14 days in Laos & Pleiku Itinerary

14 days in Laos & Pleiku Itinerary

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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
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Phonsavan, Laos
— 1 night
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Vang Vieng, Laos
— 2 nights
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Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
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Champasak Town, Laos
— 1 night
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Pakse, Laos
— 1 night
Drive
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Pleiku, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Luang Prabang, Laos

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nahm Dong Park, Wat Sensoukharam and Wat Xieng Mouane. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Xiengthong and Royal Palace Museum. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, and don't miss a visit to Old Quarter Luang Prabang.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Luang Prabang trip planner.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Luang Prabang is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, expect Luang Prabang to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Phonsavan.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Phonsavan, Laos

— 1 night
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 29th (Sun), get a sense of history and politics at Uxo Lao and then don't miss a visit to The Plain of Jars.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Phonsavan trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a bus from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites

Vang Vieng, Laos

— 2 nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll, then identify plant and animal life at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Kang, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat That.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vang Vieng tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Phonsavan to Vang Vieng by bus takes about 15 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 1st (Wed), you're off to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Vientiane, Laos

— 2 nights
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Muang and then ponder the world of politics at Presidential Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Lao Textile Museum, contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phat Tich Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo, and finally appreciate the history behind King Setthathirath Statue.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Vientiane trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Vang Vieng to Vientiane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Champasak Town, Laos

— 1 night
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 4th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Wat Muang Kang Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Champasak Town holiday maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Vientiane to Champasak Town takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vientiane in January, things will get a bit warmer in Champasak Town: highs are around 38°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pakse.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Historic Sites
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Pakse, Laos

— 1 night

Gateway to Southern Laos

Resting at the meeting point of the Se Don and Mekong rivers, Pakse provides the ideal starting point from which to begin your discovery of southern Laos.
On the 5th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Yuang Waterfalls, don't miss a visit to Pakse Chinese Temple, make a trip to Phu Salao, Golden Buddha, then take an in-depth tour of Champasak Historical Heritage Museum, and finally make a trip to Wat Luang Temple.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Pakse holiday builder site.

You can drive from Champasak Town to Pakse in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Pakse can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pleiku.

Things to do in Pakse

Nature · Parks · Museums

Pleiku, Vietnam

— 1 night
Pleiku is a city in central Vietnam, located in that nation's central highland region. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Kon Tum Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wooden Church, then explore the activities along T'Nung Lake ( Ia Nueng), and finally contemplate the geological forces at Chu Dang Ya Volcano.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pleiku trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Pakse to Pleiku in 7.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Pleiku

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.