Cambodia

Journeys Within offers customized independent tours in Cambodia including highlights such as Angkor Wat, the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Tonle Sap Lake, the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison Museum, and the gorgeous beaches along the coast.

With expert advice and English-speaking guides to help you get the most out of your visit, we offer you a place far, far away where smiles are free and thus traded daily. Banyan trees envelop ancient temples while sticky rice cooks on an open fire. Ancient and recent history mix to show a country that has endured so much yet has so much to give… We offer you Cambodia!


Highlights

Angkor Wat and hundreds of other temples hidden for so many years are now becoming major tourist attractions. After the must-sees, head out to explore the more remote and hidden temples that invoke a sense of discovery. Phnom Penh, with its wide tree-lined boulevards and gleaming Royal Palace, is shedding its old reputation, but still struggles with the effects of its tumultuous past. Peace has brought with it fabulous restaurants, and luxurious unique hotels.

Rotanak Kiri and Mondul Kiri provinces in eastern Cambodia are home to some of the most remote and undisturbed hill tribes in Southeast Asia. Through our eco- and cultural-minded tours we strive to show tourists the flavor of hill tribe life without damaging or leaving a mark on it.

Stretching for 13,000 square kilometers in the wet season and only 2,500 square kilometers in the dry season due to its seasonal change of direction, the Tonle Sap Lake is a unique body of water and the lifeblood of Cambodia. Explore its flooded forests, visit local fish farms and observe the life of floating village residents. For even more peace and quiet, retreat to the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary where you can see the multitude of birds that also depend on these waters. The Mekong River transects Cambodia from North to South. In Phnom Penh it offers stunning sunsets and river cruises.

Recent history imparts a lingering sad and important shadow on any Cambodian tour. Today Cambodia offers many memorials to the estimated two million victims of the Khmer Rouge. Though hard to bear, Tuol Sleng Prison Museum, Choeng Ek Killing Fields and the Killing Caves of Battambang offer a historic and shocking look at Cambodia’s genocide and civil war.

If you’ve ever wanted lobster for a $1, then we offer you Sihanoukville, a quiet beach town that is yet to be discovered. Surrounded by national parks and boasting private beaches, this is where life really does seem to slow down. Hop on a scooter and explore, or take a boat ride out to one of the many deserted islands.

Safety

For many years Cambodia has been closed off to the world due to wars and the Khmer Rouge Regime. Until 1998 Cambodia was a place few visitors chose to go. Now, however, Cambodia is making a miraculous recovery.

Only those who have experienced war are driven by such a strong desire for freedom and peace, and the people of Cambodia are rebuilding their country, provoking an enthusiastic response from the tourism industry.

This is not to say that there are no dangers in Cambodia. They still suffer from a serious land mine problem, and though the international community and the people of Cambodia are doing all they can, it will take years for the entire country to be cleared.  However, the mines are cleared from all tourist areas, crime has dropped significantly, and the rebel groups no longer exist.

Journeys Within prides itself on safety, and works hard to make our guests feel safe and comfortable exploring Cambodia – a country which is now truly at peace.

Best Time to Visit

Cambodia can be visited year-round, but what you’ll see and how you see it will vary from season to season.

It is easiest to get around during the dry season from November to April. Roads to distant temples, which can be impassable in the wet season, are clear as long as you don’t mind a little dust.

The rainy season, from May to October, gives Cambodia a whole new coat of paint. Fields turn green, the roads turn brown and ponds spring up everywhere. The rainy season suits Cambodia and it is a great time to visit as long as you don’t want to take too many unpaved roads or mind sheltering from an afternoon downpour while visiting the temples.

The only time that you may wish to avoid Cambodia is from March to May, when it becomes extremely hot.

Tour Options

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Adventure Asia tour

Adventure Asia Tour

Countries: CambodiaThailandLaos

32 Days | $7,240

This is a get-out-and-do-it-yourself tour. Peddle, paddle and plod your way through these amazing countries. This is a great tour for people on their first trip to Southeast Asia that don't want to just see the highlights, but also want to get out and get active. From cooking classes to bike rides to elephant adventures, kayaking and trekking this is an amazing way to see Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

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Bed and breakfast tour in Southeast Asia

Bed & Breakfast Journey

Countries: CambodiaThailandLaos

13 Days | $2,650

Visit Chiang Mai, Thailand; Luang Prabang, Laos; and Siem Reap, Cambodia, all from the comfort of a bed & breakfast. Each bed & breakfast is richly decorated in traditional style and run by an excellent local staff and experienced English-speaking management. Explore the cultural capitals of these three countries in this amazing 13-day Bed & Breakfast Journey.

