I'm travelling alone in SE Asia and if I don't happen to find any travel buddies to take on Cambodia and Loas with me (which I'm hoping I will) then I'd like to put myself on a tour, particulalry in Loas. Can anyone recommend cheap 10-20 day tours of these countries? Or is my best option to just go and see a travel agent once im there?
I don't know much about tours , but can tell you you could do just fine travelling, even alone, and doing everything independently. Just get one or two guidebooks- Laos and Cambodia are really easy- and great- for backpackers- you rreally don't need an organized tour. Plus you will meet ons of people on the way that you likely will travel with for some time.... Plus you have so much more flexibility doing it alone...
I agree with CanadaGuy. These two countries are very very easy to travel in solo, and you will never be far away from other travellers. Every single bus you ride, every hotel you stay at, and every restaurant you eat at will be filled with fellow foreigners. If you aren't shy and you make the effort to talk to them then you'll always have someone to travel with.
If you get there and find you aren't meeting people, then book some day tours at local travel agencies or with your hotel. Its always a great way to meet people.