Laos and Cambodia Tour from Thailand

Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Chiang Khong - Mekong River – Pakbeng - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

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Making a tour through the Laos and Cambodia, two hidden gems in Asia means you are letting yourself immerse in the fascinating history and culture of the two countries. Thus, this tour below is designed with the aim of giving you a hand to create an amazing tour which allows you to make the most of wonderful things and activities these countries can offer. 

Highlight

  • Explore the busy streets and enjoy local street food in Bangkok (Thailand) or in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) 
  • Cruise on Mekong river, watch the magnificent view of mountain and visits some impressive caves such as Pak Our caves, Them Jang, etc
  • Unfold the interesting life in Vang Vieng
  • Learn the history of ancient Angkor Complex in Siem Reap

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The first day will be your arrival day to Bangkok and time for getting the warm welcome from this populous city. Please make sure you don’t miss the first event of the adventure since some of your information needed for the tour will be collected in this welcome meeting. If possible, let’s arrive early to take a cruise to Chinatown, take time to enjoy the life in busy streets and to contemplate the Grand Palace, a famous landmark built in 1782 showing the creativity of Thai people through its stunning architecture and complicated details. Besides, don’t forget to visit Chatuchak Market where you can find a variety of goods and relieve your tired muscles with Thai massage.

  • Meals: N/A
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok

Your new day will start with a hiking trip through the trail leading to sunburn of the city. There’s nothing better to open your day with morning’s cool fresh air, the particular view of some small villages, dishes prepared in traditional local ways and the impressive beauty of street decorated by young people. The vivid lifestyle in the suburb is waiting for your exploration.

After the hiking tour, you will take rest in China Town and be free for shopping or discovering the China Town, which known as the food haven by yourself. All the activities in Bangkok will end in the evening to prepare for the train moving to the next destination, Chiang Mai.

This overnight train offers many compartments equipped with beds and air-conditioners for you to have a comfortable night’s sleep. Of course, it also provides food and drink for you.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Overnight on the train

In the morning of the third day, you will be in Chiang Mai, an ideal place for nature and adventure lovers. You might get dizzy when planning for your journey in Chiang Mai since there are so many things are available for you to explore. Just take a deep breath, you can make a list to do it in order, thereby not missing any activities. But, remember to put temple on the top of the list since Chiang Mai is the land of numerous long history temples, particularly, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep , a significant religious place built in Thai architecture and decorated with diverse collections of statue. It’s also worth spend time relaxing yourself with Thai massage after a long time contemplate temples. Going to the night markets and learning to cook Thai dishes also a good way to experience its culture.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai

Leave the bustling city, we will move to Chiang Khong, a small town in Chiang Rai Province by bus. This riverside town is seen as place showing the relationship between Laos and Thai since the two countries built a bridge across the Mekong River linking Chiang Khong (Thailand) to Huay Xai (Laos). Coming to Chiang Khong, the interesting rural life along Mekong River is unfold for you when you ride a bike along the river bank and around villages. Besides, paying a visit to some Buddhist temples such as Wat Luang and Wat Phra Kaew is not the bad idea. These temples offer you space to feel relieved and contemplate their well-decorated structure. Guesthouse is also prepared for you to sleep this night.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Khong

This morning you’ll say goodbye to Thailand at Chiang Khong and start the journey to Laos, Land of a Million Elephants by taking a 7-hour cruise down the Mekong River to reach Pakbeng. It’s not a short time in boat, but you can take advantage of this time to relax and get ready for the new adventure. Watching the scenery along the way or bring with you a book to read, cards to play your time on boat will gone by quickly. Then, you will approach Pakbeng in the late afternoon. It is not too late for you to take a short trip around the local villages, meet the resident of the town and witness the neglected beauty of nature in some areas of this destination.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Pakbeng