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Zipline tour above Cambodian forest

Cambodia Conservation Tour

Country: Cambodia

14 Days | $2,935

Experience the unique sights and places that make Cambodia special while actively promoting the conservation of the species and places that make it such an amazing place. We work exclusively with organizations dedicated to preserving the rich cultural legacy of Cambodia as well as the biodiversity and endangered animal species that call Cambodia home.

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Cambodia Highlights

Cambodia Highlights – Green Season Special

Country: Cambodia

15 Days | $2,215

Cambodia has a lot more to show for itself than just temples, and witnessing everything the country has to offer during the "green season" (May - October) is an adventurous and affordable way to get a glimpse of life in this fascinating country with few other travelers around. From the bustling capital with its tree-lined boulevards, to visiting the amazing 4 Rivers Ecolodge and eating pepper crab on a deserted beach… With this itinerary, we can guarantee you’ll love the temples, but we can’t guarantee they’ll be the highlight of your trip.

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Angkor Wat reflections

Cambodia Highlights Tour

Country: Cambodia

15 Days | $3,145

Enjoy the new Phnom Penh nightlife, be amazed by the temples of Angkor Wat, soak up the beauty of the amazing national parks and relax with the locals on white sand beaches. This tour will take you beyond the tourist traps so you can get a true sense of this incredible country.

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Cambodia's Royal Palace

Cambodia’s Big Three Tour

Country: Cambodia

8 Days | $1,490

Visit the three biggest cities in Cambodia with this eclectic and fascinating tour. Begin in Siem Reap with the temples of Angkor Wat. Head up the Tonle Sap River to Battambang and see Cambodia's rice bowl and some sad, but fascinating Khmer Rouge history and then head by car to Phnom Penh where you can visit Tuol Sleng, the Killing Fields, and the Royal Palace.

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Tour the history of Cambodia's wars

Cambodia’s Front Lines: Past And Present Tour

Country: Cambodia

5 Days | $1,290

Cambodia is country that has experienced great accomplishment, great struggle and tragedy. Absorb the magnitude of the ancient battles of the Khmer civilization carved in great detail on the walls of Angkor Wat and stand in awe of the great civilization they built. On this tour you will also have the chance to visit some of the key historical sites where the heartbreaking events of the genocide under the Khmer Rouge and ensuing civil war took place.

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Joss Stone headlines ChubMet Festival

ChubMet Music & Art Festival Grand Tour with Joss Stone concert

Country: Cambodia

16 Days | $3,635

Journeys Within Tour Company is excited to have been selected as the official travel partner of the ChubMet Music & Art Festival taking place Feb. 17 – March 2, 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This year’s festival features seven unique musical and cultural events, including an intimate performance by the festival’s headliner, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Joss Stone, performing live at the Jaya House River Park hotel on March 2, 2017. The ChubMet Music & Art Festival brings together an …

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Joss Stone headlines ChubMet Festival

ChubMet Music & Art Festival Mini Tour with Joss Stone concert

Country: Cambodia

9 Days | $1,990

Journeys Within Tour Company is excited to have been selected as the official travel partner of the ChubMet Music & Art Festival taking place Feb. 17 – March 2, 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This year’s festival features seven unique musical and cultural events, including an intimate performance by the festival’s headliner, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Joss Stone, performing live at the Jaya House River Park hotel on March 2, 2017. The ChubMet Music & Art Festival brings together an …

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Angkor temples and more Cambodia highlights

Classic Cambodia Tour

Country: Cambodia

5 Days | $950

This is the quintessential "Cambodia" tour where you will have the chance to explore Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious monument, as well as the many temples surrounding it. After Angkor Wat, journey beyond the temples to the capital city of Phnom Penh to explore the more recent Khmer Rouge history and witness modern-day Cambodia.

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Family travels in Cambodia

Classic Family Cambodia Tour

Country: Cambodia

14 Days | $6,010

If you and your family are ready to fall in love with Cambodia, take this tour throughout the highlights of this incredible country. Enjoy the city and shopping in Phnom Penh, discover the wonders of the Angkor temples, and relax on the beaches in the south.

