Not sure if would rather go to Laos or Cambodia ? Why not combine the two countries in one trip ? Once you’ve crossed the world to reach Asia, it’s worth visit the best of it! Note that 12 to 15 days are enough for a nice first approach of these two very different cultures. With family, friends or as a couple, come to enjoy the charms of Luang Prabang, explore the region of the 4000 islands or discover the temples of Angkor. In this article, we explain why combining Laos and Cambodia is the right idea for your next trip. Enjoy the reading !
Why combine Laos and Cambodia for your trip in south-east asia ?
Each of the two countries has its own particularities. The good news ? They complement each other quite well.
Laos is arguably one of the best-preserved countries in Southeast Asia. It has only opened to tourism recently. Thus, the development of infrastructures is limited to big cities. That’s why many ethnic groups still live completely isolated in remote villages. Visiting Laos is really about travelling back in time. You will admire the charms of Luang Prabang with its colonial architecture and its pagodas, relax in the peaceful atmosphere of the 4000 islands or enjoy a cruise on the Mekong. For the more adventurous ones, hiking in the jungle and sleeping in a tribe village are two must-do. The mountains and forests of the north are very preserved, which makes it a dream place for a nature trek.
When we talk about Cambodia, we first think of the temples of Angkor. Note that we should rather talk about the city of Angkor and its many Khmer temples. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of the most important religious one in the world! Another unmissable activity according to us: Tonle Sap Lake. Sailing in a local boat in between the floating villages is a magical moment.
As you can see, Laos and Cambodia are countries with different attractions.
Combining these two destinations is a great idea for a complete and varied trip.
Timeless Luang Prabang and Angkor, 12 days
Let's discover together this circuit. Who is it made for in the first place? Well, this tour has been specifically designed for lovers of charm and culture. A cruise on the Mekong River, a visit of Luang Prabang, UNESCO World Heritage site, boat trips, ethnic encounters ... And of course, we don’t forget the exploration of the temples of Angkor. Throughout these 12 days, your guide will be the link between you and the local people. You will learn a lot about Laotian and Cambodian customs, but also about the omnipresent Buddhism. But holidays are also made to rest, right? That’s why we have also planned relaxation breaks. The several cruises will be the opportunity to chill while admiring the landscapes. The city of Nongkhiaw, is the perfect place for relaxing. The setting is heaven-like, and the atmosphere is particularly peaceful.
Mysterious south Laos and flamboyant Angkor, 13 days
This program has been designed for travelers looking for authenticity, scenery and nature. The first part of the trip will take place in southern Laos. This region is home to real wonders of nature such as the 4000 islands, several waterfalls, an abundant jungle, as well as the Bolaven plateau. Lovers of local culture will especially enjoy trekking through coffee plantations and exploring remote villages of the Katu ethnic group. You will discover a craft that is perpetuated from generation to generation. After admiring the wild waterfalls of the Mekong, you will fly to Cambodia. You will explore the temples of Angkor but also the Tonle Sap Lake. Visits of handicraft villages will allow you to compare the cultural differences between the two countries.
We hope that through this article, we will have convinced you of the relevance of combining Laos and Cambodia. With family, friends or as a couple, this is a great plan for a complete stay in South East Asia. But we prefer to warn you, after discovering Laos, you will definitely want to go back to explore it more deeply. In the meantime, contact us and dare the multi-country adventure ! Our experts will know how to create a program perfectly fitted to your expectations.
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