7 days in Laos is fine enough to explore the Land of a million elephants! Beautiful Laos is one of the most marvelous and off the beaten path countries in Southeast Asia. This country is traversed by the Mekong River, famous for mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture and Buddhist monasteries. If you want to create your own wonderful adventure on your trip to Southeast Asia, discover artistic history, culture and amazing cuisine, you can find that experience elsewhere but on your Laos tour!

Weather in Laos

Best time to visit Laos

This country is a great destination to travel any time all year-round since the country has no coastline that influences the weather. Laos weather is a tropical climate with two seasons which are dry (May – September) and wet season (October – April). On the bottom line, the best time to travel to Laos is from October to February, which is the cool dry season.

During this time, the average temperature is 21-24 degree Celsius (68-76 degree F) while the humidity is not high and the night remains cool. Another great thing is that during this time frame, the rivers are high enough to make river travel easy and flexible. However, this is the most popular time for travelers to visit the country, so do expect to see more people in this time of the year. Also, in the far south in this time, winter is even warmer and someday could get hot, while the weather gets colder when moving north to the higher altitude.

Best places to see for 7 days in Laos

Luang Prabang

A trip to Laos would not be complete without spending two days or more in Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang is the former capital city of Laos and it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage City in 1995. Considered as the heart of Lao history and culture, this city will amaze tourists with sophisticated French architecture, mesmerizing religious spots, and several places of entertainment.

Wat Xieng Thong - 7 Days in Laos

Wat Xieng Thong, Laos

The outstanding Wat Xieng Thong is a highlight of the city. This masterpiece represents the characteristics of typical Luang Prabang’s style with sweeping two-tiered roofs and ornate mosaics. This monastery was built in 1560 by King Setthathirath near the intersection of Mekong and Nam Khan rivers.

Royal Palace Museum

Royal Palace - Luang Prabang

Royal Palace – Luang Prabang

Only 1 kilometer from Wat Xieng Thong is the Royal Palace Museum which was originally inhabited by King Sisavang Vong and his family. The exhibits here include royal religious objects, precious paintings, and statues which can be dated back to centuries ago. Therefore, do not forget to climb to Mount Phousi at dusk to admire the whole view of Luang Prabang on your 7 days in Laos.

25 kilometers to the north of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Caves are one of the most respected holy sites in Laos, consisting of more than 4000 Buddha icons. These caves have been a place of worship for almost thousands of years. You can visit two caves here, Tham Thing (the lower) and Tham Theung (the upper), housing many Buddhist statues made from wood. The lower cave is well-lit and includes many signs to explain the history of some statues. The upper cave requires a 10-minute trek up some steep steps, but it is worth seeing.

Kuang Si Waterfall

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Kuang Si Waterfalls, Laos

This is also a must-see place outside of the city center. It is an imposing waterfall with a 50-meter drop. This waterfall is absolutely spectacular with turquoise water which is kept in perfectly sculpted limestone tiered pools. You can enjoy sightseeing, swimming, and hiking to the top of the fall. But remember to bring a proper pair of shoes – the road to the top will be muddy! We recommend you coming to this waterfall in the morning when it is not busy yet.

Read more: 3 days in Luang Prabang

Vientiane

Vientiane is the smallest capital city in the Southeast Asian region, but there is no lack of fun here. Situated on the bank of the Mekong River, this city possesses a sub-tropical climate and enjoys a slow-paced life. You can visit Vientiane almost any time a year since this city offers a great choice of accommodation, restaurants, sightseeing spots, and entertainment.

That Luang Stupa

That Luang Stupa, Laos

That Luang Stupa, Laos

Regarding religious sites, a system of temples and pagodas this city is perfect for you to understand Buddhism and local uniqueness on your 7 days in Laos. That Luang Stupa is a symbol of Laos in terms of both Buddhism and national sovereignty. The legend said that this stupa houses a breastbone of Buddha. That Luang was originally a Hindu temple in the 1st century, however, the current structure was built by King Setthathirat in 1566 when he relocated the capital from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. Wat Ho Phra Keo, Wat Si Muang, Wat Si Saket, and Wat Mai are also worth visiting during your time in the city.

Vientiane Night Market

Vientiane Night Market organized around the riverside area is a cannot-miss place when going to this city. You can find a lot of souvenirs, shirts, and handicrafts here, but remember to use your bargaining skills because the initial prices are always inflated. The only thing you cannot find here is food; however, do not worry since there are lots of restaurants and shops on the other side of the street.

Buddha Park

Vientiane's Buddha Park

Vientiane’s Buddha Park

25 kilometers southeast of Vientiane, Buddha Park is an extraordinary sculpture park. Constructed by 1958 by Luang Pu (Venerable Grandfather) Bunleua Sulilat who studied both Buddhism and Hinduism, this park contains more than 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues. Three most outstanding statues of the park are the king of Hindu gods riding on a three-headed elephant, a four-armed deity riding a horse, and a 12-faced deity.

Vang Vieng

Situated in the middle of Luang Prabang and Vientiane, Vang Vieng is probably a party town in the country with many tourists’ eateries, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Tourists can enjoy exciting and thrilling activities here such as rope swinging, zip lining, swimming, and diving into blue lagoon, and large decks. The spectacular view to Nam Song River along the town is also an unforgettable memory on travelers’ minds.

City highlights:

Some attractions in Vang Vieng are Blue Lagoon, Water Cave (Tham Nam), Elephant Cave (Tham Chang) and Kaeng Nyui Waterfall.

Muong La

Muang La is a heaven for those who are eager to discover colorful ethnic culture, trek to hill tribes, and escape from stressful urban life.

