New ways of accessing Laos from neighbouring countries are gradually opening up and with the road system improving, happily the whole Laos experience is becoming easier and easier for visitors.
Getting There from Mekong Countries
Travel in Laos is much easier than many people might imagine. Most people coming to Laos travel via Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi International Airport). Thai International Airways (THAI) and Lao Airlines operate flights between Bangkok - Vientiane Wattay International Airport (VTE) and Bangkok Airways operates flights between Bangkok – Luang Prabang International Airport. (Please carefully check your passport if it needs a visa before arriving in Laos.)
Connections between Mekong Countries
Laos has long borders with Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Travel to these countries is easier nowdays since there are several airlines serving the region. From Vientiane, you can fly daily to/from Hanoi and Phnom Penh and five times a week to/from Ho-Chi-Minh city (Saigon) with Laos Airlines and Vietnam Airlines, three times a week between Siem Reap – Chiang Mai, twice a week between Kunming – Jinghong. From Luang Prabang, direct flights fly daily to/from Bangkok by Bangkok Airways, three times a week by THAI to/from Chiang Mai (Thailand) as well as Laos Airlines to /Jinghong (China. From Pakse, Laos Airlines operates direct flights twice a week to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. However, these flights are subject to change.
With many border crossings between Thailand and Laos, people also visit Laos by land through Thailand’s borders in Nong Khai - Paksan border and Chiang Khong in Chiang Rai - Huay Xai, Mukdahan – Savannakhet, Chong Mek – Vang Tao. From Vietnam, Lao Bao, in Khung Tri - Dan Savan in Savannakhet and other points (Laos's Map providing the border crossings. From China, Mengla, Yunnan to Boten in Luang Nam Tha.