Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ)
The Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) serves the old capital of Laos, Luang Prabang. Though this is the second busiest aviation facility in the country, this airport is very compact, having only just recently extended its runway. However, with direct routes out to 11 destinations, you can fly to other cities within the country, popular tourist resorts, and huge international hubs from this small port.
The airport is within a stone’s throw of the city, making it an easy transit point, and stress free. And you will find all the most important amenities that passengers tend to need while travelling. For example, there are cash machines and currency exchange services that you can utilise if you have any last minute admin to do.
There is a restaurant you can pick up food in, which is great if you’re hungry and in a pinch, and there are shopping options, but these are not numerous. Otherwise, you can find an information desk, and the Bangkok Airways Lounge, that you have to pay to gain entry into, but if you are looking at a long wait, it might be worth it.
Typical carriers flying connecting or codeshare routes from Australia into Luang Prabang include Qantas, Bangkok Airways, China Southern, Vietnam Airlines, Lao Airlines, Thai Airways, Emirates, China Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Hainan, and Malaysia Airlines.
· The easiest way to rent a car in this country is to book a car online, especially as car rental agencies aren’t a dime a dozen in Laos. If you do secure a vehicle, the journey into town is very simple. All you need do is hop on Phetsarat Road, and continue on this for around 10 minutes until you reach the centre of Luang Prabang.
· There are no public transport options from this airport, but you will still be able to get into town if you don’t hire a car. The first way is to reserve private airport transfer, which you may be able to do with your hotel, or you can use our handy search tools which can list your options in ascending price order. You can also get into town via fixed rate taxis or tuk tuks. The former should cost around 58,000LAK/7USD ($10), and the latter you will have to bargain for, but these are usually cheaper methods of transport.
Please note that information is correct as of January 2017.