Airfare to Vientiane, Laos
Although it is a capital city, Vientiane remains remarkably underdeveloped and untouristed compared with big-city southeast Asia neighbor Bangkok. Temples are a popular draw here, among them Black Stupa, Wat Si Saket and Haw Pha Kaew. For kisch, don’t miss Buddha Park, outside the city. For shopping, a visit to the Morning Market is in order.
Airfare to Vientiane will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Bangkok, Thailand. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Lao Airlines is the national airline. However, Bangkok Airways, EVA Air and other airlines also stop in Vientiane.
The most expensive air tickets to Vientiane are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Bangkok, Thailand and traveling overland to Vientiane via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Vientiane, check out BootsnAll’s Vientiane Travel Guide.