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culinary tour of southeast asia

Culinary Immersion Tour

Countries: CambodiaThailandLaos

15 Days | $4,005

Asia is possibly best known for it's food. From the spice of Thai food to the exotic textures of Laos cuisine and the sour mixes found in Cambodia, this tour will take you through these amazing countries exciting your tastebuds along the way. In each city we have tried to include a cooking class focusing on local cuisine, a meal with a local family to get the flavour of authentic cooking and of course one night out at the must-visit restaurant.

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Boat on the Mekong River

Discover Indochina Tour

Countries: CambodiaVietnam

14 Days | $3,840

This 14-day tour will give you excellent insight into both Cambodia and Vietnam, letting you get to know the many facets of each country. While you will see the highlights there are some amazing off the beaten track moments like visiting some of the more remote Angkor Wat temples and traveling from Cambodia to Vietnam on the Mekong River.

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Temples at Angkor Wat

Discover Siem Reap Tour

Country: Cambodia

7 Days | $1,755

Explore in and around Siem Reap on this seven-day tour. Visit the "must-see" main Angkor Temples before heading to the quiet villages and forgotten temples which serve as fascinating reminders of the ancient civilization that once thrived here. Round out your experience by kayaking through the flooded forests of Tonle Sap Lake, and spend some time getting to know the locals through JWOC's Hospitality Class.

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Monk in window of Angkor Wat

Discovering Cambodia And Laos

Countries: CambodiaLaos

12 Days | $10,550

Spend 12 days playing the part of a 19th century explorer with this luxury tour designed to let you discover the natural and man-made wonders of Cambodia and Laos. No expedition to Southeast Asia would be complete without a trip to the world’s largest religious monument — 12th century temple Angkor Wat and the neighboring ruins. In Laos, you will recreate the colonial expedition of Dr. P. Neis, a French explorer who led expeditions into the region for his government. An elephant will carry you through the jungle and down the Huay Sae River, passing waterfalls, turquoise pools and limestone cliffs. Then trek through beautiful rice paddies and end your day floating down the river on a luxury bamboo raft before arriving at your stylish tent camp for the evening.

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Southeast Asia family journey

Epic Family Journey Tour

Countries: CambodiaThailandVietnamLaos

28 Days | $24,300

Many people talk about taking the adventure of a lifetime with their family, and this is the tour for those who want to make it happen! This tour was designed for families with children old enough to go out, have fun and explore. Bike, quad and trek your way through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia together, experiencing the Southeast Asia cultures first hand by getting out of the normal tourist spots and into the homes of locals, and out into nature.

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Voluntourism vacation in Cambodia

Family Fun: A Giving Back Vacation

Country: Cambodia

7 Days | $2,650

For your family, this tour is a way to do more than just visit Cambodia; it is a way to give back and become part of a better future for this country and to show your kids the amazing rewards of helping others. For us, travel is about seeing the highlights and experiencing the culture, but also about making the world a better place. Visiting a World Heritage site one day, and changing someone's life the next, it doesn't get any better than that.

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Temple at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

First Class Cambodia Tour

Country: Cambodia

7 Days | $2,375

Let yourself be pampered while you explore one of the most fascinating and unexplored countries in the world. The luxurious Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor is located just minutes from the world famous Angkor Wat temples while the Raffles Le Royal in Phnom Penh allows you to visit the Royal Palace and the interesting Khmer Rouge sites, while enjoying its excellent service and sumptuous rooms.

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Southeast Asia for families tour

First Time Asia For Families Tour

Countries: CambodiaThailand

15 Days | $13,300

As a group of family travelers, we've determined a great daily pace for families traveling with children, and tours that are family friendly. By minimizing flights, maximizing day tours, and planning in time for naps or time to let the kids run around and get their wiggles out, you'll see this tour may be just the right fit for your family's first Asia adventure.

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Trees in the temples of Angkor Wat

First Time Asia Tour

Countries: CambodiaThailand

14 Days | $3,095

This tour is designed for first time Asia goers. Through experience we’ve determined how people imagine Asia and the kind of trip they enjoy on their first visit. Fly into Bangkok and spend some time getting to know this amazing city before heading for the hills. Chiang Mai is the epitome of Thailand, a bustling city surrounded by beautiful countryside and interesting hill tribes.