The sixth day you will be on the boat ahead to Luang Prabang, one of Laos’s well-known destinations with travellers around the world. On the way to Luang Prabang, you can have opportunity to explore Pak Ou Caves which includes two limestone caves located in the side of a cliff. These caves are not only the home of over 4000 Buddha statues but also the place for the residents come to pray for luck and health when New Year comes. Going upstream about 25km from Pak Ou Caves, you’re easy get to Luang Prabang, where you can use the time in the end of the day to walk around the street, enjoy delicious street food and capture the beautiful sunset from the Mekong River bank.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Known as one of the famous landmarks in Laos, it’s hard to explore Luang Prabang in a short time. Thus, 24 hours of this day is for unfolding the secrets and interesting things in this town. Making an excursion to Kuang Si Falls, where is seen as the heaven for nature lovers, those who wants to have fun and relax should be put on the top of the list. You will definitely be impressed by its blue pools and its breathtaking scenery. As a place of Buddhist, it would be a pity if you didn’t visit Buddhist temples here. Particularly, Wat Xieng Thong, a temple has three-layer roof and is decorated with intricate patterns and a tree of life mosaic on the wall. After a long time go around, you can take rest by relax in a steam room easy to find on the busy streets.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Located at the intersection of the Mekong River and Nam Khan, Luang Prabang offers you a boat trip to explore Luang Prabang from a whole different perspective. Just sitting on the boat and becoming a true explorer with green scenery along the river banks. Besides, spending time on visiting night market, enjoying delicious traditional food as well as buying some beautiful handmade items as souvenirs is also a good way to keep Luang Prabang in your mind longer after you finish this tour. If possible, you can also visit the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, an ideal place to gain the knowledge of existing ethnic groups in Laos through the display of household objects, costume, photos of daily life and festival.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Although Luang Prabang is worth staying longer, the next destination, Vang Vieng, is also highly recommended in the tour. It will take you around 7 hours to transfer from Luang Prabang to the bend of Nam Song in which Nam means river and Song is the river’s name, and stop at a small village of Vang Vieng. It can be said that this village is a gate leading you to a memorable adventure with mighty mountains, limestone cliffs and cool things in caves around Vang Vieng. The trip to Vang Vieng definitely can keep you always excited.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Vang Vieng

Having a proper timetable, you can find out all interesting things in Vang Vieng. Located not far from the capital of Laos, the small riverside town called Vang Vieng is outstanding with rural landscape, mountain and cliffs scenery. Thus, it’s hard to ignore mysterious caves wedging into the side of cliff, for example, Tham Jang, where once to be the place for refugee and an ideal location to get the gorgeous view of Vang Vieng. Besides, suggestions from tour guides are also worth considering since they can give you some recommendations about other outdoor activities apart from visiting caves such as riding bike around the villages, swimming in the river, enjoying rice wine and local dishes, etc. Just let yourself entertain with all stuff on your vacation.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Vang Vieng

The charming city of Laos, Vientiane, is wating for you in the eleventh day of the tour. After getting to Vientiane, please take a rest and enjoy your meal since you will need more energy to get familiar with this quaint and laidback city. Remaining some colonial buildings, Vientiane makes itself as an excellent example of inference between the eastern and western culture creating its own beauty. Thus, it’s not amazing when Vientiane becomes a tourist hub in Laos and attracts a large number of travellers every year. Your tour guide will show you around the city, let you visit Wat Si Saket (one of the oldest and stunning Buddhist temples in Vientiane), the golden monument Pha That Luang, Patuxai (known as Victory Gate), etc,. Then, you will have an optional dinner in Vientiane before you catch a flight to Phnom Penh.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

The first thing to do is to check the hotel and take a rest to make sure you aren’t exhausted after an 11-day trip. Then, an afternoon is enough for you to discover the busy street and the life of people here. Let’s try some local food selling in the street vendors to find the taste of Cambodia, for example, nom banh chok, a traditional Khmer dishes made by hand from fermented rice and eaten with fresh herb, fish gravy, banana blossom, etc,. In this day, a meeting will be held to change your fellow travellers and accommodate a scheduled tour in Cambodia for the next days, so don’t forget to attend it.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

Now, you have a full day for all activities in Phnom Penh, the vibrant capital of Cambodia. One of the popular activities is to go around the large street by cyclo. With slow pace, cyclo allows you to capture every moment of the city. It welcomes you with not only its beautiful landscape, friendly people, modern services but a long history as well. Choeung Ek Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum are the two most visited places for learning the hard time of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge and difficulties that Cambodian faced in the past. In addition, you can move to Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda to contemplate Cambodia’s particular architectures as well as learn about the custom of the Royal. However, if you love art and want to visit somewhere related to it, the National Museum built from 1917 to 1920 can satisfy you. It offers you diverse collections of Khmer sculptures or some of pottery and bronzes dating back to 4th to 9th century. You can visit some Buddhist temples or go shopping at the Central Market known as the best spot to buy souvenirs if moving too much doesn’t make you tired.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

