure' - you will be sharing your experiences with like minded people. Group sizes are limited to a maximum of 12 persons, a genuinely small group. Experience has taught us that smaller groups are less intrusive to local cultures and environments whilst allowing more interaction with local people. Furthermore it means greater flexibility on a day to day basis and on a social level it proves to be fun. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends/family its good value, and a great way to meet new people! The intention is to travel as a group of friends rather than a typical tour group, so don't expect stick-on name badges or any following the umbrella.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Mekong adventure holiday, Laos & Cambodia

Environment

Accommodation at Sala Phae and Sala Don Kone
These places both have a practice of community responsibility in using the skills and resources of the local community, local produce where available is used, the building materials for construction, decoration and maintenance is identified, researched and utilized. Bamboo, lantel, grass and timber are all selected from rapidly renewable resources. Much of the “safe water” is processed on site through an internal reticulation system. The staff are selected generally from the local community and hospitality education is offered and expected from those who are part of the team.

Ban Kone Neua primary school
The original 70 year old building was in disrepair without maintenance and had to be condemned and dismantled. It was a difficult decision because there was no funding for a replacement of the building. The Abbott at the local temple offered an area under the novices’ accommodation quarters and an informal agreement that this would be available for a period of two years. Our travellers and other independent tourists have generously supported a rebuilding project. The school is now operational and we continue to provide support for the next phase which is the outside area and some play equipment.

Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travellers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices

Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.

Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.

Instruction: By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.

Community

This trip benefits and strengthens the local communities through capacity and confidence building so that they have total control over tourism development in their area. We provide community information to tourists, to help them to gain a wider understanding of this type of tourism that focuses on learning and a cultural exchange process and we inform our travelers how to behave appropriately with an appreciation for local customs and regulations. We also buy and use local products and services in order to support and stimulate the local economy.

We use local public transport where possible to minimise demand for special tourist vehicles and fuel. We choose small-scale locally owned accommodation and homestays where available and local restaurants and markets for dining, retaining revenue in local communities. Our tour leaders facilitate communication of our values to travellers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices. We employ local guides to aid travellers' understanding of local culture and etiquette. Our small group size allows travellers to experience cultures at first hand, offering greater opportunity for cross- cultural understanding.

Local products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.

3 Reviews of Mekong adventure holiday, Laos & Cambodia

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Reviewed on 29 May 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The scenery and seeing the country away from the usual tourist trail. Following the Mekong gave the theme to the journey through the country and meant we saw different aspects of the country.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't expect 5 star accommodation and comfort but getting away from that is part of the experience - everything is of a good standard albeit in some places a bit more basic.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - the approach was to engage local people not just stare at them - we saw investment in communities and were able to contribute and donate in a positive way - Mines Action Group for example.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The tour exceeded my expectation, we saw amazing parts of the country without the usual tourist trail with packed days at a doable pace that allowed the tour group to dwell on the points of interest to them. I truly think that this is the best tour I have been on, not just because of the amazing country and their people but because of the management and tour approach. I would recommend it as a must do if you love Asia.

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Canoeing on the Mekong and watching the river dolphins.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


As we were the only people on the tour for 75% of the time I felt that we probably didn't reduce environmental impacts considering the distance we covered.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Amazing. Some of the hotels were out of this world. The people of Laos were friendly and the guides very helpful. We had some great experiences.

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Every day was something different, we walked through jungle; rode elephants;
explored caves and sailed in wooden boats, sometimes we used a wooden plank,
sometimes we were knee deep in the river! We saw amazing temples and wooden huts that the locals lived in, we saw how people lived and how they dried peppers in their satellite dishes!
There were sad parts too, understanding the legacy of the Vietnam war,
unexploded bombs everywhere and maimed people.
However, the people were great fun, as curious about us as we were about them.


2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


This was our first trip to S.E. Asia, so we were unsure about what to expect.
The hotels were all ok or good, with showers and proper toilets, but when you
are out and about it's mainly squat toilets. The guides and drivers wouldn't
let us carry our bags, the staff in all the hotels were all helpful and the
guides couldn't do enough to help. Everything was well organised, and the
guides and transport were always on time.
What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Just book it, and have an amazing time, we did!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The guides used local restaurants, transport and services, so it looks like most
of our money went into the local economy. It didn't feel like a normal corporate
style package holiday, there was time to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and
tastes of local markets.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant.....we're planning the next trip!

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