45 days in Laos Itinerary

45 days in Laos Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Vientiane
— 10 nights
2
Phonsavan
— 2 nights
3
Sayaboury
— 2 nights
4
Luang Prabang
— 12 nights
5
Luang Namtha
— 3 nights
6
Champasak Town
— 3 nights
7
Don Loppadi
— 2 nights
8
Don Khone
— 2 nights
9
Phoun Hin Boun
— 1 night
10
Vang Vieng
— 4 nights

10
nights
Vientiane

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Shop till you drop at Morning Market and Vientiane Organic Market. Museum-lovers will appreciate Lao People's Army Museum and Lao Textile Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vientiane: Mekong River (in Tha Heua) and Nam Ngum Dam (in Thalat). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Muang, contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), take an in-depth tour of Lao National History Museum, and walk around Buddha Park.

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San Francisco, USA to Vientiane is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from San Francisco to Vientiane due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Vientiane are much hotter (°F), and nights are a bit warmer (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Phonsavan.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Mekong River, Nam Ngum Dam
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 31:
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Mekong River ©
Mekong River
Wat Si Muang ©
Wat Si Muang
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)

2
nights
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 1st (Wed), delve into the distant past at Wat Phiawat, delve into the distant past at That Foun, thenponder the world of politics at Uxo Lao, thenget engrossed in the history at MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre, and finally stop by Hmong Sunday Market. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Tham Piu Cave, explore the different monuments and memorials at Vietnam War Memorial, thencontemplate the long history of The Plain of Jars, and finally contemplate the long history of Xieng Khouang Phonsavan Official Tourist Information Center.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Phonsavan tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Vientiane to Phonsavan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sayaboury.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Xieng Khouang
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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The Plain of Jars ©
The Plain of Jars
MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre ©
MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre
That Foun ©
That Foun

2
nights
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 3rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Conservation Center.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sayaboury online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Phonsavan to Sayaboury takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. January in Sayaboury sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. You'll set off for Luang Prabang on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Sayaboury

Wildlife Parks
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Elephant Conservation Center ©
Elephant Conservation Center

12
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wat Xieng Mouane and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. Head to The Morning Market and L'etranger Books and Teafor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw to see 100 Waterfalls about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, wander the wide-open spaces of Laos Buffalo Dairy, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Sensoukharam.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang trip planner.

Getting from Sayaboury to Luang Prabang by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Luang Prabang, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Luang Namtha.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

100 Waterfalls
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 16:
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Nahm Dong Park ©
Nahm Dong Park
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

3
nights
Luang Namtha

Luang Namtha ©
The largest city of its province, Luang Namtha rests on the banks of the Nam Tha river, providing a starting point for treks into its surrounding mountain valleys.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nam Ha NPA and Vat Xieng Chai. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Nam Dee Waterfall and visit The Handicraft Village Ban Pieng Ngam.

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

Drive from Luang Prabang to Luang Namtha in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for Champasak Town on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Luang Namtha

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vat Xieng Chai
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
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Nam Dee Waterfall ©
Nam Dee Waterfall

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.
Head to Champasak Pottery and Chez Mamanfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Tad Yuang Waterfalls and Tad Pha Suam Waterfall. Change things up with these side-trips from Champasak Town: Pakse (Phu Salao, Golden Buddha, Wat Luang Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Wat Phu, make a trip to Oum Moung Temple, head off the coast to Don Daeng Island, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bolaven Plateau.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Champasak Town trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Luang Namtha to Champasak Town in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Champasak Town are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Don Loppadi.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pakse, Bolaven Plateau, Tad Pha Suam Waterfall
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Wat Phu ©
Wat Phu
Bolaven Plateau ©
Bolaven Plateau
Tad Pha Suam Waterfall ©
Tad Pha Suam Waterfall

2
nights
Don Loppadi

Don Loppadi ©
On the 23rd (Thu), wander the streets of Si Phan Don.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Don Loppadi attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Champasak Town to Don Loppadi with the Route module. You will leave for Don Khone on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Don Loppadi

Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:
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Si Phan Don ©
Si Phan Don

2
nights
Don Khone

Don Khone ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Khon Pa Soi Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Somphamit Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Nakasong Pier and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Don Khone Island.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Don Khone itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Don Loppadi to Don Khone with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Phoun Hin Boun.

Things to do in Don Khone

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nakasong Pier
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
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Tad Somphamit Waterfalls ©
Tad Somphamit Waterfalls
Don Khone Island ©
Don Khone Island
Nakasong Pier ©
Nakasong Pier

1
night
Phoun Hin Boun

Phoun Hin Boun
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): Head underground at Kong Lor Cave.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Phoun Hin Boun trip planner.

Getting from Don Khone to Phoun Hin Boun by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Phoun Hin Boun can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Phoun Hin Boun

Parks Nature
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4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Wat That and Wat Kang. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and Tham Nam (Water cave). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Pha Ngern View Point, explore the activities along Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Khan Cave, and have some family-friendly fun at ShootUpVV Paintball.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vang Vieng travel route builder app.

You can drive from Phoun Hin Boun to Vang Vieng in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Tours
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
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Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary ©
Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary
Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Climbing Tours

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