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Intinerary

I intend to do away with detailed day-by-day itinerary and settle for a more general itinerary to allow for some spontaneity on the trip. Broadly I will be flying into Chiang Mai and entering Laos through the Chiang Khong-Huay Xai border. I intend to board one of the slow boats that ply the Mekong between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang. From Luang Prabang, I will either continue southward to Vang Vieng or eastward to Phonsavan to see the Plain of Jars. Eventually, I will end up in Vientiane.

Depending on interest and the amount of time left, I may just concentrate on the northern Laos before exiting through Nong Khai Friendship Bridge or take my Laos trip as far south as Pakse and exit through Chong Mek-Ubon Ratchathani border. Another option is to fly from Pakse to Siem Reap on Laos Airlines to save on the one day journey.

Whatever travel option I chose in Laos, I will allow myself at least 5 days to travel Cambodia. I will either enter Cambodia through Aranya Prathet-Poipet border via Bangkok or flown into Siem Reap from Pakse. My intention is to spend 3 days doing Angkor Wat and Christmas in Siem Reap. I will fly back to Singapore from Phnom Penh.

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Going to Laos and Cambodia

Since my trip to Vietnam 2 years ago, I have been longing to travel to Cambodia. Obviously the stunning temples of Angkor are the main draw for me to Cambodia but I am also curious to know more about the Cambodians who have suffered a tragic recent past at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.

Compared to Cambodia, Laos is fairly unknown to me except that it is a secluded landlocked communist country. In fact the initial reason to include Laos in my itinerary is because I have to clear 3 weeks of vacation leaves in December. Laos seem a nice complement to Cambodia. I am amazed to discover in my trip research that it claim rugged natural beauty and rich ethnic diversity. It may truly be Southeast Asia's best kept secret.

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