No -- if Lao Airlines isn't flying the route anymore then overland is the only means to get there.
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Lao Capricorn Air (Ph# 21 513000, 20 4488771) has daily scheduled flights from VTE to Xam Neua M - F and two flights on Saturday. The one airplane used for this route is currently (late May 2010) out of order and pilots do not expect to resume flying until Early June 2010.
#6 buendia has been a member since 20/5/2010. Posts: 1
VTE-Sam Neua flights resume:
Lao air re-open flight from Vientiane -Huaphan-Vientiane and Vientiane-Xayyabuly-Vientiane starting August 20,2010 more information call 021-513007.
from KPL news:
Lao Airs has decided to resume flights between Vientiane and Houaphanh.The company held a ceremony to mark the resumption of the air route onAugust 21 in Houaphanh province.
It is a long ride from phonsavan, but it is spectacular. That part of the country has some great scenery. Be sure to take some snacks with you!