This town is literally covered by green color: you can immerse in lush vegetation, tranquil forests, and peaceful rice paddies here. Tourists can also enjoy soaking in hot springs here whilst listening to the sound of nature: birds singing, wind blowing, and water flowing. The town itself offers many wonderful trekking routes to the Khmu, Akha, Ikhos and Hmong people who inhabit the area.

Pakse

Compared to the north and central Laos, the south seems to be quieter and less touristy. However, if you want to discover some off-the-beaten-track attractions in this country, you cannot miss this region. Founded in 1905 by the French, Pakse is considered a starting point on a journey to Southern Laos. This town is located on a peninsula between the Mekong and Xe Don River.

Champasak Palace Hotel

Although most attractive sites in Pakse lie on the outskirts, the town itself is really charming. One of the must-see buildings in Pakse is the imposing Palace of Prince Chao Boun Oum, which is now the Champasak Palace Hotel. Abandoned in 1974, the palace was renovated into a hotel in 1995. Situated in the bridge that spans the Xe Don, Wat Luang is a beautiful temple in town. It is decorated with many sophisticated murals which depict the Buddha’s life and teaching.

Si Phan Don

About 150 kilometers from the south of Pakse, Si Phan Don, which means ‘four thousand islands’, is a famous area with numerous unspoiled island. When you visit this place, you will have a chance to see Irrawaddy dolphin and the magnificent Khone Phapheng falls. The pace of life is really slow in this area and you can watch local people living in stilted houses, raising livestock, and working on rice paddies. Most visited islands in Si Phan Don are Don Khon, Don Det, and Don Khong.

Wat Phou

Wat Phou - Pakse

Wat Phou – Pakse

On a cruise to Si Phan Don, you cannot miss Wat Phou, the ancient ruins which can be dated back to the 10thcentury. The east of Pakse is well-known for backpackers and adventurous travelers because of Bolaven Plateau. This place houses many spectacular waterfalls among that the highest one is Tad Fane.

Phonsavan

Phonsavan in the beautiful capital city of Xieng Khouang Province, located in the center of Laos. This city is also known as the Hill of Paradise in Laos with various marvelous sites and destinations, especially the most famous Plain of Jars – one of the top sights in Laos.

Plain of Jars

Plain of Jars - Laos

Plain of Jars, Laos

The main reason to come to Phonsavan must be visiting Plain of Jars. Located in Xieng Khouang Province in the northeast of Laos, Plain of Jars is a mysterious ancient scene which is the Asian version of Stonehenge in the United Kingdom. Hundred of clay jars spread over the plain which can be dated to the ancient civilization over 2000 years ago. Scientists still cannot explain how people can place the jars onto the plain, nor the purposes they served. Plain of Jars is now considered an important archeological site in the country and it is a travelers’ favorite place on their tours to Laos.

Baw Nyai

The big hot spring Baw Nyai, 67km from Phonsavan, has been making a lot of tourists immersed into swimming at an indoor pool while admiring outdoor marvelous view out of a jungle. This is a must-visit place on your 7 days in Laos.

Suggested itineraries for 7 days in Laos

Itinerary 1: Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng – Vientiane

Day 1: Arrive in Luang Prabang. Visit Wat Visoun, Wat Xieng Thong, and Mount Phousi.

Day 2: Cruise through Mekong River to visit Pak Ou Caves. In the afternoon, proceed to Kuang Si Waterfall.

Day 3:  Visit Royal Palace Museum. In the afternoon, transfer to Vang Vieng.

Day 4: Stop over at Mor Village – a fishing village and enjoy lunch at Nam Ngum Lake area.

Day 5: In the morning, admire Kaeng Nyui Waterfall. In the afternoon, transfer to Vientiane.

Day 6: In the morning, visit Wat Sisaket, Wat Ho Phra Keo, and That Luang Stupa. In the afternoon, drive to Buddha Park.

Day 7: Depart from Vientiane.

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Vientiane – That Luang Stupa

Itinerary 2: Vientiane – Vang Vieng – Champassak

Day 1: Arrive in Vientiane. Visit the famous That Luang Stupa and Patuxay Monument, Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe.

Day 2: In the morning, visit Wat Sisaket and Wat Prakeo. In the afternoon, drive to Buddha Park.

Day 3: City tour around Vientiane and hang around at Vientiane Night Market at night.

Day 4: Transfer to Vang Vieng. Stop over at Mor Village – a fishing village and enjoy lunch at Nam Ngum Lake area. Visit Tham Chang Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Vang Vieng.

Day 5: In the morning, take a boat on Nam Song River to explore along the town. In the afternoon, transfer to Champassak. Take a Wat Phou cruising trip and overnight on board.

Day 6: Cruise to the small village of Ban Veuthong and then take a boat to Khone Island. After that, take a minivan to amazingly scenic splendor of the Khong Pha Peng waterfall. Fly back to Vientiane.

Day 7: Depart from Vientiane.

Itinerary 3: Luang Prabang – Muang La – Nong Khiaw

Day 1: Depart Luang Prabang and start your trekking journey with Oudomxay. Arrive in Muang La in the afternoon.

Day 2: Trek to some ethnic villages in Muang La: Kamu village of Houay Ho, Loum village of Ban Phonsavan and Yang village of Long Ya. Admire the beauty of Nam Pak River.

Day 3: Discover Ikos village and Ban Tauser village.

Day 4: Drive from Muang La to Muang Khua. Enjoy the view of Nam Ou River on the way. Reach Nong Khiaw in the afternoon.

Day 5: Cruise along Nam Ou River and stop over at Pak Ou Caves. Continue downstream for another 2 hours to Luang Prabang.

Day 6: Visit Wat Xieng Thong and Royal Palace Museum. In the afternoon, fly back to Luang Prabang.

Day 7: Depart from Luang Prabang.

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