How to Travel to Laos

As Laos is growing more and more popular as a travel destination, it is more convenient and cost-saving to travel to the country. Below you can find the means of transport to get to Laos that suits you the most.

By Air
There are flights into and out of Laos from/to the following cities:
Cambodia: Phnom Penh
China: Kunming
Myanamar: Yangon
Thailand: Bangkok and Chiang Mai
Vietnam: Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon)

International airports in Laos:
Wattay International Airport (Vientiane Capital)
Pakse International Airport (Champasak Province)
Luang Prabang International Airport (Luang Prabang)

By Land
Cambodia (Dong Calor) –  Champasak Province (Veun Kham)

China (Mohan) - Luang Namtha Province (Boten)

Thailand (Chiang Khong) - Bokeo Province (Houay Xay)
Thailand (Nong Khai) - Vientiane Capital (Friendship Bridge)
Thailand - Xayabouly Province (Nam Heuang Friendship Bridge)
Thailand (Nakhon Phanom) - Khammouane Province (Thakhaek)
Thailand (Mukdahan) - Savannakhet Province (Friendship Bridge II)
Thailand (Chong Mek, Ubon Rathchathani Province) - Champasak Province (Vang Tao)

Vietnam (Nghe An, Nam Khan) - Xieng Khouang Province (Nong Haet)
Vietnam (Cau Treo) -  Bolikhamxay (Nam Phao)
Vietnam (Lao Bao) - Savannakhet Province (Dena Savan)
Vietnam (Dien Bien Phu, Tay Trang) – Phongsaly Province, Sobhoun (no visa on arrival)
Vietnam (Thanh Hoa, Nameo) – Hua Phan Province (Banleui)
Vietnam (Ha Tinh, Keoneua) - Bolikhamxay Province (Nampao or Lak Sao)
Vietnam (Quang Binh, Napao) - Khammouane Province ( Chalo) (no visa on arrival)

There are daily buses between Laos – Vietnam and Laos – Thailand via those border-crossings.

By water
Foreign travellers can cross the Mekong River into/out of Laos at: Thailand – Nakhon Phanom and Laos – Tha Khaek; Thailand - Chiang Khong and  Laos - Huay Xai; Thailand – Mukdahan and Savannakhet. Visas can be arranged from the respective towns.