We are here to say that Laos 100% blew our minds. We honestly had no idea what to expect but my, oh my, Laos is one amazing country! Of all the countries we visited in Asia, Laos is the country we spent the least amount of time in. We really underestimated all the beauty Laos has to offer. For our route, we concentrated on three places all of which are located in Northern Laos.
Your 2 Week Laos Itinerary
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Getting To Laos
You have about every option imaginable to get to Laos. You can arrive by plane, by bus, by train and even by boat. It all depends on your travel style and how much you want to spend.
For us, we took the slow ride to Laos. What’s the slow ride you ask?
Well, it’s the slow boat from the northern Thai border of Chang Kong to the capital city of Laos, Luang Prabang. It took us a total of 2 days to get from the Thai/Laos border to Luang Prabang.
Wanna know all about it? Well, we wrote a completely separate post to give you all the details you need to book the slow boat to Luang Prabang as well as entering the country of Laos via overland travel.
Laos 2 Week Itinerary & Route
To preface the below route, we used Luang Prabang as our hub from getting to and from Nong Khiaw as well as to and from Vang Vieng.
Unfortunately, there are no direct routes between Nong Khaiw and Vang Vieng that don’t require you to stop in Luang Prabang to switch minivans. So if you are wondering why Luang Prabang is in our route so much, other than its amazing, that is why.
- Day 1 – 2: River Cruise To Luang Prabang
- Day 3: Luang Prabang
- Day 4 – 6: Nong Khiaw
- Day 7: Luang Prabang
- Day 8 – 11: Vang Vieng
- Day 12 – 14: Luang Prabang
- Day 15: Depart Laos (Luang Prabang)
Getting Around Laos
Minivans, Minivans and Minivans.
From what we are told, several years ago the roads in Laos were severely undeveloped and unkept making any sort of bus or minivan ride unbearable.
When we were here in April of 2017, the roads were maintained and the rides, besides being long, were not as bumpy as we nearly anticipated. All of our rides were arranged ahead of time through our accommodations.
About Our 2 Week Route Through Laos
Like we said above, Laos really blew us away. Only having 15 days in a country as massive as Laos means you don’t even make a dent in all there is to see and do.
However, heading to Nong Khiaw allowed us to get away from the tourist crowds and relax and hike. Luang Prabang allowed us to get our temple and culture fix while Vang Vieng allowed us to relax and get our party.
Basically, we got a little bit of everything to satisfy all of our tastes 🙂
From Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng to Vientiane and all the other amazing cities and towns there are to experience in Laos, check out the latest places and prices below to secure an unforgettable Laotian accommodation.
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