Many of the world’s most beautiful locations are in Southeast Asia so there’s a high likelihood Luang Prabang isn’t the only place on your to-see list. This region is a breath of fresh air from the rest of the world and unlike any other, so we strongly encourage you to see it all. Wherever it is you’re coming by from, we want your trip to Luang Prabang to be smooth and stress-free. Read on for the easiest and cheapest direct and non-direct flights to Luang Prabang from all major South-East Asian cities. And please keep in mind that these prices fluctuate throughout the year.
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Direct Flights to Luang Prabang (LPQ)
Singapore to Luang Prabang
Scoot Airlines flies directly to Luang Prabang from Singapore, a trip that takes 3 hours and 10 minutes. Tickets vary seasonally but can drop to as low as $90 for a one-way ticket, during less crowded months, and increase as high as $287 during others. Scoot Airlines does this trip on Thursdays, Saturdays, and most Mondays. And please note that while the trip is direct going into Luang Prabang, it is not direct on the way back and makes a stop in Vientiane.
Thailand to Laos
Flights from Chang Mai to Luang Prabang
Flights from Chiang Mai usually occur in the late afternoon and take 1 hour and 15 minutes, on average. One direct flight makes this journey every day of the week with either Lao Airlines or Bangkok Airways. During the low season, one-way tickets drop to as low as $72 but as high as $190 in the high season.
Flights from Bangkok (BKK) to Luang Prabang
At least two direct flights from Bangkok’s main airport to Luang Prabang are made every day, taking an average duration of 2 hours and 5 minutes. The airlines that dominate this route are Bangkok Airways and Lao Airlines, but Thai Smile also makes this journey on Mondays and Sundays. You can expect tickets to cost between $77-162.
Flights from Bangkok (DMK) to Luang Prabang
Only one direct flight with Thai AirAsia leaves Bangkok’s domestic airport every day. The duration of this flight is 1 hour and 30 minutes, leaving in the mid-afternoon. One-way tickets can cost as little as $50 but during the peak month of December, this rises to $158.
Cambodia to Laos
Flights from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang
At least one direct flight makes its way from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang each day, but never on a Tuesday, and only on Sundays during the peak season. The airlines on this route are Lao Airlines and Vietnam Airlines, and the flight takes 1 hour and 30 minutes. One-way tickets are priced between $156 and $365.
Vietnam to Laos
Flights from Hanoi to Luang Prabang
A direct flight from Hanoi takes only 1 hour and 15 minutes, costing about $100-280 for a one-way ticket. This trip is made at least once a day by Lao Airlines or Vietnam Airlines. Depending on the airline you choose, your departure to Luang Prabang will be at either midday or in the evening.
Laos Domestic Flights
Flights Vientiane to Luang Prabang
Flying from Vientiane, Laos’ capital city, is a short trip averaging at 50 minutes. Lao Airlines is the primary airline that takes care of this route, but if you’re looking for alternatives, try Lao Skyway and Scoot, who may offer cheaper prices but less flexible departure times. Depending on the time of year, it can cost between $60-155 for one-way. With 4-5 trips every day, you’ll have no problem finding a departure that suits your schedule.
Non-Direct Flights to Luang Prabang Within Southeast Asia
Don’t let a non-direct flight dissuade you from adding this leg to your itinerary. An extra stop may make the journey longer, but tickets are still affordable. These flights will see a bigger spike during peak season, so it’s essential to book as soon as you can.
Malaysia to Laos
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Luang Prabang
A flight from Malaysia’s capital city can be extremely inexpensive, priced at $67 on select days of the week. As with most flights, this rises during the peak season. At its highest, a flight from Kuala Lumpur will cost $225, but cheaper flights can easily be found, especially if your schedule allows for some flexibility.
The airline on this route is Thai AirAsia and you will make one stop in Bangkok before continuing on to Luang Prabang. Depending on the transit time of your journey, this can take as little as 5.5 hours and as long as 9.5 hours. Between 1-4 non-direct flights leave Kuala Lumpur for Luang Prabang daily.
Indonesia to Laos
Flights from Jakarta to Luang Prabang
If you’re looking for the fastest journey from Indonesia’s capital, then book with Garuda Airlines. A trip with them averages at 7 hours and 15 minutes, and one-way tickets are not the cheapest you’ll find on this route. At their least expensive they are $410 and at their highest, they are very pricey at $730 on select days of peak months.
The cheapest flight is with Scoot Airlines and a one-way ticket can drop to as low as $150. Please note, however, that this includes a long stopover in Singapore of 10-20 hours. If this trip is right for you, consider staying at the hotel airport while you’re in Singapore.
Flights from Bali to Luang Prabang
Bali is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations so flight tickets fluctuate wildly depending on the season. More so than other routes we’ve listed. The cheapest month to book for is September, where you’ll find tickets one-third the price of what you’ll see during the busiest peak season months. As soon as October strikes, ticket costs triple and steadily rise.
The cheapest trips from Bali are, unfortunately, some of the longest. During the low season, a one-way ticket to Luang Prabang can cost as little as $170, but be prepared to travel 15-19 hours. Two stops will be made in Jakarta and then Bangkok, or for a slightly higher fare, just one stop in Bangkok. Over half of this long journey consists of time spent in transit.
During the low season, Thai AirAsia is the best airline to rely on for an inexpensive trip, but in the high season, Thai Smile has the best prices. They offer tickets for as low as $415 during the most expensive month (December) and this is a steal.
The shortest trip from Bali takes 9 hours, with one stop made in Bangkok. These tickets are extremely cheap at $160 in less popular months but this same flight skyrockets to $700+ during the peak season.
If you’re planning to travel to Luang Prabang during the busy months and you don’t have a big budget, it will be difficult to avoid a total travel time of under 15 hours.
Philippines to Laos
Flights from Manila to Luang Prabang
During the low season, the cheapest possible ticket is with AirAsia (Philippines and Thai) for only $130, but we’d advise travelers to find an alternate route as it takes nearly 23 hours to complete the journey, with a long layover in Bangkok. The cheapest flight offering the most comfort is priced at $180-215. For this booking, turn to Singapore Airlines, Jetstar and Scoot who make this 14.5 hour trip with a layover in Singapore. This flight is infrequent and is usually made on Wednesdays.
Interestingly enough, the quickest flight remains at around $420 for most of the year, making it expensive in the low season, but a decent deal in the peak season. This 11-hour journey makes two stops in Taipei and Hanoi along the way. Flight days vary but are usually on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
More Information About Flights to Luang Prabang
Did you find this article about flights to Luang Prabang helpful? Are you looking for even more ways to travel to Laos? Then check out these other articles to help plan your Southeast Asian itinerary!
- When to go to Laos and how to get there from I Escape
- Getting to, from & around Laos from TravelFish
- Getting to Laos | How to Travel to Laos from Rough Guides
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