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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ondong Rossey. Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Phnom Penh with a short trip to Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang floating village in Kampong Chhnang, about 2h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace, examine the collection at National Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and wander the streets of Bassac Lane.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh trip maker website.

Sydney, Australia to Phnom Penh is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Phnom Penh is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Phnom Penh, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple. Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Preah Khan, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, steep yourself in history at Eastern Mebon, and admire the striking features of Banteay Samre.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Siem Reap online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Visiting Battambang Bat Caves and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Wat Banan Temple and Wat Ek Phnom are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ek Phnom Pagoda, take an in-depth tour of Mrs. Bun Roeung's Ancient House, and see the interesting displays at Cambodia Peace Gallery (Cambodia Peace Museum).

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Battambang attractions planner.

You can drive from Siem Reap to Battambang in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Siem Reap in January, plan for slightly colder days in Battambang, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Battambang

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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.
On the 22nd (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Don Daeng Island, delve into the distant past at Wat Phu, and then look for gifts at Chez Maman.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Champasak Town tour builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Battambang to Champasak Town. When traveling from Battambang in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Champasak Town: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and Vientiane Orchidees. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Si Saket and Wat Ho Phra Keo. Change things up with a short trip to Nam Ngum Dam in Thalat (about 1h 40 min away). There's lots more to do: play a few rounds at Long Vien Golf Club, walk around Buddha Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sacred Heart, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phat Tich Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Vientiane itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Champasak Town to Vientiane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Champasak Town in January, expect Vientiane to be slightly colder, temps between 33°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.
Wat Xiengthong and Royal Palace Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham and Wat Tat Luang for their historical value. When in Luang Prabang, make a side trip to see 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw, approximately Nong Khiaw away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at MandaLao Elephant Conservation, stop by Whisky Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Luang Prabang 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, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Luang Prabang. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peace Temple and Barahi temple. Step out of the city life by going to Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) and Poon Hill. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get engrossed in the history at Gurkha Memorial Museum, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pokhara sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Luang Prabang to Pokhara by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Nepal Time, which is usually a -1.2 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Luang Prabang in February: high temperatures in Pokhara hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to fly to Chitwan National Park.

Things to do in Pokhara

Tours · Outdoors · 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.
Kick 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 11th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tiger Residency Resort.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chitwan National Park road trip planner.

You can fly from Pokhara to Chitwan National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Pokhara, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Chitwan National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Langtang National Park.

Things to do in Chitwan National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:

Langtang National Park, Nepal

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Langtang Valley and then get outside with Kyanjin Ri. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Gosainkunda.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Langtang National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Chitwan National Park to Langtang National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chitwan National Park in February, with highs in Langtang National Park at 26°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Sagarmatha National Park.

Things to do in Langtang National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt Everest and Dudh Koshi River. Get in touch with nature at Everest View Point and Khumbu Glacier. When in Sagarmatha National Park, make a side trip to see Memorial to Scott Fischer in Khumjung, approximately Khumjung away. It doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Taboche.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sagarmatha National Park online day trip planner.

You can fly from Langtang National Park to Sagarmatha National Park in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to 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 Safaris. Popular historic sites such as Kopan Monastery and Boudhanath Stupa are in your itinerary. Explore Kathmandu's surroundings by going to Bhaktapur (55 Window Palace, Nyatapola Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to Kathmandu Durbar Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaganath (Krishna) Temple, and get outside with Nepal Ascent Treks.

For photos and more tourist information, use the Kathmandu online trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and car from Sagarmatha National Park to Kathmandu in 3 hours. In February, daytime highs in Kathmandu are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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.