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WHERE TO FIND Vientiane Hotel:

Ansara Hotel Aroon Residence Asian Pavilion Hotel AV Hotel Avalon Hotel Avilla Phasouk Hotel Be Na Cam Guesthouse Best Western Vientiane Hotel D Rose Hotel Don Chan Palace Hotel Green Park Boutique hotel iHouse-New Hotel Inter City Boutique Hotel Lao Plaza Hotel Le Leela Hotel Mercure Vientiane Hotel New Lao Paris Hotel 7HYR]PL^,_LJ\[P]L:\P[LZ Rashmi’s Plaza Hotel Sabaidee@Lao Hotel Salana Boutique Hotel Settha Palace Vientiane Plaza Hotel

Restaurants & Cafe:

Amphone Aria Italian Blue Bananas Boutique Restaurant Chokdee cafe Common Grounds Cafe and Bakery Croissant d’Or ,\YVWL:[LHR/V\ZL-YLUJO Joma Bakery Cafe Full Moon Cafe Khop Chai Deu Kongkhao Restaurant Kong View Kualao Restaurant L’Adresse de Tinay La Bodega La Gondola Lao Garden Pub & Restaurant La Scala Fine Italian La Terrasse Le Banneton Le Cote D’Azur Restaurant 3»,Z[HTPUL[ L’Opera Italian Restaurant Makphet Restaurant Nam Phu Restaurant and Bar Nazim Restaurant Indian NOS Sushi Bar Restaurant Osaka Hac Chao Restaurant Le Provencal Scandinavian Bakery Swensen’s Ice Cream Swedish Pizza & Baking House Shabu Shabu Tamnak Lao Restaurant Ty-Na Restaurant Xang Khoo The Spirit House Tex Mex Alexia Vista WiFi Cafe Via Via Restaurant and Bar Xayoh restaurant

Massage & Spa:

Adina Spa Champa Spa Dalah Spa Dragon Massage Happy Garden Kim Traditional Massage LV City Mandarina Body And Soul Spa Manee Spa Niyom Massage & Spa Oasis Spa Massage & Beauty Papaya Spa Shop Sabaidee Massage Shop The Spa Vientiane Thongchan Sauna and Tou White Lotus Massage & Beauty Vongdala Lao Traditional Massage

Vang Vieng Hotel:

Ban Sabai Bungalow Bee Bee Guest House Champa Lao Bungalow

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Champa Lao The Villa Chanthapanya Guest House Domon Guesthouse Grandview Guesthouse Hotel Vilayvong Inthira Vang Vieng Khampaseuth Hotel Khamphone Guesthouse Khamthavee Guesthouse Laos Haven Hotel Le Jardin Organique Malany Villa 1 Malany Villa 2 Moradok 2 Resort (Heritage) Mountain Riverview Nana Pany Hotel Phou Ang Kham 1 Hotel Phou Ang Kham 2 Hotel Popular View Guesthouse River View Bungalows Riverside Boutique Resort Santi Villa Savanh Vangvieng Hotel Silver Naga Hotel Spicylaos Backpackers Thavexok Hotel Thavikhoun Guest House Thavisouk Hotel and Resort Thavonsouk Resort ;OL,SLWOHU[*YVZZPUN/V[LS =HUN=PLUN,JV3VKNL Vangvieng Resort Vansana Hotel Vang Vieng Villa Nam Song Villa Vang Vieng Riverside

Restaurants & Cafe: Arena Restaurant and Bar ,YH^HU9LZ[H\YHU[ Jungle Restaurant Khan Kham Restaurant Luang Prabang Bakery Organic Mulberry Farm Cafe Sabaidee Garden Sala Pha Deng Steak House The Terrace Vanpersay Restaurant Via Via Pizza Xayoh Restaurant

Massage & Spa: Linna Phar Massage Mandarina Spa

Luang Prabang Hotel:

3 Nagas Alounsavath Guesthouse Ancient Luang Prabang Arissara House ,SLWOHU[3VKNL Hotel Amantaka Hotel de la Paix Hotel de Lyon Hotel Villa Deux Rivieres Kamu Lodge Kiridara La Residence Phou Vao Lao Spirit Resort Le Bel Air Boutique Resort Le Palais Juliana Le Parasol Blanc Luang Prabang L’hotel Souvannaphoum Lotus Villa Laos Luang Prabang Oasis Luang Prabang Paradise Resort Luang Prabang Residence Luang Prabang River Lodge Luang Prabang River Lodge 2 Luang Prabang View Resort Maison Dalabua Hotel Maison Souvannaphoum Manoluck Hotel Mekong Riverview Hotel Mekong River Villa Muong Lao Riverside My Dream Boutique Resort Nam Khan Villas Resort Nam Ou Riverside Hotel & Resort Ock Pop Tok Villa Pack Luck Villa Guesthouse Phousi Hotel Philaylack Villa Rama Hotel

