I know there have a been a few posts on this topic (or the reverse, so Luang Prabang to Siem Reap ) but many of them are outdated and I didn't want to hijack someone else's thread...so: my boyfriend and I are planning a trip to SE Asia this spring (mid April to early June, approx. 6 weeks). For a leg of our trip we're hoping to get to Luang Prabang from Siem Reap and are looking for advice on flights - is it only Bangkok Airways and Lao Airlines that fly this route? I've already looked at the Bangkok Airways website and it looks like it'll be very expensive to fly with them - $359 one-way was the quote the website gave me. I've been trying to compare on the Lao Airlines website (www.laoairlines.com?) for a week or so but the website doesn't seem to be working right - every time I search the dates we're looking at (hoping to depart Siem Reap around April 27) the website says there are no seats on the flight! This can't be right, can it? Should I try to get a quote from my travel agent? How much can we expect to pay to fly this route?
Anyways - any help/advice would be MUCH appreciated! Thank you so much!
#1 magalaya has been a member since 20/2/2013. Posts: 11
Lao Air and Bangkok Air are shared flights I think? Anyhow, on the Lao Air website, I found one on April 26th for $195 (one way).
There is a schedule here: http://www.laoairlines.com/flights/flight-schedule.html - but it's up to Dec 2012, so not sure if timetable has changed.
Someone else recently had problems on the Lao website so maybe it's a case of trying a few times, or trying later in the day.
Tried again today and now it seems to work! Thanks! It's quoting me $210/person...is that about the norm??
#3 magalaya has been a member since 20/2/2013. Posts: 11
That fare seems about right, but you may want to look at Vietnam Airlines too as it can be cheaper Also check that the flying time is under 2 hours as some of the Lao Airlines flights from SR to LP make a stop at Pakse too. Enjoy - Luang Prabang is magical.
#4 AngkorDraft has been a member since 11/1/2013. Posts: 6
Just returned from that part of the world. I had tried finding out stuff on-line in advance from North America, and found it very frustrating. Once there I found it was much easier to get the scoop on the spot and it also allowed more flexibility. There are numerous small travel agents with outlets everywhere and lots of other travellers willing to share their experiences. They give you a much better deal than the large companies do whether they are here or over there. Also, lots of good, safe land transportation that gives you a great flavour of the country. They are very accommodating to tourists who are a major part of their economy.
#5 Iokie has been a member since 25/2/2013. Posts: 2
Also found that booking on the spot is cheaper than even booking from another city in the same country.
#6 Iokie has been a member since 25/2/2013. Posts: 2
Great! Thanks for the help everyone. We're weighing options now - thinking of maybe just going with the flow and buying our tickets day of/few days before once we're in the region as that seems to be the generally recommended advice.
Lokie - did you fly between Siem Reap and Luang Prabang ? If so, how much did you end up paying for your ticket??
On a related note, has anyone had experience with Bangkok Airways' Discovery Airpass? Saw an article about it here but haven't been able to find much reliable info anywhere else! It sounds like an interesting option - we only have about six weeks and we're definitely thinking of flying between Luang Prabang and Siem Reap and Luang Prabang back to Thailand (and perhaps Bangkok and Siem Reap) cause of our limited time frame.
#7 magalaya has been a member since 20/2/2013. Posts: 11