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Air: There are three international airports in Laos. Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, Pakse Airport in Champassak and the Luang Prabang International Airport. Wattay in Vientiane has regular service from Bangkok, Chaing Mai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kunming, and Taipei. Direct flights are available to Luang Prabang from Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Lao Airlines has regular service to all domestic destinations and a number of regional capitals. Major international carriers with flights to Laos are Bangkok Airways, Thai International, Vietnam Airlines and China Southern Airlines. There is also service direct from Taipei several times weekly on Eva Air.

Wattay Airport in Vientiane

Overland: You can access Laos by road from Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Yunnan Province in China. There are presently 11 international border crossings where 15-day visa on arrival may be obtained. The most popular entry point is Vientiane's Friendship Bridge that crosses the Mekong and connects Laos to Thailand, but there are also checkpoints at Boten in Luang Namtha (Laos-China), Houeisai in Bokeo (Laos-Thailand), Na Meo in Houaphan (Laos-Viet Nam), Namkhan in Xieng Khouang (Laos-Viet Nam), Nam Phao in Bolikhamxai (Laos-Vietnam), Thakhaek in Khammouane (Laos-Thailand), Na Phao in Khammouane (Laos-Viet Nam), Dene Savan (Laos-Viet Nam) and Dan Savanh (Laos-Thailand) in Savannakhet and Vang Tao in Champassak (Laos-Thailand). If you have already have a visa you may enter Laos from Cambodia at Veun Kham. Within the country, major north-south and east-west roads are sealed and there is regular bus service to all provincial and district capitals.

Friendship Bridge over the Mekong

River: If you enter Laos at Houeisai (Bokeo), Thakhaek (Khammouane) or Dan Savanh (Savannakhet) it is necessary to take a short ferry ride across the Mekong River. After crossing from Chiang Khong in northern Thailand to Houeisai, many people proceed directly to Luang Prabang via the Mekong. If you are heading north to Luang Namtha a two-day journey on the Namtha River, is a memorable adventure that takes you through lush forest and requires an overnight in your boatmen's home. There is also regular boat service on the Mekong from Pakse to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Vat Phou, and throughout the Four Thousand Islands in the far south.

Boat travel is a major form of transportation in Laos