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How to get to Laos

By Air

There are no intercontinental flights to Vientiane.   Most people coming to Laos will come via Bangkok, the nearest International hub.   By far the easiest, cheapest, most reliable, frequent and interesting way to get to Laos by air is to use Thai Airways' domestic flight to Udon Thani

There are International Flights in and out of Vientiane from the following countries:

  • Cambodia: Phnom Penh
  • China: Kunming
  • Myanmar: Yangon
  • Thailand: Bangkok and Chiang Mai
  • Vietnam: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Due to the Asian financial crisis, flights by Silk Air, from Singapore and Malaysian Airlines from Kuala Lumpur have been temporarily suspended

By Land

From Thailand

  • Nong Khai and the FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE  
  • Xiang Khong, Chiang Rai Province to Huay Xai, Bokeo Province
  • Nakorn Phanom to Tha Kek, Khammouane Province
  • Mukdaharn to Savannakhet
  • Chong Mek, Ubon Rathchathani Province to Pakse
  • Houay Kone, Nan to Xaingnabouri

From Vietnam

  • Lao Bao, Khung Tri to Dan Savan, Savannakhet
  • Lak Sao, Vinh to Kaew Neua, Bolikhamsai

From China

Mengla, Yunnan to Boten, Luang Nam Tha

By Boat - Mekong Ferries

Ferry boats run from Vientiane to Luang Prabang and back as well as from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai and back.  Journeys can take several days, depending on the time of year - and whether traveling up or down river.  This kind of travel is for the experienced only!  Whilst cramped, hot and lengthy - it is one of the most interesting ways of touching the Lao lifestyle

Ferries usually depart early in the morning.  Times, prices and just about everything else will change according to season

On tributaries of the Mekong, ferries may run daily, or when there are enough people to run the trip

Speed boats run between Vientiane to Luang Prabang and Luang Prabang to Huay Xai and the journey takes about eight hours per leg.  The cost is considerably more than the ferry.   Speed boats can accommodate up to six people. Fares quoted are for example only

Vehicles Used in Laos

Contact information : Lao Tourism Organization.
Address :                  Sethathirat Road, Sisaket Village, Chanthaboury District, Vientiane, Lao PDR.
Telephone :               +856 21 250791
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