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Cambodia & Laos

Cambodia, or Campuchea in Khmer, in Southeast Asia, is connected in the North-West to Thailand, in the North-East to Laos while the Eastern part is connected to Vietnam. The country has a population of over 15 million and about 97% of its people is Buddhist. In the late 19th and early 20th century the country was under protected regime of the French but gained independence around 1953. Around 1965 the Vietnam War extended into Cambodia and because parts of the original Ho Chi Minh Trail ran through Cambodia it led to major US bombardments.

The coupe in 1970 brought in the Khmer Rouge and led to severe suffering under the brutal regime of Pol Pot.

Despite its suffering the country has a lot to offer as a holiday destination or even as a combination with neighbouring country Vietnam.

Laos in Southeast Asia is a very vast country where the Mekong River is very decisive because it crosses almost the entire country. Besides the mighty Mekong River. You could say, to characterize Laos briefly, that it mainly consists of mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. It is like stepping back in time and there is no time pressure on daily life. It absolutely feels relaxt and wonderful here.

Cambodia Tours

Cambodia, or Campuchea in Khmer, in Southeast Asia, is connected in the North-West to Thailand, in the North-East to Laos while the Eastern part is connected to Vietnam. The country has a population of over 15 million and about 97% of its people is Buddhist. In the late 19th and early 20th century the country was under protected regime of the French but gained independence around 1953. Around 1965 the Vietnam War extended into Cambodia and because parts of the original Ho Chi Minh Trail ran through Cambodia it led to major US bombardments.

The coupe in 1970 brought in the Khmer Rouge and led to severe suffering under the brutal regime of Pol Pot.

Despite its suffering the country has a lot to offer as a holiday destination or even as a combination with neighbouring country Vietnam.

The capital Phnom Penh is beautifully situated in between the banks of the mighty Mekong River and Tonlé Sap River and still breathes a very relaxed atmosphere. The architecture is a sweet combination of traditional Khmer and French colonial. With the magnificant Royal Palace, the Killing Fields and S-21 Tuol Sleng Museum, the Russian Market, the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum and a lovely riverfront with bars and restaurants, it is definitely worth a visit.

From Phnom Penh it is around a 5 hour journey by bus or 1 hour flight, passing Tonle Sap Lake, to Siem Reap, the gateway to the impressive temple complex of Angkor Wat.

 

Siem Reap in the North-western part of Cambodia has become more of a small resort town over the past 10 years. It still has some Chinese and French architecture around the Old Market. For the evenings, after a day of exploring the Angor complex, most visitors choose the popular Night Market and Pub Street as places to unwind, enjoy some great seafood along with some cold beers.

Siem Reap is ofcourse the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th–15th centuries. The stone build complex of Angkor is massive and widely spread over a huge area. It is pretty well preserved but to visit the whole complex is almost impossible and would simply take to much time. In our opinion 2 full days at the complex are enough and it is best to make some king of short list of must see places to visit. Of course the main temple of Angkor Wat, which is pictured on Cambodia’s flag, the giant, mysterious faces that are carved into the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm should be on it.

 

Just outside Siem Reap is the large Tonlé Sap lake, a seasonally inundated freshwater lake. A day trip by boat to visit Chong Khneas floating fishing village and Prek Toal bird sanctuary definitely make your Siem Reap trip complete.

 

We designed and selected some great packages that include the best of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in combination with Angkor Wat and we even have a unique cycling tour from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (or visa versa), which we can easily fit into your travel plans, even in combination with your trip to Vietnam.

Laos Tours

Laos in Southeast Asia is a very vast country where the Mekong River is very decisive because it crosses almost the entire country. Besides the mighty Mekong River. You could say, to characterize Laos briefly, that it mainly consists of mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. It is like stepping back in time and there is no time pressure on daily life. It absolutely feels relaxt and wonderful here.

Vientiane, in central Laos, is the capital and mostly famous for the beautiful gold covered Buddhist stupa, That Luang. onument, is a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa where a reliquary reportedly houses the Buddha’s breastbone. Furthermore the Patuxai war memorial, which looks like the Arc de Triomphe and the morning market Talat Sao are worth a visit.

Luang Prabang, North of Vientiane, is for most visitors the best of Laos and the perfect place start exploring the Northern and Central part of Laos. It is more a village than a city atmosphere here and absolute worth visiting for several days. It is packed with natural and manmade attractions, including 33 Buddhist temples and often described as the ‘Jewel in Laos Crown’. It is to navigate your way around on foot to get an excellent feel for local life of Lao people and the monks here.

Just outside the town centre, you can explore lush jungles with miles of hiking trails leading to gorgeous waterfalls and limestone caves, meandering mountain-bike trails, kayaking trips, river cruises and outstanding natural beauty, the whole ensemble encircled by hazy green mountains.

Over the last 25 years Luang Prabang has seen a flood of investment, with once-leprous French villas being revived as fabulous boutique hotels, and some of the best chefs in Southeast Asia moving in. The population has swollen, and yet still the peninsula remains as sleepy and friendly as a village, as if time has stood still here.

Phenomenal!!!!

This was by far the best travel service we have ever used. Our contact, Eric, was unbelievably accommodating, flexible, available, friendly, and honest. We created multiple problems for ourselves (gave him the wrong arrival city, gave him incorrect dates, asked to change activities, and got sick). He fixed absolutely everything quickly and with a smile. I still can’t believe how much we were able to see in such a short time and for a very reasonable cost. A huge thank you to Eric and shout out to Get Up and Go Vietnam!

Vietnam Cambodja by Get up and Go

Sublime journey, Made by Get up and Go! In detail supported by Eric and Hue. 3,5 weeks Vietnam/Cambodja. All this could not have gone smoother. Each question by mail was nicely answered. Taxi’s, night trains, street food tour , pick up every where, never lost! BeAutiful hotels, lovely house in Sapa (in the rice fields), Home stays, beautiful resorts, boat trip ha lan bay…. it could not be better! Good price, I do not like to travel with big companies so this is perfect! Even in Cambodja Eric arranged everything. The guides were lovely…. we stil have contact with Them. We met Eric on our first day in Hanoi. I admire all the details who has been arranged by Eric and Hue. The ultimAte way to travel relaxed in a unknown country.

Best trip

Eric and his team provided us the best itinerary and travel arrangements. He was responsive to our requests even when they changed last minute. Our hotels, transfers, guides and day trips were amazing. Thank you Eric. We highly recommend Get Up and Go.

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