43 days in Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

43 days in Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

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43 days in Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Vientiane, Laos
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  7 h 15 min
3
Savannakhet, Laos
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 min
4
Don Det, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Banlung, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Drive:  8 h
6
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 9 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 10 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

8
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). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), don't miss a visit to Patuxai, browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Market, and appreciate the history behind Buddha Park.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Vientiane trip itinerary maker website .

Melbourne, Australia to Vientiane is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Vientiane is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get much warmer in Vientiane: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Vang Vieng is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, head outdoors with Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll, explore the striking landscape at Pha Ngern View Point, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vang Vieng day trip website .

Traveling by car from Vientiane to Vang Vieng takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Savannakhet.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll ©
Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll
Climbing Tours

1
night
Savannakhet, Laos

Savannakhet ©
Just across the Mekong River from Thailand, the city of Savannakhet has benefited from its prosperous neighbor, developing its commercial and tourism sector.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xayaphoum Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Bungva lake, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of That Ing Hang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Therese, see the interesting displays at The Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sounantha Temple, and finally stop by Savanakhet.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Savannakhet holiday builder app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Vang Vieng to Savannakhet in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Don Det.

Things to do in Savannakhet

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
That Ing Hang ©
That Ing Hang
Bungva lake ©
Bungva lake
Sounantha Temple ©
Sounantha Temple

2
nights
Don Det, Laos

Don Det ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Khon Pa Soi Falls, then admire the sheer force of Tad Somphamit Waterfalls, and then contemplate the long history of Old French Railway Bridge. On your second day here, take in the waterfront at Nakasong Pier and then get to know the fascinating history of Don Khone Island.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Don Det road trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Savannakhet to Don Det takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Banlung.

Things to do in Don Det

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Don Khone, Nakasong Pier
Highlights from your plan
Tad Somphamit Waterfalls ©
Tad Somphamit Waterfalls
Don Khone Island ©
Don Khone Island
Old French Railway Bridge ©
Old French Railway Bridge

5
nights
Banlung, Cambodia

Banlung ©
Banlung is the capital of Ratanakiri Province in northeastern Cambodia. Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Virachey National Park. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Ka Tieng Waterfall, stroll through Airavata Elephant Foundation, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yeak Laom Volcanic Lake.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Banlung route website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Don Det to Banlung. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Banlung

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Virachey National Park
Highlights from your plan
Ka Tieng Waterfall ©
Ka Tieng Waterfall
Airavata Elephant Foundation ©
Airavata Elephant Foundation
River Rafting & Tubing

9
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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 out of town with these interesting Phnom Penh side-trips: Preah Sakyamoni Chedi (in Udong), Heng Naysim Tranditional Cambodian Weaving House (in Kandal Steung) and Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang floating village (in Kampong Chhnang). The adventure continues: 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 head outdoors with Nature cambodia.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Banlung to Phnom Penh in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. In October in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kandal Province, Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang floating village
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

10
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, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To plan Siem Reap vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

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