16 days in Laos Itinerary

16 days in Laos Itinerary

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Luang Prabang
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vang Vieng
— 3 nights
Bus
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Vientiane
— 2 nights
Fly
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Champasak Town
— 2 nights
Drive
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Don Khong
— 1 night
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Luang Prabang

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like 100 Waterfalls and Laos Buffalo Dairy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wat Sensoukharam and Wat Xieng Mouane. There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take a stroll through Ban Phanom, get lost in a book at Luang Prabang Library, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Tat Luang.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Luang Prabang is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Zurich to Luang Prabang. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Zurich in November; daily highs in Luang Prabang reach 35°C and lows reach 22°C. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Vang Vieng

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Pha Ngern View Point, then look for all kinds of wild species at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Kang. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Tham Khan Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Lusi and Pha Poak Caves, then make a trip to Wat That, and finally Head underground at Tham Loup & Tham Hoi Caves.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Vang Vieng road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Vientiane

— 2 nights
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat That Foon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Phat Tich Temple, pause for some photo ops at King Anouvong Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jamia Masjid, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ong Teu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Inpeng.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Vientiane trip itinerary tool.

Take a bus from Vang Vieng to Vientiane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites

Champasak Town

— 2 nights
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 28th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Champasak Pottery and then admire the striking features of Wat Muang Kang Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pha Bat, take an in-depth tour of Champasak Historical Heritage Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Pakse Chinese Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Champasak Town trip planner.

Getting from Vientiane to Champasak Town by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Champasak Town can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Don Khong.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Don Khong

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along Nakasong Pier and then admire the sheer force of Khon Phapheng Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Don Khone Island.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Don Khong day trip planner.

Drive from Champasak Town to Don Khong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Don Khong

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.