Considered one of the world's greatest civilizations with a history that spans close to 3,000 years, the period of Ancient Egypt has left a compelling legacy in the many monuments that have survived the test of time.
As one of the world's six civilizations to have emerged independently, Ancient Egypt has long intrigued anthropologists and today continues to draw travellers looking to explore enormous pyramids, impressive temples, sacred chambers and treasure-filled tombs.
Vat Phou or Wat Phu is a ruined Khmer temple complex spread over the lower slopes of Phu Pasak in southern Laos.
It is considered to be one of the oldest archaeological sites in Laos.
Outstanding views are visible on the site due to its hilltop location — offering stunning views over the surrounding land and Mekong River.
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Improving roads allow a 'cross country' route to Cambodia's awe-inspiring temples of Angkor. See the old French locomotive and Liphi waterfalls. (B) Day 14 Visit Angkor National Museum and an art academy. (B, L, D) Day 15 By local boat via Tonle Sap lake and Sangker River to Battambang (8 hrs) - by bus in case of low water. (B, L, D) Day 16 Visit local villages, ride the bamboo train and visit a traditional Khmer house. A 4-star hotel walking distance from Wat Phnom, the Mekong River and central market. 138 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdyer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Explore remote Battambang, rural villages and the fascinating capital of Phnom Penh, where ancient and royal heritage contrasts with the French colonial past and still recent memories of the Khmer Rouge regime. Visit a plantation and Tad Yuang and Tad Fane Falls on the Bolaven Plateau. (B, D) Day 9 Visit the Khmer ruins of Wat Phou and the archaeological museum. Evening food sampling tour in the old colonial quarter. (B) Day 19 Visit the Champey Academy of Arts and central market. Stylish 4-star with a distinctively feel that blends Khmer culture and modern elegance, ideally located between downtown and the Angkor Temples.
Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Vientiane via Hanoi. Cruise up the Mekong to Pak Ou sacred Buddhist caves. (B, L) Day 7 Optional morning cooking class including the local market and lunch or optional morning silkworms, natural dyes and weaving class, bookable locally. (B) Day 17 Drive to Phnom Penh (6 hrs) for two nights at the 4-star Sunway Hotel. (B, L) Day 18 City tour by cyclo to visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Restaurant, bar outdoor pool, spa and Wi Fi (free).
Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Green Park Boutique Hotel for two nights. (B, D) Day 5 Visit Kuangsi waterfall, a Hmong and Khmou village and the Hmong market. 206 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe and satellite TV.
The spoils of these rulers and their prosperity can be found dotted across Egypt from the bejewelled death mask of King Tutankhamen housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to the temples of Abu Simbel in the south.