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1. Posted by cork girl (Budding Member, 25 posts) 18 Sep '06 16:38

Hi there,
I am looking at getting a return flight from Bangkok to Vientiane and wondered if anyone has suggestions of airlines? Have tried bangkokair but it comes up at about 300 Oz dollars! Seems a bit excessive to me. Is it better to catch a flight from Bangkok to the border and going over the bridge into Laos? If so are their buses that take you to Vientiane?

Thanks lads!

2. Posted by frosty (Full Member, 107 posts) 18 Sep '06 19:23

Quoting cork girl

Hi there,
I am looking at getting a return flight from Bangkok to Vientiane and wondered if anyone has suggestions of airlines? Have tried bangkokair but it comes up at about 300 Oz dollars! Seems a bit excessive to me. Is it better to catch a flight from Bangkok to the border and going over the bridge into Laos? If so are their buses that take you to Vientiane?

Thanks lads!

If you are checking prices from Australia you may only get quotes on higher priced transportation.

The last time I flew to Laos the price was not too much more than $100 U.S. You can wait until you get to Bangkok and check out some of the travel agencies on Sukhumvit Road (Business Inn on Sukhumvit Soi 11 is one) and check their menu of available flights.

Most of the travel agencies have some sort of menu of costs for flights to nearby countries. I have found that tickets I purchase while I am in Thailand are cheaper than what I come across when I am back in my home country.

I have purchased tickets one day and flown out the next day. Depends on availability and if the flight is a daily run. Spend a few days in Bangkok and buy your ticket there.

Yes, there is transportation from the Friendship Bridge, Nong Khai, Thailand to Vientiane. You have several choices of transportation available to get to Nong Khai.

Happy trails.

3. Posted by frosty (Full Member, 107 posts) 18 Sep '06 19:27

Quoting cork girl

Hi there,
I am looking at getting a return flight from Bangkok to Vientiane and wondered if anyone has suggestions of airlines? Have tried bangkokair but it comes up at about 300 Oz dollars! Seems a bit excessive to me. Is it better to catch a flight from Bangkok to the border and going over the bridge into Laos? If so are their buses that take you to Vientiane?

Thanks lads!

If you are checking prices from another country, you may only get quotes on higher priced transportation. What country are you in now? Oz, Britain, Thailand or none of the above?

The last time I flew to Laos the price was not too much more than $100 U.S. You can wait until you get to Bangkok and check out some of the travel agencies on Sukhumvit Road (Business Inn on Sukhumvit Soi 11 is one) and check their menu of available flights.

Most of the travel agencies have some sort of menu of costs for flights to nearby countries. I have found that tickets I purchase while I am in Thailand are cheaper than what I come across when I am back in my home country.

I have purchased tickets one day and flown out the next day. Depends on availability and if the flight is a daily run. Spend a few days in Bangkok and buy your ticket there.

Yes, there is transportation from the Friendship Bridge, Nong Khai, Thailand to Vientiane. You have several choices of transportation available to get to Nong Khai.

Happy trails.

4. Posted by frosty (Full Member, 107 posts) 18 Sep '06 22:24

Quoting cork girl

Hi there,
I am looking at getting a return flight from Bangkok to Vientiane and wondered if anyone has suggestions of airlines? Have tried bangkokair but it comes up at about 300 Oz dollars! Seems a bit excessive to me. Is it better to catch a flight from Bangkok to the border and going over the bridge into Laos? If so are their buses that take you to Vientiane?

Thanks lads!

TG to Udon will run around 2590 to 2700 baht. You can use ground transportation from there. Flights are daily around 0800 from BKK.

Lao Air direct to Vientiane (evening flt.)is around 7800 baht depending on what travel agency you stop in at (compare prices.)Round trip is only a little more.

Train and VIP bus travel is available. If you take the overnight train, book ahead of time. USE A BUS FROM A REAL BUS STATION (AIR CON WITH TOILET ON BOARD IS BEST!) Buy your bus ticket at the bus station to avoid being ripped off.

5. Posted by bagpuss34 (Budding Member, 52 posts) 19 Sep '06 14:05

Hiya...

In 2005 i got a flight from bangkok to vientianne and it took about an hour ... i flew with Thia Air... very good flight... punctual.. about £100 if booked from uk..

You will have a fab time there.... Vang Viene in a must btw!! you gotta go tubing!! he he!! I can still see it in my head!

Im off to thailand in july 07 backpacking again...

Have fun and good luck

6. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member, 187 posts) 19 Sep '06 22:19

Last time I went to Vientiane I flew with Lao Air and it was much cheaper than either Thai or Bangkok Airways. Despite their reputation, I found the Lao Air service to be very good. As someone else said, another option if flying domestically (in Thailand) to Udon Thani and then taking a bus to the border.

7. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member, 352 posts) 20 Sep '06 02:19

you could try nokair or airasia to fly from Bangkok to Udon Thani, then make your way from there over the friendship bridge to Vientiane.

8. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member, 352 posts) 20 Sep '06 02:24

Quoting buzzard

Last time I went to Vientiane I flew with Lao Air and it was much cheaper than either Thai or Bangkok Airways. Despite their reputation, I found the Lao Air service to be very good. As someone else said, another option if flying domestically (in Thailand) to Udon Thani and then taking a bus to the border.

Yes I used Lao air for Chang Mai to Luang Prabang, they were fine. No problems. Think some of the domestic routes can be a bit dodgy, flying over mountains in thick cloud can make it dangerous for landing & visibility etc.

9. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member, 245 posts) 20 Sep '06 16:45

If you fly with air Asia to Udon Thani and go over the friendship bridge it will possibly work out a bit cheaper... depending on when you want to fly. I just out of curiosity checked out a random date in november and it quoted me about 700 baht one way inclusive of taxes (I think they are having some sort of sale). The shuttle to the border isnt much either. The bridge takes you within 12k's of Vientiane and its not a problem catching a tuktuk or taxi into town. Try and share with other tourists to save a bit of cash.

It all sounds a bit much but I found it to be quite easy and plan to do it again. It usually works out significantly cheaper than flights from BKK.

10. Posted by Ole (Budding Member, 15 posts) 24 Sep '06 09:43

I have used Air Lao 2 times from vientiane to bkk. I think i`ve paid about 100$ each time, Lao airlines seemed to safe and professional.
But yeah book the flight in bkk as that are much cheaper.
But you can just take a night buss upp that will cost you like 600 baht
regards;)