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South East Asia Overland Luang Prabang - Bangkok

Trip Overview

This is a great trip that links Laos, Cambodia and Thailand together. With over 10 days in Laos, we have plenty of time to slowly explore this beautiful and serene country, with its history, beautiful people and amazing landscapes. By the time we get to Cambodia we will be fully in tune with the Mekong and its stunning sunset views, but there are few better than at Kratie in the northeast of Cambodia.

Cambodia’s modern history is not a happy one, but Phnom Penh wears it with resilience in public and no visitor can be left unmoved by their visit to this lovely Mekong City. Of course, no trip to this country would be complete without a thorough exploration of the many incredible temples surrounding Angkor Wat

18 DAYS THROUGH Cambodia, Laos (+ 1 more countries)
RATING:
of 20 reviews
PRICE FROM:
Was: $2,120 USD + 440 KITTY USD
Now: $1,802 (USD) + 440 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
18 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Tuk-tuk, Boat
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew in certain areas
ACCOM:
5%
95%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZLB
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Explore the sights of the bustling Thai capital of Bangkok

  Explore the vast royal complex of Bangkok's Grand Palace

  Full day tour of the incredible temples at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

  Explore the amazing pre-Angkorian temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk

  Spend time in the chaotic Cambodian capital Phnom Penh

  Study Cambodia's history at the "Killing Fields" and Tuol Sleng Prison Museum

  Guided trip to the Mekong River in search of freshwater dolphins

  Cambodian family homestay experience

  Visit '4000 islands' at Don Khon in Laos

  Visit Laos incredible 10th-century temple of Wat Phou

  Travel spectacular mountain roads of northern Laos

  Relax in the tranquil city of Luang Prabang

  SHOW MORE HIGHLIGHTS  

This is a perfect and easy trip for those who want to see the best of Cambodia and Laos in under three weeks. A well paced trip, with plenty of 3 and 2 night stays, limited camping and mainly hotels and hostels.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Luang Prabang ( 12th Oct 2019 )

Border Information: If joining in Luang Prabang, enter Laos at Luang Prabang Airport.

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00 hrs.
Your leader will leave a note at the reception telling you where this meeting will take place. Your leader will collect your kitty and check your passport and insurance details at this meeting.

Tonight we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy the tranquility of beautiful colonial city Luang Prabang

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Witness the sunrise from the panoramic viewpoint at the summit of Phou Si hill

LAK 20000

Visit the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang, a fascinating blend of Lao and French architecture

LAK 30000

Explore the temple of Wat Xieng Thong, the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang

LAK 20000

Discover the thousands of Buddha statues at the Pak Ou caves outside of Luang Prabang

LAK 25000
Day 2 - Luang Prabang ( 13th Oct 2019 )

This morning we have a short drive to a small hill tribe village called Ban Long Lao. This Hmong village is where we begin our 4 hour trek to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls. This afternoon you have time to relax and swim in the many warm turquoise pools. We return in the late afternoon to our comfortable hotel for the night.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Learn how to prepare some local Lao specialities at one of Luang Prabang's excellent cooking classes

USD 25
Day 3 - Vang Vieng ( 14th Oct 2019 )

We leave after breakfast and drive to Vang Vieng (approx. 185 kms). The scenery today is spectacular as we make our way through windy and mountainous roads, passing small Hmong villages along the way so plenty of photo opportunities! We will stop for lunch in one of these villages before continuing our journey to Vang Vieng. The afternoon is free to explore.

Estimated Drive time 5 - 6 hours


We will stay overnight in a comfortable guesthouse tonight.

