31 days in Laos Itinerary

31 days in Laos Itinerary

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31 days in Laos Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Luang Prabang
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Sayaboury
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Nong Khiaw
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Sam Neua
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Phonsavan
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Huay Xai
— 1 night
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  7​h
7
Vang Vieng
— 5 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  7​h
8
Pakse
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Vientiane
— 7 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Lisbon

8
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, look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong).

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Luang Prabang trip itinerary planning website .

Lisbon, Portugal to Luang Prabang is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Lisbon to Luang Prabang due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Luang Prabang, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sayaboury.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Sayaboury

Sayaboury ©
Sayabouru, a northern Laotian town and capital of the eponymous province, remains best known for its main attraction, the Elephant Conservation Center.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Conservation Center.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sayaboury journey planner.

You can drive from Luang Prabang to Sayaboury in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Sayaboury can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nong Khiaw.

Things to do in Sayaboury

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Conservation Center ©
Elephant Conservation Center

1
night
Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for gifts at Ban Lue handicrafts workshop, explore the fascinating underground world of Patok Cave, then get great views at Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn, and finally Head underground at Pha Kuang Cave.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nong Khiaw vacation planning tool .

Getting from Sayaboury to Nong Khiaw by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sam Neua.

Things to do in Nong Khiaw

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Patok Cave ©
Patok Cave
Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn ©
Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn

2
nights
Sam Neua

Sam Neua ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Pathet Lao Caves, Head underground at Vieng Xai Cave City, and then contemplate the long history of Hintang Houamuang.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sam Neua travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Nong Khiaw to Sam Neua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for Phonsavan on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Sam Neua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Houaphanh Province
Highlights from your plan
Vieng Xai Cave City ©
Vieng Xai Cave City
Pathet Lao Caves
Pathet Lao Caves
Hintang Houamuang ©
Hintang Houamuang

1
night
Phonsavan

Phonsavan ©
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 15th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Vietnam War Memorial, get a sense of history and politics at Uxo Lao, stop by Hmong Sunday Market, then take an in-depth tour of MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre, then make a trip to The Plain of Jars, and finally steep yourself in history at Xieng Khouang Phonsavan Official Tourist Information Center.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Phonsavan trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Sam Neua to Phonsavan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre ©
The Plain of Jars ©
The Plain of Jars

1
night
Huay Xai

Huay Xai ©
Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at The Gibbon Experience.

Planning Huay Xai trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Phonsavan to Huay Xai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gibbon Experience Office ©
Gibbon Experience Office

5
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: Head underground at Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for all kinds of wild species at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, and take in the dramatic natural features at Tham Chang Cave.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vang Vieng trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Huay Xai to Vang Vieng in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Pakse.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Tham Nam (Water cave) ©
Tham Nam (Water cave)
Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll ©
Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Pakse side-trips: Bolaven Plateau Waterfalls (in Tad Lo), Si Phan Don (in Don Loppadi) and Tad Pha Suam Waterfall (in Ba Chiang). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Wat Phu, head off the coast to Don Daeng Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Yuang Waterfalls, and explore the striking landscape at Bolaven Plateau.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Pakse trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Vang Vieng to Pakse takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Pakse

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Champasak Town, Bolaven Plateau, Tad Pha Suam Waterfall, Si Phan Don
Highlights from your plan
Bolaven Plateau ©
Bolaven Plateau
Tad Pha Suam Waterfall ©
Tad Pha Suam Waterfall
Don Daeng Island ©
Don Daeng Island

7
nights
Vientiane

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Family-friendly places like Buddha Park and Ocean Park at Lao ITECC will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Mekong River (in Tha Heua) and Nam Ngum Dam (in Thalat). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), pause for some photo ops at Black Stupa (That Dam), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vientiane trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Pakse to Vientiane takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Vientiane are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mekong River, Nam Ngum Dam
Highlights from your plan
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Mekong River ©
Mekong River
Vientiane Orchidees ©
Vientiane Orchidees

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