We're hoping to visit Luang Prabang this November, flying from Britain, probably London. Would be grateful for any comment on:
1) Cheap international routes / airlines / connections which will end up with us flying into Luang Prabang airport, not Vientiane.
2) Any very rough idea about likely total one way cost in November. I'm not sure how typical are the sort of prices I'm seeing on the web.
#1 EdwardTrunk has been a member since 7/9/2013. Posts: 35
You'd be looking at $150-200 one way from Bangkok to Luang Prabang with Lao Airlines or Bangkok Airways (who I THINK are the only two carriers flying the route) -- there may be cheaper flights via advanced purchase etc.
LPQ has very limited international connections, so it will be most likely cheaper to fly into Bangkok for eg for the long haul bit and then get the connection flight to LPQ. It would be cheaper to fly into KL and then grab an AirAsia flight to Vientiane, but you've still then got to get to Luang Prabang from there (AA don't fly to LPQ).
Can't help on flight costs ex Europe into Asia sorry.
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GBP 820 return for London-Luang Prabang via Vienna and Bangkok on Austrian and Bangkok Airways (3 segments) - departing Nov 10th
GBP 625 oneway for same date via Kuwait and Bangkok/ 3 segments on Kuwait Air and Bangkok Airways
sample from ITA Matrix
Yep, Bangkok offers the most flight options and there are direct flights LHR-BKK on EVA, British Airways and Thai Airways. Or many 1-stop probably cheaper flights on the likes of Emirates, Air India, Jet Airways, Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines, etc. Then as above Lao Airlines or Bangkok Airways the two options for BKK-LPQ.
"I'm not sure how typical are the sort of prices I'm seeing on the web"
The prices you're seeing online are most likely real and accurate. Just make sure they include airport fees, taxes, etc. Shop/book online. Use a site like kayak.com to check multiple airlines.
Thanks very much everyone. That's given me some good leads to work on.
#5 EdwardTrunk has been a member since 7/9/2013. Posts: 35