38 days in Laos Itinerary

38 days in Laos Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Laos holiday planner
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Drive to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Fly to Pakse
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Pakse
— 1 night
Drive
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Paksong
— 1 night
Drive
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Salavan
Drive
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Pakse
— 1 night
Drive
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Champasak Town
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pakse
— 2 nights
Fly
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Savannakhet
— 1 night
Fly
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Vientiane
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vang Vieng
— 4 nights
Drive
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Phonsavan
— 1 night
Fly
11
Luang Prabang
— 9 nights
Ferry
12
Pak Beng
— 1 night
Ferry
13
Huay Xai
— 3 nights
Bus to Oudomxay, Taxi to Nong Khiaw
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Nong Khiaw
— 2 nights
Drive
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Phongsaly
— 1 night
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Pakse — 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), admire the sheer force of Tad Fane and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Yuang Waterfalls.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pakse sightseeing planning site.

Hong Kong, China to Pakse is an approximately 15-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Hong Kong to Pakse, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Pakse, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Paksong.
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Paksong — 1 night

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paksong online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Pakse to Paksong in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Paksong are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Salavan.
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Salavan

The city of Salavan is the capital of the Salavan Province in southern Laos. To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Salavan trip planning app.

You can drive from Paksong to Salavan in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Salavan can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pakse.
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Pakse — 1 night

Gateway to Southern Laos

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Bolaven Plateau.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pakse trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salavan to Pakse takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Champasak Town.
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Champasak Town — 5 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 some cultural insight at Wat Phu and Champasak Pottery. Take a break from the city and head to Tad Pha Suam Waterfall and Don Daeng Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Champasak Town: Don Loppadi (Si Phan Don & Si Phan Don) and Chomphet Stone Sculpture Village and Temple Complex (in Pakse). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Champasak Spa Wellness Center Laos.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Champasak Town sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Pakse to Champasak Town takes an hour. September in Champasak Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel to Pakse.
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Pakse — 2 nights

Gateway to Southern Laos

On the 9th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Phu Salao, Golden Buddha. On your second day here, snap pictures at Lao Nippon Bridge.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pakse route planner.

Traveling by car from Champasak Town to Pakse takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Savannakhet.
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Savannakhet — 1 night

Just across the Mekong River from Thailand, the city of Savannakhet has benefited from its prosperous neighbor, developing its commercial and tourism sector.
On the 12th (Tue), explore the activities along Bungva lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of That Ing Hang, then see the interesting displays at The Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xayaphoum Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Savannakhet tour website.

Traveling by flight from Pakse to Savannakhet takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Savannakhet can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Vientiane.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Vientiane — 4 nights

The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Get some cultural insight at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and Wat Si Saket. Get some historical perspective at Wat Si Muang and Phat Tich Temple. Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Vientiane Orchidees. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Lao Textile Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of Lao National History Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vientiane trip planner.

You can fly from Savannakhet to Vientiane in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Vang Vieng.
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Vang Vieng — 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Wat That and Wat Kang. Get outdoors at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and Tham Nam (Water cave). The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at Yoga in Vang Vieng, explore the striking landscape at Pha Ngern View Point, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lagoon 3.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vang Vieng trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Vientiane to Vang Vieng takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Phonsavan.
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Phonsavan — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Xieng Khouang Provincial Museum, then contemplate the long history of The Plain of Jars, and then get engrossed in the history at MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Phonsavan online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vang Vieng to Phonsavan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Luang Prabang.
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Luang Prabang — 9 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.
Royal Palace Museum and UXO Visitors Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Kuang Si Waterfall and Luang Prabang Golf Club. Spend the 22nd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at MandaLao Elephant Conservation, look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, and get engrossed in the history at Heuan Chan Heritage Luang Prabang.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Luang Prabang online attractions planner.

You can fly from Phonsavan to Luang Prabang in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Pak Beng.
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Pak Beng — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Mekong Elephant Park.

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Traveling by ferry from Luang Prabang to Pak Beng takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Huay Xai.
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Huay Xai — 3 nights

Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
Huay Xai is known for wildlife, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Experience Office, don't miss a visit to Wat Chomkao Manilat, and steep yourself in history at Fort Carnot.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Huay Xai route builder site.

Getting from Pak Beng to Huay Xai by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Nong Khiaw.
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Nong Khiaw — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Patok Cave, take some stellar pictures from Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Pha Kuang Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): stop by Ban Lue Handicrafts Center.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nong Khiaw travel route tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Huay Xai to Nong Khiaw takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Phongsaly.
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Phongsaly — 1 night

On the 7th (Sat), examine the collection at Museum of Phongsaly Ethnic Groups.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Phongsaly trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Nong Khiaw to Phongsaly in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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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.
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