Ramayana Boutique Hotel & Spa Sabaidee Guesthouse Sala Prabang Sanakeo Hotel Santi Resort & Spa Satri House Saynamkhan Hotel SAYO NAGA Guesthouse Sayo River Guest House Sokdee Residence Sunway Thatsaphone Villa The Apsara The Apsara Rive Droite The Chang Heritage Hotel The Chang Inn The Grand Luang Prabang The Luang Say Residence The View Pavilion Hotel The Xieng Mouark Bellevue Resort Villa Baan Lakkham Villa Ban Lao Hotel Villa Chitdara Villa Laodeum Villa Lao Wooden House Villa Le Tam Tam Villa Luang Sokxay Villa Maydou Boutique Hotel Villa Maly Villa Nagara Villa Santi Hotel Villa Thepsanasinh Hotel Villa Treasure Hotel Luang Prabang Xangkham Resort Xiengthong Palace Zen Namkhan Boutique Resort

Restaurant & Cafe:

Ancient Kili Cafe Ancient Luang Prabang Cafe Arthouse Cafe Aussie Sports Bar and Barbeque Mekong BBQ by the Bridge Big Tree Cafe Blue Lagoon Restaurant Boungnasouk Restaurant Cafe Ban Vat Sen Cafe Mekong Fish Coconut Garden Couleur Cafe and Restaurant Dara Restaurant Delilah’s Place Dyen Sabai Galanga German Restaurant Hive Bar & Restaurant Huean Luang Prabang Icon Klub IndoChina Spirit Joma Bakery Cafe Kitchen by the Mekong 3H)LSSL,WVX\L Lao Lao Garden! La Residence Phou Vao, Phou Le Banneton Cafe le cafe ban vat sene 3»,SLWOHU[9LZ[H\YHU[ Le Tam Tam Garden Martin’s Pub Morning Glory Cafe Namkhong Cafe Nava Mekong Park Houay Mixay Pizza Sasa Tamarind Restaurant Roots & Leaves :HɈYVU*HɈL Sala cafe Savanh Restaurant S Bar & Restaurant Sonphao Tamnak Lao Restaurant Tat Mor The Apsara The Belle Rive Terrace The House Restaurant & Bar The Old Town Restaurant The Silk Road Cafe The View Pavilion Tropical Garden Authentic Thai Cuisine Tum Tum Cheng Utopia Restaurant and Bar Un Petit Nid

Massage & Spa:

Angsana Spa Dhammada Massage Oasis Khmu Restaurant Spa & Massage Lao Red Cross Sauna and Massage Lemongrass Sauna and Traditional Massage Lotus Spa The Mekong Spa The Spa Garden

Pakse Hotel:

Arawan Riverside Hotel Athena Hotel Champassak Grand Hotel Champasak Guesthouse Champasak Palace Hotel Champa Residence Hotel Daovieng Hotel Dokkhoun Hotel Done Khong Guest House Houaygnangkham Hotel Imhoun Homestay & Restaurant Inthira Hotel Khone Pha Pheng Resort And Golf Club 2PUNÄZOLY,JVSVKNL Kongmany Hotel La Folie Lodge Lankham Hotel Mely 2 Hotel Mekong Paradise Resort Pakse Hotel Phaythavone Hotel Phonsavan Hotel Pon Arena Hotel Residence Sisouk

Restaurant & Cafe:

Bolaven Cafe Daolin Restaurant Cafe Jaidee Bar and Restaurant Jasmine Restaurant Lankham Pho Pakse Le Panorama Nadao Rattana’s Restaurant The Kitchen Champasak Xuanmai

Massage & Spa: Champasak Spa

Savannakhet Hotel:

Daosavanh Resort & Spa Hoong Thip Hotel Leena Guesthouse Mekong Hotel Phonepaseuth Hotel Rattanasavanh Saisouk Guesthouse Sala Savanh Savanbanhao Hotel Savan Vegas Hotel & Casino

Restaurant & Cafe: Cafe Anakot Lao Lao restaurant Lin’s Cafe Savan Lao Deam Savannakhet iLounge Cafe


