20 days in Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

20 days in Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

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20 days in Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly:  17​h
1
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Sayaboury, Laos
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h
3
Huay Xai, Laos
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Vientiane, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
6
Sen Monorom, Cambodia
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h 15​min
7
Battambang, Cambodia
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
8
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland


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2
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. Spend the 28th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Falls, identify plant and animal life at Nahm Dong Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, and don't miss a visit to Wat Pa Huak.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Luang Prabang day trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Luang Prabang is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Luang Prabang due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in June, expect Luang Prabang to be much hotter, temps between 39°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sayaboury.

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Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) ©
Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham ©
Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham

1
night
Sayaboury, Laos

Sayaboury ©
Sayabouru, a northern Laotian town and capital of the eponymous province, remains best known for its main attraction, the Elephant Conservation Center.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Conservation Center.

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You can drive from Luang Prabang to Sayaboury in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Sayaboury are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Sayaboury

Parks Wildlife
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Elephant Conservation Center ©
Elephant Conservation Center

1
day
Huay Xai, Laos

Huay Xai ©
Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
On the 2nd (Tue), make a trip to Project Kajsiab Laos and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Gibbon Experience.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Huay Xai sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sayaboury to Huay Xai takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Vientiane.

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Parks Wildlife
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Gibbon Experience Office ©
Gibbon Experience Office

3
nights
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Popular historic sites such as Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and Wat Si Muang are in your itinerary. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Vientiane Orchidees. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, don't miss a visit to Wat Ong Teu, browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Market, and appreciate the history behind Wat That Luang Neua.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vientiane trip planner .

You can fly from Huay Xai to Vientiane in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, daytime highs in Vientiane are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Phnom Penh.

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Vientiane Orchidees ©
Vientiane Orchidees
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

3
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Wat Phnom will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, stop by Phka Kn'jay Fashion Boutique, and make a trip to Phare Ponleu Selpak.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh sightseeing site .

Getting from Vientiane to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Sen Monorom.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Wat Phnom ©
Wat Phnom

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day
Sen Monorom, Cambodia

The capital and only major settlement in the vast, verdant Mondulkiri province, Sen Monorom manages to retain a laid-back, rural charm, in spite of an increase in development.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Phnom DoKramom, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pu Long Waterfall, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sen Monorom road trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Phnom Penh to Sen Monorom in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Battambang.

Things to do in Sen Monorom

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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2
nights
Battambang, Cambodia

Battambang ©
The riverside city of Battambang draws visitors with its easy charm, rich culture, and convenient location close to a number of historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Battambang Bat Caves and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ek Phnom Pagoda. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Wat Banan Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kampong Pil Pagoda, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Battambang day trip planning site .

Getting from Sen Monorom to Battambang by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Battambang

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Ek Phnom Pagoda ©
Ek Phnom Pagoda
Wat Banan Temple ©
Wat Banan Temple
Kampong Pil Pagoda ©
Kampong Pil Pagoda

3
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei. Spend the 14th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, look for all kinds of wild species at Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre, gain interesting insight with Angkor Safe Driver, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom South Gate.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip builder app .

Getting from Battambang to Siem Reap by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

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