36 days in Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

36 days in Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 9 nights
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Battambang, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Drive to Siem Reap International Airport, Fly to Pakse International Airport, Drive to Champasak Town
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Champasak Town, Laos
— 1 night
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Vientiane, Laos
— 5 nights
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Sam Neua, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly to Vientiane, Bus to Vang Vieng
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Vang Vieng, Laos
— 3 nights
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— 6 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 4 nights

Charming City

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, enjoy some diversion at Cambodia Fire Range, and see the interesting displays at National Museum.

To find where to stay and tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh day trip website.

Warsaw, Poland to Phnom Penh is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Warsaw to Phnom Penh. Traveling from Warsaw in December, expect Phnom Penh to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 9 nights

Temple Town

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.
Spend the 6th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 5th (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, make a trip to Pub Street, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Siem Reap travel route website.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Battambang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 10:

Battambang, Cambodia

— 4 nights
The riverside city of Battambang draws visitors with its easy charm, rich culture, and convenient location close to a number of historical sites.
On the 14th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, browse the exhibits of Sangker Gallery, and make a trip to Wat Samrong Knong.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Battambang trip planner.

Drive from Siem Reap to Battambang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Siem Reap in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Battambang: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Battambang

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:

Champasak Town, Laos

— 1 night
Near the borders of Thailand and Japan in southern Laos, the small town of Champasak is best known for its UNESCO-protected ruins.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): head off the coast to Don Daeng Island, admire the striking features of Wat Muang Kang Temple, then delve into the distant past at Wat Phu, and finally stop by Chez Maman.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Champasak Town road trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Battambang to Champasak Town. Traveling from Battambang in January, expect nights in Champasak Town to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:

Vientiane, Laos

— 5 nights
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Change things up with a short trip to Nam Ngum Dam in Thalat (about 1h 40 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, don't miss a visit to Phou Khoun Observation Site, and appreciate the history behind Buddha Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Vientiane road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Champasak Town to Vientiane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Vientiane is little chillier than Champasak Town - with highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sam Neua.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

Sam Neua, Laos

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Pathet Lao Caves and then Head underground at Vieng Xai Cave City.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sam Neua trip builder website.

You can fly from Vientiane to Sam Neua in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Vang Vieng on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Sam Neua

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Vang Vieng, Laos

— 3 nights
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, get great views at Nam Xay Viewpoint, get outside with Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Vang Vieng online route maker.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sam Neua to Vang Vieng in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 6 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw to see 100 Waterfalls about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong, make a trip to Vat Visounarath, and see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Luang Prabang trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.

Laos travel guide

3.8
Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.