7 days in Laos – what should you do and see?


With a week discovering the peaceful country of Laos, you will be experienced a lot of exciting activities that you probably never had before.

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Day 1

The first day in Vientiane, Laos, let’s spend your time visiting Pha That Luang – the most famous attraction as well as the pride of Laotian. It was built in Lao traditional style and covered by gold leaf. It is believed to preserve a breast bone of Buddha and many treasures. This is also a favorite place to visit of many travelers in Laos. Pha That Luang is quite large so you can spend a day in here to visit and learn about architecture and culture of locals. Late afternoon, at the sunset, walking along the river next to the stupa will be a memorable experience during your trip.

Pha That Luang (via Achau.net)

Day 2

For those who want to know more about heroic history of Laos, COPE Center is exactly what you are looking for. With the aim of helping victims injured by mines in the war, it now becomes an exhibition displaying the aftermath of the Indochina war.

One more great experience that every tourist should try when traveling Laos is cycling. It is also one of the best ways to discover the capital of Vientiane that we highly recommend to you. After visiting the COPE center, you can go along the Mekong River to Chao Anouvong Park nearby, where has the booths selling handicrafts, clothing and street food of Laos.

COPE Center (via Vietnamitas en Madrid)

Day 3

The third day in Laos, let’s go to Vang Vieng, a peaceful town of Laos, about 150 km from Vientiane. Vang Vieng is a small town nestled in the midst of the green mountains so the weather is very cool and comfortable. Coming to Vang Vieng, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit Nam Song River. There are many interesting games to try on the river such as kayaking, bungee jumping, tubing,… In the afternoon, you can walk around Vang Vieng town, cross the suspension bridge to reach the stilt houses or bungalows. There are also some restaurants, cafes, bars or souvenir shops meeting your needs.

Day 4

The second day in Vang Vieng, we will explore the PouKham Cave and Blue Lagoon, about 7 km from the town center. The cave is very beautiful and in the middle of the cave is a reclining Buddha statue. Vang Vieng is really a paradise for adventurous people with a range of activities like mountain climbing, zipline, air balloon,… Then at night, you will take the car to get ancient capital of Luang Prabang (takes about 7-8 hours).

Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng (via Backpackers Wanderlust)

Day 5

To explore Luang Prabang, you can walk around or rent a bicycle to visit the Luang Prabang Old Town. There are no modern buildings or any two-story house in this area.

Pak Ou Caves is also one of the places that cannot be missed in Luang Prabang. Also known as the “Buddha Cave”, you have to cross the river by ferry and on this way, do not forget to visit the beautiful village of Whiskey, where you can try the Lao whiskey, a unique drink of Laotian. In the evening, visit the Luang Prabang Night Market where you can buy souvenirs, handicrafts, paintings,… and enjoy delicious street food in Laos.

Pak Ou Caves (via Vietnamitas en Madrid)

Day 6

About 30 km from the center of Luang Prabang is Kuang Si Falls which famous for the waterfalls with the height of 60m pouring down into small lakes hidden in the jungle. You can immerse yourself in the cool water to forget all the worries and stress of daily life. On the way back from Kuang Si waterfall, visit Vam Khamnu village nestled between the majestic mountains and try riding elephant to discover the village.

Kuang Si Falls (via Reddit)

Day 7

Luang Prabang features many attractive destinations for you to explore. On the last day in this country, conquering the Phousi Mountain is a great suggestion. You have to go through about 300 steps to reach the mountain’s top. From there, you will see the amazing panoramic view of Luang Prabang. The best time to visit the mountain is in the early morning or the late afternoon to watch the sunrise, sunset and take the nice photos to keep memories during your trip in Laos.

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