Mr. Harald Niemand - Germany

  • Group: De 4 personnes
  • Impression: Charming Indochina
  • Date: 9/10 - 24/10/2015
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Dear Linda,

 
Don’t worry the trip was great. We enjoyed our time and everything went very well.
Thank you once more for all the planning, selections hotel, reservations etc.
 
As I was very busy with work after the vacation period I asked my wife to you with a feedback but I just realized that she send her feedback into my inbox.
i will forward you her e-mail/ feedback.
 
In case you would like to have feedback on a specific point please let me know.
 
We certainly recommend your services and look forward to come back to you in a couple of year for a new trip in Asia.
 
Take care and thank you once more for the lovely vacation.
 
Best regards
Harald
 
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Dear Linda,
 
Thank you for your e-mail.
On behalf of my husband and my family I would like to thank you for the great organization!
We truly enjoyed our trip to Laos and Cambodia. We were more than pleasantly surprised how nice Laos was! The elephant riding was for all four of us one of the great highlights!
 
Our guides (and drivers ) were all very good. We especially enjoyed “Sam” and Mrs. ? (I’m sorry, I forgot her name) from Laos. Our first guide was also incredible with all his knowledge!! The driver we had with “Sam” was the most amazing driver: always smiling, always ready with a cold drink and towel before we even asked and a cool car.
To summarize: great experience!!!!
 
As soon as we  have a moment we will send you some pictures.
Best Regards,
Karen Niemand
 
 
 
DETAILED PROGRAM
 
 
Day 01 9/10/2015 Vientiane - arrival at night
Arrival at Vientiane at 20:45 Thai Airways from Bangkok 574.
Pick-up by our guide and driver. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 02 10/10/2015 Vientiane – B 
After breakfast, Visit Vientiane : Vat Sisaket , the oldest and most beautiful temple in Vientiane , Ho Prakeo , the royal temple , Luang Stupa, the most revered shrine in Laos and finally Patouxay ( Arc de Triomphe ). And visit Xieng Khoan Buddha Park. Overnight in Vientiane.
 
Day 03 11/10/2015 Vientiane - Luang Prabang (Flight) – B 
Breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the airport for the flight to Luang Prabang Lao Airlines | Flight Number QV111 Depart: 09:10 (VTE) Arrive: 10:00 (LPQ)
, the old and the first capital of the kingdom of Lane Xang and also the center of the religious life of Laos. The city is a delight and a haven accentuated by its semi -colonial architecture, surrounding tropical vegetation and extreme languor ... Visit the most beautiful temples in the city and surrounding areas ( Wat Visoun , Wat Aham , Wat Xiengthong , Phousi Hill ... ) . Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
 
Day 04 12/10/2015 Luang Prabang – Kuang Si - Luang Prabang – B 
A morning visit to Phousi Market will allow you to discover diverse local products such as dried buffalo skin, local tea and salt among live chicken, vegetables and hill tribe weavings. Continue the drive to Khuangsi Waterfall, intercepted by a stop at Ban Na Oune village inhabited by Hmong and Ban Tha Pane village where Kh'mu ethnic minority people live. Arrive at the beautiful Khuangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest paths. Lunch will be a picnic served near the waterfall. We then return to Luang Prabang to explore its ethnic night market. Overnight in Luang Prabang. 
 
Day 05 13/10/2015 Luang Prabang - Elephant Village - Luang Prabang – flight to Siem Reap - B
After breakfast , pick up at the hotel. We go to the Elephant Village ( 15 km from the city). Upon arrival you will be greeted by the head of the elephant farm . Then you will live a pleasant ride experience , sitting on a howdah ( seat) on the back of an elephant (1 hour) . A boat trip is then provided to the waterfall Tad As before returning to the Elephant Village . This waterfall is particularly impressive and spectacular during the rainy season ! Swimming is also possible. 
Then transfer directly to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap VN 931 14:20  16:20.
 
Pick-up and transfer to hotel.
 
Day 06 14/10/2015 Siem Reap Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat – B, D
After breakfast, transfer to visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom (Great city), the famous Bayon temple built in the late 12th century and Baphoun temple dedicated to Shiva – the Hindu God, Terrace of Elephant, Terrace of Leper King and Phimeanakas ( Heavenly Palace). In the afternoon, transfer to visit the World Heritage "Angkor Wat" - the world's largest religious building. 
Elephant riding to discover one part of Angkor area.
 Wrap up the day with a visit to the Bakheng Hill temple for an incredible sunset  from the top of the hill. Back to hotel. Enjoy Apsara Show.
Overnight in Siem Reap. 
 
