As the only landlocked country in Asia covering about 236.000 squared kilometers and housing less than 7 million people, Laos is a not-to-be-missed destination to discover the particularity of Buddha and the paradise of adventure lovers and nature explorers. It’s hard to believe that a country like this can be completely discovered in 5 days, enough for a journey in Laos with so many amazing experience.
Day 1: Vientiane City Sightseeing
Of course, travel to a new country is not complete without a visit at her capital city. Vientiane, the capital and the headquarter of economic and politic is not really a hustling city but considered as the sleepy town by the river with many famous attractions such as Golden Stupa of Pha That Luang, National Monuments of Wat Sisaket and Patuxay, the Gate of Triumph and the favourite place for visitors to enjoy the last lights of a day in Laos.
The afternoon should be filled up with a visit at mysterious Buddha Park (25km from Vientiane) , home of more than 200 Buddhist and Hindu images and good place to learn about local Buddha.
After that, the late of afternoon is perfect for sunset contemplation by the river with a nice cup of Beer Lao. A stroll through night market and walking along the river banks are also nice experience to understand more about local life.
Day 2: Vang Vieng Adventure
After 3 hours driving from Vientiane via scenic ways, you will reach the charming Vang Vieng, especially Nam Song River, the interesting place for adventurous activities like kayaking, climbing and cave exploring. Or if you wish for a more gentle trip, you can book a boat or hire a rubber ring and enjoy tubing with favourite drinks.
Day 3: Immerse in Poetic Landscape of Luang Prabang Sunset
A 5-hour driving departure will take you from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang (arrive in the afternoon), the famous UNESCO Heritage Site highlighted with quiet streets, colorful tuk-tuk, beautiful French colonial houses and lovely coffee bars. At the end of day, after a visit at Vat Xieng Thong Temple, don’t forget to walk leisurely along river bank, climb the Phousi mountain and enjoy the beautiful sunset reflected on the Mekong River.
Day 4: Tak Bat Ceremony and Khuang Sy Waterfall.
You are recommended to wake up early in the morning to see the Tak Bat ceremony on the street. The morning in Luang Prabang becomes colourful with the lines of monks in orange robes taking offers from local people. This alms giving ceremony is a must-see local activity to get an exhaustive look at life of people here. Moreover, you also can visit a morning market to enjoy flavour of local foods as well as Lao coffee.
Khuang Sy Fall, the fairy land with turquoise water. Remember to bring some snacks for picnic lunch and visit here in the morning to avoid crowds because they mostly visit the fall in the afternoon.
The afternoon is good time exploring the highlights of city such as Royal National Museum, Wat Senne, Wat Aham, Wat Visoun, Wat May…
In the evening, let’s take time visiting night market where you can enjoy many kinds of delicious local foods and buy some souvenirs for your trip in Laos. Bar is also available in the town.
Day 5: Goodbye Laos
The final day’s morning is suitable time for exploration at some local village surrounding Luang Prabang with interesting activities such as half day kayaking on Nam Khan, a trip to villages of Ban Chan (pottery village), Ban Xang Khong (Saa paper village), Ban Xang Hai (whisky village). Or if interested, enjoy a boat cruise on the mighty Mekong River. Or simply, just walk around the town again for some amazing photos.
Afterward, it’s time to come back home or prepare for your next trip to other destination. And don’t forget that Laos always welcomes you.