30 days in Sierra Leone & Laos Itinerary

30 days in Sierra Leone & Laos Itinerary

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Freetown, Sierra Leone
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Pakse, Laos
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Vientiane, Laos
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Freetown, Sierra Leone

— 5 nights
Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
Get out of town with these interesting Freetown side-trips: Lakka Beach (in Lakka), Bureh Beach (in Bure Town) and River Number Two Beach (in Sussex). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Bunce Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, explore and take pictures at Aberdeen, and explore the galleries of Sierra Leone Peace Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Freetown attractions planner.

Nassau, Bahamas to Freetown is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. In June in Freetown, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Freetown

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 8 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.
When in Luang Prabang, make a side trip to see 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw, approximately Nong Khiaw away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, make a trip to Old Quarter Luang Prabang, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang trip builder app.

Explore your travel options from Freetown to Luang Prabang with the Route module. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Freetown in June, you will find days in Luang Prabang are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Pakse.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Pakse, Laos

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Pakse side-trips: Tad Fane (in Paksong), Champasak Town (Wat Phu, Wat Muang Kang Temple, &more) and Si Phan Don (in Don Loppadi). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Bolaven Plateau, don't miss a visit to Dao Heuang Market, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Yuang Waterfalls.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pakse trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Luang Prabang to Pakse by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Pakse can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can fly to Vientiane.

Things to do in Pakse

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vientiane, Laos

— 8 nights
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Step out of Vientiane with an excursion to Nam Ngum Dam in Thalat--about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), explore the striking landscape of Vientiane Orchidees, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, and pause for some photo ops at Buddha Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Vientiane day trip website.

Getting from Pakse to Vientiane by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June in Vientiane, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Leone travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Tourist Spots
Rich in history, natural wonders, and picturesque landscapes, Sierra Leone remains an unappreciated destination largely thanks to the impact the civil war of the 1990s had on the country's international reputation. The coastal areas offer easy access to fine sand beaches and offshore islands, little explored by foreign visitors and therefore unspoiled by commercial tourism. The capital, established by freed slaves from the Caribbean, represents a popular starting point for trips to Sierra Leone, with a colorful look to it, a lively atmosphere, and good onward connections to the mountains of the north and mangrove swamps and rainforest to the east.

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.