 
Day 07 15/10/2015 Siem Reap – Petit Circuit  - Grand Circuit - Mediation – B 
In the morning, visit the “Small Circuit” group of temples including: Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees. This is one of Jayavarman VII's first major temple projects dedicated to his mother, Thommanon built at the same time with Angkor Wat and Chau Say Tevoda temple, Banteay Kdei – surrounded by four concentric walls, Srah Srang – “The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing and Ta Keo known as “ The mountain with golden peaks” dedicated to Hindu God Shiva.
The afternoon spent for visiting the “Grand Circuit” including: Pre Rup- a temple-mountain with beautiful bas reliefs and excellent views of the surrounding countryside, East Mebon- a large temple – mountain dedicated to Shiva in honor of the king’s parents, Tasom- the most distant temple of the Grand Circuit, Neak pean a small island temple originally dedicated to Buddha and the Preah Khan dedicated to Jayavarman VII's father.
Morning we will join the Mediation Experience in Peace Café Angkor. http://www.peacecafeangkor.org/program.htm 
Overnight in the hotel.
 
Day 08 16/10/2015 Siem Reap – activities with local people – Roluos Temple Group - B 
Visit local house in Siem Reap and learn to plant sugar palm tree.
Then prepare cooking with them.
In the afternoon, visit the Roluos Temple Group built between 877-889, situated 13km outside Siem Reap. They were constructed during the first Angkor settlement of the ancient Khmer. The group boasts three temples:
- Bakong is the most impressive of the three, much older than Angkor Wat it features beautiful carvings on its lintels that remain in good shape
- Preahko Temple is close to Bakong and consists of six elegant brick towers with exquisite decorations and statues of Nandi, Shiva's sacred bull.
- Lolei Temple constructed in 893, is an island temple dedicated to members of the royal family and the Hindu god Shiva. 
Enjoy the Circus show perfomed my professional in Battambang.
 
Day 09 17/10/2015 Siem Reap - Kbal Spean - Banteay Srei - Siem Reap (B,L)
We will start our day trip by visiting Kbal Spean referred to as “The river of a Thousand Lingas” which is situated 30km north of Angkor Wat, roughly a one hour drive. It closes at 3pm. We will take a forest walk and then return for lunch. We will continue from there straight to Banteay Srei, "The Citadel of Women" built at a time when the Khmer Empire was gaining significant power. Like numerous others, it is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It is a masterpiece of Khmer art with its intricate, pink sandstone construction and ornate design. On the way back to Siem Reap, we will visit Srah Srang, "The Royal Bath" and Banteay Kdei, a richly decorated Buddhist temple. 
 At night, enjoy the traditional massage. 
Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 10 18/10/2015 Siem reap - flight to Sihanouk – B 
Morning, take a boat to the Tonle Sap lake to visit floatting village. Then arrive to the Nature Reserve of Prek Toal to watch birds.
Then flight to Sihanouk. K6 131 02:25 PM  03:15 PM.
  
Day 11 19/10/2015 Ream /Koh Thmei/ Koh Ses – B 
Set out for a trip to Ream National Park, board a boat to one of the most beautiful of Cambodia’s national parks. This unique area comprises jungle-flanked waterways, off shore islands, several local villages, and some bleached white beaches. ‘Ream’ is also home to more than 150 species of birds, and a diverse range of wildlife.
Then visit Koh Thmei & Koh Ses.
These islands are situated within Ream National Park. Koh Thmei has the most popular beach of the two islands, which is situated on its southwest side.  
Return to hotel in Sihanouk-ville. 
 
Day 12 20/10/2015 Sihanouk-ville - Kampot – Kep – B 
You'll drive for about 2.5 hours along the southern coast until you reach Kep, Rabbit Island - a great base for visits to the deserted islands off the coast and for bike and hiking trips through the forested hills.
Stop at Kampot. Visit of Bokor National Park; a pleasant 30 minutes forest walk will take you to the Popokvil Waterfalls. Access is  difficult during the wet season and there may be no water in the dry season - however, the walk is pleasant at any time!
Then drive to Kep.Overnight at Kep.
 
Day 13 21/10/2015 Kep  – B 
We journey by a local boat across calm waters to this beautiful palm-fringed island, home to a small community of fisherfolk and farmers. Take arrest with swimming at a nice white beach on the island. 
Freetime to enjoy the beach.
 
Day 14 22/10/2015 Kep -  Phnompenh – B 
Drive back to Phnompenh. Passing by Takeo. Visit a silk weaving village and pepper plantation on the way.
Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 15 23/10/2015 Phnom Penh - Tonle Bati - Phnom Chiso - Phnom Penh – B, L
Excursion to discover the Tonle Bati Lake- a small lake about 30 km south of Phnom Penh. Close to the lake, there is Ta Prohm, a temple built in 12th century by Jayavarman VII and 20 minutes south of the lake there is another temple called Phnom Chisor, a pre-Angkorian Brahmin temple of Suryagiri (10-11th century) that sits on top of the hill (503 steps) and offers fabulous view over the surrounding plains. Back in Phnom Penh and overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 16 24/10/2015 Phnompenh - depart – B 
Breakfast at hotel. Today you will visit the Victory Monument, and the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - throughout the ages. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha.  Then go by riskshaw to Russian Markets where you can shop for souvenirs, clothes, jewelry, silver products. Transfer back to hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Phnom Penh.
Flight back at 7h30 Bangkok Airways 936 to Bangkok. 
 
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