39 days in Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

39 days in Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

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39 days in Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

Start: Surat Thani, Thailand
Fly + Drive:  10 h 30 min
1
Battambang, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h
2
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
3
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kep, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Pakse, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Huay Xai, Laos
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  7 h
8
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Vientiane, Laos
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
10
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Surat Thani, Thailand


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4
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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Food Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Organikh Project in Sisophon (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: stop by Nature Spa, Head underground at Battambang Bat Caves, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and stroll through Ek Phnom Pagoda.

For more things to do, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Battambang trip planner.

Surat Thani, Thailand to Battambang is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Battambang

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Organikh Project
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Nature Spa ©
Nature Spa
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Battambang Bat Caves ©
Battambang Bat Caves

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Angkor Golf Resort. Your inner history buff will appreciate Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Beng Mealea, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, and explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm.

For more things to do, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap planner.

You can take a bus from Battambang to Siem Reap in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Beng Mealea
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Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Royal Palace. Get outdoors at Garden City Golf Club and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Phnom Penh to Kampong Chhnang to see Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang floating village about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, wander the streets of Bassac Lane, admire the striking features of Central Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Phnom Penh journey planning tool .

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kep.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Outdoors Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang floating village
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Garden City Golf Club ©
Garden City Golf Club
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
nights
Kep, Cambodia

Kep ©
The seaside resort of Kep boasts a relaxed and relaxing atmosphere, and a number of points of interest, both natural and man-made.
Get outdoors at Kep Beach and Anlung Pring Community led Ecotourism. Take a break from Kep with a short trip to Spas in Kampot, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stop by Tiny Kampot Pillows, head off the coast to Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island), and view the masterpieces at Black Cat Kep.

To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kep vacation maker website .

Drive from Phnom Penh to Kep in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sihanoukville.

Things to do in Kep

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kampot
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Kep Beach ©
Kep Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Anlung Pring Community led Ecotourism ©

4
nights
Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Sihanoukville ©
Sihanoukville, a relatively new city built around the country's first deepwater port, has been developing into a tourist destination in recent years.
Take a break from the city and head to Otres Beach and Ochheuteal Beach. There's much more to do: try your luck at Oriental Pearl Poker, enjoy the sand and surf at Independence Beach, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Syn Absinthe Distillery, and take in the exciting artwork at Otres Art Studio.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sihanoukville trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Kep to Sihanoukville takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pakse.

Things to do in Sihanoukville

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Otres Beach ©
Otres Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ochheuteal Beach ©
Ochheuteal Beach

2
nights
Pakse, Laos

Pakse ©
Resting at the meeting point of the Se Don and Mekong rivers, Pakse provides the ideal starting point from which to begin your discovery of southern Laos.
On the 16th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Tad Yuang Waterfalls, take in the views from Lao Nippon Bridge, then visit Si Phan Don, and finally explore the ancient world of Wat Phu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Pha Suam Waterfall and then explore the striking landscape at Bolaven Plateau.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pakse trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Sihanoukville to Pakse in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Pakse

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bolaven Plateau, Wat Phu, Tad Pha Suam Waterfall, Si Phan Don
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Bolaven Plateau ©
Bolaven Plateau
Wat Phu ©
Wat Phu
Si Phan Don ©
Si Phan Don

1
night
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 18th (Wed), make a trip to Wat Chomkao Manilat and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gibbon Experience Office.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Huay Xai trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Pakse to Huay Xai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Parks Wildlife
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Gibbon Experience Office ©
Gibbon Experience Office
Wat Chomkao Manilat ©
Wat Chomkao Manilat

3
nights
Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng ©
Lying 150 km (93 mi) from Vientiane en route to Luang Prabang, and perched on the Song River, Vang Vieng attracts eco-tourists for the bizarre limestone hills surrounding the town.
Step out of the city life by going to Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and Pha Ngern View Point. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat That, explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Khan Cave, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vang Vieng travel route planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Huay Xai to Vang Vieng takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll ©
Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll
Climbing Tours

5
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 Ong Teu are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Santisuk Lang Xang Golf Club and Mekong River. Step out of Vientiane to go to Thalat and see Nam Ngum Dam, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Vientiane Orchidees, enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, and play a few rounds at Long Vien Golf Club.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vientiane trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Vang Vieng to Vientiane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nam Ngum Dam, Mekong River
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Vientiane Orchidees ©
Vientiane Orchidees
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

5
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kuang Si Waterfall and Luang Prabang Golf Club. Popular historic sites such as Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Manorom are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at MandaLao Elephant Conservation, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, and look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang trip site .

You can fly from Vientiane to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vientiane in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Luang Prabang, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi
MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation

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