21 days in Laos Itinerary

21 days in Laos Itinerary

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21 days in Laos Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Foot + Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Luang Prabang
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Vang Vieng
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Vientiane
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Savannakhet
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
5
Pakse
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Don Det
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  31​h
End: Birmingham

5
nights
Luang Prabang

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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, wildlife, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, make a trip to Old Quarter Luang Prabang, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), and get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Luang Prabang trip itinerary maker site .

Birmingham, UK to Luang Prabang is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Luang Prabang is 7 hours. Traveling from Birmingham in February, things will get much hotter in Luang Prabang: highs are around 35°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Tours Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi
Wat Xieng Thong ©
Wat Xieng Thong

4
nights
Vang Vieng

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.
Vang Vieng is known for nature, adventure, nightlife, wildlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Kang, Head underground at Tham Chang, and identify plant and animal life at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vang Vieng trip itinerary site .

Drive from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tham Nam (Water cave) ©
Tham Nam (Water cave)
Balloon Rides
Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point

2
nights
Vientiane

Vientiane ©
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, shopping, parks, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Buddha Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, make a trip to Wat Ho Phra Keo, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Market.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vientiane trip planning tool .

You can drive from Vang Vieng to Vientiane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Vientiane can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Savannakhet.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Patuxai ©
Patuxai

1
night
Savannakhet

Savannakhet ©
Just across the Mekong River from Thailand, the city of Savannakhet has benefited from its prosperous neighbor, developing its commercial and tourism sector.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of That Ing Hang, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte Therese, examine the collection at The Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum, then explore the activities along Bungva lake, and finally look for gifts at Savanakhet.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Savannakhet road trip tool .

You can fly from Vientiane to Savannakhet in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Savannakhet, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Pakse.

Things to do in Savannakhet

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bungva lake ©
Bungva lake
That Ing Hang ©
That Ing Hang
The Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum ©
The Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum

2
nights
Pakse

Pakse ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Tad Yuang Waterfalls, explore the ancient world of Wat Phu, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Bolaven Plateau. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Dao Heuang Market, don't miss a visit to Phu Salao, Golden Buddha, then take a stroll through Si Phan Don, and finally step off the mainland to explore Don Daeng Island.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pakse online visit planner .

Fly from Savannakhet to Pakse in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Savannakhet in February, Pakse is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Don Det.

Things to do in Pakse

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Champasak Town, Si Phan Don, Bolaven Plateau
Highlights from your plan
Bolaven Plateau ©
Bolaven Plateau
Wat Phu ©
Wat Phu
Si Phan Don ©
Si Phan Don

3
nights
Don Det

Don Det ©
Change things up with a short trip to Don Khone Island in Don Khone (about 1h 25 min away).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Don Det trip maker .

Traveling by car from Pakse to Don Det takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Thu).

Things to do in Don Det

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Don Khone, Nakasong Pier
Highlights from your plan
Tad Somphamit Waterfalls ©
Tad Somphamit Waterfalls
Don Khone Island ©
Don Khone Island
Old French Railway Bridge ©
Old French Railway Bridge

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