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PR BULLETINS

Lao Airlines is One of Asia’s Fast Growing There has been some great news this month regarding Lao Airlines, which is maybe unexpectedly become one of Asia’s fastest growing airlines with a seating capacity that has grown by 50% over the past 12 months. As we documented in previous issues, the purchase of two A320 aircrafts has boosted capacity to much higher levels. The capacity has almost doubled this year on several of their biggest routes, which is obviously great news for the company and Lao in general, but also great news for travelers who now have more options when traveling to and from the country. Two new routes were also launched over the past year between Vientiane and Singapore, and the domestic route between Vientiane and Savannakhet. In Laos’ capital Vientiane, Lao Airlines has a 50% share of total seat capacity, competing with Vietnam Airlines, Thai Airways, the private local airline Lao Central Airlines, AirAsia, Jin Air and China Eastern, while the state carrier has a larger 65% share at Luang Prabang, where the only competitors are Vietnam Airlines, Bangkok Airways and Lao Central Airlines.

Wuttisuk Beauty Clinic Opening 4th Branch in Luang Prabang heritage city in Lao PDR

Siam International Co., Ltd has opened Wuttisuk Beauty Clinic, the 4th Branch in Luang Prabang. The branch is situated at Houaxieng Village, Luangprabang District, Luangprabang Province, close to the provincial post office. The opening ceremony was attended by His Excellency, Dr. Khampheng XAYSOMPHENG, Governor of Luangprabang Province; Mr. Sagham LAMSOUTH, CEO of Cambodia, and Mr. Supittsa LAMSOUTH, CEO of Laos. The new branch in Luangprabang heritage city is open to serve and take care of customers within Luangprabang for Lao and foreign tourists who need to find or choose services and merchandise in order to help with their beauty care. During this opening ceremony, there are enjoyable activities and promotions such as price discount from stars, singers and models. L Zone is also appearing with a full set of dancers, alongside Miss. Thailand World 2010 & 2011, Trak Tharanyu, DJ JJ, LeO, Nawat, Mik Thongraya, Fai and Jom, alongside many more.

Preparation For the Asia-Europe People Forum Nearly Complete

Bangkok Airways introduces new route to Bangkok Bangkok Airways will operate a new daily flight service from Vientiane to Bangkok starting from 30 November 2012 onwards. Make a comfortable journey from Lao’s capital city of Vientiane to Bangkok’s Suvarnnabhumi Airport with flight PG944 which will depart from Vientiane at 10.10am and arrive at Bangkok at 11.25am. PG943 departs from Bangkok at 08.10 am and arrives at Vientiane at 09.30am. For more information and reservations, please contact your travel agent or call 856 71 253 334.

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The preparations for the 9th AsiaEurope People Forum, to be held on October 16-19 in Vientiane, are 90% complete, said senior official. Mrs. Khamphao Ernthavanh, Director of the Institute of Foreign Affairs cum Head of National Organising Committee for the 9th AEPF. Over 300 organizations and representatives from 15 countries are expected to participate in the meeting. The forum is an event where peoplecan exchange their views on the socio-economic development issues, according to member of International Organising Committee Maris Dela Cruz. “For the Lao PDR, people across the country have been asked whether they have issues or problems for their representatives to discuss or resolve at the meeting and they have been told their voices will be heard at the event,” said Mrs. Khamphao.


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uilt on the steep slopes of Phu Fa (1625m), Phongsali possesses a year-round cool climate that comes as a welcome relief during the hotter (March to May) season. In fact [OLJSPTH[LPZJSVZLY[V^OH[`V\^V\SKĂ&#x201E;UKPUUVY[OLYU Vietnam than much of Laos. It can be quite cold during the cool season, with temperatures as low as 5°C at night, 10°C during the day. Fog and low clouds are common in the morning at any time of year. Rainfall can be intense and cold. Be sure to bring a pullover, jacket and waterproofs, even in March, April and May, just in case. The capital district is surrounded by rolling, deforested hills. If you've come expecting to see lots of colorfully garbed minorities in the market or around town, you'll be disappointed unless you arrive during a major holiday like Lao New Year in April, when residents from all around the province visit the capital. The best areas for hill-tribe village exploration are found in the extreme northwest corner of the province, where there are no roads. Reaching this area involves walking two or more days. Phongsali does boast some colonial architecture, and wandering about the town's back Z[YLL[ZHUKHSSL`ZJHUILPU[LYLZ[PUN;OLZ[HÉ&#x2C6;H[[OL7OV\MH/V[LS can help arrange village trekking outside of town.

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ne of the participants are Lao craftspeople with their ancient techniques who are an intricate part of Lao’s colorful culture and will welcome the meeting’s delegates and their wives, alongside all the other participants of the summit.

