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This is one of Southeast Asia's most charming cities and one of Laos's main attractions. It is a cultural and historical hub, and if you want to visit the city of Luang Prabang, book your flight to Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ). This airport is one of the international airports serving Laos, and it is only 2.5 miles from the city center, with easy transportation options. It is the second busiest airport in Laos, offering many regional and domestic flights.
You can fly to LPQ if you plan to visit the cascading Kuang Si Falls. LPQ is the closest airport, approximately 18 miles from the airport, which is served by different airlines, including Emirates, Qatar Airways, Lao Airlines, and Bangkok Airlines. You can also get a connecting flight from VTE. From the airport, you can take a taxi or private transfer to Kuang Si Falls, about a 45 minutes drive from the airport.
You will need a valid passport and visa before entering Laos if you are a US citizen. Your passport should have at least six months of validity remaining, and you should have at least two blank pages for the entry and exit stamps at Laos border points. If you are visiting for tourist purposes, you will need a tourist visa which typically lasts 30 days, and tourist visas are available on arrival. You can also get an e-visa by visiting the immigration website before your visit.
The shortest route to Muang Long in northern Laos from the U.S. is flying to Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) in Thailand, approximately 124 miles from the city. You can take flights that connect through Bangkok from one of the major cities in the U.S., then hire a car or take a bus to Muang Long.
Wattay International Airport (VTE) is your best bet if you fly to Laos from the US. This is the biggest airport in Laos, serving its capital Vientiane and its environs. The airport is about 2 miles from the city center with easy transportation options from the airport. Based in the capital city, VTE gives you an advantage as you will have easy access to other modes of transportation if you want to explore other smaller towns in Laos. It also serves as the base for Lao Airlines, which offers connections to many domestic and international routes.
Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan) is closest to Wattay International Airport, approximately 16 miles south. Multiple transportation options to the park from the airport include a taxi or private car. You can also take a bus from Vientiane city center to the park, a 30-40 minute ride depending on traffic.
There are no nonstop flights from the Us to Laos. However, you will find several single-layover flights on this route, departing from most of the major airports in the US. If you're flying from New York airport (JFK), you will have flights heading into Wattay International Airport (VTE), offered by Korean Air and Lao Airlines, with a layover in Seoul (ICN). If you are flying from Los Angeles (LAX) or Chicago (ORD), the situation is pretty much the same, with the stopover in ICN.
If you wish to fly to Laos from Southeast U.S., you’ll find connecting flights departing from Orlando International Airport (MCO), Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), and Tampa International Airport (TPA). Different airlines offer flights with two or more stops to VTE from these airports.
If you will be visiting the northern regions of Laos, the best airport to fly to is Louang Namtha Airport (LXG). It is the main airport serving the biggest city in the north, Louang Namtha. The airport is served by Lao Airlines and Lao Skyway, and it operates regular flights to and from Vientiane.
The public bus at VTE is the most affordable transportation option to the city center. You can find them along the main road around 0.3 miles from the airport terminal. Car rentals, taxis, and ride-sharing options are also available.
Three common airlines offer flights from the US to Laos: Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, and Lao Airlines. The two airlines with the most flight plying this route are Lao Airlines and Korean Air. They are the two airlines that offer most flights on this route, departing from most major airports in the US. Some flights are a collaboration between the two, with others offered by only solo airlines. However, for good rates and more domestic connections in Laos, we recommend flying with Lao Airlines, which has its hub at Wattay International Airport (VTE).
If you’re visiting different destinations in Western Laos, you can fly to various airports in the region, including Pakse International Airport (PKZ) and Savannakhet Airport (ZVK). They are served by domestic flights from VTE and airports in neighboring countries like Thailand and Vietnam.
An average nonstop flight from the United States to Laos takes 32h 53m, covering a distance of 8177 miles. The most popular route is San Francisco - Vientiane with an average flight time of 19h 20m.
The cheapest ticket to Laos from the United States found in the last 72 hours was $909. The most popular route is from San Francisco to Vientiane and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $909.
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The flight was close to on time. My suitcase was not loaded in Bangkok and was delivered 24 hours later.
Seating wasn’t good at all with not much leg space in between. Fortunately it was a relatively short flight. Otherwise we would have struggled a lot. On board meal was pretty ordinary. It is sad to see the overall quality of this once superb airline has dropped so low.
The food provided was not as good in the previous trips!
Never got the chance to get on the plane as my inbound flight was delayed and the staff of qatar airways denied any help or support
Seat electronics kept failing (as in absolutely nothing worked) - crew re-set it multiple, but didn’t move me until finally three quarters of the way into the flight - abysmal. Entertainment options are plentiful, but a number of expected movies were missing (did an SQ flight 3 days later and expected titles were on SQ) - does Qatar sensor what they show?