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Why Luang Prabang International Airport is special ?
Luang Prabang International Airport is located 4 kilometers from the center of Luang Prabang in northern Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic). Luang Prabang International Airport is one of two international airports of Laos, located in Luang Prabang. Until recently, this airport is still considered dangerous landing site but now the airport is being modernized.
Gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Luang Prabang, the city’s international airport is located just 4 kilometers from the centre of town. Currently the airport is only able to accommodate smaller aircraft but after a runway extension programme started in 2011 is completed in 2013 the airstrip will be appropriate for larger aircraft.
The airport hosts regular scheduled flights for Bangkok Airways, Lao Airlines and Vietnam Airlines.
What to explore at Luang Prabang International Airport?
Once you exit the arrivals gate you’ll find yourself in a car park and you’ll see a currency exchange on your right. Please note that only major currencies and Thai baht are accepted here. You will also find a host of taxis and touts offering you a ride into town.
There is a restaurant located in the car park of the Luang Prabang International Airport so if you are hungry it might pay to eat here before checking in. In the departures lounge you will find one small café in each of the two waiting areas. These cafes serve only basic snack foods as well as coffee, tea, beer and soft drinks.
In the first of the two waiting areas you will find only a small café, an airlines office and the Bangkok Airways lounge. If you are a Bangkok Airways passenger show your boarding pass to the security guard and cross over to the lounge in the second waiting area. Passengers on other airlines will have to wait until their gate opens before crossing into the second waiting area where you will find only one small café and a very small shop selling jewellery and various souvenirs of Laos.
There are no duty free shops at Luang Prabang International Airport only a very small shop in the international departures lounge which sells gem stones, jewellery and some souvenirs of Laos.
How to get to Luang Prabang International Airport?
When you exit the arrivals gate you will enter a car park where a hive of people are waiting to provide hotel pick ups and plenty of taxis await. The standard taxi fare into the city is US$5.00 and it is only a 20 to 30-minute journey.
- Well-designed architecture
- Great place to visit for a while
- Lots of fun
- Good place for kids
- Clean and well-maintained
Luang Prabang, Laos
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You're landing in one of the coolest, most relaxed places on earth. It might not seem so right now - but this city is a special experience.