Since there are no direct flights from Australia, if you want to visit Laos, the easiest way is to fly to a regional hub first, such as Bangkok or Hanoi, then take a connecting flight to Laos.
There are 3 main international airports in Laos. The first one is in Luang Prabang, which of course will serve as the entrance to Luang Prabang and northern Laos.
The second one is in the capital Vientiane for the one who wish to explore the capital, the surrounding and the central Laos.
The last one is in Pakse, the biggest town of southern Laos. This is the gateway to explore Bolaven Plateau, Wat Phou, and 4000 Islands.
In some instant, if it is difficult to find the suitable flight directly Pakse or Vientiane, you can take the flight to the nearest bordering province in Thailand then take the transfer to Laos. For example, you can take the flight from Sydney to Bangkok, then connect with another flight to Ubon Ratchathani before taking the 3-hour transfer to Pakse.
Q. When is the best time to book flights to Laos?
Aim to have your flight tickets secured at least four months in advance to give yourself a chance of finding the cheapest flights to Laos. If you can then book them even further ahead, especially if your dates coincide with a major event or the peak season.
Once you’ve narrowed down your destination by choosing a city, usually either Vientiane or Luang Prabang, you’ll be able to figure out what dates offer the cheapest flights to Laos and go from there.
Flexibility is the key to securing discounted flight tickets so if you’re not governed by a particular set of weeks or to a specific location then you’ll give yourself the best chances of finding the cheapest flights to Laos.
Don’t worry too much about which side of the plane to sit on as each has their benefits and offer equally impressive view through your flight.
Q. What are the most popular routes from Australia to Laos?
When deciding which route to take from Australia to Laos, consider Maroochydore Sunshine Coast - Luang Prabang, Melbourne - Luang Prabang or Coolangatta Gold Coast - Luang Prabang, as they are the most popular.
Q. How long is the flight to Laos?
An average nonstop flight from Australia to Laos takes about 8, covering 3,620 miles / 5,825 km. However, as there is no direct flight, your total travel time will take about 11-12 hours or more depending on the number of transiting airports you take along the way.
Q. Can I get a nonstop flight to Laos from Australia?
Unfortunately, there are no nonstop flights available from any airports in the Australia to Laos. The best way is to take the flight to its neighboring countries (i.e. Vietnam and Thailand), then take the onward flight to Laos.
Q. Where should I fly to if I want to visit the ruin Wat Phou?
Wat Phou locates in the province of Champasak, 40km away from Pakse International Airport in Southern Laos. Hence you can find the flight to Pakse and take a short transfer to Champasak to visit the ruin of Wat Phou. In case you find it difficult to find the flight to Pakse, you can take the flight to Ubon Ratchathani the bordering province in Thailand, which has fruitful connection flights from Bangkok, and take the 3 hours transfer to Champasak.
Q. Where should I fly to if I want to visit Plain of Jars?
The famous plain of jars locates in the province of Xieng Khuang, Northeastern Laos. There is no international flight here. Hence, the best way for you to get to Xieng Khuang is to fly into Vientiane first, then take a connecting flight to Xieng Khuang. The flight here is also very limited, so you can expect to spend 1 or 2 nights in Vientiane before getting the flight to Xieng Khuang
Q. How much does it cost to fly to Laos?
Compared to Thailand and Vietnam, the price ticket to Laos is a little bit higher ranging from $550 to $850 depending on your flight route and date. It is because you need to add up the cost for the onward flight from those countries.
We recommend using some online ticket booking platform (Kayak, Cheapflights, or SkyScanner) to look for the cheapest flight possible according to your travel plan. They do have alert system when there is the price change on your travel date.
Here is how to get the cheapest flight possible to Laos