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1. Posted by clampie (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

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Hey Gurus and alikes

Im flying into Bangkok, staying overnight and plan to fly to Laos the following day (I only have 3 weeks to travel - bit of a whistlestop).
A friend has told me its only possible to buy a return flight to Viantiene from BKK.
Could somebody confirm this for me? and what could the consequence be if I did buy return and not board the return flight? (want to travel overland down to Cambodia and back to BKK to fly back home)

Thanks
Ive had a healthy response from previous threads so thanks for those too

2. Posted by rhondo729 (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

The best and least expensive way to Laos is as follows. Buy Nok air ,only online, to UDON THANI. that should run you abnout $55.00 RT. Take the bus across the border in Nong Kai . It should take you about 1 hour total from UDON to Laos . When you fly to Laos the Lao government in its amazing tutalidge adds significant amount in Airport tax . So considering the costs and diffrence in time it is significanlty less expensive to go UDON to Vientiane. You can also do One wys on nok Air and that might solve your problem. Look online nokair.com.

3. Posted by rhondo729 (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

see below

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 19, 2006 8:05 AM by rhondo729 ]

4. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

Quoting clampie

Hey Gurus and alikes

Im flying into Bangkok, staying overnight and plan to fly to Laos the following day (I only have 3 weeks to travel - bit of a whistlestop).
A friend has told me its only possible to buy a return flight to Viantiene from BKK.
Could somebody confirm this for me? and what could the consequence be if I did buy return and not board the return flight? (want to travel overland down to Cambodia and back to BKK to fly back home)

Thanks
Ive had a healthy response from previous threads so thanks for those too

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You can check out Thai Air (http://www.thaiair.com/) they have a selection for "one way" flights. I used Thai Air 2 or 3 years a go to fly to Vietiane. From there I used Lao Air to other places in Laos.

You should spend at least 2 days in Bangkok, the extra day won't kill you. You can rest up a little, see some of the city and purchase your plane tickets. There are loads of travel agents all over Bangkok where you can purchase a discounted flight. Often if you purchase a flight the day before you can fly out the next day. Try not to schedule a flight where you have to get up early, early in the morning. Use the time to sleep, eat a good breakfast, adjust to the time and temperature BEFORE you continue your flight to Laos.

There are smaller discount airlines like Nok Air and Bangkok Air that have cheap prices (except for the additional taxes) they are worth a look if you are not into collecting frequent flyer miles for future free flights.

Frosty

5. Posted by ortique (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Hi,
I faced a very similar situation in August last year. However, I flew to Luang Prabang from BKK instead of Vientiane with Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com). They have online booking, reasonable prices and, as far as I am concerned, an overall good service. From Luang Prabang I backpacked overland all the way to Don Det, Cambodia and back to BKK. Have a good trip, cheers

6. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 10y

If you fly to Udon Thani with Air Asia it will work out the cheapest and then catch the shuttle to Nong Khai. This will cost you about 200 baht I think and will take you right to the border where you can catch the shuttle across the friendship bridge. Make sure you have US dollars or baht for your visa fee and passport photos unless you have got your visa in advance which you will need to do if you stay more than 15 days. Try to split the cost of a taxi into Vientiane with other people to minimise costs. I actually wouldnt bother booking the return flight until you know you will need it. Give it a couple of days in advance to book and you should be ok... the above advice applies in reverse and is all very easy to do.

Good luck and enjoy Laos, you will have a ball!