Laos & Cambodia Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 17 nights
Type: Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 3
from £3,999pp £3,799pp with flights

Enjoy and explore the mystique of ancient and modern worlds across two beautiful countries. The highlight is bound to be the mind-blowing site of Angkor – a sprawling complex of ornately decorated 12th century Buddhist temples. There are also walks in the peaceful Kulen Mountain Range to enjoy and the beautiful Kuang Si Falls. In Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s recent bloody history is recalled and there is also time to enjoy a taste of local life at a market. You’ll also visit grand Luang Prabang, former royal capital of Laos, and spot rare Irrawaddy freshwater dolphins amongst some 4,000 Islands in the mighty Mekong River.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Luang Prabang
  • Explore remote Kuang Si falls on foot
  • Learn about coffee processing on Bolaven Plateau
  • Enjoy the peace of the 4000 Islands and spot the Irrawaddy dolphins
  • Walk in the Kulen Mountains
  • Discover the Khmer temples of Angkor Wat

What’s included

  • 16 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full board from dinner on day 2 to breakfast on day 18, less 1 lunch and 6 dinners
  • A full holiday programme led by specialist local guides and an HF Holidays' leader
  • All entrance fees, transport and internal flights
  • Tips

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

We fly from London via an overnight flight to Bangkok and on to Luang Prabang


Sabai dee! Welcome to Luang Prabang, where we stay for 3 nights. On arrival, experience a traditional Laos Baci ceremony and visit the night market.

 

Grand Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang - Laos & Cambodia

This hotel, a short distance from the centre of town, is on the banks of the mighty Mekong River and offers enviable views to the surrounding landscapes.


Highlights of the day include the Wat Xieng Thong, the National Museum and a boat trip to Pak Ou Caves to see the thousands of golden Buddha statues. Watching the sun set from Phousi Hill is a memorable end to the day.

Grand Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang - Laos & Cambodia

This hotel, a short distance from the centre of town, is on the banks of the mighty Mekong River and offers enviable views to the surrounding landscapes.


Today we'll walk through the jungle and past local villages to the Kuang Si waterfall, where water tumbles over tiered limestone formations into crystal clear pools.


Take a short internal flight to Pakse. While here, we explore the UNESCO listed Wat Phu ruins, which date to the 5th century CE.

Athena Hotel, Pakse - Laos & Cambodia

The Athena Hotel is a charming and comfortable 3-star hotel in the centre of town. The rooms are spacious and have air-conditioning. They have all the familiar amenities and Wi-Fi is available in reception. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and a small bar.


Head out to the Bolaven Plateau, a place high above the Mekong known for its temperate climate, coffee plantations and mist-shrouded waterfalls. Our visit to the plateau combines a jeep ride, a visit to a coffee plantation and a walk to remote waterfalls.

Athena Hotel, Pakse - Laos & Cambodia

The Athena Hotel is a charming and comfortable 3-star hotel in the centre of town. The rooms are spacious and have air-conditioning. They have all the familiar amenities and Wi-Fi is available in reception. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and a small bar.


We stay on Don Khone island on the mighty Mekong River.


Xe Pian National Protected Area is one of the most important nature reserves in Laos and is famous for its extensive wetlands. We'll walk through rice fields and the forest to the curious towers of Phou Asa. Along the way, keep an eye out for elephants and listen to the sounds of the jungle's birdlife.


See 4,000 islands and walk to the impressive Liphi waterfall on the Cambodian border. The afternoon is then free to relax in the village or explore further and see locals fishing in the Mekong.

Sala Done Khone, Don Khone Island - Laos & Cambodia

This hotel is situated in a stunning river front location, at the point where the mighty Mekong is at its widest. The hotel consists of several cottages, floating bungalows and villas, all with colonial influences. One of the top places to stay in the region, but perhaps not as luxurious as the other accommodations on this tour.


See the ‘Niagara of the East’, the Khone Phapheng Waterfall; the largest waterfall in southeast Asia. We’ll say goodbye to our driver and guide from Laos and our Cambodian team will be waiting to greet us and cross the border.


