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Getting from Luang Prabang to Vientiane in July

Posted by exacto on 12/2/2006 at 05:33

Hi. We'll be travelling from Luang Prabang to Vientiane in early July. How good are the roads? Should we plan to fly with Lao Aviation, or is the road trip, with a traditional stopover in Pak Beung, still possibly during the rainy season. Thanks, Mark

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Posted by somtam2000 on 13/2/2006 at 14:51 admin

Hi exacto,

The roads are fine, and the scenery excellent -- most tend to break the trip at Vang Vieng...

I wouldn't fly domestic with Lao Aviation.

I'm not sure which Pak Beung you're talking about -- if you're referring to the river, there are no longer regular ferries from Luang Prabang to Vientiane.

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Posted by exacto on 14/2/2006 at 04:12

howdy and thanks for the info. i meant vang vieng. sorry for the brain fart. by the way, why the comment about not flying domestic with lao aviation? i've flown with them twice before in 2003. i researched it beforehand, and the airline looked like it was approaching international standards, particularly with the ATR-7s on the luang prabang to vientiane route. please let me know. cheers.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 14/2/2006 at 05:33 admin

Hi exacto, I thought they were still using their old Y-12's extensively on domestic routtes, hence my concerns. If they're using the more modern ATRs then should be fine. Thanks for the heads up...

The scenery in Laos is so breath-taking, you're always better on the land anyway ;-)

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Posted by iwillfly525 on 14/2/2006 at 11:39

hi. i dont know how much you are going to be flying, but you should check out somthing called discovery air pass from bangkok airways http://www.bangkokair.com/spoffer/ it flys to a couple countries in SEA and the prices are a lot better than buying them all seperate. it saved us about us$400. you can book all of the dates for the flights or you can leave some open depending on how much felabilty you want. i didnt see this in any of my guide books. i just stumbled on it when i was trying to book flights. when i called them up to ask about it, i was told that its pretty new. i havent traveled on it yet, but i have bought the tickets for my trip in may. we are going to travel in 3 countries in 2 weeks so we have to fly becasue we dont have the time for ground travel.

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Posted by exacto on 15/2/2006 at 03:58

hey iwillfly525,

please let us know how your discovery pass turns out. it looks pretty good, but we didn't think we'd necessarily take the minumum of three flights they request. please let us know too how it worked out with the partner airlines, particularly lao aviation. also, it looks like on some routes, such as chiang mai to luang prabang or bangkok to samui, there isn't much of a savings. good luck with that.

somtam2000: i like keeping my feet on the ground too, but there was something amazing about flying in over the plain of jars. and yes, it was on a Y-12! cheers.

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Posted by iwillfly525 on 22/2/2006 at 20:16

Our tickets came in the mail this week for the discovery pass. So far so good. Now, the test will be if the flights leave when they are suppose to. I'll let you know how it all turned out after we get back.

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Posted by ironmonkey on 24/2/2006 at 19:54

I flew from Luang Prabang to Vientienne and experienced no problems. I'm no aviation expert but the plane appeared to be in good shape and the views of the Laos countryside will stay with me forever. However, if you're not comfortable flying with SEA airline companies then take the bus! The arm guard will protect you from bandits with his rifle and I'm sure the drivers are very experienced and won't plunge over the edge of mountains in wet and muddy conditions. Its your call.

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