Ultimate Laos Guide- a 10 day itinerary

that wanderlust boho at kuang is falls, Luang Prabang

Ultimate Laos Guide

Laos is a landlocked country which makes up the golden triangle with its border connecting with Thailand and Myanmar. A great destination if you’re backpacking and want to travel by land to multiple places cheaply. Laos is still relatively quiet in terms of tourism but it’s absolutely not to miss. It has the most stunning scenery and is an epic destination for adventure.

In this Laos guide I will share all my tips on travelling to the best parts of Laos in 10 days. Here is my 10 day guide with everything you need to know. Please note that I didn’t actually make it to Vientiane or Pakse as I loved Luang Prabang and Vieng Vieng so much. This is the itinerary I intended to do originally.

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Before you go

You will need to apply for a visa before you visit or you can get one on arrival. A Laos visa costs $35 USD and requires 2 passport photos. For more visa information including info on travelling into Laos click here

Getting around

The best way to get around each town/city is by hiring a scooter. It’s really cheap and allows you to explore on your own terms. You can also privately or group hire tuk tuks to get around. When travelling between cities the cheapest option is a sleeper bus. The journeys are quite long and the roads are uneven so take a nap before any journey as you aren’t guaranteed any sleep on a bus journey.

 

Day 1-3 in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a city in Laos that feels more like a small town. Getting from A to B is really easy as everything is central. Hotels, guest houses & hostels are of many and the majority are by the main part of town. Luang Prabang has a great choice of restaurants and is a great place to explore.

For more things to do in Luang Prabang click here.

Top things to do in Luang Prabang:

  • Kuang Si Falls
  • Mount Phou Si
  • Night market
  • Sunset at Mr Four bar

that wanderlust boho at kuang is falls, Luang Prabang

Where to stay

For places to stay in Luang Prabang click here.

Day 3-6 in Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is filled with incredible mountains and surrounded with stunning natural scenery, a place packed with adventure. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from and accommodations suitable for all budgets. Hire a scooter for roughly £10 a day and go exploring. Note- There are 6 Blue Lagoons in total but Number 3 is one of the quietest that isn’t too far (40 mins scooter ride).

Read more about Vang Vieng here.

Top things to do in Vang Vieng:

  • Nam Xay viewpoint
  • Blue Lagoon 3
  • Jang Cave
  • Tubing

that wanderlust boho on motorbike on top of nam say viewpoint in vang vieng, Laos

Where to stay

For a mid range budget stay with a beautiful view click here.

Day 6-8 in Vientiane

Vientiane is Laos biggest city often described as the sleepy capital. Vientiane is the perfect place for temple hopping and shopping at the local markets.

Top things to do in Vientiane :

  • Patuxai
  • Wat Si Saket
  • Pha That Luang
  • Buddha Park
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Where to stay

For places to stay in Vientiane click here.

Day 8-10 in Pakse

Pakse is situated in Southern Laos and is known for its natural scenery such as beautiful waterfalls. There are a few things to do but they aren’t actually in Pakse itself but in the surrounding area.

Top things to do in Pakse:

  • Bolaven Plateau
  • Wat Luang
  • Wat Phousalao
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Where to stay

For places to stay in Pakse click here.

 

I hope this guide helps you in planning your Laos adventure. If you’d like more guides and things to do in Laos click here.

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