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 the Rail transport does not play a significant part in Laos's transport sector.
Getting to Laos
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 the Bangkok Airways only serves in Vientiane. The third international airport 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.
There is an overnight sleeping train which departs from Thailand at 8pm 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 due to the rare known location of the station and the poor service on train.
Getting around Laos
Major tourist cities are well connected by moderate-priced flights. The Lao Airlines is the only carrier that serves domestic flights and offers routes like Vientiane - Luang Prabang, Vientiane - Pakse, and Vientiane - Savannkhet. The trip is shorter than you can imagine. In high seasons the ticket is hard to book so please contact us to make your booking at an early stage.
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.
It charges with meters and 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.
Just as mentioned at the beginning of the article, highways of Laos have been improved a lot in recent years. Transportation choices including bus and truck are becoming popular with travelers. The capital Vientiane is connected by asphalt road 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 put on a helmet and bring with your motorcycle license since police are zero tolerant about those who without one. Tuk tuk is a common mean of transportation in Laos. Passengers are expected to pay for each destination with negotiable price before the ride.