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Month in Cambodia and Laos - January 2017

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Hello......We are a married couple in our early 60's. We are active and able to walk lots and climb stairs easily.

Nature is a high priority. We like good food, wine, and beer. We enjoy the arts.

We are willing to pay more for accommodations if there is a special property. We enjoy nice pools, comfy spots to "hang out", candlelit romantic atmosphere.

This is our first time in Cambodia and Laos. We have traveled in several developing countries and appreciate learning about people and their customs. We like taking the time to enjoy sights, people, and not rushing around.

We like independence, private car tours, but public buses between cities is fine if the schedule is practical.

How does this itinerary look? Please recommend the best way to transit from one place to another. What inter-city airlines do you recommend?
Any sights we shouldn't miss that may not be in guide books?
Restaurants we shouldn't miss?
Tour guide/drivers?
Stay longer or shorter in these places?

Thank you in advance for any suggestions.

Thursday, January 5 Depart Bangkok, Thailand 8:00 AM Arrive Siem Reap, Cambodia 9:00 AM

Siem Reap
IN Jan 5 – OUT Jan 13 (8 nights)
Debating between Sonalong Resort or Victoria Angkor Resort. ??

Siem Reap to Battambang –
transfer by scenic river trip all day? any recommendations of a company?

Battambang: IN Jan 13 OUT Jan 16 (3 nights)
Bambu Hotel was sold out for our dates. Looking at Maisons Wat Kor - any thoughts?
Le Cirque Sat – go on Jan 14 Has anyone done this?

Battambang to Kampot
IN Jan 16 OUT Jan 21 (5 nights)
Kampot: Staying at Rikitikitavi Hotel (no pool, but on river)
Sunset cruise? Recommended company?

Kampot to Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh: IN Jan 21 OUT Jan 24 (3 nights)
Booked Pavilion Hotel
Sunset cruise? Recommended company?

Fly Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Vientiane, Laos Airline?

Vientiane, Laos: IN Jan 24 OUT Jan 26 (2 nights)
Looking at Lao Orchid Hotel, Ansara Hotel, or Mandala Boutique

Fly Vientiane to Luang Pragang

Luang Pragang: IN Jan 26 OUT Jan 29 (3 nights)
Would like a special place to end our vacation under $200 USD/night.

Luang Pragang to Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw: IN Jan 29 OUT Feb 1 (3 nights)
Considering Nong Kiau Riverside Hotel

Nong Khiaw to Luang Pragang (back here again before departing Laos)
Luang Pragang: IN Feb 1 OUT Feb 5 (4 nights)
Will book same hotel as Jan 26 - 29

Sunday, February 5 Depart Luang Pragang 12:20 PM Arrive Bangkok, Thailand 2:20 PM (1 night BKK at Airport Hotel)

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