I am going to be flying from Laos into Siam reap and am a little nervous about flying as after googeling airtravel in Laos I have heard a mixture of good and bad stories.
Anyone flown in Laos? Were you comfortable? Feel safe?
#1 travelgirl has been a member since 21/6/2009. Posts: 2
That does make me feel better.
The stories are old and it does seem safe enough I guess.
#3 travelgirl has been a member since 21/6/2009. Posts: 2
There's a Travelfish feature story that I thought informative. Takes a realistic view of flying. Statistics are better than anecdote when considering the safety of flying. Once out of a thousand or a hundred thousand would be too high a rate for me. Thirty flights without mishap is a statistical non event.
I used to drive very fast while very drunk, never had an accident, safe?
A Cessna out of Sam Nua went down ealier this year, engine trouble as I remember, no injuries.
In re reading my reply I realize it might sound like I'm down on flying. I'm not. I'd believe it to be safe, and internationaly very safe.
From a safety viewpoint I'm sure it stacks up well against other forms of transportation, just saying that "I flew them and survived" tells us nothing.
There are two airlines in Laos:
1. Lao Airlines that does both domestic & international flights to BKK, Chiangmai, etc: http://laoairlines.com/
2. Lao Air that does only domestic flights linking Vientiane to Sam Neua, Sayabouly, & Phongsaly (i.e. destinations not served by Lao Airlines), & chartered flights: http://www.lao-air.com
It's Lao Air that still uses Cessnas & helicopters, & is probably the recent case that somsai was referring to (emergency landing in a ricefield near VTE?). The similarity between the names probably means that incidents involving either could end up tarring the reputation of the other? Even more confusing is that some people refer to either as 'Lao Aviation'.
AFAIK some international NGOs currently allow their staff to fly Lao Airlines, but not Lao Air. E.g. CARE Intl staff based in Sayabouly returning to the capital have to journey by land to LPB & fly from LPB to VTE by Lao Airlines, instead of doing the Sayabouly-VTE direct route by Lao Air.
Hopefully the aircraft are maintained better than the rest of the country is...
#9 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
perhaps now would be the right time to give this a rest MADMAC. you've made your point that you aren't a fan of Laos. point taken. but just because you are willing to shout your opinion the loudest doesn't make it the best. plus, it's getting tedious to see your anti-Laos comments on every Laos-related thread. even though you aren't Laos' biggest booster, others, including me, really enjoy the country. there is no reason to keep peeing in everyone else's cornflakes. cheers.
I got to go back next month too...
#11 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
First of all sorry because I can´t read the first posts because the popups are on them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My question is: are there any flights from Laos to Cambodia? Vientiane/Ponh Penh? or from Luang Prabang?
This is very important for me, because in order to save some time I would fly from Laos to Cambodia instead of the land crossings.
#13 gracetandil has been a member since 4/12/2008. Posts: 56
There are no real low cost carriers linking Laos and Cambodia.
Laos Air do the service, but it's almost impossible to use their website.
Cambodian Airlines offer a flight, go to:
In both cases, I suggest you are going to have to use a travel agent.
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