18 days in Laos & Bangkok Itinerary

18 days in Laos & Bangkok Itinerary

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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 5 nights
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Vang Vieng, Laos
— 2 nights
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Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
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Pakse, Laos
— 6 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Luang Prabang, Laos

— 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Luang Prabang Night Market as well as Khopfa Mekong Cruise. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xiengthong, don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang holiday planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Luang Prabang is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Indochina Time is 6 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in November; daily highs in Luang Prabang reach 35°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pha Ngern View Point.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vang Vieng tour planner.

Getting from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng by bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Vientiane, Laos

— 1 night
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, then appreciate the history behind Wat That Luang Neua, and finally contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang).

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vientiane trip planner.

Getting from Vang Vieng to Vientiane by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Pakse.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites

Pakse, Laos

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Si Phan Don (in Don Loppadi), Champasak Town (Don Daeng Island, Wat Phu, &more) and Tad Pha Suam Waterfall (in Ba Chiang). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Bolaven Plateau, don't miss a visit to Phu Salao, Golden Buddha, take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Fane, and take in the views from Lao Nippon Bridge.

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Traveling by flight from Vientiane to Pakse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Pakse, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Pakse

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bangkok, Thailand

— 1 night

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), Khaosan Road, Siam Paragon, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, then browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), and finally take a stroll through Khaosan Road.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bangkok trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Pakse to Bangkok with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Bangkok are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.