Chom reab suor! Welcome to Cambodia. Once across the border, we head to Ban Lung, the capital of the hilly Ratanakiri Province.

The region is heavily forested, giving way to plantation agriculture. Our walk will explore Yaklom Lake, located in what remains of a 4,000 year old volcano. The circular lake holds up to 50 metres of clear water.

Terres Rouge Lodge, Ban Lung - Laos & Cambodia

A boutique hotel on the shores of lake Ban Lung, Terres Rouge Lodge is the mix of a Cambodian villa and luxurious bungalows in the middle of an exotic garden. The lodge was the former residence of the governor of the province and combines the traditions of the past with modern comforts. The hotel has a pool.


Travel along the Mekong to Kratie and take a boat to Koh Trong Island for one night. This is a very peaceful and relaxed place to stay, and you can soak up the island's atmosphere as we walk around it in the late afternoon. Time permitting, visit the island's temple and take part in a tree planting ceremony, which aims to help reforest the island.

Rajabori Villas, Koh Trong Island, Kratie - Laos & Cambodia

The Rajabori is a resort comprising 13 traditional Khmer wooden houses located north of the island of Koh Trong in front of the town of Kratie. Access is by boat then on the back of a moped.


Take a boat trip to see the Irawaddy freshwater dolphins before our long drive to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, where we stay for 2 nights. After the journey, there'll be time to relax before we end the day with a delicious Khmer dinner in a beautifully restored colonial building.

Queen Grand Hotel, Phnom Penh - Laos & Cambodia

This hotel features a rooftop spa pool and sky bar. Rooms are spacious and fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to views. Fully equipped with TV, DVD, minbar and desk. En-suite bathrooms also include a hairdryer and toiletries. WIFI in rooms and throughout the hotel.


We start today with a tour of the city. Visit the moving Genocide Museum (S-21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Later, continue to Wat Phnom temple and the Psar Thmei central market for a taste of local life and to see the intriguing mix of Khmer and colonial architecture.

Queen Grand Hotel, Phnom Penh - Laos & Cambodia

This hotel features a rooftop spa pool and sky bar. Rooms are spacious and fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to views. Fully equipped with TV, DVD, minbar and desk. En-suite bathrooms also include a hairdryer and toiletries. WIFI in rooms and throughout the hotel.


A morning tour of Phnom Penh includes the National Museum and the Royal Palace before we fly to Siem Reap (4nts).
We visit the famous Angkor temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire and then explore Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex.
During the rest of our time here, we'll walk in the highlands of the Kulen National Park.

Shinta Mani Resort, Siem Reap - Laos & Cambodia

The Shinta Mani Resort is a newly renovated boutique property centrally located in the leafy French Quarter between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market Area just 15 minutes from Angkor Wat. The courtyard-style resort’s 62 rooms enjoy direct access or first floor balcony views to the stunning swimming pool and flourishing tropical gardens.


Onthe final day we visit Kompong Kleang floating village and wide open waters of Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia.
On our final evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner accompanied by an Aspara dance show

Shinta Mani Resort, Siem Reap - Laos & Cambodia

The Shinta Mani Resort is a newly renovated boutique property centrally located in the leafy French Quarter between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market Area just 15 minutes from Angkor Wat. The courtyard-style resort’s 62 rooms enjoy direct access or first floor balcony views to the stunning swimming pool and flourishing tropical gardens.


Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for our return flight to the UK


We fly from London via an overnight flight to Bangkok and on to Luang Prabang


Sabai dee! Welcome to Luang Prabang, where we stay for 3 nights. On arrival, experience a traditional Laos Baci ceremony and visit the night market.

 


Highlights of the day include the Wat Xieng Thong, the National Museum and a boat trip to Pak Ou Caves to see the thousands of golden Buddha statues. Watching the sun set from Phousi Hill is a memorable end to the day.


Today we'll walk through the jungle and past local villages to the Kuang Si waterfall, where water tumbles over tiered limestone formations into crystal clear pools.


