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Pathet Lao Caves Vieng Xai - mini van times f Luang Prabang

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Pathet Lao Caves Vieng Xai - mini van times f Luang Prabang

We will be in Luang Prabang for 11 nights in June and want to visit Vieng Xai to see the Pathel Lao caves - probably staying in Vieng Xai for two nights. Any thoughts on the driving time from Luang Prabang in a mini van. I have used a driver before and would hire him for the 2-3 days rather than travel by local bus.

My map shows that there is an airport at Vieng Xai but Lao Airlines do not fly there. Any way to fly in from either LPQ or Vientiane.

Would it be feasible to fly to Xieng Khouang Airport from Vientiane & get a driver there to go to Vieng Xai?

Thanks for any help you can provide

David

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1. Re: Pathet Lao Caves Vieng Xai - mini van times f Luang Prabang

There are no flights to Viengxai. Lao Air (not airlines) used to go to Sam Neua an hour away from Viengxai but not sure thay still are. Last time I enquired they weren't - no demand as most Lao people are dubious about flying over the mountains by sight with unpredictable weather conditions.

Yes you could fly Vnte-Phonsavanh (XK) and get a driver from there, probably the best option. This will cut off 6 hours or so from the LP-Viengxai trip. From Phonsavanh it will take 5-6 hours with a private driver to Sam Neua and another hour on to Viengxai. From LP it will take you all day.

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2. Re: Pathet Lao Caves Vieng Xai - mini van times f Luang Prabang

Thanks Bluecramp for your fast reply.

Yes will fly to Xien khouang (XKH), (aka Phonsavanh) & get a driver to Viengxai.

I came across a website for the town, (http://www.visit-viengxay.com/index.html), which has plenty of info, even some audio extracts from the caves tour. Only problem is that it seems stuck in time - 2010 -as it refers to Lao Capricorn flying there. Lao Capricorn Air was sold to Lao Central Airlines previously known as Phongsavanh Airlines and as you say no longer fly's to Sam Neua. It fact it only fly's domestically VTE/ LPQ.

It seems a shame as Laos has many great places that are only accessible by slow buses which are fine for hardy backpackers but not by time poor tourists who would happily pay for domestic airflights.

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