26 days in Laos Itinerary

26 days in Laos Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Luang Prabang
— 7 nights
2
Pakse
— 2 nights
3
Vientiane
— 5 nights
4
Sam Neua
— 2 nights
5
Phonsavan
— 1 night
6
Huay Xai
— 1 night
7
Nong Khiaw
— 1 night
8
Vang Vieng
— 5 nights

7
nights
Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang ©
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: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, and don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Luang Prabang road trip website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Luang Prabang is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Zurich to Luang Prabang due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Luang Prabang: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pakse.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Historic Sites Tours
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi
Wat Xiengthong ©
Wat Xiengthong

2
nights
Pakse

Pakse ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Dao Heuang Market, thenwander the streets of Si Phan Don, thendelve into the distant past at Wat Phu, and finally look for gifts at Chez Maman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Tad E Tu Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Tad Pha Suam Waterfall, and then admire the sheer force of Tad Yuang Waterfalls.

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

Getting from Luang Prabang to Pakse by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. August in Pakse sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Pakse

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Champasak Town, Tad Pha Suam Waterfall, Si Phan Don
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Tad Pha Suam Waterfall ©
Tad Pha Suam Waterfall
Wat Phu ©
Wat Phu
Si Phan Don ©
Si Phan Don

5
nights
Vientiane

Vientiane ©
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 to go to Thalat and see Nam Ngum Dam, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), and make a trip to Phou Khoun Observation Site.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vientiane road trip site.

You can fly from Pakse to Vientiane in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sam Neua.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Nam Ngum Dam
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Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket
Patuxai ©
Patuxai
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park

2
nights
Sam Neua

Sam Neua ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): Head underground at Pathet Lao Caves, thenHead underground at Vieng Xai Cave City, and then steep yourself in history at Hintang Houamuang.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sam Neua route planning site.

Traveling by flight from Vientiane to Sam Neua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Phonsavan on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Sam Neua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Houaphanh Province
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Vieng Xai Cave City ©
Vieng Xai Cave City
Hintang Houamuang ©
Hintang Houamuang
Pathet Lao Caves
Pathet Lao Caves

1
night
Phonsavan

Phonsavan ©
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.
On the 19th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Lao War Memorial Phonsavan, thencontemplate the long history of The Plain of Jars, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Vietnam War Memorial.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Phonsavan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sam Neua to Phonsavan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites Museums
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The Plain of Jars ©
The Plain of Jars
MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre ©
MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre

1
night
Huay Xai

Huay Xai ©
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): make a trip to Wat Chomkao Manilat and then identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Experience Office.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Huay Xai trip app.

Drive from Phonsavan to Huay Xai in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nong Khiaw.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Parks Wildlife
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Gibbon Experience Office ©
Gibbon Experience Office
Wat Chomkao Manilat ©
Wat Chomkao Manilat

1
night
Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): Head underground at Pha Kuang Cave, stop by Ban Lue Handicrafts Center, and then get great views at Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nong Khiaw trip planner.

Traveling by car from Huay Xai to Nong Khiaw takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Nong Khiaw

Shopping Parks Nature
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Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn ©
Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn

5
nights
Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng ©
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, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Nam (Water cave), and get outside with Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll.

Plan trip to Vang Vieng with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Nong Khiaw to Vang Vieng in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary ©
Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary
Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Nam Xay Viewpoint ©
Nam Xay Viewpoint

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