Take a short internal flight to Pakse. While here, we explore the UNESCO listed Wat Phu ruins, which date to the 5th century CE.


Head out to the Bolaven Plateau, a place high above the Mekong known for its temperate climate, coffee plantations and mist-shrouded waterfalls. Our visit to the plateau combines a jeep ride, a visit to a coffee plantation and a walk to remote waterfalls.


We stay on Don Khone island on the mighty Mekong River.


Xe Pian National Protected Area is one of the most important nature reserves in Laos and is famous for its extensive wetlands. We'll walk through rice fields and the forest to the curious towers of Phou Asa. Along the way, keep an eye out for elephants and listen to the sounds of the jungle's birdlife.


See 4,000 islands and walk to the impressive Liphi waterfall on the Cambodian border. The afternoon is then free to relax in the village or explore further and see locals fishing in the Mekong.


See the ‘Niagara of the East’, the Khone Phapheng Waterfall; the largest waterfall in southeast Asia. We’ll say goodbye to our driver and guide from Laos and our Cambodian team will be waiting to greet us and cross the border.

Chom reab suor! Welcome to Cambodia. Once across the border, we head to Ban Lung, the capital of the hilly Ratanakiri Province.

The region is heavily forested, giving way to plantation agriculture. Our walk will explore Yaklom Lake, located in what remains of a 4,000 year old volcano. The circular lake holds up to 50 metres of clear water.


Travel along the Mekong to Kratie and take a boat to Koh Trong Island for one night. This is a very peaceful and relaxed place to stay, and you can soak up the island's atmosphere as we walk around it in the late afternoon. Time permitting, visit the island's temple and take part in a tree planting ceremony, which aims to help reforest the island.


Take a boat trip to see the Irawaddy freshwater dolphins before our long drive to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, where we stay for 2 nights. After the journey, there'll be time to relax before we end the day with a delicious Khmer dinner in a beautifully restored colonial building.


We start today with a tour of the city. Visit the moving Genocide Museum (S-21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Later, continue to Wat Phnom temple and the Psar Thmei central market for a taste of local life and to see the intriguing mix of Khmer and colonial architecture.


A morning tour of Phnom Penh includes the National Museum and the Royal Palace before we fly to Siem Reap (4nts).
We visit the famous Angkor temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire and then explore Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex.
During the rest of our time here, we'll walk in the highlands of the Kulen National Park.


On the final day we visit Kompong Kleang floating village and wide open waters of Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia.
On our final evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner accompanied by an Aspara dance show


Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for our return flight to the UK


We fly from London via an overnight flight to Bangkok and on to Luang Prabang


Sabai dee! Welcome to Luang Prabang, where we stay for 3 nights. On arrival, experience a traditional Laos Baci ceremony and visit the night market.

 


Highlights of the day include the Wat Xieng Thong, the National Museum and a boat trip to Pak Ou Caves to see the thousands of golden Buddha statues. Watching the sun set from Phousi Hill is a memorable end to the day.


Today we'll walk through the jungle and past local villages to the Kuang Si waterfall, where water tumbles over tiered limestone formations into crystal clear pools.


Morning at leisure, then take an internal flight to Pakse.


Head out to the Bolaven Plateau, a place high above the Mekong known for its temperate climate, coffee plantations and mist-shrouded waterfalls. Our visit to the plateau combines a jeep ride, a visit to a coffee plantation and a walk to remote waterfalls.


Today we take a full day sightseeing tour with long coach journeys on good asphalt roads to several sites and areas of significance. 

We'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phou in the morning.

We then transfer to the Xe Pian National Protected Area, where we will have lunch and a short trek in the early afternoon.

We end our day with a drive to Done Khone Island where we spend the night.


Explore the island of Done Khone with visits to Liphi Waterfall and Pasoi Waterfall.


See the ‘Niagara of the East’, the Khone Phapheng Waterfall; the largest waterfall in southeast Asia. We’ll say goodbye to our driver and guide from Laos and our Cambodian team will be waiting to greet us and cross the border.

