Laos Transportation

Laos Transportation

Transportation would not be a problem during your Laos tours. Laos possesses a number of modern transportation systems, including several highways and a number of airports. Yet Rail transport does not play a significant part in Laos's transport sector.

Getting to Laos

By Flight

There are a few airlines that handle international flights in Laos. In Vientiane and Luang Prabang they are Lao Airlines, Thai Airways, and Vietnam Airlines while Bangkok Airways only serves Vientiane. The third international airport was launched in Paske, offering flights to and from Siem Reap (Cambodia) and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) by Lao Airlines. Therefore, with direct flights, it’s easy for visitors to take short travel to neighboring countries by air.  

By Train

There is an overnight sleeping train that departs from Thailand at 8 pm every night and arrivals at the frontier of Laos the next morning. Visa on arrival is available. It’s cheap to afford, but not many people opt to take it due to the rarely known location of the station and the poor service on the train. 

Getting around Laos

By Flight

Major tourist cities are well connected by moderate-priced flights. Lao Airlines is the only carrier that serves domestic flights and offers routes like Vientiane - Luang Prabang, Vientiane - Pakse, and Vientiane - Savannakhet. The trip is shorter than you can imagine. In high season ticket is hard to book so please contact us to make your booking at an early stage. 

By Boat

The river is a shortcut for those who have put up with the horrible road condition of Laos. The main Mekong route linking Houayxai to Luang Prabang is the tour we can do on this itinerary.

18-Day Discovery Tour to Thailand, Laos & Cambodia Thailand: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai; Laos: Pakbeng, Luang Prabang; Cambodia: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh
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By Taxi 

It charges with meters and is certainly not a good option for sightseeing. Indochina Odyssey Tours offers air-conditioned, insured, clean vans for your convenience. With our private van and tour guide service, you can stop off at any spots that you want to take a photo of and suffer from no pressure of staying too long at certain attraction sites.

By Highway

Just as mentioned at the beginning of the article, the highways of Laos have improved a lot in recent years. Transportation choices including buses and trucks are becoming popular with travelers. The capital Vientiane is connected by asphalt roads with other cities like Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, and Savannakhet. Be mindful that traveling by highway takes up to more than 10 hours than by plane. 

By Motorbikes or Tuk Tuk

Motorbikes are for the adventurous ones in Vientiane. It’s suggested to put on a helmet and bring your motorcycle license since the police are zero-tolerant of those who are without one. Tuk-tuk is a common means of transportation in Laos. Passengers are expected to pay for each destination with a negotiable price before the ride. 

Since there are no worries about transnational travel, why not take a look at our picked tour including Vietnam and Laos? 

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