Vientiane, Laos

Getting In


By Plane

Vientiane's Wattay International Airport is located about 4 km west of the city. It is the largest and one of the few international airports in Laos. However, international services between Wattay Airport are quite limited, but this is slowly changing with increasing tourism into Laos. The airport comprises of an old and small terminal handling domestic flights and a newer modern international terminal.
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Watty International Airport by Jialiang Gao

International Flights
International flights are mainly served by airlines flying from cities in the region including:

  • Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi), Thailand - Thai Airways has two flights daily (code share with Lao Airlines) and Lao Airlines has one.
  • Hanoi, Vietnam - Lao Airlines flies three times weekly and Vietnam Airlines daily.
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia - Lao Airlines three flights weekly via Pakse.
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand - Lao Airlines flies six times weekly via Luang Prabang.
  • Kunming, Western China - China Eastern Airlines operate four and Lao Airlines three flights weekly.
  • Singapore - Lao Airlines flies four times a week.
Domestic Flights
Three airlines in Laos operate domestic flight services between Vientiane including:
  • Lao Airlines - Flies between Luang Prabang, Pakse, Huay Xai, Oudomxay and Xieng Khuang (Phonsavan).
  • Lao Air - The second Laotian airline, operating two flights weekly between Phongsali, Samneua and Sayaboury.
  • Lao Central Airlines - Operates daily flights between Luang Prabang.

Inside Watty Airport by Binderdonedat

Ground Transport
Many hotels offer a pickup service from the airport. You can also take a jumbo or taxi for 57,000 kip (USD7.50) - buy the taxi coupon before you leave the airport building. However, the journey to the airport by tuk-tuk is cheaper around 30,000 kip (USD4). Do not agree with 55,000 kip, shown on a price list by some tuk-tuk drivers. You can bargain down to 30,000 kip, or simply walk away to find another tuk-tuk. Always agree with the price before boarding the tuk-tuk. If you don't mind walking the distance between the airport and the main road (less than 500 metre), you can take a local bus for less than USD1.
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