Tips for buying plane tickets to the Laos for first-time visitors

Explore Laos - a country nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia, where the beauty of untouched nature intertwines with magnificent cultural heritage, featuring ancient temples and historical sites. If you're planning your first trip to this country, purchasing plane tickets can be a crucial part of the preparation process. With a plethora of options and factors to consider, how do you find the most suitable airfare for your journey? Here are some suggestions from HoaBinh Airlines to help you kickstart your journey smoothly.

Flights from Vietnam to Laos

As a neighboring country to Vietnam and without a coastline, Laos is truly a destination worth visiting this summer. While travel by road is possible, flying remains a convenient option, saving travelers time and offering better experiences.

Flights from Vietnam to Laos will land at the following airports:

- Wattay International Airport (VTE) - Laos' largest airport, located in the capital city of Vientiane. This is a popular destination for travelers to Laos, with numerous flights from major cities such as Hanoi, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City.

- Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) - Located in the city of Luang Prabang, a famous tourist destination in Laos. The airport is operated by both international and domestic airlines. Similar to VTE, Luang Prabang airport is connected to major cities such as Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City.

- Pakse International Airport (PKZ) - Located in the city of Pakse, Champasak province of Laos.

Departure

Destination

Airlines

Flight duration

Reference ticket price

Hanoi (HAN)

Vientiane (VTE)

Lao Airlines

1h10m

3.000.000 VND

Pakse (PKZ) (Transit in Vientiane)

Lao Airlines

17h

5.000.000 VND

Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)

Vientiane (VTE) (Transit in Hanoi)

Vietnam Airlines

6h

4.000.000 VND

Luang Prabang (LPQ)

Vietnam Airlines

6h

4.000.000 VND

Danang (DAD)

Vientiane (VTE) (Transit in Hanoi)

Vietnam Airlines

6h

4.000.000 VND

Luang Prabang (LPQ) (Transit in Bangkok)

Bangkok Airways

17h10m

6.000.000 VND

Transportation from Wattay International Airport to Vientiane center

Wattay International Airport is only 5 km west of Vientiane center, so you have several transportation options.

Taxi

Taxis are the most popular and convenient way to travel from the airport to Vientiane center. You can choose between a 4-seater taxi for 57,000 Kip (~70,000 VND) or a 7-seater taxi for 66,000 Kip (~80,000 VND), depending on the number of people traveling with you. The taxi ticket counter is located inside the terminal, near the baggage claim area. After purchasing your ticket, the driver will assist you with your luggage and lead you to the taxi. It's important to note that only cash payments are accepted, and you can use Lao Kip (LAK) or US dollars.

Bus

Buses are a cost-effective and convenient option for traveling from the airport to downtown Vientiane. Buses depart every 40 minutes with a fare of 15,000 Kip (~18,000 VND). You can purchase tickets inside the airport or directly on the bus.

The journey from the airport to the central bus station takes 30 minutes. The central bus station is located in Section A, where most hotels are concentrated. After arriving at the central station, you can continue to Section B, which includes ITECC shopping center and other stops, by paying an additional 4,000 Kip (~5,000 VND).

The bus station is on the right side of the terminal exit, approximately 30 meters away. You can easily identify the station by signs saying "Bus Stop" or "Airport Bus Service." Note that buses operate from 9:15 AM to 9:15 PM.

Tuk Tuk

If you prefer a flexible and quick transportation option from the airport to downtown Vientiane, Tuk Tuk service is a good choice. From the terminal, just walk about 200 meters outside the airport where you'll find many Tuk Tuks waiting. Taking a Tuk Tuk to the city center typically takes about 15 minutes and the fare is usually about half the price of a taxi, but remember that bargaining is crucial.

Please note that this mode of transportation is only suitable for those with minimal luggage as you'll need to walk a considerable distance from the terminal to where the Tuk Tuks are gathered. If you have a lot of luggage, this may be challenging and tiring.

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Ideal time to travel to Laos

Weather

The dry season from December to April is when Laos experiences the most pleasant weather, with little rain and warm temperatures that are not excessively hot. This makes sightseeing and outdoor activities more comfortable.

During the rainy season from May to November, Laos often sees many consecutive days of rain and high temperatures, especially in July and August. Travel and sightseeing may be affected by heavy rains and flooding.

Cultural events and festivals

Laos is a rich destination in terms of culture and tradition, hosting many important events throughout the year. If you want to experience and participate in typical festivals, you may consider traveling during times such as Lao New Year in April or H'mong New Year in December. Events like Buddha's Birthday (April) and the Lent Festival (July) also provide excellent opportunities to delve deeper into the culture and beliefs of the country.

Costs and crowds

The timing of your travel can affect the costs and crowds at your destination. Peak tourist season usually means higher prices for hotels, flights and tourist activities. Therefore, choosing to visit Laos during off-peak times with fewer tourists can help you avoid crowds and save money.

Best places to visit in Laos

Laos is filled with breathtaking natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and serene Buddhist temples.

Luang Prabang

This UNESCO World Heritage-listed town is renowned for its well-preserved architecture, vibrant night markets and peaceful atmosphere. Don't miss the stunning Kuang Si Falls, a series of cascading turquoise pools surrounded by lush jungle.

Explore the numerous Buddhist temples, including Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

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Vang Vieng

Known for its picturesque karst limestone mountains, Vang Vieng offers opportunities for outdoor adventures such as rock climbing, kayaking, and hot air ballooning. Take a leisurely float down the Nam Song River, surrounded by stunning scenery. Visit the Tham Chang and Tham Poukham caves for unique geological formations and panoramic views.

Vientiane

The capital city of Laos boasts a blend of French colonial architecture and Buddhist temples. Explore landmarks such as the That Luang stupa, Patuxai Victory Monument and Pha That Luang, the national symbol of Laos.

Take a stroll along the Mekong River promenade and visit the bustling night market for local handicrafts and street food.

Bolaven Plateau

Located in southern Laos, the Bolaven Plateau is famous for its lush coffee plantations, scenic waterfalls, and ethnic minority villages. Visit the Tad Fane and Tad Yuang waterfalls for stunning natural beauty.

Explore the traditional villages of the Laven, Alak, and Katu ethnic groups to learn about their cultures and way of life.

Plain of Jars

This archaeological site in central Laos features thousands of mysterious ancient stone jars scattered across the landscape. Explore the various jar sites, such as Site 1, Site 2, and Site 3, which offer insights into the ancient civilization that created them.

Learn about the history and significance of the Plain of Jars at the onsite visitor centers and museums.

Tips for booking flights to Laos

- Choose a reputable airline: Make sure to select airlines with a good reputation to avoid unwanted issues like lost luggage or flight delays.

- Pick the right timing: Book your tickets during off-peak times or on weekdays instead of weekends or holidays to save on costs for your trip.

- Book in advance: Reserve your flights to Laos at least 2-3 months in advance to ensure you get the best prices.

- Check ticket information: After booking, double-check your ticket details to ensure there are no errors regarding flight dates, passenger names or baggage allowances.

-  Prepare necessary documents: Make sure to prepare documents such as passports, visas (if required), birth certificates (for children) to ensure a smooth entry into Laos without any hassles.

- Research your destination: Learn about your destination's weather, culture, and local customs to better prepare for your trip.

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If you need assistance with booking tickets or advice on finding cheap flights to Laos, don't hesitate to contact HoaBinh Airlines via the hotline (+84) 939 311 911 - (+84) 913 311 911.