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A popular tour in southeast Asia, visiting Cambodia and Laos gives you the opportunity to see awe-inspiring natural beauty and stunning architecture in pure tranquility. Angkor Wat and Cambodia may well be synonymous with travel in Asia but the, often overlooked, landlocked destination of Laos has plenty to charm visitors as well.

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Cambodia & Laos

Their tourism figures may be dwarfed by neighbouring Thailand but Cambodia and Laos offer a certain charm that can rarely be found. From busy temples and relics to quaint and tranquil countryside, they have it all. Angkor Wat in Cambodia tends to be what trips are built around but that’s before you add the majestic Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. Phnom Penh gives you an insight into the harrowing past as you head further south in the former French colony. Laos still manages to add stunning architecture to the mix but it is filled with natural beauty across the country. Sacred monuments, adrenaline filled adventures and charming waterfalls are all on offer.

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Cambodia Holidays

We start in the former French colony, filled with stunning landscapes, lush scenery and wondrous temples. It is no longer a hidden gem, it hasn’t been since the ruins played the backdrop for the tomb raiding Lara Croft, and the ever-growing amount of tourists is allowing for better infrastructure. Siem Reap, the ‘Great Gate to Angkor’ is a popular and growing city which is home to beautiful architecture and is the base for anyone looking to take in the Angkor Wat. This relic of the Khmer Empire is nestled between the local rice paddies and Siem Reap River. Aside from this, Angkor Thom with the stunning Bayon Temple, the Tonlé Sap great lake and the Ta Prohm where tree roots interweave with the crumbling walls also shouldn’t be missed.

Phnom Penh

The largest city in the country, Phnom Penh plays host to the story of a harrowing past. The Tuol Sleng Museum is a monument to those who died under the Khmer Rouge while the Killing Fields in Choeung Ek is a moving site. These two are haunting but fascinating to visit and immerse yourself in history, after which you can have a cruise down the Mekong River where you can see the National Museum, Royal Palace and the floating villages. If you’re looking for national dishes to sample then fried tarantulas are sold across the country. The rather more appetising Kampot pepper crab is worth a try while the street food is divine. For shopping, the Central Market in Phnom Penh has Art Deco architecture and is great for a bargain as is the night market up in Siem Reap.

Discover the Waterfalls of Laos

With picturesque landscapes, stunning natural beauty and incredible historical architecture, Cambodia and Laos are two of Asia’s most popular backpacking locations. They have become a bucket list location for people all over the world. The most important packing tips for Cambodia and Laos, is to keep as many items of clothing as possible made from natural fabrics. Things like linen, cotton and silk will keep you so much cooler in the humidity and heat – and you’ll feel much more comfortable because of it. It’s also worth packing comfy shoes that are easily removed (no laces and no buckles). Why? Well when you’re busy exploring all the incredible monuments and historical sites, you’ll often have to take your shoes off before entering. Having a simple pair of slip-ons will save time and energy.

Best Time to Travel

The weather in both Cambodia and Laos is hot, humid and tropical. Both experience a pronounced rainy season from May through October, so if you plan on visiting during this time, we’d recommend packing waterproofs! Their cool and dry season (best for beach breaks and more traditional holidays) lasts from November through February. Lastly their hot dry season (again, good for beach getaways) tends to fall in March and April. This can fluctuate slightly year to year, but the pattern remains the same.

Key Highlights of Cambodia & Laos:

-          See the sunrise behind the Angkor Wat
-          Learn about the disturbing history of the ‘Killing Fields’
-          Visit the sacred That Luang (Great Stupa)
-          Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang

Essential Information:

Interested in a fun-filled tour of Southeast Asia? Call us today on 0203 139 7074 to find out more about a trip to these beautiful countries.

-          Cambodia Capital:- Phnom Penh
-          Cambodia Currency:- Cambodian Riel
-          Cambodia Language:- Khmer
-          Time Zone:- GMT+7
-          Laos Capital:- Vientiane
-          Laos Currency:- Lao Kip
-          Laos Language:- Lao
-          Time Zone:- GMT+7

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