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Air: Laos has three international airports: Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, Pakse Airport in Champasak and the Luang Prabang International Airport. Wattay welcomes regular service to/from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kunming, and Taipei. Direct flights are available to Luang Prabang from Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Lao Airlines offers regular service to all domestic destinations and a number of regional capitals. Major international carriers with flights to Laos are Bangkok Airways, Thai International, Vietnam Airlines and China Southern Airlines. There is also service direct from Taipei several times weekly on Eva Air.

Wattay Airport in Vientiane

Overland: You can access Laos by road from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Yunnan Province in China. Visas on arrival can be obtained at the Friendship Bridge connecting Laos to Thailand at Nong Khai as well as:

  • Boten in Luang Namtha (Laos-China)
  • Houeisai in Bokeo (Laos-Thailand)
  • Na Meo in Houaphan (Laos-Vietnam)
  • Namkhan in Xieng Khouang (Laos-Vietnam)
  • Nam Phao in Bolikhamxai (Laos-Vietnam)
  • Thakhaek in Khammouane (Laos-Thailand)
  • Na Phao in Khammouane (Laos-Vietnam)
  • Dene Savan (Laos-Vietnam)
  • Dan Savanh (Laos-Thailand) in Savannakhet
  • Vang Tao in Champassak (Laos-Thailand)

Those who already have a visa may enter Laos from Cambodia at Veun Kham.

Within the country, major north-south and east-west roads are sealed and there is regular bus service to all provincial and district capitals.

Friendship Bridge over the Mekong

River: Ferry service is available for entering Laos at Houeixai (Bokeo), Thakhaek (Khammouane) or Dan Savanh (Savannakhet) It is necessary to take a short ferry ride across the Mekong River.

For those crossing from Chiang Khong in northern Thailand to Houeixai, it is possible to proceed directly to Luang Prabang via the Mekong. Those heading north to Luang Namtha can take a two-day journey on the Namtha River, a memorable adventure that passes through lush forest and requires an overnight at the boatmen's home.

There is also regular boat service on the Mekong from Pakse to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Vat Phou, and throughout the Four Thousand Islands in the far south.

Boat travel is a major form of transportation in Laos
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