55 days in Laos Itinerary

55 days in Laos Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Laos planner

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Huay Xai
— 1 night
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Luang Namtha
— 21 nights
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Nong Khiaw
— 2 nights
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Luang Prabang
— 12 nights
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Vang Vieng
— 5 nights
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Vientiane
— 10 nights
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Pakse
— 3 nights

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Huay Xai

— 1 night
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 other places to visit, ratings, reviews, 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

Parks · Wildlife

Luang Namtha

— 21 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Vat Xieng Chai in Muang Sing (about 1h 20 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 see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Luang Namtha trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Huay Xai to Luang Namtha in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll set off for Nong Khiaw on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Luang Namtha

Parks · Nature · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

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Nong Khiaw

— 2 nights
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 bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Nong Khiaw

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

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

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Luang Prabang trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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 · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.
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, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lagoon 3, get outside with Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

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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 · Tours

Vientiane

— 10 nights
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 50 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, see the interesting displays at Lao Textile Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, and steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang).

To see other places to visit, ratings, 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 fly to Pakse.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Pakse

— 3 nights

Gateway to Southern Laos

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 (Don Daeng Island, Wat Phu, &more), Si Phan Don (in Don Loppadi) and Tad Pha Suam Waterfall (in Ba Chiang). 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.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, 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

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Laos travel guide

3.8
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.