43 days in Laos Itinerary

43 days in Laos Itinerary

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Fly to Vientiane, Bus to Vang Vieng
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Vang Vieng
— 6 nights
Bus to Vientiane, Fly to Sam Neua
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Sam Neua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phonsavan
— 1 night
Fly
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Luang Prabang
— 15 nights
Drive
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Sayaboury
— 1 night
Drive
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Pak Beng
— 1 night
Ferry
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Huay Xai
— 2 nights
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Drive to Luang Namtha, Fly to Pakse, Bus to Ban Nakasang, Ferry to Don Khone
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Don Khone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Champasak Town
— 2 nights
Fly
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Vientiane
— 8 nights
Fly

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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.
Spend a fun-filled day on the 18th (Wed) at Blue Springs & Patong cave. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, get outside with Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll, take in the dramatic natural features at Pha Ngern View Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Vang Vieng trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Vang Vieng is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 12 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Sam Neua.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 20:

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Sam Neua

Sam Neua is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Pathet Lao Caves.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sam Neua day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Vang Vieng to Sam Neua takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Phonsavan.

Things to do in Sam Neua

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

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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 24th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre, steep yourself in history at The Plain of Jars, and then get a sense of history and politics at Uxo Lao.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Phonsavan trip planner.

You can drive from Sam Neua to Phonsavan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:

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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.
Step out of Luang Prabang with an excursion to 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw--about 52 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Phonsavan to Luang Prabang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Sayaboury.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 24 — Dec 9:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Conservation Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sayaboury trip app.

Traveling by car from Luang Prabang to Sayaboury takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Sayaboury sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Pak Beng.

Things to do in Sayaboury

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

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Pak Beng

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Mekong Elephant Park.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pak Beng trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Sayaboury to Pak Beng in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Pak Beng

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
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Huay Xai

Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): make a trip to Wat Chomkao Manilat, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gibbon Experience Office, and then don't miss a visit to Project Kajsiab Laos.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Huay Xai trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Pak Beng to Huay Xai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Don Khone.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

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Don Khone

Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Tad Somphamit Waterfalls. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Khon Pa Soi Falls and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Don Khone Island.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Don Khone tour planning app.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, bus, and ferry from Huay Xai to Don Khone takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Don Khone

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): look for gifts at Chez Maman, then delve into the distant past at Wat Phu, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Champasak Spa Wellness Center Laos. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Don Daeng Island, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bolaven Plateau, and then admire the striking features of Wat Muang Kang Temple.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Champasak Town trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Don Khone to Champasak Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In December in Champasak Town, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vientiane: Mekong River (in Tha Heua) and Nam Ngum Dam (in Thalat). There's still lots to do: stroll around Buddha Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, snap pictures at Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, and look for gifts at Mai Savanh Lao.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vientiane online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Champasak Town to Vientiane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Vientiane is a bit cooler than Champasak Town - with highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 25:

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.