Text page

Laos

Laos forum

Luang Prebang to Siem Reap in October

Posted by chronofar on 1/9/2015 at 09:00

Given these constraints what's the best way to make this journey:


- No prop planes (jets already can be questionable, props are a hard no)
- 24 hour trip (assuming bus trip in the rainy season would be several days if even possible
- $250/person


Best I've found is LP>Vientiane>Chiang Mai via Nok Air>Siem Reap via Air Asia or LP>Vientiane>Udon Thani>Bangkok>Siem Reap. Obviously neither of those options are very appealing. Am I missing anything or is there really just not a solid way?


Thanks!

#1 chronofar has been a member since 1/9/2015. Posts: 9

Posted by Captain_Bob on 1/9/2015 at 10:39

Take a bus to Vientiane, cross the border, bus to Udon Thani
then...
Air Asia Udon Thani - Bangkok - Siem Reap doable same day for $70-150 depending which fare you get. Promo fares are dirt cheap, book directly on the site http://www.airasia.com/th/en/

#2 Captain_Bob has been a member since 27/5/2006. Location: Thailand. Posts: 1,958

Posted by sunlvr on 3/9/2015 at 20:21

Vietnamair flies direct from luang prabang to siem reap. $180.

#3 sunlvr has been a member since 7/8/2014. Posts: 37

Posted by chronofar on 3/9/2015 at 22:46

Sure, but so far as I can tell they're all prop planes that do so, which I'd be extremely hesitant to board any time of the year but am flat out not willing in the rainy season. Note the number of aircrashes in that aircraft (ATR 72) in the region (SEA) just in the last couple years: http://www.airsafe.com/events/models/atr.htm

#4 chronofar has been a member since 1/9/2015. Posts: 9

Posted by Captain_Bob on 4/9/2015 at 08:59

There are "Special Deal" fares as low as $105 on Vietnam Airlines using their site, but yes they list ATR72 as the aircraft. Looking at that list of crashes, I remember those on Samui in 2009 and Pakse in 2013 which were both due to severe weather. Personally I've been in that aircraft type many times and for a 1-2 hour flight it's been fine.

#5 Captain_Bob has been a member since 27/5/2006. Location: Thailand. Posts: 1,958

Posted by chronofar on 4/9/2015 at 10:13

That's exactly my point, I don't want to ride in a plane that's small and susceptible to severe weather at a time and region when severe weather is quite possible and prediction methods aren't modernized. I'm sure most who've ridden on those flights have been just fine, after all they fly every day and there's only been several crashes in the last couple years. Still not odds I'm willing to deal in.

An A320 Airbus would be a different story probably, but in any case that doesn't seem to be an option. It appears my original 2 choices of city bouncing and taking buses into Thailand are indeed the only options available given the constraints I'm working with.

#6 chronofar has been a member since 1/9/2015. Posts: 9

Posted by Captain_Bob on 4/9/2015 at 12:07

Yep so as I posted above take the roads into Thailand then Air Asia who's fleet is now entirely made of Airbus A320-200's

#7 Captain_Bob has been a member since 27/5/2006. Location: Thailand. Posts: 1,958

Posted by Inscrutable79 on 4/9/2015 at 14:41

Did this journey in February with Vietnam Airlines and it was an A320.

#8 Inscrutable79 has been a member since 26/1/2014. Posts: 3

Posted by Clay1963 on 4/9/2015 at 21:23

I would think the A320 is much safer than bus in clear weather or severe weather. 1 hour - 30 minute flight on Vietnam Airlines and under $250 in cost.

#9 Clay1963 has been a member since 16/8/2015. Posts: 21

Posted by chronofar on 5/9/2015 at 07:43

I must be missing something I'm only seeing flights on the ART72, no airbuses. I just searched again on October 5th and only saw that. Maybe there's only certain days they're doing the Airbus? Can you link me to the flight you're looking at?

#10 chronofar has been a member since 1/9/2015. Posts: 9

Posted by Inscrutable79 on 5/9/2015 at 08:02

FlightOperated byDepartOriginArriveDestinationAircraftVN 931
Vietnam Airlines
14:35LPQ
16:05REP
321

https://wl-prod.sabresonicweb.com/SSW2010/VNVN/webqtrip.html?execution=e1s1

#11 Inscrutable79 has been a member since 26/1/2014. Posts: 3

Posted by chronofar on 5/9/2015 at 08:11

That's the one I was seeing was the ATR72. Must depend on the day or something as to which plane they use. What day were you looking at?

#12 chronofar has been a member since 1/9/2015. Posts: 9

Posted by Inscrutable79 on 5/9/2015 at 08:15

Weird - 5th October it's an A321 but all other days that week it's an ATR. Not sure what's going on there.

#13 Inscrutable79 has been a member since 26/1/2014. Posts: 3


Please login to add your reply

You need to be a Travelfish member to be able to add a post to the forum. After logging in you'll be returned to this page automatically to add your post. Not a member? Join up here.