Laos transportation

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Laos transportation
Laos transportation

Transportation would not be a problem during your Laos tours. Laos possesses a number of modern transportation systems, including several highways and a number of airports.

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Flight

Lao Airlines
Lao Airlines

Major tourist cities are well connected by moderate-priced flights. The Lao Airlines is the only carrier that serves domestic flights and offers routes like Vientiane – Luang Prabang, Vientiane – Pakse and Vientiane – Savannkhet.

Motorbikes or Tuk Tuk

Travel by tuk tuk in Laos
Travel by tuk tuk in Laos

Motorbikes are for the adventurous ones in Vientiane. It’s suggested put on a helmet and bring with your motorcycle license since police are zero tolerant about those who without one. Tuk tuk is a common mean of transportation in Laos. Passengers are expected to pay for each destination with negotiable price before the ride.

Car hire

Unless you are an experienced driver, it’s not recommended to hire cars in Laos
Unless you are an experienced driver, it’s not recommended to hire cars in Laos

Unless you are an experienced driver, it’s not recommended to hire cars in Laos as driving standards are not up to international levels and there are few rules. However, if you are capable, it is an excellent way to get off the beaten track and to explore. A safer option is to hire cars with a driver through hotels or tourist agencies.

Bike

Cycling is one of the best ways to come into contact with local people
Cycling is one of the best ways to come into contact with local people

Laos has plenty of quiet roads that lend themselves to cycling. It is a growing industry and there are several local operators offering guided cycling throughout the country. There are good maps available and cycling is one of the best ways to come into contact with local people.

Most motorcycles are either Honda Baja or scooters. Japanese-made bikes will serve you better if you’re going off the beaten track, especially if heading to mountainous areas. Rental shops exist in Vientiane only. Helmets are mandatory and the local police are keen on checking motorcycle licences, so make sure you have one or be prepared to pay a heavy fine.

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