23 days in Laos Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Laos trip planner
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Vientiane
— 6 nights
Drive
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Vang Vieng
— 4 nights
Drive
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Luang Prabang
— 8 nights
Drive
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Sayaboury
— 1 night
Taxi to Luang Prabang, Fly to Champasak Town
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Champasak Town
— 2 nights
Drive to Pakse International Airport, Fly to Melbourne

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Vientiane — 6 nights

The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
When in Vientiane, make a side trip to see Nam Ngum Dam in Thalat, approximately Thalat away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Buddha Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), stop by Mai Savanh Lao, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Market.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vientiane trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Vientiane is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Vientiane is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Vientiane, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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.
Vang Vieng is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, admire the sheer force of Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and soothe aching muscles at Yoga in Vang Vieng.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vang Vieng online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Vientiane to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Luang Prabang.
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Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Luang Prabang — 8 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.
Change things up with a short trip to 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw (about 52 minutes away). Spend the 16th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Luang Prabang trip maker app.

You can drive from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sayaboury.
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Side Trip
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Sayaboury — 1 night

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.
On the 20th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Conservation Center.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sayaboury trip planner.

Drive from Luang Prabang to Sayaboury in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sayaboury are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Champasak Town.
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Highlights from your trip

Champasak Town — 2 nights

Near the borders of Thailand and Japan in southern Laos, the small town of Champasak is best known for its UNESCO-protected ruins.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Oum Moung Temple, delve into the distant past at Wat Phu, and then admire the landmark architecture of Wat Muang Kang Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Don Daeng Island, then look for gifts at Chez Maman, and then relax and rejuvenate at Champasak Spa Wellness Center Laos.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Champasak Town route builder tool.

Getting from Sayaboury to Champasak Town by combination of taxi and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sayaboury in December, with highs in Champasak Town at 37°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Spas · Nature · Shopping
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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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