This trip is ideal for adventurous types seeking a journey off the beaten track to uncover some of Laos and Cambodia's best kept secrets. Starting in Vientiane you will have time to adjust to the Lao culture and explore the tree flanked boulevards by bicycle. From here you take the road to Hin Boun National Park with the highlight being Kong Lor Cave before travelling up river in the Nam Theun Protected Area. Here you will camp overnight with only the stars for company. Head further south taking in the little known caves at Xe Bang Fai, the riverside town of Thakhek and the southern pilgrimage site of Wat Phou. Crossing into Cambodia you will visit the once inaccessible temple of Preah Vihear and spend some time staying with the locals in Banteay Srei. The trip ends in Siem Reap to explore the spectacular temples of Angkor.
Soak up the culture in Vientiane; one of Southeast Asia's sleepiest capital cities.
Explore the stunning scenery of central Laos, including caves of Kong Lor and Xe Bang Fai.
Enjoy an unforgettable experience, camping under the stars in Nam Theun National Protected Area.
Follow the old 'Angkor Road', taking in the temples of Wat Phou, Preah Vihear, Banteay Srei and of course, Angkor Wat.
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- Hin Boun
- Nam Theun National Protected Area
- Dom Kralor
- Preah Vihear
- Siem Reap
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Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Vientiane.
Day 2 Vientiane
Day 3 Vientiane
Today you will explore the city by bicycle. This takes in the most famous colonial and religious architecture and also contrasts that with some peaceful 'local' areas. In the early evening your guide will take you down to one of our best-loved spots on the banks of the Mekong so that you can enjoy a cold drink as the sun sets. As the evening moves on you will explore the riverbank further, mixing with the locals as you try various local delicacies.
Day 4 Hin Boun
Day 5 Hin Boun
Day 6 Nam Theun National Protected Area
Hin Boun , Nam Theun National Protected Area
Day 7 Langkhang
Nam Theun National Protected Area , Thalang , Langkhang
Enjoy a morning trek before journeying back to Thalang. Afterwards you will continue on to Langkhang where you will be spending the night.
Day 8 Thakek
Langkhang , Thakek
Day 9 Champasak
Day 10 Champasak
Day 11 Preah Vihear
After breakfast you will travel to Wat Phou as the early morning is a nice cool time to climb the many steps of the temple complex and avoid the crowds. Then travel on the border to cross in to Cambodia, stopping en route for lunch. Upon completing immigration formalities you will meet your Cambodian guide and transfer to nearby Preah Vihear where you will be spending the night.
Day 12 Siem Reap
Explore Preah Vihear this morning. Considered by many to be among the most impressive temples in Asia, it is a privilege to be able to visit again after it was off-limits for many years due to a border dispute with Thailand. Continue south to another off the beaten track area at Phnom Kulen, before reaching Banteay Srei. Here you will overnight in a local homestay.
Day 13 Siem Reap
Day 14 Siem Reap
Today is a busy one, full of the must-see attractions within the temples of Angkor. Highlights include Ta Prohm which was made famous by the Tombraider film. The imposing faces of The Bayon are not to be missed and the day ends at Angkor Wat itself. As with all of our touring we go to great lengths to get the best guides and plan things in such a way as to avoid crowds when possible and see things in the best light of the day.
Day 15 International return flight
Siem Reap , International return flight
Day 16 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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