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Luxury at Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia

First Time Asia: A Luxurious Journey Through Thailand and Cambodia

Countries: CambodiaThailand

14 Days | $20,045

From Muay Thai in Bangkok to Elephants in the Jungles of Northern Thailand and from the temples of Angkor Wat to ruins well beyond, this is the ultimate trip for first time visitors to Asia. Spend two weeks exploring Thailand and Cambodia through each country’s unique sights, flavors and traditions.

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Active Philanthropy tour

Give As You Go: Laos & Cambodia Tour

Countries: CambodiaLaos

15 Days | $4,480

At Journeys Within, we’ve specialized in custom Southeast Asia tours for philanthropically minded travelers from the very beginning – what we call “active philanthropy.” So for us, the 15-day “Give As You Go: Laos & Cambodia” tour is our holy grail – each hotel, restaurant and experience included in this itinerary was chosen with the idea of giving back and supporting local community development efforts. At Journeys Within, we believe that this type of travel not only helps those countries …

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Volunteer at JWOC

Giving Back: Cambodia Active Philanthropy Tour

Country: Cambodia

13 Days | $2,275

Although your tourist dollars do help the local community, witnessing poverty while traveling can be heart-wrenching. We offer a tour that lets you experience Cambodia while giving something back. This tour shown here is a two week tour, but depending on how much time you want to spend volunteering, we're happy to work with you and develop a volunteer program that suits you. This tour features a block of time devoted to volunteering at Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC), but can be tailored to suit your needs if you have already decided to volunteer with a different program.

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Women's Empowerment Tour

Group Tour: Women’s Empowerment Tour through Cambodia

Country: Cambodia

13 Days | $2,390

A tour designed especially for women looking to relax, refresh their worldview, and rejuvenate their energy levels through one-of-a-kind experiences in the Kingdom of Wonder. Our group will explore the ancient temples and holy sites of Cambodia while meeting empowered women who are changing the culture of this unique country.

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Water Blessing

Honeymooning Off the Beaten Path

Country: Cambodia

13 Days | $3,000

A honeymoon in Cambodia is perfect for couples looking to get off the beaten path and experience culture and nature.

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Joss Stone headlines ChubMet Festival

Joss Stone in concert: VIP Ticket and Tour Package

Country: Cambodia

4 Days | $1,080

The ChubMet Music & Art Festival – taking place in Siem Reap, Cambodia from Feb. 17 – March 2, 2017 – is welcoming none other than the Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Joss Stone, performing live on the closing night of the festival at the Jaya House RiverPark hotel on March 2, 2017. For those located in the region and looking to escape for a long weekend, Journeys Within (as the official travel partner for the festival) is offering a VIP …

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Loy Krathong festival in Thailand

Loi Krathong Tour for Couples

Countries: CambodiaThailand

14 Days | $14,150

From Bangkok to the beach, this two-week tour, designed to include the Loi Krathong festival, is sure to give you a true taste of Thai life while also including a visit to Siem Reap's ancient Angkorian temples.

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Loi Krathong Festival for families

Loi Krathong Tour for Families

Countries: CambodiaThailand

14 Days | $14,150

From Bangkok to the beach, this two-week tour, designed to include the Loi Krathong festival, is sure to give you a true taste of Thai life while also including a visit to Siem Reap's ancient Angkorian temples.

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LUxury tour of Vietnam and Cambodia

Luxury Indochina: A Journey Through Vietnam and Cambodia

Countries: CambodiaVietnam

21 Days | $22,750

Spend three weeks immersing yourself in the history, culture and beauty of Indochina as you travel in style through Vietnam and Cambodia. This trip hits the highlights of these unique nations — from Vietnam’s ancient cities and bustling backs streets to Cambodia’s Angkorian-era temples and breath-taking landscapes.

