32 days in Laos Itinerary

32 days in Laos Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Vientiane
— 7 nights
2
Sam Neua
— 2 nights
3
Phonsavan
— 1 night
4
Huay Xai
— 1 night
5
Pakbeng
— 1 night
6
Sayaboury
— 1 night
7
Luang Prabang
— 8 nights
8
Savannakhet
— 1 night
9
Champasak Town
— 3 nights
10
Don Loppadi
— 1 night
11
Vang Vieng
— 3 nights

7
nights
Vientiane

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and Wat Ong Teu. Let the collections at Lao Textile Museum and Icat Gallery capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Mekong River (in Tha Heua) and Nam Ngum Dam (in Thalat). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, walk around Buddha Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sacred Heart.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vientiane day trip planner.

Newark, USA to Vientiane is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Vientiane is 12 hours. When traveling from Newark in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Vientiane, with highs around °F, while nights are warmer with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sam Neua.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Mekong River, Nam Ngum Dam
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Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

2
nights
Sam Neua

Sam Neua ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Pathet Lao Caves, Head underground at Vieng Xai Cave City, and then steep yourself in history at Hintang Houamuang.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sam Neua trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Vientiane to Sam Neua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 25th (Fri), you're off to Phonsavan.

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
Pathet Lao Caves
Pathet Lao Caves
Hintang Houamuang ©
Hintang Houamuang

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Vietnam War Memorial, stop by Hmong Sunday Market, get engrossed in the history at MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre, get a sense of history and politics at Uxo Lao, thendon't miss a visit to The Plain of Jars, and finally steep yourself in history at Xieng Khouang Phonsavan Official Tourist Information Center.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Phonsavan trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Sam Neua to Phonsavan in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
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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 27th (Sun): make a trip to Wat Chomkao Manilat, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Gibbon Experience Office, and then make a trip to Project Kajsiab Laos.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Huay Xai visit planning 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 your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Pakbeng.

Things to do in Huay Xai

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

1
night
Pakbeng

Pakbeng ©
Pak Beng is a small village in Laos, on the Mekong River about halfway between the Thai border at Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, Laos. On the 28th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Mekong Elephant Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pakbeng tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Huay Xai to Pakbeng in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sayaboury.

Things to do in Pakbeng

Wildlife Parks
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Mekong Elephant Park ©
Mekong Elephant Park

1
night
Sayaboury

Sayaboury ©
Sayabouru, a northern Laotian town and capital of the eponymous province, remains best known for its main attraction, the Elephant Conservation Center.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Conservation Center.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sayaboury road trip planner.

Drive from Pakbeng to Sayaboury in 5 hours. October in Sayaboury sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Sayaboury

Wildlife Parks
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Elephant Conservation Center ©
Elephant Conservation Center

8
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.
Appreciate the collections at Royal Palace Museum and Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. Get outdoors at Kuang Si Waterfall and Tad Sae Waterfall. When in Luang Prabang, make a side trip to see 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw, approximately Nong Khiaw away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xiengthong, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, and identify plant and animal life at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Luang Prabang holiday planning website.

You can drive from Sayaboury to Luang Prabang in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Luang Prabang are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Savannakhet.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

100 Waterfalls
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 6:
Highlights from your plan
Wat Xiengthong ©
Wat Xiengthong
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

1
night
Savannakhet

Savannakhet ©
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 7th (Thu), look for gifts at Savanakhet, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Therese, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xayaphoum Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sounantha Temple, thensee the interesting displays at The Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bungva lake.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Savannakhet trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Luang Prabang to Savannakhet in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Savannakhet can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Savannakhet

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:
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That Ing Hang ©
That Ing Hang
Sounantha Temple ©
Sounantha Temple
The Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum ©
The Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum

3
nights
Champasak Town

Champasak Town ©
Near the borders of Thailand and Japan in southern Laos, the small town of Champasak is best known for its UNESCO-protected ruins.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wat Phu and Wat Muang Kang Temple. Museum-lovers will get to explore Champasak Historical Heritage Museum and Champasak Pottery. Change things up with these side-trips from Champasak Town: Tad Fane (in Paksong), Pakse (Wat Luang Temple, The Chinese Vat SopSe - Temple, &more) and Tad Pha Suam Waterfall (in Ba Chiang). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Bolaven Plateau, stop by Chez Maman, and head off the coast to Don Daeng Island.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Champasak Town sightseeing planner.

Getting from Savannakhet to Champasak Town by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Savannakhet in November since evenings lows in Champasak Town dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Don Loppadi.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pakse, Bolaven Plateau, Tad Fane, Tad Pha Suam Waterfall
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
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Bolaven Plateau ©
Bolaven Plateau
Wat Phu ©
Wat Phu
Tad Pha Suam Waterfall ©
Tad Pha Suam Waterfall

1
night
Don Loppadi

Don Loppadi ©
On the 11th (Mon), take a stroll through Si Phan Don.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Don Loppadi trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Champasak Town to Don Loppadi with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Don Loppadi

Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:
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Si Phan Don ©
Si Phan Don

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat That and Wat Kang. Take a break from the city and head to Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and Tham Nam (Water cave). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, head outdoors with Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Pha Ngern View Point.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Vang Vieng travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Don Loppadi to Vang Vieng. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
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Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary ©
Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary
Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Tham Nam (Water cave) ©
Tham Nam (Water cave)

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