43 days in Laos Itinerary

43 days in Laos Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Laos attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Luang Phabang International Airport, Drive to Nong Khiaw
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Nong Khiaw
— 1 night
Drive
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Luang Namtha
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pak Beng
— 1 night
Drive
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Sayaboury
— 1 night
Bus to Tha Uthen, Drive to Phoun Hin Boun
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Phoun Hin Boun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paksong
— 2 nights
Drive
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Don Khong
— 1 night
Drive
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Don Khone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Champasak Town
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vientiane
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vang Vieng
— 5 nights
Drive
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Phonsavan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Luang Prabang
— 12 nights
Fly

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Nong Khiaw

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Patok Cave, 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 23rd (Sun): walk around 100 Waterfalls.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nong Khiaw online tour itinerary planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Nong Khiaw is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 14 hour difference. In May, Nong Khiaw is warmer than Edmonton - with highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Luang Namtha.

Things to do in Nong Khiaw

Parks · Nature

Luang Namtha

— 3 nights
The largest city of its province, Luang Namtha rests on the banks of the Nam Tha river, providing a starting point for treks into its surrounding mountain valleys.
Step out of the city life by going to Ethnic Travel Laos and Nam Ha NPA. Luang Namtha Museum and The Handicraft Village Ban Pieng Ngam are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Luang Namtha with a short trip to Vat Xieng Chai in Muang Sing, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Nam Dee Waterfall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Luang Namtha vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Nong Khiaw to Luang Namtha in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pak Beng.

Things to do in Luang Namtha

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Pak Beng

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mekong Elephant Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pak Beng trip itinerary app.

Getting from Luang Namtha to Pak Beng by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sayaboury.

Things to do in Pak Beng

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Sayaboury

— 1 night

Elephant Capital of Laos

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 28th (Fri): stroll through Elephant Conservation Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Sayaboury trip builder app.

Drive from Pak Beng to Sayaboury in 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Phoun Hin Boun.

Things to do in Sayaboury

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Phoun Hin Boun

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): Head underground at Kong Lor Cave.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Phoun Hin Boun trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and car from Sayaboury to Phoun Hin Boun in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Phoun Hin Boun can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. You will leave for Paksong on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Phoun Hin Boun

Parks · Nature

Paksong

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Tad Champee. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Tad Pha Suam Waterfall and then admire the sheer force of Tad Fane.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paksong online travel planner.

You can drive from Phoun Hin Boun to Paksong in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, bus, and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Paksong are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Don Khong.

Things to do in Paksong

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Don Khong

— 1 night
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Khon Phapheng Falls.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Don Khong journey tool.

Traveling by car from Paksong to Don Khong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Don Khone.

Things to do in Don Khong

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Don Khone

— 2 nights
On the 3rd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Don Khone Island and then admire the sheer force of Khon Pa Soi Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at Mekong Fly Zipline Adventure Tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Somphamit Waterfalls.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Don Khone tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Don Khong to Don Khone takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Don Khone

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trip

Champasak Town

— 3 nights
Near the borders of Thailand and Japan in southern Laos, the small town of Champasak is best known for its UNESCO-protected ruins.
Get in touch with nature at Green Paradise Travel and Don Daeng Island. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wat Phu and Wat Muang Kang Temple. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Champasak Pottery, stop by Chez Maman, and relax and rejuvenate at Champasak Spa Wellness Center Laos.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Champasak Town road trip site.

Traveling by car from Don Khone to Champasak Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Vientiane.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Historic Sites · Spas · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Vientiane

— 5 nights
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Vientiane Center Lao and Talat Khuadin Market. Museum-lovers will appreciate Lao National History Museum and National Institute of Fine Arts. Change things up with a short trip to Mekong River in Tha Heua (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Muang, see the interesting displays at Lao People's Army Museum, stroll around Mekong Riverside Park, and don't miss a visit to Phou Khoun Observation Site.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vientiane online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Champasak Town to Vientiane takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Vientiane sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Vang Vieng

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Wat That and Wat Kang are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and Pha Ngern View Point. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Tham Nam (Water cave), relax and rejuvenate at Riverside Sala Spa, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Vang Vieng road trip site.

Getting from Vientiane to Vang Vieng by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Phonsavan.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Phonsavan

— 2 nights
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.
On the 18th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Xieng Khouang Phonsavan Official Tourist Information Center, get engrossed in the history at MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre, then get a sense of history and politics at Uxo Lao, then stroll the grounds of Vietnam War Memorial, and finally stroll the grounds of Lao War Memorial Phonsavan. On your second day here, make a trip to Tham Piu Cave, don't miss a visit to That Foun, then explore the ancient world of Wat Phiawat, and finally contemplate the long history of The Plain of Jars.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Phonsavan trip maker site.

Drive from Vang Vieng to Phonsavan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Luang Prabang

— 12 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Sensoukharam and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. For shopping fun, head to The Morning Market or L'etranger Books and Tea. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at MandaLao Elephant Conservation, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xieng Mouane, make a trip to Wat Chomphet, and browse for treasures at Pathana Boupha Antique House.

To find out how to plan a trip to Luang Prabang, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Phonsavan to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.