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    Places visited:

  • Vientiane
  • Hin Boun
  • Nam Theun National Protected Area
  • Thalang
  • Langkhang
  • Thakek
  • Champasak
  • Dom Kralor
  • Preah Vihear
  • Siem Reap
  • 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.

Audley Travel specialist Chloe

What our specialists say...

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.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Vientiane
  • Hin Boun
  • Thakek
  • Champasak
  • Preah Vihear
  • Siem Reap

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Vientiane.

Day 2 Vientiane

Vientiane

On arrival you will be met for a private transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure and we can recommend some great places to eat.

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Day 3 Vientiane

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.

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Day 4 Hin Boun

Vientiane , Hin Boun

Your road trip begins with a journey to the Hin Boun National Park.

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Day 5 Hin Boun

Hin Boun

Full day exploring the stunning Kong Lor Cave and the surrounding villages.

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Day 6 Nam Theun National Protected Area

Hin Boun , Nam Theun National Protected Area

Journey on to Nam Theun Protected Area via the small town of Lak Sao, where you will stop for lunch. This afternoon you will take a long tail boat into the heart of the protected area. Overnight in a simple beach camp.

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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.

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Day 8 Thakek

Langkhang , Thakek

This morning you will have an adventure exploring one of the least-known areas in Indochina at the Xe Bang Fai Caves. Travel by boat and car on to the sleepy town of Thakek this afternoon to be reacquainted with the Mekong river.

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Day 9 Champasak

Thakek , Champasak

Today you will be driven south to the peaceful town of Champasak which is famous for one of the most impressive temples in Laos; Wat Phou. This evening you can enjoy one of the best views in Laos as the sun sets over La Folie Lodge.

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Day 10 Champasak

Champasak

This morning you will uncover the secrets of Champasak with a private walking tour before returning to your hotel. You may wish to have an afternoon by the pool or take out bikes to explore the island.

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Day 11 Preah Vihear

Champasak , Dom Kralor , 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.

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Day 12 Siem Reap

Preah Vihear , 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.

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Day 13 Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Wake early to discover Banteay Srei at dawn. Other highlights will be taken in on the way to Siem Reap.

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Day 14 Siem Reap

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.

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Day 15 International return flight

Siem Reap , International return flight

You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Day 16 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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