29 days in Laos Itinerary

29 days in Laos Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Laos vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Pakse International Airport, Drive to Don Khone
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Don Khone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Champasak Town
— 2 nights
Fly
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Vientiane
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Phonsavan
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Luang Prabang
— 10 nights
Drive
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Sayaboury
— 1 night
Drive
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Huay Xai
— 1 night
Drive
8
Luang Namtha
— 1 night
Drive
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Nong Khiaw
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Vang Vieng
— 5 nights
Bus to Vientiane, Fly to Melbourne

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Don Khone

— 2 nights
On the 16th (Mon), get outside with Mekong Fly Zipline Adventure Tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Somphamit Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Khon Pa Soi Falls and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Don Khone Island.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Don Khone travel route builder app.

Melbourne, Australia to Don Khone is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Don Khone. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Don Khone

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trip

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.
On the 18th (Wed), look for gifts at Chez Maman, then delve into the distant past at Wat Phu, and then relax and rejuvenate at Champasak Spa Wellness Center Laos. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Wat Muang Kang Temple, then explore the striking landscape at Bolaven Plateau, and then view the masterpieces at Champasak Pottery.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Champasak Town trip planner.

You can drive from Don Khone to Champasak Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. August in Champasak Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Vientiane.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Vientiane

— 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 20th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Presidential Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Muang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat That Khao, then walk around Mekong Riverside Park, and finally appreciate the history behind King Anouvong Statue. Keep things going the next day: gain insight at Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jamia Masjid, and then get engrossed in the history at Lao National History Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vientiane road trip site.

Getting from Champasak Town to Vientiane by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Phonsavan.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Phonsavan

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Xieng Khouang Phonsavan Official Tourist Information Center, contemplate the long history of The Plain of Jars, then delve into the distant past at Wat Phiawat, and finally delve into the distant past at That Foun. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Vietnam War Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lao War Memorial Phonsavan, then get engrossed in the history at MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre, and finally ponder the world of politics at Uxo Lao.

To see ratings and tourist information, you can read our Phonsavan vacation website.

Fly from Vientiane to Phonsavan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Luang Prabang

— 10 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wat Sensoukharam and That Chomsi Stupa. Explore hidden gems such as MandaLao Elephant Conservation and Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nahm Dong Park, get a taste of life in the country at Laos Buffalo Dairy, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

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You can fly from Phonsavan to Luang Prabang in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Sayaboury.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Sayaboury

— 1 night

Elephant Capital of Laos

Sayabouru, a northern Laotian town and capital of the eponymous province, remains best known for its main attraction, the Elephant Conservation Center.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Elephant Conservation Center. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Elephant Conservation Center and then stroll through Elephant Conservation Center.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sayaboury tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Luang Prabang to Sayaboury in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Sayaboury

Parks · Wildlife

Huay Xai

— 1 night
Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Mekong Smile Cruise and then contemplate the long history of Fort Carnot.

Plan trip to Huay Xai with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Sayaboury to Huay Xai takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Luang Namtha.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Luang Namtha

— 1 night
The largest city of its province, Luang Namtha rests on the banks of the Nam Tha river, providing a starting point for treks into its surrounding mountain valleys.
On the 5th (Sun), stop by The Handicraft Village Ban Pieng Ngam, then get engrossed in the history at Luang Namtha Museum, and then let the river carry you with Ethnic Travel Laos.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read Luang Namtha travel planner.

Traveling by car from Huay Xai to Luang Namtha takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nong Khiaw.

Things to do in Luang Namtha

Wildlife · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Nong Khiaw

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): walk around 100 Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Patok Cave, then get great views at Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Pha Kuang Cave.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nong Khiaw travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Luang Namtha to Nong Khiaw in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Nong Khiaw

Parks · Nature

Vang Vieng

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat That and Wat Kang. Visiting Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Pha Ngern View Point, Head underground at Tham Loup & Tham Hoi Caves, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vang Vieng online travel planner.

Drive from Nong Khiaw to Vang Vieng in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Laos travel guide

3.8
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.