Laos or Cambodia for a 15 days tour? This question was the first I asked myself before determining my itinerary Laos Cambodia in 2 weeks scheduled for the month of October. Reading the advice and reviews on the traveler forums didn’t help me at all to make my choice. Indeed, the opinions are very divided and none really convinced me … So I chose a route that allows you to visit Laos in 12 days (7 days in Northern Laos + 5 days in Southern Laos) and spend the last 3 days in Cambodia at the great site of Angkhor.
Here is step by step how I organized this 15 day tour Laos Cambodia.
15-day tour of Laos Cambodia – Why go there in October?
We have planned to leave from October 26 to November 11, 2019 to enjoy a rather good climate. Indeed, I read that Laos has a subtropical climate with temperatures around 25 ° C most of the year. October being recommended to visit the North of the Country, it was one of the reasons that guided me in the choice of this period to leave. But I must admit that the French days no work of November 1 and November 11 were also a strong argument. Indeed, by asking only 9 days of leave we will enjoy 17 days for our Laos Cambodia tour!
15-day tour of Laos Cambodia – How to get around Laos?
No good rail network, no good roads, car rental not recommended … Not easy to organize all transport by ourselves. So I contacted private guides / drivers (see my article: How to find a local guide in Laos?). Then I learned about the possibilities of transport by bus. There is the possibility to book in advance on the Internet: https://12go.asia then I booked a domestic flight (Luang Prabang – Pakse) which will save us from wasting too much time on the road.
15-day tour of Laos Cambodia – Map of my itinerary
2-week tour Laos Cambodia- Stages of my itinerary
Day 01: Luang Prabang (27/10/19)
Arrival at 11:35 and transfer hotel and night to Luang Prabang.
Day 02: Luang Prabang (28/10/19)
Visit the main monuments of the city of Luang Prabang: Royal Palace become the National Museum, Wat Mai, Vat Xieng Mouane and Heritage House. Vat Xieng Mouane will be a unique opportunity (if one has enough time) to discover a training center for manual crafts related to Buddhist art. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 03: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si (29/10/19)
Taxi or private driver departing south on the great Mekong River towards Kuang Si Waterfall (30kms).
The road is lined with villages and rice fields. On the road: beautiful rural landscapes with rice terraces and pineapple plantations. Hike through the forest and the primary jungle to reach the spectacular waterfall of Kuang Si and the natural pools with turquoise waters. Back by the road. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 04: Luang Prabang to Tad Sae Waterfalls (30/10/19)
Taxi or private driver to Tad Sae Waterfalls. Return by road and stop à Whisky village and to a traditional village of weavers. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 05: Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw – Muong Ngoi (31/10/19)
Bus (4 hours drive) to Nong Khiaw along the Nam Ou River. We will pass the village of M’Hong Ban Khok Line, the village “Lu” in Ban Hat Kho and other villages along the river. Arrival in Nong Khiow. Then traditional boat to Muang Ngoy (2h of navigation). Overnight in Muang Ngoy.
Day 06: Muong Ngoi – Luang Prabang (01/11/19)
Back to Luang Prabang with boat and bus (mini van). Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 07: Luang Prabang – Pakse – Vat PHOU (02/11/19)
Lao Airlines flight – Departure Luang Praban at 10:40 Arrival in Pakse at 12:20 pm – Visit VAT PHOU temples – Overnight in Pakse.
Day 08: Pakse – Bolaven Plateau (3/11/19)
Day 09: Boloven waterfalls (4/11/19)
Day to discover waterfalls and come back to Pakse. Night in Pakse.
Day 10: Pakse – 4000 islands (5/11/19)
Day 11: Khone Islands (6/11/19)
Khone Phapeng Falls, named “Niagara of the East” and ballads on the islands. Overnight on Khone Island (4,000 islands).
Day 12: Khong Islands – Siem Reap (7/11/19)
Private van from Don Khone (4000 islands) to Siem Reap with asiavantransfer.com Departure 8:00 Arrival 18:30 (Visa border crossing). Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 13: Siem Reap – Tonle lake – Temples of Angkor (8/11/19)
Tonle lake on the morning and part of the “Big Circuit” on the afernoon. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 14: Most beautiful Angkor temples (9/11/19)
Visit Angkor Thom with the Victory Gate, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas and Terraces of Elephants and Leper King. In the afternoon, visit temple of Ta Prohm and the temple of Angkor Wat. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 15: Siem Reap – Old Market – Water festivities (10/11/19)
Morning activities in old Market and along water festivities. In the early afternoon return to Siem Reap for transfer to the airport for flight to France at 18:55.
Discover now: My selection of budget hotels for this route
or the details of my visits with the first 2 days in Luang Prabang