After experiencing the ups and downs of a bus ride from Vientiane to Pakse twice with the VIP bus to Pakse and regular bus back to Vientiane in 2007, the Express Bus to Pakse and VIP Bus back to Vientiane in 2008, I didn’t even want to give a VIP Bus to Luang Prabang a chance.
If it’s about saving money, then flying from Vientiane (VTE), to Luang Prabang (LPQ) is quite affordable these days for one to two person. I booked a round trip airfares for $156.40 and thought it was a good deal comparing to the estimated 10 hours or more on a bus journey. The flight took about 40 minutes which means plenty of time for me to check out the city rather than sitting in a bus for hours.
There are three daily flights to Luang Prabang and from Luang Prabang to Vientiane as listed below:
Flight Schedule from Vientiane (VTE) to Luang Prabang (LPQ)
Depart at 09:30, Arrive at 10:10
Depart at 11:50, Arrive at 12:30
Depart at 16:30, Arrive at 17:10
Flight Schedule from Luang Prabang (LPQ) to Vientiane (VTE)
Depart at 10:40, Arrive at 11:20
Depart at 13:10, Arrive 13:50
Depart at 17:50, Arrive at 18:30
You can also fly straight from Bangkok to Luang Prabang with Lao Airlines or Bangkok Airways.