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5 to 7 days exploring Laos two major cities - Vientiane and Luang Prabang (also spelled Wiang Chan and Louang Prabang, respectively).With plenty of history and culture to go around, Vientiane offers an excellent introduction to the country.More5 to 7 days exploring Laos two major cities - Vientiane and Luang Prabang (also spelled Wiang Chan and Louang Prabang, respectively).With plenty of history and culture to go around, Vientiane offers an excellent introduction to the country. Complete with Siamese and French influences, the Communist party line only mildly affects real life around the country. Between major road improvements and a more focused effort to reach tourists, Laos is quickly emerging as a cheap tourist destination to enjoy while in Southeast Asia, and perhaps even in its own right.Luang Prabang offers a different look into the Southeast Asian area. The former capital has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for incorporating the traditional Lao and the colonial French architecture in a virtually seamless way. While there are plenty of temples around for your visual or virtuous enjoyment, Ill also be taking you to a Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, along with plenty of shops offering traditional Lao cloths and crafts. A National Museum awaits, as does a night market, a waterfall, some caves, and a whiskey village!This itinerary focuses on major and minor sights in and around Laos two cities, while also recommending restaurants and hotels. Sights include a number of Buddhist temples, museums, and a Beerlao factory tour, while transportation used can include anything from your feet to a rented motorbike or a tuk-tuk.A few other important things to know about this itinerary:- I assume no knowledge of the Lao language or script - and I have very little myself. Simply put, you wont need it during your stay.- As a travel writer, I make it an effort to put together maps and GPS coordinates to make finding your way around town that much easier. Also included is an extensive section on practicalities, what to bring, and some cultural awareness notes.- If you have arrived in Vientiane after 4pm, consider that day 0 - enjoy what you like, but start the official itinerary tomorrow. :)- Its called a 5-7 day itinerary because of the nature of traveling inside the country - it can take a while. So you know, youre buying 5 days worth of planned itinerary here, with 2 days being factored in as travel-only days. Travel the slow way and save some money, or travel the fast way and add some free time to your experience in Laos.