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Macmillan Cancer Support Custom Classic Laos and Cambodia Tour

Countries: CambodiaLaos

12 Days | $7,965

We arranged this trip as a donation for the Macmillan Cancer Support auction, and felt that it so good that we had to share it with all of our guests.  Journeys Within will donate the profit of this tour to Macmillan Cancer Support. Begin in beautiful and historic Luang Prabang where you will plunge into the heart and soul of Laos.  Tour the temples, learn the secrets of the local craftsmen, spend a day with the villagers on the mighty Mekong …

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Kayaking in Tonle Sap, Cambodia

More Than Just Temples Tour

Country: Cambodia

8 Days | $2,030

Although the magnificent Angkor Wat Temple, along with many other incredible historical monuments, have made Cambodia famous, there is so much more to this special country. This tour will give you a chance to really see Cambodia from all angles. Not only will you visit Angkor Wat, but you will also have the chance to soak up the natural beauty by kayaking on the Tonle Sap Lake and hiking in the beautiful Phnom Kulen National Park. Absorb the local arts and culture at the Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus, the John McDermott Gallery and Theam’s House Art Studio. Finally, get to know the heart and soul of Cambodia through the eyes of the locals- spend a night out on the town sampling Khmer Food with Narla and give back to the community through JWOC’s Hospitality Class and Backstreet Academy’s Football Match.

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Bayon temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

One-day itinerary: Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom – Sunrise to Sunset

Country: Cambodia

1 Day

Spend a day in Siem Reap exploring the must-see UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat and the many temples inside. Enjoy sunrise as it slowly illuminates the temples, then a break for breakfast, and finally an afternoon in Angkor Thom and sunset wherever you choose to spend it. The perfect day in Cambodia's famous temples.

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Flight of the Gibbon in Siem Reap, Cambodia

One-day itinerary: Flight of the Gibbon and Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus

Country: Cambodia

1 Day

Get a completely different perspective on Siem Reap, whether it's by flying through the treetops on a zip line or witnessing incredible feats at the Phare Ponleu Selpak Cambodian Circus.

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Kayaking the Tonle Sap lake, Cambodia

One-day itinerary: Kayaking the Tonle Sap

Country: Cambodia

1 Day

Explore the Tonle Sap lake - one of the most important waterways in all of Cambodia (and Southeast Asia, for that matter) by kayak and get an intimate look at the way of life of local villagers who live and work on the lake.

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Kulen Mountain hike in Siem Reap, Cambodia

One-day itinerary: Kulen Mountain Forest Discovery Trail

Country: Cambodia

1 Day

Get active while on tour in Cambodia. Take a guided hike with Indochine Exploration through the protected Cambodian jungle of Phnom Kulen National Park. Located about an hour and a half north of Siem Reap, Phnom Kulen is home to a community-protected area of mainly intact evergreen and boulder forest.

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Quad biking in Siem Reap, Cambodia

One-day itinerary: Quad Bike Adventure Tour and Blessing Ceremony

Country: Cambodia

1 Day

Enjoy strikingly beautiful views of the rice fields and villages as you make your way through the countryside on a quad bike. Stop along the way at a number of interesting sites such as a local monastery, an everyday market, as well as a temple rarely visited by other visitors. In the afternoon, your guide will take you to an active Wat where you will experience the "sroch Tec" water blessing ceremony to wash away sins and bring good luck.

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Thailand

Thailand and Cambodia Adventure Tour – Locals’ Special

Countries: CambodiaThailand

16 Days | $4,880

This tour will get you up and moving as you tour Bangkok, cycle through northern Thailand, and connect with elephants, before heading to Siem Reap, Cambodia where you will not only see the amazing temples at Angkor Wat, but will also kayak the Tonle Sap Lake, find a personal connection with the locals in their villages, and give back to the community by spending an afternoon at Journeys Within Our Community. Finish off your adventure by trekking in the rainforest of Cardamom Mountains and relaxing by the river.

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Family tour at Angkor Wat

Trekaroo Group Tour: First Time Asia for Families

Countries: CambodiaThailand

14 Days | $3,125

For families who are new to Southeast Asia, or just looking for a great way to see the region with other like-minded families, Thailand and Cambodia are the perfect countries to visit. The Thai and Cambodian people welcome traveling families with open arms, and both countries offer culture, diversity, history and some of the best beaches in the world.

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Monks in Laos

Undiscovered Southeast Asia Tour

Countries: CambodiaLaos

13 Days | $3,520

Both quiet and small, Laos and Cambodia have often felt the brunt of aggression from their neighbors and negative press from the West, but these two wonderful countries are brimming with beauty, culture and history. This trip will give you a better understanding of these small countries and will leave you with an appreciation of their perseverance and culture.

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