55 days in Laos Itinerary

55 days in Laos Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chiang Mai
Drive:  7 h 45 min
1
Huay Xai
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Luang Namtha
— 21 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Nong Khiaw
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
4
Luang Prabang
— 12 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Vang Vieng
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Vientiane
— 10 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Pakse
— 3 nights
End: Pakse

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 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Wat Chomkao Manilat and then identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Experience Office.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Huay Xai online vacation planner.

Chiang Mai, Thailand to Huay Xai is an approximately 5.5- hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Luang Namtha.

Things to do in Huay Xai

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

21
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Vat Xieng Chai in Muang Sing (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: visit The Handicraft Village Ban Pieng Ngam, take in the dramatic scenery at Nam Dee Waterfall, explore the striking landscape of Nam Ha NPA, and head outdoors with Khmmu Tribe Discovery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Luang Namtha trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Huay Xai to Luang Namtha in 3 hours. You'll set off for Nong Khiaw on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Luang Namtha

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw ©
Nong Khiaw is known for nature, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn, head outdoors with Green Discovery, Head underground at Patok Cave, and stop by Ban Lue Handicrafts Center.

Plan a trip to Nong Khiaw easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Luang Namtha to Nong Khiaw in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Nong Khiaw

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

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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, and admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xiengthong.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Luang Prabang trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

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

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 your game on at ShootUpVV Paintball, get outside with Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Vang Vieng fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vientiane.

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

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.
Step out of Vientiane with an excursion to Mekong River in Tha Heua--about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, don't miss a visit to Phou Khoun Observation Site, stop by Mai Savanh Lao, and steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang).

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vientiane tour planner.

You can drive from Vang Vieng to Vientiane in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Pakse.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

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
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: Tad Pha Suam Waterfall (in Ba Chiang), Si Phan Don (in Don Loppadi) and Champasak Town (Don Daeng Island, Wat Phu, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Tad Yuang Waterfalls, make a trip to Chomphet Stone Sculpture Village and Temple Complex, snap pictures at Lao Nippon Bridge, and take in the dramatic natural features at Bolaven Plateau.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pakse trip site.

Traveling by flight from Vientiane to Pakse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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