Transport in Laos

Getting there

By air: Laos has two international airports. They are Wattay International Airport in Vientiane and Luang Prabang International Airport. Flights arriving at these airports are usually from Laos’ neighbouring countries such as Thailand and Vietnam.

By land: Laos is a landlocked country. Its bordering countries are China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar. Locals are permitted to cross at each of the borders, although the same rules don’t apply to foreigners. Rules change from month to month so it is worth checking out the latest border crossing developments with local embassies.

Getting around

By air: Once you have the money to do so, you can avail of the various domestic flights between Laos’ bigger cities. Lao Aviation operate these flights.

By bus: All of Laos’ 17 provinces are connected by road and public transport. Buses range from the traditional type, to those which more resemble pick-up trucks. With the pick ups they put planks of wood in the back for seats.

Buses and taxis are the mode of public transport in the major towns.

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