Holiday season is coming, you have one week off work but don’t know where to go? If you are looking for a land of “green” with “laid-back lifestyle” to escape from the bustle of life, Laos in one week is definitely a good choice. This lovely country exists like a beautiful green gem in the crossroads of Asia, hiding a unique charm for adventurous travelers. With so much to offer, the whole country is too tremendous to be explored in some days. Here, let me share with you Laos itinerary in one week to make the most out of this beautiful country in the most enjoyable way.
Located on the bank of Mekong River, Vientiane is the capital and the largest city of Laos. The first day of the city promises to bring you unforgettable memories of a real Vientiane. Vientiane is all about coffee and bakeries. Let your first morning start with something sweet and then we’ll walk for a little and hire a tuk-tuk to join a full day city tour. The first stop is Pha That Luang (Golden Stupa) – the golden-covered stupa and symbol of Buddhist religion in Laos. Leaving the monument, we’ll go and see must-visit wats like Wat Si Saket; and then, take a stop at the COPE centre. Remember to allow at least 30 minutes to stop here and learn more about the devastating US bombing and the current problem with UXO contamination. Late in the afternoon, you can take a boat or just stroll along the Mekong River, sit down in a café shop to enjoy the sunset.
Day 2: Vientiane
This is the second day in your series of “Laos itinerary in one week”. On this second day, you can join a natural dyes class at Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women in the morning and sign up for a cooking class in the afternoon. These classes will surely bring you a deeper insight into Laos culture and Laos cuisine. Or instead, if you’re a more outdoor person, taking a kayaking and cycling trip in Phou Khao Khouay National Park may be a better option.
Vang Vieng is the land of beautiful mountains, villages and caves. On the way from Vientiane to Vang Vieng, you can stop to visit Hmong Village of Km 52 and see one of the Laos oldest Buddha statute in Vang Xang. Before lunch, you’ll have time to go fishing in Ban Houy Mo Village. Arriving Vang Vieng, you can take a rest on a boat cruise along Nam Xong River. When the boat passing, you’ll see jungles, you’ll see cliffs and rice fields. This is such a tranquil experience in your Laos itinerary.
Day 4: Vang Vieng
You’re supposed to spend your whole day outside, immerse yourself in the huge of Mother Nature. You can start your day with Tham Chang cave. Then, in the afternoon, you can take part in the ziplining activity through valley, over river and jungle. Green Discovery provides a great service of this kind.
For a wonderful Laos itinerary, you can never forget to pay a visit to Luang Prabang. This city was built on the intersection of two rivers, retaining a classical charm waiting for you to explore. Your first day tour of Luang Prabang will cover almost all main sights of the city. The first sight of these is Haw Kham – the former Royal Palace. Next, you can immerse yourself in Laos culture with a trip to numerous ornate monasteries like Wat Sene, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Visoun.
After a full lunch, let’s get ready to climb Mount Phousi from which you can get the best panoramic view in the country. As night falls, we’ll stroll around Luang Prabang Night Market and find something nice to bring home and maybe some souvenir for friends after your Laos vacation.
Day 6: Luang Prabang
The next day of Laos itinerary is all about exploration: waterfalls, wildlife and culture. For one morning, try to wake up early or you’ll miss out on the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony along Sakkaline Road near Wat Sensokharam. The spirit of giving is such a unique beauty in Laos culture. Luang Prabang is blessed with plenty of waterfalls. Kuang Si Falls is the most popular of all. You can go there on a tuk-tuk and don’t forget to bring your swimsuit. In the afternoon, fill you bag with water and snacks. We’ll get ready to explore Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre Kuang Si Butterfly Park (closed on Tuesday).
Day 7: Luang Prabang
It’s your last days of your Laos itinerary. You have seen a lot. I think that’s enough discovery and exploration. Now it’s the little time left to rest, relax and go shopping. In the morning, you can pass by Phosi market to do some last-minute souvenir shopping. In the afternoon, you can go to have some coffee at Luang Prabang Artisans Café and treat yourself with some massage.
The ultimate tip for planning a Laos itinerary in one week is not to rush or try to visit many places. That way, your trip will turn into packing and unpacking on uncomfortable buses. Until now, Laos is still safe from the invasion of tourists. It’s just a matter of time when this untouched nature starts to attract more flocks of tourists. So, hurry up, grab you bag and go!