43 days in Laos Itinerary

43 days in Laos Itinerary

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Fly to Luang Phabang International Airport, Drive to Nong Khiaw
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Nong Khiaw
— 1 night
Drive
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Luang Namtha
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pak Beng
— 1 night
Drive
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Sayaboury
— 1 night
Bus to Tha Uthen, Drive to Phoun Hin Boun
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Phoun Hin Boun
— 2 nights
Drive to Savannakhet, Fly to Pakse
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Paksong
— 2 nights
Drive
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Don Khong
— 1 night
Drive
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Don Khone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Champasak Town
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vientiane
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vang Vieng
— 5 nights
Drive
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Phonsavan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Luang Prabang
— 12 nights
Fly

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Nong Khiaw

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Patok Cave, get great views at Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn, and then Head underground at Pha Kuang Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): walk around 100 Waterfalls.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nong Khiaw online tour itinerary planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Nong Khiaw is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 14 hour difference. In May, Nong Khiaw is warmer than Edmonton - with highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Luang Namtha.

Things to do in Nong Khiaw

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

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Luang Namtha

The largest city of its province, Luang Namtha rests on the banks of the Nam Tha river, providing a starting point for treks into its surrounding mountain valleys.
Step out of the city life by going to Ethnic Travel Laos and Nam Dee Waterfall. Luang Namtha Museum and The Handicraft Village Ban Pieng Ngam are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Luang Namtha with a short trip to Vat Xieng Chai in Muang Sing, about 1h 20 min away. Make the 25th (Tue) an awe-inspiring day at Nam Ha NPA.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Luang Namtha itinerary planner.

Drive from Nong Khiaw to Luang Namtha in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pak Beng.

Things to do in Luang Namtha

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

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Pak Beng

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Mekong Elephant Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pak Beng trip itinerary app.

Getting from Luang Namtha to Pak Beng by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sayaboury.

Things to do in Pak Beng

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

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Sayaboury

Elephant Capital of Laos

Sayabouru, a northern Laotian town and capital of the eponymous province, remains best known for its main attraction, the Elephant Conservation Center.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Conservation Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Sayaboury trip builder app.

Drive from Pak Beng to Sayaboury in 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Phoun Hin Boun.

Things to do in Sayaboury

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

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Phoun Hin Boun

Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): Head underground at Kong Lor Cave.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Phoun Hin Boun trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and car from Sayaboury to Phoun Hin Boun in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Phoun Hin Boun can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. You will leave for Paksong on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Phoun Hin Boun

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

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Paksong

Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Tad Champee. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Tad Pha Suam Waterfall and then admire the sheer force of Tad Fane.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paksong online travel planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Phoun Hin Boun to Paksong in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Paksong are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Don Khong.

Things to do in Paksong

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:

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Don Khong

On the 2nd (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Khon Phapheng Falls.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Don Khong journey tool.

Traveling by car from Paksong to Don Khong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Don Khone.

Things to do in Don Khong

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:
Highlights from your trip

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Don Khone

On the 3rd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Don Khone Island and then admire the sheer force of Khon Pa Soi Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at Mekong Fly Zipline Adventure Tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Somphamit Waterfalls.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Don Khone tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Don Khong to Don Khone takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Don Khone

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:

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Champasak Town

Near the borders of Thailand and Japan in southern Laos, the small town of Champasak is best known for its UNESCO-protected ruins.
Get in touch with nature at Green Paradise Travel and Don Daeng Island. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wat Phu and Wat Muang Kang Temple. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Champasak Pottery, stop by Chez Maman, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Champasak Spa Wellness Center Laos.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Champasak Town road trip site.

Traveling by car from Don Khone to Champasak Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:

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Vientiane

The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Vientiane Center Lao and Itecc Mall. Museum-lovers will appreciate Lao National History Museum and Lao People's Army Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Mekong River in Tha Heua (about 1h 50 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Muang, stroll around Mekong Riverside Park, gain insight at Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women, and appreciate the history behind Black Stupa (That Dam).

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Vientiane road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Champasak Town to Vientiane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 12:

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Vang Vieng

Lying 150 km (93 mi) from Vientiane en route to Luang Prabang, and perched on the Song River, Vang Vieng attracts eco-tourists for the bizarre limestone hills surrounding the town.
Popular historic sites such as Wat That and Wat Kang are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and Pha Ngern View Point. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Tham Nam (Water cave), relax and rejuvenate at Riverside Sala Spa, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vang Vieng trip planner.

You can drive from Vientiane to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Phonsavan.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 17:

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Phonsavan

A base for explorations, the town of Phonsavan sits surrounded by impressive scenery and offers easy access to an abundance of cultural and historic sites.
On the 18th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Xieng Khouang Phonsavan Official Tourist Information Center, get engrossed in the history at MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre, then get a sense of history and politics at Uxo Lao, then stroll the grounds of Vietnam War Memorial, and finally stroll the grounds of Lao War Memorial Phonsavan. On your second day here, make a trip to Tham Piu Cave, don't miss a visit to That Foun, then explore the ancient world of Wat Phiawat, and finally contemplate the long history of The Plain of Jars.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Phonsavan trip maker site.

Drive from Vang Vieng to Phonsavan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 19:

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Luang Prabang

Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Sensoukharam and Wat Xieng Mouane. For shopping fun, head to The Morning Market or Pathana Boupha Antique House. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at MandaLao Elephant Conservation, admire the natural beauty at Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and look for gifts at L'etranger Books and Tea.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Phonsavan to Luang Prabang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 19 — Jul 1:

Laos travel guide

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Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.