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.
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. There are two main cities to visit here, and they are:
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.
The largest city in the country, Phnom Penh plays host to the story of its harrowing past. The Tuol Sleng museum is a monument to those who lost their lives during the Khmer Rouge while the Killing Fields in Choeung Ek is a moving site. These two are haunting but fascinating places to visit to 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 marvelous floating villages.
If you’re looking for some 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. When it comes to shopping, the Central Market in Phnom Penh has Art Deco architecture and is great for a bargain but it’s the night market up in Siem Reap that is worth a meander.
Key Highlights of Cambodia & Laos
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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 - it’s no wonder really, when you think how much there is to do and explore here.
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.
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.
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