3. Week 3: Phnom Penh and Chau Doc

Phnom Penh, Cambodia is a dayโ€™s bus ride from Vientiane, but is also accessible via several low-cost airlines. The city is home to a spectacular royal palace that is not to be missed. After a long day of exploring, head to Sisowath Quay Riverwalk. Here youโ€™ll find evidence of Cambodiaโ€™s French influence as you stroll by riverside cafes along the promenade. Take the time to sample some local cuisine, which is highlighted by Kampot crab, stir-fries, curries and more.

The river lies at the heart of many Southeast Asian cities and Phnom Penh is no different. The best and most peaceful way to view the city is on a boat. Local water taxis are an incredible bargain and offer the same views and pricier tourist cruises. At the end of your stay in Phnom Penh, hop on a commuter boat to Chau Doc, Vietnam and enjoy the views of waterside villages along the way. At the border of Cambodia and Vietnam, Chau Doc is a lively mix of cultures and languages that is worth a few days of exploring.