42 days in Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

42 days in Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

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42 days in Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

Start: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 7 nights
Bus:  3 h
2
Battambang, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Kampot, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Pakse, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Huay Xai, Laos
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Vientiane, Laos
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
9
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 6 nights
End: Luang Prabang, Laos


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7
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.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, spas, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap tour itinerary planner.

Chiang Mai, Thailand to Siem Reap is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Siem Reap. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Battambang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Siem Reap Province
Highlights from your plan
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

5
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.
When in Battambang, make a side trip to see Organikh Project in Sisophon, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at HUMAN Gallery - Joseba Etxebarria Photography, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the long history of Wat Banan Temple, and explore the fascinating underground world of Battambang Bat Caves.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Battambang planner .

You can take a bus from Siem Reap to Battambang in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Battambang

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Organikh Project
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
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.
Phnom Penh is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, examine the collection at National Museum, have fun at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range, and steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh trip planner .

Getting from Battambang to Phnom Penh by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. March in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kampot.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Tours Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Cambodia Fire Range ©
Cambodia Fire Range
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

4
nights
Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot ©
The riverside town of Kampot mixes evocative colonial architecture and a wealth of nearby natural highlights.
Explore Kampot's surroundings by going to Kep (Kep Beach, Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island), & more). The adventure continues: experience rural life at La Plantation, view the masterpieces at Black Cat Kep, have some family-friendly fun at Potshots, and have a few drinks at Levels Entertainment Bar.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kampot itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Phnom Penh to Kampot in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sihanoukville.

Things to do in Kampot

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kep
Highlights from your plan
Kep Beach ©
Kep Beach
La Plantation ©
La Plantation
Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island) ©
Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island)

3
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.
Sihanoukville is known for beaches, spas, wildlife, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Otres Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Otres Art Studio, try to win big at Oriental Pearl Poker, and make a trip to Wat Leu Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sihanoukville driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Kampot to Sihanoukville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Pakse.

Things to do in Sihanoukville

Fun & Games Outdoors Casinos
Highlights from your plan
Otres Beach ©
Otres 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 19th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Tad Yuang Waterfalls, then explore the ancient world of Wat Phu, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bolaven Plateau. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Tad Pha Suam Waterfall, then look for gifts at Chez Maman, and then wander the streets of Si Phan Don.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Pakse online trip maker .

Fly from Sihanoukville to Pakse in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. March in Pakse sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Pakse

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Champasak Town, Bolaven Plateau, Tad Pha Suam Waterfall, Si Phan Don
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): make a trip to Wat Chomkao Manilat, identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Experience Office, and then make a trip to Project Kajsiab Laos.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Huay Xai trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Pakse to Huay Xai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gibbon Experience Office ©
Gibbon Experience Office
Wat Chomkao Manilat ©
Wat Chomkao Manilat

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vientiane: Mekong River (in Tha Heua) and Nam Ngum Dam (in Thalat). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), make a trip to Phou Khoun Observation Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, and appreciate the history behind Buddha Park.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Vientiane day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Huay Xai to Vientiane takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. March in Vientiane sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mekong River, Nam Ngum Dam
Highlights from your plan
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

6
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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, wildlife, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, don't miss a visit to Wat Pa Huak, and admire the landmark architecture of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong).

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Luang Prabang trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Luang Prabang when traveling from Vientiane in March, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

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