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Flight from Siem Reap to Pakse (Laos)

Posted by vuh on 2/5/2007 at 15:58

Hi every body,

I plan to flight from Siem Reap to Pakse in order to save time and after my researchs, Laosairlines serves this flight for around 100 USD.
But I've heard that Laosairlines is not a reliable company and the planes are not correctly maintained and it is quite dangerous flying with Laosairlines.
To avoid this risk, I've been advice to flight SR to Bangkok and Bankok to Vientiane in order to get into Laos by air. It sounds safer but to more expensive and I could not arrive to Pakse as I wanted.

Did anyone has recently flight with Laosairlines on this same route ? What is your opinion about that ?

Thank you anyone who could help

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Posted by ernieh on 2/5/2007 at 16:33

Hi Vuh,

I have used Lao Airlines twice from Chiang Mai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos (BHT 4,050) and from Pakse, Laos to Siem Reap, Cambodia (US $85). It's cheaper to fly from SR to Pakse (I think US$70)

The check in process and the inflight service was very good. I would highly recommend paying the extra money to fly instead of taking the dreaded bus ride from SR to Pakse which takes two days and who knows how many bus/mini van changes.

Don't believe what the guide books say about Lao Airlines. They have been wrong on many occassions before. Did the guide books say anything about not flying with Garuda or Adam airlines in Indonesia? Look what happened there. Also, Lao Airlines is partly owned by one of the most reputable aviation companies from China.

Save time and money and fly Lao Airlines.

Ernie

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Posted by vuh on 2/5/2007 at 23:11

Hi Ernie,

Thank you for your reply. I'll try Laos Airlines and will give my feedback afterwards.

Do you know if it is possible to get a Laos visa at Pakse airport? If not possible, I would get it beforehands in Cambodia.

Cheers

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Posted by somtam2000 on 3/5/2007 at 13:15 admin

I think you'll need your visa beforehand - I'm not sure if you can get visa on arrival at Pakse airport, so may as well get it in Phnom Penh.

Like Ernie, I'd not hesitate to fly Lao Airlines. You used to get a free BeerLao after take-off but no more unfortunately!

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Posted by ernieh on 3/5/2007 at 14:45

Hi Vuh,

If time permits get your visa from the embassy in Phom Phenh. If not, you can always get a tourist visa on arrival as Pakse is an International airport as it services flights from Bangkok (Bangkok Air) and Siem Reap (Lao Airlines). A tourist visa costs US$ 30 - 42 depending on your nationality. If your Canadian you will pay the highest visa fee of US $42.

The majority of guesthouses are located 3 km from the airport. A tuk tuk will cost around 10,000 kip (US $1 = Kip 9,500) from the airport to the city.

Ernie

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Posted by fersum on 25/1/2008 at 10:34

Hi Ernie,

i've tried to find out about getting a visa in Pakse.
Do you know for sure?
Thing is, i would fly siem reap - pakse - vientiane - kunming so i just need a visa to transfer but i want to be sure i can get it in pakse. Othwerwise i will rush to the lao embassy!

Thanks for your help!

Fernanda

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Posted by vuh on 25/1/2008 at 16:04

Hello Fernanda
I can give my feed back about Laos Airlines now.
I've flight in June 2007 from Siem Reap to Pakse with Laos Airlines and it was good.
Price; 75USD and 25 USD for airport tax.
As Siem Reap airport is very small, check in was quick.

At Pakse airport, you can obtain your visa for Laos for 28 days. Prices are indicated on a list according to your nationality but it is between 25 USD and 30 USD. It is done very quickly as the Pakse airport is
small.
From Pakse airport to downtown, it is only 2 km, so, do not pay more than 1 USD for a motorbike.

Hope it will help.
vuh

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Posted by rhymeandreason on 17/9/2008 at 20:42

Just been reading this thread - interested that everyone is saying use Laos Airlines when Siem Reap Airways seems cheaper - 60 USD quoted just now - to Pakse. Is there something i should know?

Also - is it best to do this as part of Discovery Airpass, book direct online or (quite literally) wing it on arrival at Siem Reap ??

btw, we're actually heading for Vientiane and can't get a straight answer whether anyone who flies there from Siem Reap , so from there I'm planning to take the VIP overnight bus (14 USD) to Vientiane ... unless there's a better plan?

cheers
R&R

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Posted by Dijahtalism on 8/7/2009 at 20:13

Hi Vuh!

I know it's been a long time, but can you explain to me how you booked ur tickets?

Thank u very much

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Posted by BruceMoon on 8/7/2009 at 21:39

Dijahtalism

You asked about whether one could fly from Siem Reap to Pakse.

You posted on:

http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/cambodia/6777_flying-from-siem-reap-to-pakse

I looked, and responded by writing that I found from the web that no-one flew.

Somtam said it can be done, and showed the link to do it.

If you go back there, you'll see his post.

Cheers

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Posted by Dijahtalism on 8/7/2009 at 22:05

Hi everyone!

I tried amadeus (website to book tickets) but it seemed there was no possibility to get to Pakse from Siem Reap .

Updated information :

So I called the Laos airlines company in Paris and I was informed that the Pakse airport is closed from the 1st of July to the 31st of August. The employee told me that there are flights from Siem Reap to Savannaketh, then buses are set to get to Pakse (3 hours and 8 $ one way). She told me that the price would remain the same for the flight as 74 $ + 25 $ tax and fees one way.

Thank you BruceMoon,

Dijahtalism

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Posted by BruceMoon on 9/7/2009 at 09:31

Dijahtalism

I note that Siem Reap Airlines are now advertising the link for US$58...

http://www.siemreapairways.com/onlinefare/?destination=rep

Cheers

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Posted by samadam on 4/10/2009 at 23:44

Hi

I'm new to Travelfish and have spent hours on here today looking at options for my trip.

I'm looking to travel through Laos into Cambodia and was going to travel overland via Stung Treng but not sure if there is much to see/do in the towns between ST and Phnom Penh? We are expecting to spend 4 weeks through Laos, 2 weeks in Cambodia and 4 weeks in Vietnam so time is not that tight but then we want to pack a lot in.

Looked at flights from Pakse to PP or SR but their website today says that flights from Pakse are currently unavailable. Are there any other alternatives??

Any information greatly appreciated!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 5/10/2009 at 08:18 admin

Hi samadam,
Pakse airport is closed at the moment, the flights use Savannakhet instead (and you make your way south from there).

For points between Stung Treng and PP, Kratie (dolphins and cycle trips) and Kompong Cham (temples and boat trips) are the two main candidates.

Cheers

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Posted by samadam on 6/10/2009 at 19:34

Thanks! That's great. I'll look into Kratie and Kompong Cham and see which suits us best!

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Posted by gillerz960 on 16/2/2010 at 13:26

Is Pakxe airport still closed? I plan to fly from Siem Reap to there in about a week's time.

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Posted by fondo on 17/2/2010 at 07:31

This might throw some (as in a little!)light on the subject:

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=1878435

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