16 days in Laos Itinerary

16 days in Laos Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Laos trip planner

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Luang Prabang
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vang Vieng
— 1 night
Drive
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Vientiane
— 4 nights
Fly
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Thakhek
— 2 nights
Drive
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Don Det
— 1 night
Drive
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Pakse
— 3 nights
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Luang Prabang

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, then admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at 100 Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Vat Visounarath, contemplate the long history of Wat Tat Luang, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, then admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xiengthong, and finally snap pictures at Bamboo Bridge.

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Lexington, USA to Luang Prabang is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Lexington to Luang Prabang, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lexington in June, things will get a bit warmer in Luang Prabang: highs are around 93°F and lows about 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Vang Vieng

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then explore the activities along Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, then Head underground at Tham Nam (Water cave), and finally Head underground at Tham Khan Cave.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vang Vieng online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Vientiane

— 4 nights
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Vientiane is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ong Teu, walk around Buddha Park, and hunt for treasures at Morning Market.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vientiane trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Vang Vieng to Vientiane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Vientiane are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Thakhek.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Thakhek

— 2 nights
Thakhek is a town in south-central Laos on the Mekong River and facing Nakhon Phanom across the river in northeastern Thailand. On the 10th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Tham Pha Pa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): explore the activities along Tha Falang Lake and then Head underground at Tham Nang Aen Cave.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Thakhek trip maker.

Getting from Vientiane to Thakhek by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June in Thakhek, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Don Det.

Things to do in Thakhek

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Don Det

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): snap pictures at Old French Railway Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Somphamit Waterfalls, and then make a trip to Old French Port.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Don Det tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Thakhek to Don Det takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pakse.

Things to do in Don Det

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pakse

— 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Pakse side-trips: Champasak Town (Wat Phu, Chez Maman, &more) and Si Phan Don (in Don Loppadi). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Bolaven Plateau, take in the views from Lao Nippon Bridge, don't miss a visit to Dao Heuang Market, and take an in-depth tour of Champasak Historical Heritage Museum.

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You can drive from Don Det to Pakse in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pakse

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

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.