54 days in Cambodia, Laos & Nepal Itinerary

54 days in Cambodia, Laos & Nepal Itinerary

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 6 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 7 nights
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Battambang, Cambodia
— 5 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 day
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Vientiane, Laos
— 5 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 7 nights
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Pokhara, Nepal
— 6 nights
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Chitwan National Park, Nepal
— 2 nights
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Langtang National Park, Nepal
— 2 nights
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Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
— 3 nights
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 6 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Royal Palace. Change things up with these side-trips from Phnom Penh: Kampong Chhnang (Ondong Rossey & Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang floating village). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum, take a stroll through Bassac Lane, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Plan trip to Phnom Penh with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Sydney, Australia to Phnom Penh is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Phnom Penh, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in January, you will find days in Phnom Penh are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 7 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Angkor Wat and Preah Khan. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eastern Mebon, delve into the distant past at Baphuon Temple, admire the striking features of Banteay Kdei, and steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Siem Reap trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Battambang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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Battambang, Cambodia

— 5 nights
The riverside city of Battambang draws visitors with its easy charm, rich culture, and convenient location close to a number of historical sites.
Step off the beaten path and head to Battambang Bat Caves and Nature Spa. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wat Banan Temple and HUMAN Gallery - Joseba Etxebarria Photography. And it doesn't end there: deepen your understanding of the past and present with a heritage tour, learn about winemaking at Chan Thay Chhoueng Plantation, see the interesting displays at Cambodia Peace Gallery (Cambodia Peace Museum), and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Battambang visit website.

Getting from Siem Reap to Battambang by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Siem Reap in January, you will find days in Battambang are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Battambang

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:

Champasak Town, Laos

— 1 day
Near the borders of Thailand and Japan in southern Laos, the small town of Champasak is best known for its UNESCO-protected ruins.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Don Daeng Island, don't miss a visit to Wat Phu, and then stop by Chez Maman.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Champasak Town itinerary planning website.

Explore your travel options from Battambang to Champasak Town with the Route module. Traveling from Battambang in January, you will find days in Champasak Town are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Vientiane Orchidees and Long Vien Golf Club. Discover out-of-the-way places like Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and Patuxai. Step out of Vientiane with an excursion to Nam Ngum Dam in Thalat--about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sacred Heart, stroll around Buddha Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Vientiane trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Champasak Town to Vientiane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Champasak Town in January; daily highs in Vientiane reach 33°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 7 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to MandaLao Elephant Conservation and Kuang Si Butterfly Farm. Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Xiengthong and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. When in Luang Prabang, make a side trip to see 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw, approximately Nong Khiaw away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Xieng Mouane, and tee off at Luang Prabang Golf Club.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Luang Prabang day trip planning website.

Fly from Vientiane to Luang Prabang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vientiane in January, Luang Prabang is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 3:

Pokhara, Nepal

— 6 nights

Lake City

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Peace Temple and Bindhya Basini Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) and Spas & Wellness. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Poon Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Barahi temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Pokhara trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Pokhara in 10.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Nepal Time (NPT) is minus 1.2 hours. Traveling from Luang Prabang in February, things will get little chillier in Pokhara: highs are around 26°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Chitwan National Park.

Things to do in Pokhara

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 9:

Chitwan National Park, Nepal

— 2 nights
The diverse ecosystems of Chitwan National Park house a large range of plants and animals, with the park listed as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Sauraha Art Gallery and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chitwan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Tiger Residency Resort.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chitwan National Park trip planning tool.

Fly from Pokhara to Chitwan National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Pokhara in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Chitwan National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Langtang National Park.

Things to do in Chitwan National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:

Langtang National Park, Nepal

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): appreciate the views at Langtang Valley and then get outside with Kyanjin Ri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Gosainkunda.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Langtang National Park trip planning tool.

You can fly from Chitwan National Park to Langtang National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chitwan National Park in February; daily highs in Langtang National Park reach 26°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Sagarmatha National Park.

Things to do in Langtang National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:
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Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

— 3 nights
Dominated by the world's tallest, Sagarmatha National Park is renowned for its carefully preserved natural heritage as well as the cultural and religious importance of its Buddhist monasteries and traditional Sherpa settlements.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt Everest and Mt. Ama Dablam. Step off the beaten path and head to Khumbu Glacier and Dudh Koshi River. Go for a jaunt from Sagarmatha National Park to Khumjung to see Memorial to Scott Fischer about 48 minutes away. There's more to do: get great views at Everest View Point and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Taboche.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sagarmatha National Park attractions planning app.

Traveling by flight from Langtang National Park to Sagarmatha National Park takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Sagarmatha National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:

Kathmandu, Nepal

— 9 nights
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kopan Monastery and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Get out of town with these interesting Kathmandu side-trips: Bhaktapur (55 Window Palace, Nyatapola Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), wander the streets of Thamel, and push the limits with Nepal Ascent Treks.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kathmandu online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sagarmatha National Park to Kathmandu by combination of flight and car takes about 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Kathmandu can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 25:

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.

Nepal travel guide

4.3
With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.