Travel Laos Transportation

Date: 2016-08-02 19:15:45

Transportation

Road

The road conditions are variable in Laos. From Vientiane to Luang Prabang and up to Pakmong, road are good paved road to do cycling or motor cycling. Roads between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang are more mountainous. Having a Laos in-depth travel will lead you to more developing area of Laos, in where road condition are poor.

 

There is no lane marking on Laos’ roads. Even there is lane marking, road signs or traffic lights, few drivers will abide by the traffic regulations. So self-driving tour and cycling tour without tour guide undoubtedly are riskier than escorted tours.

 

Urban Transportation

Public transportation is unreliable and is limited after sunset. Automobile taxis or cars for hire are available at the airport and most major hotels. The most common form of public transport is a three-wheeled, open-sided taxi called "tuk-tuks.” Tuk-tuks and taxis are frequently in poor repair, and drivers generally speak little or no English.

 

Water Transportation

The Mekong River cruises are one of life’s great adventures and an essential experience if you’re travelling South East Asia.

 

The Luang Say Cruise (Mekong River of Thailand-Laos) operates four days a week from November to April, and just a couple of days a week from May to September; in June, it stops for maintenance. From November to February the weather is cooler, but the days are shorter and some mornings are foggy, meaning late starts and the occasional cancellation of village visits. March to May is warmer, April is sweltering, and water levels are lower (meaning that trips can occasionally get cancelled), but on the plus side it’s lighter for longer. June to November is the rainy season, when the weather is unpredictable — on some days it can rain for a few hours, although most of the rain falls at night apparently.

 

The Vat Phou Cruise(Mekong River of Laos-Cambodia) starts and finishes in Pakse, Both cruise itineraries  (Down and Up) visit the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Vat Phou ruins at Champassak, the mysterious Oum Muong ruins at Huei Thamo, the 4,000 Islands with its winding waterways, and the Phapheng waterfall on the Laos – Cambodia border. Vat Phou Cruise departs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 1 October to 31 March. Vat Phou Cruise departs every Tuesday and Saturday from 01 April to 30 September. No cruises operation in June.

 

Shompoo Cruise runs 2-day boat cruise between Houay Xay to Luang Prabang, however, this cruise is not an over-night cruise. Overnight accommodation will be arranged in Pakbeng. There is no public schedule from this cruise company. They run the cruise only with minimum 8 guests.

 

Pandaw cruise runs international cruise from Laos to China, Burma, Thailand, and Cambodia. They are one of the most luxury river cruise operator in Southeast Asia. Their Laos cruises including:

1.       Mekong Cruise Laos-China: Luang Prabang - Pakbeng – Huay Xai(Thailand) - Tachileik(Myanmar) - Jinghong(China)

2.       Mekong Cruise Laos-China: Vientiane - Ban Paklay - Luang Prabang - Pak Beng(Laos) - Chiang Saen(Thailand) - Tachileik(Myanmar) - Muang Long(Laos) - Jinghong(China)

3.       Mekong Cruise Thailand-Laos: Vientiane - Pak Lai - Luang Prabang - Pak Beng - Chiang Khong - Golden Triangle(Thailand)

 

Train

You can travel between Bangkok & Vientiane by train, which take around 10 hours for the trip. It is the only and first railway in Laos.

 

Air

The passenger airline in Laos is Lao Airlines. It is the national airline of Laos, headquartered in Vientiane. It operates domestic as well as international services to countries such as Cambodia, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and Korea.