31 days in Laos Itinerary

31 days in Laos Itinerary

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Luang Prabang
— 8 nights
Drive
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Sayaboury
— 1 night
Taxi to Luang Prabang, Fly to Phonsavan
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Phonsavan
— 1 night
Drive
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Vang Vieng
— 4 nights
Bus to Vientiane, Fly to Champasak Town
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Champasak Town
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vientiane
— 12 nights
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Xiengthong and Wat Sensoukharam. Escape the urban bustle at Kuang Si Waterfall and Mount Phousi. Spend the 4th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, stroll through MandaLao Elephant Conservation, and look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Luang Prabang online journey builder.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Luang Prabang is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in May, with highs in Luang Prabang at 41°C and lows at 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sayaboury.
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Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Sayaboury — 1 night

Sayabouru, a northern Laotian town and capital of the eponymous province, remains best known for its main attraction, the Elephant Conservation Center.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Conservation Center.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sayaboury day trip tool.

You can drive from Luang Prabang to Sayaboury in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Sayaboury can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel 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 12th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre and then steep yourself in history at The Plain of Jars.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Phonsavan road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sayaboury to Phonsavan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vang Vieng.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and Tham Nam (Water cave). There's lots more to do: cast your line with Perfect Journey, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Kang, take in the dramatic natural features at Pha Ngern View Point, and explore the activities along Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Vang Vieng day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Phonsavan to Vang Vieng takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Champasak Town.
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Champasak Town — 3 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 Chez Maman and Champasak Potteryfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Bolaven Plateau and Don Daeng Island. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Wat Phu and don't miss a visit to Oum Moung Temple.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Champasak Town online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Vang Vieng to Champasak Town takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Champasak Town can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Vientiane.
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Vientiane — 12 nights

The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Visit Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and Wat Si Saket for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Lao Textile Museum and Vientiane Museum Of Contemporary Arts. Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Vientiane Orchidees. The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Morning Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Phat Tich Temple, browse the different shops at Talat Sao, and walk around Buddha Park.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Vientiane road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Champasak Town to Vientiane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Vientiane, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
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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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