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A flight to Vientiane – an awesome capital city

Pha That Luang in Vientiane

In spite of being a capital city, Vientiane, which exudes a certain rustic beauty coupled with an increasing cosmopolitan aesthetic, is surprisingly idyllic. It is a breeze to get around the city, which gives you an amazing chance to discover sights such as Wat Si Muang, That Dam, Buddha Park, Wat Si Saket and many more. Representing the pride of a young nation, freedom monument Patuxai and the gilded stupa Pha Tat Luang are the two important icons and must-visits. Your heart will certainly be captivated by Vientiane no matter what you are looking for: a bit of sightseeing, a chance to learn about Laotian history and culture or to splurge on shopping. Explore Vientiane with: Indochina holidays Laos

Pha That Luang in Vientiane

Pha That Luang in Vientiane- source: internet

Basically, from outside of Laos, travelers have two ways to get to Vientiane. One is to cross the Lao – Thai Friendship Bridge connecting Vientiane in Laos with Nong Khai in Thailand while the other is by direct flight from nearby countries.

By Plane

About three kilometers west of the city center, the Wattay International Airport (symbol: VTE) in Vientiane is served by only a small group of international and domestic airlines such as: Vietnam Airlines, Thai Airways, EVA, AirAsia, Lao Airlines, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.

International destinations include: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap via Pakse, Bangkok, Chiang Mai via Luang Prabang, Guangzhou, Changzhou, Nanning, Kunming, Seoul, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. As this domestic flight is considerably cheaper than a direct international flight to Vientiane, many passengers from Bangkok choose to fly into Udon Thani in Thailand and cross the border by bus. Laos travel tours

Domestic destinations are Udomxai, Pakse, Savannakhet, Huay Xai, Xieng Khuang, Luang Nam Tha and Luang Prabang.

Flight from Bangkok to Vientiane

The average flight price for a flight from Bangkok to Vientiane is $122. On average, it takes an hour and 10 minutes to fly Bangkok to Vientiane. It is 498 kilometers (310 miles) from Bangkok to Vientiane. There are 49 direct flights from Bangkok to Vientiane. Lao Airlines is the most popular Bangkok airlines offering the direct flights between Bangkok and Vientiane. And Hanoi, Vietnam is the most popular connecting city when flying from Bangkok to Vientiane. Thai AirAsia & Bangkok frequently offer the best deals to Vientiane flights.

Flight from Hanoi to Vientiane

Flight from Hanoi to Vientiane

Flight from Hanoi to Vientiane- source: internet

On average, it takes 1 hour and 10 minutes to fly from Hanoi to Vientiane. There are 14 direct flights covering the distance 494 kilometers (307 miles) from Hanoi to Vientiane. Lao Airlines is the most popular provider for non-stop flights from Hanoi to Vientiane and Bangkok is the most popular connecting city when flying from Hanoi to Vientiane.

Other ways to go to Vientiane

By Train

Using any of Bangkok – Nong Khai trains then making your own way by taxi or bus between Nong Khai and Vientiane or a direct daily overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to the Thanaleng Train Station in Laos then catching a tuk tuk or getting on a local bus to get to Vientiane center; it is easy to travel Vientiane from Bangkok by train.

By Bus

Domestic travel:

Bus to Vientiane

Bus to Vientiane- source: internet

Though it might cost more if you buy your ticket through a guesthouse or travel agency in Vientiane, pickup from your accommodation and shuttle to the bus station or departure point are included in the price.

  • From Huay Xai to Vientiane: it costs 230.000 Kips to 250.000 Kips (USD $28.21 – $30.67) and takes more than 12 hours.
  • From Savannakhet to Vientiane: it costs 100.000 Kips to 120.000 Kips (USD $12.27 – $14.72) and takes 8 – 10 hours.
  • From Xiengkhuang or Luang Prabang to Vientiane: it costs from 110.000 Kips to 150.000 Kips (USD $13.49 – $18.40) and usually takes 10 hours.
  • From Pakse to Vientiane: it costs 110.000 Kips to 170.000 Kips (USD $13.49 – $20.85) and takes 10 – 12 hours.

International buses:

  • From Hanoi to Vientiane: it costs USD $25 and takes 22 hours.
  • From Vinh to Vientiane: it costs USD $20 and takes 16 hours.
  • From Bangkok to Vientiane: it costs USD $30.42 and takes 12 hours
  • From Kunming to Vientiane: it costs USD $89.43 and takes 32 hours.
  • From Siem Reap to Vientiane: it costs USD $50 and takes 25 hours.
  • From Phnom Penh to Vientiane: it costs USD $45 and takes 24 hours.

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