34 days in Laos Itinerary

34 days in Laos Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chiang Mai
Drive:  8 h
1
Huay Xai
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Phonsavan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Sam Neua
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Vientiane
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Vang Vieng
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Nong Khiaw
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Sayaboury
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6 h 45 min
8
Pakse
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
9
Luang Prabang
— 8 nights
Fly:  2 h
End: Chiang Mai

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.
On the 28th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Wat Chomkao Manilat, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gibbon Experience Office, and then make a trip to Project Kajsiab Laos.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Huay Xai trip app.

Chiang Mai, Thailand to Huay Xai is an approximately 5.5- hour car ride. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Phonsavan.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Gibbon Experience Office ©
Gibbon Experience Office
Wat Chomkao Manilat ©
Wat Chomkao Manilat

2
nights
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 29th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Vietnam War Memorial, then look for gifts at Hmong Sunday Market, then steep yourself in history at Xieng Khouang Phonsavan Official Tourist Information Center, and finally don't miss a visit to The Plain of Jars. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre, ponder the world of politics at Uxo Lao, then don't miss a visit to That Foun, and finally explore the ancient world of Wat Phiawat.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Phonsavan trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Huay Xai to Phonsavan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sam Neua.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Xieng Khouang
Highlights from your plan
The Plain of Jars ©
The Plain of Jars
MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre ©
MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre
That Foun ©
That Foun

3
nights
Sam Neua

Sam Neua ©
Sam Neua is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Vieng Xai Cave City and steep yourself in history at Hintang Houamuang.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sam Neua journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Phonsavan to Sam Neua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Sam Neua

Nature Parks 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

8
nights
Vientiane

Vientiane ©
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 to go to Thalat and see Nam Ngum Dam, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, see the interesting displays at Lao Textile Museum, look for gifts at Mai Savanh Lao, and hunt for treasures at Morning Market.

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Fly from Sam Neua to Vientiane in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Vientiane are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Nam Ngum Dam
Highlights from your plan
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Patuxai ©
Patuxai
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape at Tham Chang Cave, and explore the activities along Blue Lagoon 3.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Vang Vieng online road trip planner.

Drive from Vientiane to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nong Khiaw.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary ©
Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary
River Rafting & Tubing
Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point

2
nights
Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw ©
On the 18th (Wed), look for gifts at Ban Lue Handicrafts Center, then get great views at Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn, and then Head underground at Pha Kuang Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around 100 Waterfalls.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nong Khiaw online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vang Vieng to Nong Khiaw takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Nong Khiaw can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sayaboury.

Things to do in Nong Khiaw

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
100 Waterfalls ©
100 Waterfalls
Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn ©
Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Conservation Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sayaboury online journey planner.

You can drive from Nong Khiaw to Sayaboury in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pakse.

Things to do in Sayaboury

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Si Phan Don (in Don Loppadi) and Champasak Town (Wat Phu, Chez Maman, &more). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Bolaven Plateau, admire the sheer force of Tad Yuang Waterfalls, don't miss a visit to Phu Salao, Golden Buddha, and take some stellar pictures from The Chinese Vat SopSe - Temple.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Pakse trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sayaboury to Pakse takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sayaboury in March, Pakse is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Pakse

Nature Historic Sites Parks

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

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, make a trip to Old Quarter Luang Prabang, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Luang Prabang trip app.

Getting from Pakse to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Luang Prabang when traveling from Pakse in March, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi
Wat Xiengthong ©
Wat Xiengthong

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