Chom reab suor! Welcome to Cambodia. Once across the border, we head to Ban Lung, the capital of the hilly Ratanakiri Province.

The region is heavily forested, giving way to plantation agriculture. Our walk will explore Yaklom Lake, located in what remains of a 4,000 year old volcano. The circular lake holds up to 50 metres of clear water.


Travel along the Mekong to Kratie and take a boat to Koh Trong Island for one night. This is a very peaceful and relaxed place to stay, and you can soak up the island's atmosphere as we walk around it in the late afternoon. Time permitting, visit the island's temple and take part in a tree planting ceremony, which aims to help reforest the island.


Take a boat trip to see the Irawaddy freshwater dolphins before our long drive to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, where we stay for 2 nights. After the journey, there'll be time to relax before we end the day with a delicious Khmer dinner in a beautifully restored colonial building.


We start today with a tour of the city. Visit the moving Genocide Museum (S-21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Later, continue to Wat Phnom temple and the Psar Thmei central market for a taste of local life and to see the intriguing mix of Khmer and colonial architecture.


A morning tour of Phnom Penh includes the National Museum and the Royal Palace before we fly to Siem Reap (4nts).
We visit the famous Angkor temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire and then explore Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex.
During the rest of our time here, we'll walk in the highlands of the Kulen National Park.


On the final day we visit Kompong Kleang floating village and wide open waters of Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia.
On our final evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner accompanied by an Aspara dance show


Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for our return flight to the UK


Laos and Cambodia Itinerary Map

Santi Resort & Spa, Luang Prabang - Laos & Cambodia

Athena Hotel, Pakse - Laos & Cambodia

The Athena Hotel is a charming and comfortable 3-star hotel in the centre of town. The rooms are spacious and have air-conditioning. They have all the familiar amenities and Wi-Fi is available in reception. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and a small bar.

Seng Aloun Resort, Don Khone - Laos & Cambodia

Terres Rouge Lodge, Ban Lung - Laos & Cambodia

A boutique hotel on the shores of lake Ban Lung, Terres Rouge Lodge is the mix of a Cambodian villa and luxurious bungalows in the middle of an exotic garden. The lodge was the former residence of the governor of the province and combines the traditions of the past with modern comforts. The hotel has a pool.

Rajabori Villas, Koh Trong Island, Kratie - Laos & Cambodia

The Rajabori is a resort comprising 13 traditional Khmer wooden houses located north of the island of Koh Trong in front of the town of Kratie. Access is by boat then on the back of a moped.

Queen Grand Hotel, Phnom Penh - Laos & Cambodia

This hotel features a rooftop spa pool and sky bar. Rooms are spacious and fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to views. Fully equipped with TV, DVD, minbar and desk. En-suite bathrooms also include a hairdryer and toiletries. WIFI in rooms and throughout the hotel.

Shinta Mani Resort, Siem Reap - Laos & Cambodia

The Shinta Mani Resort is a newly renovated boutique property centrally located in the leafy French Quarter between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market Area just 15 minutes from Angkor Wat. The courtyard-style resort’s 62 rooms enjoy direct access or first floor balcony views to the stunning swimming pool and flourishing tropical gardens.

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum. These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. You’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.
  • Passport (and copies); booking confirmation; insurance cover note; HF Holidays’ registration form.
  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Walking sandals
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved lightcoloured shirts with collars to protect from the sun. Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).
  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff hat and gloves
  • Torch
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Universal travel plug
  • Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets
  • Trekking poles (especially if you find these useful for descents); camera; umbrella; binoculars; high energy food bars. Please note that the HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2020
24 Oct - 10 Nov
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14 Nov - 01 Dec
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2021
13 Feb - 02 Mar
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2020
25 Oct - 10 Nov
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2021
14 Feb - 02 Mar
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Important Information

  • Single room supplement: £729
Duration:
17 nights
Type:
Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:
3

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