Luang Prabang, Laos

Getting In


By Plane

Luang Prabang International Airport is located about 4 km north of the town centre. It is the second busiest airport after Wattay International Airport in Vientiane and one of the few international airports in Laos. Though relatively the second busiest airport in the country, it is a small airport with a single terminal handling both domestic and international flights.
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Lao Airlines is the main airline for domestic flights to and from Luang Prabang Airport including Vientiane, Pakse and Ban Houayxay. Lao Central Airlines is the other Laotian airline and flies between Vientiane. International flights are mainly regional and include:

  • Vietnam Airlines - Flies to and from Hanoi and Siem Reap.

Luang Prabang Airport by Reno Dal

Visa at the Airport
ASEAN nationals do not need a visa to enter Laos for stays not exceeding 30 days. Visa-on-arrival is available at the airport and the cost varies depending on your nationality, with USD35 being typical and an additional USD1 processing fee. You need a passport picture to obtain a visa. If you don't have one, they'll scan your picture from your passport and charge you an additional USD1.

Ensure you have US dollars or you will need to negotiate getting to the exchange bureau in the airport which is a hassle. Visa extensions are possible at the Immigration Office opposite Rama Hotel. The cost is USD2 a day plus a USD2 form fee. The process is very easy - turn up in the morning with your passport and one photo; fill in a form and come back in the afternoon for your passport.

Vietnam Airlines Luang Prabang Airport by Budgiekiller

Services and Facilities
Services and facilities at Luang Prabang INternational Airport include a tourist information counter, currency exchange, ATM, shops and restaurants. Exchange rates at the airport are reasonably competitive with the prevailing rates in town. For ground transport, there is a taxi counter just outside the arrival hall. Taxis into town cost about USD6, whether you are by yourself or with 3 other people. 

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