Day 4 - Vang Vieng ( 15th Oct 2019 )

Today we have the whole day to explore Vang Vieng. Enjoy the stunning landscapes surrounding the village and take part of the many optional activities available in the area. Popular activities here include trekking, renting a bicycle or rock climbing.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Free time available for optional activities in laid-back Vang Vieng

USD 30
Head out for a rock climbing trip in the ideal crags near Vang Vieng
USD 40
Kayak through the stunning scenery of the Nam Song River, and stop off in some of the Khmu villages en route
USD 40
Trek around the fantastic limestone hills and stunning caves near Vang Vieng
USD 20
Explore the scared ethereal Tham Phu Kham Caves and Blue Lagoon just outside Vang Vieng
LAK 20000
Day 5 - Thakhek ( 16th Oct 2019 )

We set off early this morning for a full days drive from Vang Vieng to Thakhek. We will arrive in the late afternoon and set up camp for the night.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours

Tonight we will wild camp near Thakhek

Day 6 - Pakse ( 17th Oct 2019 )

 

We will have the morning to explore the town before continuing our journey south to Pakse. Once in Pakse we have a short drive to the magnificent Wat Phou, a ruined Khmer temple complex located at the base of Mt Phu Kao.

Overnight in local Guesthouse in Pakse.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the incredible 10th-century temple of Wat Phou

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Enjoy a traditional massage in one of Pakse's excellent massage centres
LAK 35000
Day 7-8 - Don Khon, Si Phan Don (4000 Islands) ( 18th Oct 2019 to 19th Oct 2019 )

 

From Pakse we Drive South and transfer to a boat to take us over to one of the larger islands in the area, Don Khong. This afternoon we visit the Li Phi waterfalls and then spend the rest of the day relaxing. 

Overnight in a local guesthouse.

On our 2nd day on Don Khong we will have free time to explore the island which can be easily discovered by bicycles. On the bike you will discover a quiet rural life of the the four thousand Islands. 

Estimated Drive time 3 - 4 hours

Day 9-10 - Kratié ( 20th Oct 2019 to 21st Oct 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Laos at Voeung Kam, enter Cambodia at Dom Kralor.

Today we will be rejoining the truck. We then drive to the Cambodian border, cross and continue on to Kratie.

Kratie is situated in the northeast of Cambodia on the banks of the Mekong River, this area is famous for its sunsets!  In Kratie we will stay with local families in their homes. The accommodation is fairly basic but this will be a fantastic local experience.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours

On our 2nd day in Kratie we visit the fresh water dolphins and visit the town of Kratie, including the Pagodas.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Visit the beautiful 16th-century Hundred Pillar Pagoda near Kratie
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Hire bikes to explore the area, visit the basket weavers in the surrounding villages, or head to nearby Trong Island for the sunset
USD 2
Day 11 - Phnom Penh ( 22nd Oct 2019 )

Today we drive to Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. The afternoon is free to explore.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

We will be staying in Phnom Penh for 2 nights at a friendly local guesthouse.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

2 nights in Cambodia's chaotic capital Phnom Penh

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh

USD 7
Day 12 - Phnom Penh ( 23rd Oct 2019 )

This morning we will have a very moving visit to the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields Memorial. We will then return to Phnom Penh and have a free afternoon to explore Cambodia's capital.

Tonight we will spend a second night in a local guesthouse. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Learn about Cambodia's history at the "Killing Fields" and Tuol Sleng Prison Museum

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Discover the world's largest collection of Khmer art at the National Museum of Cambodia

USD 5

Visit the beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh

USD 7
Day 13 - Kompong Thom ( 24th Oct 2019 )

This morning we have a fairly short drive to Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia's most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments. We will have plenty of time to explore the ruins before driving back to Kompong Thom, where we spend the night in the house of a local family.

The accommodation is basic and some bathrooms are outside, but experiencing traditional home-cooked food and spending time with people of the village is truly a special experience.

Estimated Drive Time - 5 - 6 hours.

 


We stay overnight in a local home stay.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the amazing pre-Angkorian temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk

Included in Kitty
Day 14 - Siem Reap ( 25th Oct 2019 )

This morning we drive from Kompong Thom to Siem Reap -

We will be in Siem Reap for 3 nights staying in a friendly local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours

Day 15 - Siem Reap, Angkor Wat ( 26th Oct 2019 )

Today we get up early for our full day guided exploration of the incredible temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. We will also be able to watch the sunset over the temples.

