22 days in Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

22 days in Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

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Sihanoukville, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Kampot, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Sen Monorom, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 6 nights
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Sihanoukville, Cambodia — 2 nights

Sihanoukville, a relatively new city built around the country's first deepwater port, has been developing into a tourist destination in recent years.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Serendipity Beach and Ochheuteal Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Otres Beach, try to win big at Oriental Pearl Poker, and soothe aching muscles at Vagabond Temple Yoga & Meditation Retreat.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read Sihanoukville driving holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sihanoukville is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Indochina Time is 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Kampot.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Casinos
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Kampot, Cambodia — 2 nights

The riverside town of Kampot mixes evocative colonial architecture and a wealth of nearby natural highlights.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Open Studio Cambodia, then test the waters at Nibi Spa, and then make a splash at Arcadia Waterpark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at La Plantation and then kick back and relax at Kep Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kampot day trip planning tool.

Getting from Sihanoukville to Kampot by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Phnom Penh.
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Spas · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 3 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.
Visit Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Wat Phnom for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Palace and National Museum. Spend the 9th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kampot to Phnom Penh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sen Monorom.
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Sen Monorom, Cambodia — 2 nights

Switzerland of Cambodia

The capital and only major settlement in the vast, verdant Mondulkiri province, Sen Monorom manages to retain a laid-back, rural charm, in spite of an increase in development.
On the 12th (Wed), soothe aching muscles at SenMonorom Yoga with Lana and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Seima Protection Forest.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sen Monorom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Phnom Penh to Sen Monorom takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Siem Reap.
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Beng Mealea and Terrace of the Elephants. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Baphuon Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pre Rup, zoom along the surf with ICF Wake Park, and see the interesting displays at Cambodia Landmine Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Siem Reap online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sen Monorom to Siem Reap in 8 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. In October in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly to Luang Prabang.
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Historic Sites · Adventure · Museums · Outdoors
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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.
Old Quarter Luang Prabang and Wat Xiengthong are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at MandaLao Elephant Conservation and Kuang Si Waterfall. Step out of Luang Prabang with an excursion to 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw--about 52 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang online travel route planner.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Siem Reap in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 25°C in Luang Prabang. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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Cambodia travel guide

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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.
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Laos travel guide

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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.
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