45 days in Laos Itinerary

45 days in Laos Itinerary

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45 days in Laos Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  23​h
1
Vientiane
— 10 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Phonsavan
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Sayaboury
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Luang Prabang
— 12 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Luang Namtha
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Champasak Town
— 3 nights
Travel:  5​h
7
Don Loppadi
— 2 nights
Travel:  2​h 45​min
8
Don Khone
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
9
Phoun Hin Boun
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
10
Vang Vieng
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: San Francisco

10
nights
Vientiane

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Appreciate the collections at Lao National History Museum and National Institute of Fine Arts. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mekong River and Santisuk Lang Xang Golf Club. Take a break from Vientiane with a short trip to Nam Ngum Dam in Thalat, about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Muang, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tee off at Dansavanh Golf & Country Club, and make a trip to Wat Ho Phra Keo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Vientiane road trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Vientiane is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Vientiane is 15 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Vientiane are much hotter (83°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Phonsavan.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Nam Ngum Dam, Mekong River
Highlights from your plan
Mekong River ©
Mekong River
Wat Si Muang ©
Wat Si Muang
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©

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.
On the 1st (Wed), delve into the distant past at Wat Phiawat, make a trip to That Foun, ponder the world of politics at Uxo Lao, then get engrossed in the history at MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre, and finally stop by Hmong Sunday Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Tham Piu Cave, explore the different monuments and memorials at Vietnam War Memorial, then take an unorthodox tour of The Plain of Jars, and finally contemplate the long history of Xieng Khouang Phonsavan Official Tourist Information Center.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Phonsavan travel route app .

Traveling by flight from Vientiane to Phonsavan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Sayaboury.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Conservation Center.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sayaboury tour itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Phonsavan to Sayaboury in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Sayaboury can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. On the 4th (Sat), you're off toLuang Prabang.

Things to do in Sayaboury

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

12
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ban Phanom and Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong). Museum-lovers will get to explore Royal Palace Museum and The Buddhist Archive of Photography. Step out of Luang Prabang with an excursion to 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Xieng Mouane, look for gifts at L'etranger Books and Tea, and play a few rounds at Luang Prabang Golf Club.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Luang Prabang trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Sayaboury to Luang Prabang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in January, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Luang Namtha.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

100 Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

3
nights
Luang Namtha

Luang Namtha ©
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.
Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Nam Ha NPA will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to The Handicraft Village Ban Pieng Ngam and Nam Dee Waterfall. Step out of Luang Namtha with an excursion to Vat Xieng Chai in Muang Sing--about 1h 15 min away.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Luang Namtha trip planner.

Getting from Luang Prabang to Luang Namtha by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Luang Namtha

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vat Xieng Chai
Highlights from your plan
Nam Dee Waterfall ©
Nam Dee Waterfall

3
nights
Champasak Town

Champasak Town ©
Near the borders of Thailand and Japan in southern Laos, the small town of Champasak is best known for its UNESCO-protected ruins.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wat Phu and Champasak Pottery. Escape the urban bustle at Bolaven Plateau and Don Daeng Island. Change things up with these side-trips from Champasak Town: Pakse (Tad Yuang Waterfalls, Phu Salao, Golden Buddha, & more) and Tad Pha Suam Waterfall (in Ba Chiang). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Chez Maman and make a trip to Oum Moung Temple.

Before you visit Champasak Town, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Luang Namtha to Champasak Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. January in Champasak Town sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Don Loppadi.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pakse, Tad Pha Suam Waterfall, Bolaven Plateau
Highlights from your plan
Wat Phu ©
Wat Phu
Bolaven Plateau ©
Bolaven Plateau
Tad Pha Suam Waterfall ©
Tad Pha Suam Waterfall

2
nights
Don Loppadi

Don Loppadi ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): wander the streets of Si Phan Don.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Don Loppadi online trip maker .

Explore your travel options from Champasak Town to Don Loppadi with the Route module. You will leave for Don Khone on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Don Loppadi

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Si Phan Don ©
Si Phan Don

2
nights
Don Khone

Don Khone ©
On the 25th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Khon Pa Soi Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Somphamit Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Nakasong Pier and then contemplate the long history of Don Khone Island.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Don Khone online trip builder .

Explore your travel options from Don Loppadi to Don Khone with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Phoun Hin Boun.

Things to do in Don Khone

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nakasong Pier
Highlights from your plan
Tad Somphamit Waterfalls ©
Tad Somphamit Waterfalls
Don Khone Island ©
Don Khone Island
Nakasong Pier ©
Nakasong Pier

1
night
Phoun Hin Boun

Phoun Hin Boun ©
On the next day, Head underground at Kong Lor Cave.

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You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Don Khone to Phoun Hin Boun in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. January in Phoun Hin Boun sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Phoun Hin Boun

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kong Lor Cave ©
Kong Lor Cave

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and Climbing Tours. Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Tham Nam (Water cave). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Tham Chang Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat That, Head underground at Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Vang Vieng road trip planning website .

You can drive from Phoun Hin Boun to Vang Vieng in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tham Nam (Water cave) ©
Tham Nam (Water cave)
Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Climbing Tours

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