A new day starts a new adventure. Today, you will make yourself excited about the land of ancient architectures, Siem Reap. But just keep calm, since you have to spend 7 hours transferring from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by bus.  The rest time in Siem Reap you can walk around the street to get rid of tiredness, choose gifts for your family and friends, or go to fish spa to get pedicures.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

The fifteenth day is the real time for you to discover Angkor complex, the fantastic world heritage temples in Siem Reap. It’s worth starting the trip early because you can have the chance to watch a beautiful view of sunset over the Khmer temple erected a long time ago. The Khmer built Angkor complex in the model of the cosmic world mentioned in Hindu stories in which the main temple represents the Mountain Meru (home of God) and the surrounding moat is seen as the ocean. One of the most special temples is Angkor Wat including five stone lotus-like towers and a variety of religious carvings as well as impressive bias. Apart from Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom can also blow your mind by its mysterious smiling faces or the Ta Phrom temple will make you feel like you are in an adventure finding an ancient temple lost in the jungle, etc.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

A day is enough for you immerse yourself in the ancient world of stunning and mysterious ancient temples. In the sixteen day just let yourself turn back to the modern life, with busy town, luxurious shop and restaurants, and some other activities a walking tour can give you. But you want to keep more memories about the long-history temple, you can pay a visit to Banteay Srei temple built in 10th century and observe the destruction of time and weather on red sandstone walls carved several intricate images. Besides, a boat trip to Tonle Sap Lake is highly recommended. This trip let you explore the life on the water of people using boat as houses and make end meets by fishing every day.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Your remarkable trip ends on this day. Say goodbye to your fellow and prepare luggage for your departure.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

List of hotels we use: Best price, strategic locations, carefully-checked.

In Cambodia

Hotel
Category
Destination
Budget 3 - Star 4 - Star 5 - Star
Phnom Penh Salita Hotel Kolab Sor The Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel Himawari Hotel
Siem Reap Mother Home Inn Angkor Panoramic Boutique Tara Angkor Angkor Palace Resort

In Laos

Hotel
Category
Destination
Budget 3 - Star 4 - Star 5 - Star
Luang Prabang Villa Chitdara Luang Say Residence La Residence Phou Vao
Vientiane Lao Orchid Salana Boutique Hotel Settha Palace
Vang Vieng Villa Vang Vieng Riverside
Pakbeng Phetsokxai Pakbeng Lodge

In

Phnom Penh Salita Hotel
Siem Reap Mother Home Inn
Phnom Penh Kolab Sor
Siem Reap Angkor Panoramic Boutique
Phnom Penh The Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Siem Reap Tara Angkor
Phnom Penh Himawari Hotel
Siem Reap Angkor Palace Resort

In

Luang Prabang
Vientiane
Vang Vieng
Pakbeng Phetsokxai
Luang Prabang Villa Chitdara
Vientiane Lao Orchid
Vang Vieng Villa Vang Vieng Riverside
Pakbeng
Luang Prabang Luang Say Residence
Vientiane Salana Boutique Hotel
Vang Vieng
Pakbeng Pakbeng Lodge
Luang Prabang La Residence Phou Vao
Vientiane Settha Palace
Vang Vieng
Pakbeng

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews

Kt Wong Kwok Tai Wong

Hong Kong SAR China

"Great Experiences!"

December 2017

Kamea is a very good expert and she could be able to answer all my questions about Laos. And, she is so good to help me solve a lot of problems (i.e. local sim cards - quite affordable and all the river-view rooms, etc.,). We ... More +

Marie Patricia Geurts

Australia

"Brilliant Services!"

Octorber 2017

Both my son and I have been extremely happy with the personal tour booked. Both the tour guides exceptional! We felt really looked after, and as the tour was designed especially for us - very spoilt. The accommodation was superb, staff amazing - could not ... More +

Linda Anne Snyman

South Africa

"Amazing!"

July 2017

We had an absolute wonderful time. Every day or event was more than we expected. We were very impressed with our guides, our tour plan, our hotels, our transport and transfers and the good service we got from Kamea. Nothing was ever a problem, she ... More +

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