Travel through Cambodia and Laos to discover a new way of life
Immerse yourself in the cultures of Cambodia and Laos on a 12-day tour through these beautiful countries. Explore the incredible Angkor complex, experience rural life with a local family, admire the French-style architecture of Phnom Penh and pay your respects with a visit to the Killing Fields. Then head to Laos and tour the breathtaking scenery around Vang Vieng before finishing up in the atmospheric city of Luang Prabang.
Combining two great countries in a two-week trip, you'll discover the best of both worlds, from Cambodia's incredible Khmer temples to Laos' relaxed riverside beauty.
Angkor Wat. Need we say more? As well as a guided tour, you’ll also have a pass to cover your whole time in Siem Reap so you can explore this incredible temple complex as much and as often as you like.
Discover the temple ruins at Sambor Prei Kuk and enjoy a village homestay to experience everyday life in rural Cambodia.
Get familiar with Khmer cuisine - here’s a sample of what’s in store for your tastebuds: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/cambodian-food-guide/
Have expert advice on hand the whole way with an experienced local leader to help you get the best out of your time in Cambodia, like Channa: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/channa-intrepid-leader-cambodia/
By flying from Phnom Penh to Vientiane, you'll cut down on travel time and spend more time exploring destinations
Discover the splendour of Vang Vieng's limestone landscapes. Your cycling and hiking excursion takes you to a stunning hidden waterfall via an ethnic tribal village
Laos is less developed than many other South-East Asian countries. The roads can be bumpy and delays are common. A little bit of patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment of this beautiful country!
There are some long days of travel, especially the journey to Luang Prabang. The mountain scenery on this journey is incredible, but if you're prone to motion sickness, some travel medication may be a good idea.
We stay in a homestay on this trip which most travellers find a fascinating and insightful experience. Read more about what it is like here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/cambodia-homestay-experience/
There's a mixture of included activities and free time on this trip. Sometimes you'll be guided by knowledgeable locals; at other times, you'll have the freedom and flexibility to make your own discoveries.
The stories and history shared at the Killing Fields and S21 are confronting and many travellers will find them upsetting. This is an important part of Cambodia’s recent history that we feel is important for travellers to know. If you would prefer not to join these activities your leader can recommend some optional alternatives. Some further information on visiting the Killing Fields can be found here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/importance-visiting-cambodia-k...
At times our accommodation may not have continuous hot water. Most travellers don’t find this a problem however, and are often keen to cool down from the heat with a refreshing cold shower!
1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip, subject to availability, excluding Day 4 (Homestay).
2. This trip includes a flight from Phnom Penh to Vientiane - please provide your passport details at time of booking.
3. The included flight from Phnom Penh to Vientiane includes 20kg checked luggage and 7kg carry on luggage. Charges for excess luggage are the responsibility of the traveller and can only be paid at check in.
Our Cambodia & Laos Encounter trips score an average of 4.73 out of 5 based on 96 reviews in the last year.
You can use a kettle to boil water in almost every place we stayed to reduce using single use plastic, let the water cool and put it in your own water bottle. Washing is easy and cheap to get done although don't take fancy clothes as I ended up with an extra sock and pair of someone else's underwear in my washes.
Review submitted 26 Apr 2018
Most of the hotels we stayed in had a kettle so it is easy to boil water and let it cool to use in your water bottle to avoid using single use plastic bottles. Mosquitos are fierce and even got bitten with 80% deet. Washing clothes is easy and cheap. I highly recommend packing a one piece swimsuit to be respectful of the culture and also many items of clothing that cover your shoulders and knees. I also highly recommend adding 2-3 days at the end of your trip in Luang Prabang.
Review submitted 26 Apr 2018