30 days in Laos Itinerary

30 days in Laos Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Laos holiday planner

Make it your trip
Drive to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Fly to Savannakhet
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Savannakhet
— 1 night
Fly
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Champasak Town
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pakse
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Luang Prabang
— 9 nights
Ferry
5
Pak Beng
— 1 night
Ferry
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Huay Xai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Phongsaly
— 1 night
Drive
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Nong Khiaw
— 1 night
Drive
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Vang Vieng
— 4 nights
Drive
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Phonsavan
— 1 night
Fly
11
Vientiane
— 4 nights
Fly to Guangzhou Baiyun, Train to Hong Kong

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Savannakhet

— 1 night
Just across the Mekong River from Thailand, the city of Savannakhet has benefited from its prosperous neighbor, developing its commercial and tourism sector.
On the 2nd (Thu), explore the activities along Bungva lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xayaphoum Temple, then see the interesting displays at The Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum, and finally soothe aching muscles at Vassana spa & beauty.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Savannakhet tour website.

Hong Kong, China to Savannakhet is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Hong Kong to Savannakhet, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Savannakhet

Nature · Museums · Parks · Spas

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 3rd (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Bolaven Plateau, then look for gifts at Chez Maman, and then soothe aching muscles at Champasak Spa Wellness Center Laos. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Champasak Pottery, don't miss a visit to Wat Phu, and then contemplate the long history of Wat Muang Kang Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Champasak Town day trip planner.

You can fly from Savannakhet to Champasak Town in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pakse.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Historic Sites · Spas · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Pakse

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Pha Suam Waterfall, make a trip to Wat Luang Temple, and then wander the streets of Si Phan Don. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Tad Fane, admire the sheer force of Tad Yuang Waterfalls, and then don't miss a visit to Phu Salao, Golden Buddha.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pakse online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Champasak Town to Pakse takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Pakse are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Pakse

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Luang Prabang

— 9 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.
Royal Palace Museum and Heuan Chan Heritage Luang Prabang will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Wat Xiengthong and Wat Sensoukharam are in your itinerary. Spend the 8th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, play a few rounds at Luang Prabang Golf Club, stop by Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, and make a trip to Vat Visounarath.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Luang Prabang online attractions planner.

You can fly from Pakse to Luang Prabang in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Pak Beng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Pak Beng

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mekong Elephant Park.

Find out how to plan Pak Beng trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by ferry from Luang Prabang to Pak Beng takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Pak Beng

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Huay Xai

— 2 nights
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 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gibbon Experience Office, make a trip to Wat Chomkao Manilat, and then make a trip to Fort Carnot. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Project Kajsiab Laos.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Huay Xai route builder site.

Getting from Pak Beng to Huay Xai by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Phongsaly.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Phongsaly

— 1 night
On the 19th (Sun), examine the collection at Museum of Phongsaly Ethnic Groups.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Phongsaly trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Huay Xai to Phongsaly in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nong Khiaw.

Things to do in Phongsaly

Museums

Nong Khiaw

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get outside with Green Discovery and then get great views at Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Ban Lue Handicrafts Center and then Head underground at Patok Cave.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nong Khiaw tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Phongsaly to Nong Khiaw in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Nong Khiaw

Outdoors · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Vang Vieng

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Wat That and Wat Kang. Get outdoors at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Yoga in Vang Vieng, Head underground at Tham Khan Cave, get outside with Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll, and explore the striking landscape at Pha Ngern View Point.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Vang Vieng attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nong Khiaw to Vang Vieng takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Phonsavan.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Phonsavan

— 1 night
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 26th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Xieng Khouang Phonsavan Official Tourist Information Center, then contemplate the long history of The Plain of Jars, and then get engrossed in the history at MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Phonsavan online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vang Vieng to Phonsavan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Vientiane.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites · Museums

Vientiane

— 4 nights
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and Phat Tich Temple. Get some cultural insight at Wat Si Saket and Lao National History Museum. Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Vientiane Orchidees. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Lao Textile Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, stroll around Mekong Riverside Park, and pause for some photo ops at Black Stupa (That Dam).

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Vientiane trip planner.

You can fly from Phonsavan to Vientiane in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Vientiane are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.