Second night in friendly local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Full day tour of the incredible temples at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

Included in Kitty
Day 16 - Siem Reap ( 27th Oct 2019 )

Today is a free day for you to do as you please. Return to the temples to spend some more time exploring, or maybe take some time to relax with a massage or local spa treatment. Siem Reap itself is a lively little town and interesting to wander around.

Third night in friendly local hotel.

Day 17 - Bangkok ( 28th Oct 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Cambodia at, enter Thailand at Aranyaprathet.

This morning we start our journey to the Cambodian border of Poipet where we will say goodbye to our co driver and overland truck. Once we have crossed the border and proceedings through the Thai Immigration office we will then finish our journey on locally chartered transport out of the Aranyaprathet and through the Thai countryside to the bustling city of Bangkok. 

Estimated Drive Time - 8 -9 hours. (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the sights of the bustling Thai capital of Bangkok, including the Grand PalaceWat Pho and Wat Arun, and the countless temples and parks

Free
Climb the steps of the Golden Mount to see the panoramic view of Bangkok from the Wat Saket temple
Free
Learn all about Thai history and culture at the Bangkok National Museum, the largest and most comprehensive museum in South East Asia
THB 40
Day 18 - Bangkok ( 29th Oct 2019 )

Border Information: Finishing in Bangkok, exit Thailand at Bangkok Airport.

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Bangkok.

Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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Departing: 12 Oct 2019
Returning: 29 Oct 2019
Duration: 18 days
Route: Luang Prabang - Bangkok
$1,802 USD + $440 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 15 Mar 2020
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Route: Luang Prabang - Bangkok
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

The trip was well organised and the transport has obviously evolved to an impressive level.
Michael S
Enjoyed most seeing Angkor Wat
Raul K
I enjoyed most interacting with local people. Seeing monuments that I have always read about.
Robert B
Widely regarded in the group as the best trip that they ever had.
Ian H
Helen was absolutely fantastic, always smiling and enthusiastic. Duncan was also fab and the both of them together worked really well.
Jessica G
Best crew I have experienced. Thank you.
Gwen D
These were the best leaders we've had on Dragoman and Intrepid trips.
Bronwyn D
Helen and Duncan were absolutley fantastic, wonderful ambassadors for your company. Nothing was ever too much trouble for them and we were always involved when decisions had to be made. I never felt like I was being told what to do unlike some other trips I have been on.
Keith P
Excellent crew, both willing to give us the best traveling experience.
Andrew W
Helen and Duncan did a great job considering it was their first time navigating this trip. Helen always presented us with a great variety of optional activities we could enjoy.
Maxine R
Top class.
James F
Helen and Duncan was allways smiling and willing to help out with anything you asked them (even if 20 people asked the same question!).
Bengt ERIK T
Chet was excellent in Cambodia!
Maxine R
All the guides were excellent but in different ways.
James F
Helen and Duncan were very keen on telling us about the culture and history of the countries and always tried to answer questions.
Bengt ERIK T
The guides in Cambodia and Laos were enthusiastic and willing to pass information as we traveled.
Andrew W
I was impressed by Duncan and especially Helen in their organisational skills and cheery natures. Nothing was ever a problem for them. Chet was an informative and enthusiastic local guide in Cambodia. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and would recommend Dragoman to anyone that wanted to see a lot of SE Asia in short duration of time.
Maxine R
Very approachable, friendly and enthusiastic crew.
Joyce B
Helen and Duncan did a great job. Very organized, informative, helpful, competent, and I felt safe with their driving. They were a good team and complimented each other well. They were approachable balanced with professionalism. I was confident they could handle any situation.
Ciro P
Chet (our guide in Cambodia) was excellent.
Ciro P