Flights to Laos: practical information
Cheap airlines to Laos
Laos attracts many for its laid back lifestyle and pace; it’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing holiday! Start planning your Laos trip with cheap flights to Vientiane International Airport (VTE). Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Vietnam Airlines and Lao Airlines all offer cheap flights to Laos.
When to book flights to Laos
Laos has three seasons: hot season from March to May, wet season from May to October and dry season from November to March. The latter is by far the best time of the year to plan a trip to Laos. Book your flights at least half a year in advance for the best fares.
- Peak season: Dry season, November to March.
- Low season: The wet season can be really miserable.
Flights to Laos take around 16 hours with stopovers from London.
Experience Laos: what to see, what to do
Laos is completely land-locked between China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar. It definitely shouldn’t be overlooked on your Asian Tour! Laos is the least Westernised Asian country so the perfect opportunity to dive into Indochinese culture and traditions.
Essentials in Laos
Luang Prabang: This ancient capital is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one that cannot be missed. Gilded temples, orange-robed monks, grand mansions from the French colonial era, cafes and more.
Trekking: Northern Laos is the best place to go trekking in the mountains. This is also a great area to experience a home stay in one of the country’s indigenous tribes. The Ban Nalan Trail comes recommended.
Herbal Saunas: A favourite pastime for the Lao people is a herbal sauna. These are often run by temples in a bamboo shack. The hot rooms are scented with fresh lemongrass thrown onto the coals.
Find more information on Tourism Laos.
Accommodation in Laos
There are plenty of options when it comes to hotels in the Mekong Valley and in the capital, Vientiane. Outside of these areas there are usually only basic hotels and guesthouses available which are best booked in advance to avoid disappointment.