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Off the beaten track Laos and Cambodia

16 days from £4,095pp

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Tour highlights

  • 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.

Price includes

  • Scheduled international flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation

Itinerary idea in detail

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

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to 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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  • 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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  • Your road trip begins with a journey to the Hin Boun National Park.

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

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  • 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.

  • Enjoy a morning trek before journeying back to Thalang. Afterwards you will continue on to Langkhang where you will be spending the night.

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

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

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

When to go

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July is one of the best times to visit
Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Vientiane
 
Hin Boun
 
Thakhek
 
Champasak
 
Phra Wihan
 
Siem Reap
 
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