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Is Lao-Airlines safe?

  • alemauro

    Joined Travelfish
    4th September, 2008
    Posts: 7

    Hi there! I am getting quite concern about one advice read on the LonelyPlanet:

    "Safety records for Lao Airlines aren´t made public, and many international organizations and Western embassies advise staff not to use this airline"

    I have found that there is a flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi by Lao-Airlines..... being a good choice for my trip. I don´t won´t to go vientiane to get to Hanoi.. and I am planning traveling from Hanoi back to Battambang visiting Vietnam and Cambodia.

    01) Bankgok-> Ayutthaya (ruins, historical interest) [4 days]
    02) Ayutthaya -> Sukhothai (via Phitsanulok) (ruins, historical interest) [1 day] // I am considering not going to Sukhothai now and being one more day in Chiang Mai.
    03) Sukhothai -> Chiang Mai (trekking centre, temples) [2 days]
    04) Chiang Mai -> Chiang Khong (riverside town, day trips, crossing to
    Laos) [1 day]
    05) Chiang Khong -> Huay Xai (riverside town) [1 day]
    06) Huay Xai -> Pakbeng (riverside town, half-way point to Luang
    Prabang) [2 days]
    07) Pakbeng -> Luang Prabang (temples, riverside town, scenic) [3 days]
    08) Luang Prabang -> Siem Reap -> [1 day] // flying to Hanoi Now!!!
    09)Siem Reap -> Battambang (riverside town, rural daytrips, ruins) [1 day]
    10) Battambang -> Phnom Penh [2 days]
    11) Phnom Penh -> Saigon (museums, nightlife, daytrips) [1 day]
    12) Saigon -> Mui Ne (beaches, sand dunes) [2 days]
    13) Mui Ne -> Nha Trang (beaches, boat trips) [2 days]
    14) Nha Trang -> Hoi An (riverside town, shopping, tailoring) [1 day]
    15) Hoi An -> Hue (Imperial capital, temples, trips to DMZ) [2 days]
    16) Hue -> Hanoi (capital city, colonial architecture, shopping) [3 days]
    17) Hanoi -> Ha Long Bay (stunning scenery) [1 day]
    18) Hanoi -> Sapa (trekking, minority groups, scenic) [1 day]
    19) Hanoi Bangkok
    20) Bankgok > Buenos Aires

    Thanks to All!!

    Jano (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

    #1 Posted: 8/9/2008 - 02:48

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  • somtam2000

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    The airline is considered a reasonably safe carrier -- hasn't had an accident in some time now.

    #2 Posted: 8/9/2008 - 06:34

  • emile0867

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    13th June, 2008
    Posts: 3

    I confirm ! I have been for several years in Laos, traveling many provinces and also in the region, and using the only airlines "Lao Airlines". I never heard about any problem. It is sometime late, but even this, it is not too often.
    Be safe, don't worry.

    #3 Posted: 10/9/2008 - 09:45

  • ernieh

    Joined Travelfish
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    I confirm as well. I have taken two flights with Lao Airlines (Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang and Pakse - Siem Reap). No problems!!

    #4 Posted: 10/9/2008 - 11:42

  • Rufus

    Joined Travelfish
    22nd April, 2007
    Location Laos
    Posts: 973

    I have flown with them over 30 times. This furphy about safety sometimes rears its head when people read out of date posts.

    #5 Posted: 10/9/2008 - 13:02

  • alemauro

    Joined Travelfish
    4th September, 2008
    Posts: 7

    Thanks everybody... I believe I will take Lao Airlines from Luang Prabang to Hanoi then...


    #6 Posted: 11/9/2008 - 05:54

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