60 days in Laos Itinerary

60 days in Laos Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Laos trip itinerary planner

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Vientiane
— 8 nights
Fly
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Champasak Town
— 4 nights
Drive
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Don Khong
— 5 nights
Drive
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Phoun Hin Boun
— 5 nights
Drive to Tha Uthen, Bus to Sayaboury
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Sayaboury
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pak Beng
— 3 nights
Drive
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Luang Namtha
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nong Khiaw
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vang Vieng
— 6 nights
Bus to Vientiane, Fly to Sam Neua
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Sam Neua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phonsavan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Luang Prabang
— 11 nights
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Vientiane

— 8 nights
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
For shopping fun, head to Vientiane Center Lao or Oot Ni Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Mekong River and Phou Khao Khouay National Bio-Diversity. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Muang, make a trip to Wat That Foon, get engrossed in the history at Lao National History Museum, and see the interesting displays at Lao Textile Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vientiane sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to Vientiane is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in April, plan for much warmer days in Vientiane, with highs around 41°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Champasak Town

— 4 nights
Near the borders of Thailand and Japan in southern Laos, the small town of Champasak is best known for its UNESCO-protected ruins.
Head to Champasak Pottery and Chez Mamanfor plenty of shopping. Visiting Bolaven Plateau and Don Daeng Island will get you outdoors. When in Champasak Town, make a side trip to see Sae Pong Lai Waterfall in Attapeu, approximately Attapeu away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at Champasak Spa Wellness Center Laos, steep yourself in history at Wat Muang Kang Temple, and delve into the distant past at Wat Phu.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Champasak Town trip tool.

You can fly from Vientiane to Champasak Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Champasak Town are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 8th (Sat), you're off to Don Khong.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Don Khong

— 5 nights
Do some cultural sightseeing at Don Khone Island and Old French Railway Bridge. Get outdoors at Khon Phapheng Falls and Tad Somphamit Waterfalls. Venture out of the city with trips to Khon Pa Soi Falls (in Don Khone), Nakasong Pier (in Nakasong) and Old French Port (in Don Det).

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Don Khong holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Champasak Town to Don Khong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll set off for Phoun Hin Boun on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Don Khong

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Phoun Hin Boun

— 5 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Kong Lor Cave and Dragon Cave.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Phoun Hin Boun trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Don Khong to Phoun Hin Boun by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. In May in Phoun Hin Boun, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. You'll set off for Sayaboury on the 18th (Tue).

Things to do in Phoun Hin Boun

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Sayaboury

— 4 nights

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.
Sayaboury is known for parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Conservation Center.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sayaboury tour planning site.

You can do a combination of car and bus from Phoun Hin Boun to Sayaboury in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Pak Beng.

Things to do in Sayaboury

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Pak Beng

— 3 nights
Pak Beng is known for parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Mekong Elephant Park.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pak Beng online itinerary planner.

Drive from Sayaboury to Pak Beng in 5 hours. On the 25th (Tue), you'll travel to Luang Namtha.

Things to do in Pak Beng

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Handicraft Village Ban Pieng Ngam and Luang Namtha Museum. Get in touch with nature at Nam Ha NPA and Khmmu Tribe Discovery. Change things up with a short trip to Vat Xieng Chai in Muang Sing (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Nam Dee Waterfall.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Luang Namtha vacation planning app.

Drive from Pak Beng to Luang Namtha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nong Khiaw.

Things to do in Luang Namtha

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Nong Khiaw

— 4 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn and 100 Waterfalls. Take a break from the city and head to Green Discovery and Muang Khua. Go for a jaunt from Nong Khiaw to Oudomxay to see Nam Kat Waterfall about 1h 50 min away.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nong Khiaw day trip planning app.

You can drive from Luang Namtha to Nong Khiaw in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Nong Khiaw, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Nong Khiaw

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Vang Vieng

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and Climbing Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat That and Wat Kang. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Pha Ngern View Point, Head underground at Lusi and Pha Poak Caves, soothe aching muscles at Riverside Sala Spa, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Vang Vieng vacation builder site.

Getting from Nong Khiaw to Vang Vieng by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Sam Neua.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Sam Neua

— 3 nights
Get in touch with nature at Pathet Lao Caves and Vieng Xai Cave City.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sam Neua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vang Vieng to Sam Neua takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. You'll set off for Phonsavan on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Sam Neua

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Phonsavan

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Plain of Jars and MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre. Get some cultural insight at That Foun and Wat Phiawat. Step out of Phonsavan with an excursion to Tham Piu Cave in Xieng Khouang--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Xieng Khouang Phonsavan Official Tourist Information Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lao War Memorial Phonsavan, and get a sense of history and politics at Uxo Lao.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Phonsavan using our trip planner.

You can drive from Sam Neua to Phonsavan in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Luang Prabang

— 11 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Morning Market and L'etranger Books and Tea. Get in touch with nature at MandaLao Elephant Conservation and Manifa Elephant Camp. Take a break from Luang Prabang with a short trip to Tham Ting in Ban Pak-Ou, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sensoukharam, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the wide-open spaces of Laos Buffalo Dairy, and stroll through Nahm Dong Park.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang trip planner.

Getting from Phonsavan to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Luang Prabang are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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.