40 days in Laos Itinerary

40 days in Laos Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester
Fly + Drive:  23 h 15 min
1
Vang Vieng
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Thalat
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Pakse
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Vientiane
— 9 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Sam Neua
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Phonsavan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Huay Xai
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
8
Nong Khiaw
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
9
Sayaboury
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Luang Prabang
— 10 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Manchester

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: look for all kinds of wild species at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, have some family-friendly fun at ShootUpVV Paintball, contemplate the waterfront views at Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, and explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Nam (Water cave).

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vang Vieng road trip app.

Manchester, UK to Vang Vieng is an approximately 23.5- hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Manchester to Vang Vieng. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Thalat.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary ©
Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary
River Rafting & Tubing
Balloon Rides

1
night
Thalat

Thalat
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see human ingenuity at work at Nam Ngum Dam.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Thalat tour planner.

Traveling by car from Vang Vieng to Thalat takes 2 hours. In February in Thalat, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pakse.

Things to do in Thalat

Parks

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Pakse: Champasak Town (Chez Maman, Wat Phu, &more), Tad Pha Suam Waterfall (in Ba Chiang) and Si Phan Don (in Don Loppadi). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Bolaven Plateau, take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Yuang Waterfalls, and make a trip to Phu Salao, Golden Buddha.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pakse tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Thalat to Pakse by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Pakse

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

9
nights
Vientiane

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Change things up with a short trip to Mekong River in Tha Heua (about 1h 45 min away). There's still lots to do: walk around Buddha Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ong Teu, don't miss a visit to Phou Khoun Observation Site, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Market.

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Getting from Pakse to Vientiane by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sam Neua.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Mekong River
Highlights from your plan
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Patuxai ©
Patuxai
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)

3
nights
Sam Neua

Sam Neua ©
Sam Neua is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Vieng Xai Cave City and contemplate the long history of Hintang Houamuang.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sam Neua online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Vientiane to Sam Neua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Phonsavan on the 23rd (Sun).

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Vietnam War Memorial, then look for gifts at Hmong Sunday Market, then ponder the world of politics at Uxo Lao, and finally get engrossed in the history at MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Wat Phiawat, contemplate the long history of Xieng Khouang Phonsavan Official Tourist Information Center, and then make a trip to The Plain of Jars.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Phonsavan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sam Neua to Phonsavan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Wat Phiawat
Highlights from your plan
The Plain of Jars ©
The Plain of Jars
MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre ©
MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre
Wat Phiawat ©
Wat Phiawat

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 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Wat Chomkao Manilat, then identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Experience Office, and then don't miss a visit to Project Kajsiab Laos.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Huay Xai trip planner.

Getting from Phonsavan to Huay Xai by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nong Khiaw.

Things to do in Huay Xai

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

2
nights
Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw ©
On the 27th (Thu), look for gifts at Ban Lue Handicrafts Center, get great views at Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn, and then Head underground at Pha Kuang Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around 100 Waterfalls.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nong Khiaw road trip planner.

Getting from Huay Xai to Nong Khiaw by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive 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

2
nights
Sayaboury

Sayaboury ©
Sayabouru, a northern Laotian town and capital of the eponymous province, remains best known for its main attraction, the Elephant Conservation Center.
On the 29th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Conservation Center.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sayaboury online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nong Khiaw to Sayaboury takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Sayaboury can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for Luang Prabang on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Sayaboury

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

10
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, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, and identify plant and animal life at MandaLao Elephant Conservation.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang holiday website.

You can drive from Sayaboury to Luang Prabang in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 21°C at night. You will leave for home on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Luang Prabang

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

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