Transportation - Luang Prabang

TRANSPORTATION

From the new, modern train
to the wooden slowboat,
Laos offers various options of
transportation.

International direct flight connections to Luang Prabang (LPQ) with Lao Airlines:
• Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)
• Chiangmai Mai, Thailand (CNX)
• Siem Reap, Cambodia (SAI)
• Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN)

International flight connections to Laos: The main airports in Laos are:
• Wattay International Airport (VTE) in Vientiane
• Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ)
• Pakse International Airport (PKZ)

Here are some options for international flight connections to Laos, Direct Flights:
• Bangkok (BKK) to Vientiane (VTE): Several airlines offer direct flights, including Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, and Lao Airlines. Flights typically take around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
• Singapore (SIN) to Vientiane (VTE): Scoot Airlines offers direct flights from Singapore to Vientiane. Flights take approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes.
• Seoul (ICN) to Vientiane (VTE): Korean Air and Lao Airlines offer direct flights from Seoul to Vientiane. Flights take approximately 5 hours and 15 minutes.
• Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Vientiane (VTE): AirAsia offers direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Vientiane. Flights take approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.
• Hanoi (HAN) to Luang Prabang (LPQ): Vietnam Airlines offers direct flights from Hanoi to Luang Prabang. Flights take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
• Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to ) Vientiane (VTE): Several airlines offers direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Vientiane. Flights take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Connecting Flights: Many other airlines offer connecting flights to Laos from various cities worldwide. Some popular airlines and routes include:
• Emirates: Dubai (DXB) to Vientiane (VTE) via Bangkok (BKK)
• Qatar Airways: Doha (DOH) to Vientiane (VTE) via Bangkok (BKK)
• Etihad Airways: Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Vientiane (VTE) via Bangkok (BKK)
• Turkish Airlines: Istanbul (IST) to Vientiane (VTE) via Bangkok (BKK)
• China Eastern Airlines: Shanghai (PVG) to Vientiane (VTE) via Kunming (KMG)

Domestic Flights:
• Fastest option: Lao Airlines is the national carrier, offering flights between major cities like Vientiane,Luang Prabang, Pakse, and Savannakhet.
• Limited routes and schedules: Flights are not available to all destinations and may operate less frequently than other options.
• Costly: Flights are the most expensive way to travel within Laos.

Buses and Minibuses:
• Most common option: Buses and minibuses connect most destinations within Laos, offering a good balance of affordability and comfort.
• Widely available: Buses depart frequently from major cities and towns.
• Variable comfort: Bus quality varies depending on the route and company. Some buses are modern and air-conditioned, while others are older and less comfortable.
• Slower than other options: Buses can be slower than flights or private cars, especially on long journeys.
• Crowded during peak season: Buses can be crowded, especially during holidays and festivals.

Trains:
• A new railway line going from capital city of Vientiane to the north of the country with the end at Boten at the China border.
• Very comfortable and fast way of travelling
• Train travel offers a scenic and slower-paced way to experience Laos.
• Train and railway stations are very modern and clean.
• It’s takes 2 hours to travel from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Private Cars and Taxis:
• Negotiation required: You may need to negotiate fares with taxi drivers.
• Limited availability outside major cities: Finding private cars and taxis can be challenging in remote areas.

Motorbikes:
• Adventurous option: Motorbikes offer a great way to explore Laos at your own pace and experience the countryside.
• Affordable: Motorbike rentals are relatively cheap.
• Requires driving skills and caution: Riding a motorbike in Laos requires experience and caution due to road conditions and traffic safety concerns.

Boats:
• Unique experience: Traveling by boat offers a unique perspective of Laos and its waterways.
• Limited routes: Boat services are mainly available on the Mekong River and its tributaries.
• Slower than other options: Boat travel can be slower than other transport options.
• Weather dependent: Boat services can be affected by weather conditions.

Tuk-Tuks and Songthaews:
• Short trips and local transportation: Tuk-tuks and songthaews are good options for short trips within cities and towns.
• Affordable: Tuk-tuks and songthaews are typically cheaper than taxis.
• Crowded and noisy: Tuk-tuks and songthaews can be crowded and noisy, especially during peak hours.
• Negotiation required: You may need to negotiate fares with drivers.