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that also has merged with the modern developments of the world today. There will be more than 200 exhibition booths of Lao craftspeople who reside in the city and remote rural areas. There will also be exhibition booths of all ASEAN countries’ craftspeople. During the evening of the festival opening there will be a LAO GRAND FASHION SHOW, exhibitions, performances and other demonstrations that aim to bring people together to exchange wisdom and develop trade relationship in the aim of expanding tourism for all parties involved. The 11th Lao Handicraft festival, which will be held between on 1-7 November 2012, and will give you the chance to join the hosts of the festival during this period, such as the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lao Handicraft Association and Sustainable Tourism Development Project, Tourism Development Department, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.


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LAO ROOMS

THAVORN SOUK RESORT

Located right on the banks of the Nam Song River, with spectacular views of the river and beyond to the mountain ranges, Thavonsouk Resort is a great choice for guests wishing to stay in the heart of Vang Vieng. The resort was tastefully refurbished in 2008 using traditional Laos furnishings and dark woods, and the river front Z\P[LZVɈLY\UKPZ[\YILK]PL^ZMYVT[OLPY private balconies. Whilst facilities are minimal, the resort boasts a delightful sunset restaurant serving traditional Laotian, Asian and western cuisine.

Vang   V ieng   R etreat” VILLA NAM SONG

Villa Nam Song is nestled on the banks of the 5HT :VUN 9P]LY VɈLYPUN PUJYLKPISL ]PL^Z VM the Limestone Mountains and surrounding area. With riverside sunbeds, everyone can enjoy the spectacular sunsets over the river. All rooms are clean and comfortable with airconditioning and ensuite. The rooms are set amongst lush tropical surroundings and will be a perfect place to stay and absorb some real nature and Laos’ culture. Within walking distance to all of the town’s highlights, you are right in the center of the action. The Villa is a 10-minute walk to the main cluster of bars, restaurants and shops in the area, so you can enjoy the convenient location. VILLA NAM SONG Viengkeo Village, Vang Vieng, Laos PDR. (+856 23) 511 637 www.villanamsong.com 38

THAVONSOUK RESORT Vangvieng District, Vientiane Province Lao P.D.R (+856-23) 511096, 511215 www.thavonsouk.com


VILLA VANG VIENG RIVERSIDE

Villa Vang Vieng Riverside Hotel is a luxurious hotel in the heart of Laos, located directly on the banks of the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng. From your room or from the pool you can enjoy spectacular views of the breathtaking mountains which make the region so popular. All the rooms are equipped with the highest standard of amenities that ensure a comfortable and memorable stay. Have a spot of lunch in the onsite restaurant - a perfect place to relax and to enjoy the view, with traditional Lao dishes and selected Western food. If you are looking for somewhere that merges luxury, location, quality and convenience, this is the resort for you

RIVERSIDE BOUTIQUE RESORT

Vang  Vieng  Retreat” VILLA VANG VIENG RIVERSIDE Ban Viengkeo Vang Vieng Vientiane Provence Lao PDR (+856 23) 511 460 www.villavangvieng.com

Located on the banks of the Nam Song River, next to a small wooden bridge, the Riverside Boutique Resort is a luxury hotel set in a tropical garden and organized around a central swimming pool. Its thirty-four rooms and suites, as well as the YLZ[H\YHU[ HUK [OL IHY VɈLY Z[\UUPUN ]PL^Z V]LY the limestone mountains of Vang Vieng. With a beautiful design by award-winning architect Sakpaseuth Phanrajsavong, the Riverside Boutique 9LZVY[ PZ [OL ÄYZ[ OPNOLUK OV[LS PU [OL JV\U[Y` that systematically celebrates the exceptional cultural and natural diversity of Laos. Although [OL 9P]LYZPKL )V\[PX\L 9LZVY[ YLÅLJ[Z [OL ^LHS[O and elegance of its Lao heritage, it also strives to provide international-level services. RIVERSIDE BOUTIQUE RESORT Ban Viengkeo, PO Box 360, Vang Vieng, Vientiane Province, Lao PDR. (+856 23) 511 726-8 www.riversidevangvieng.com

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SABAIDEE GUEST

THE

DOUBLE CAREER of

Aluna

Thavonsouk Story & Photos: Gaid P.Kornsilapa Location: DESPERADO Piano Bar @ Rashmi's The Plaza Vientiane

SOME   PEOPLE   ARE   JUST   SPECIAL,   AND   NO-­ONE   CAN   QUESTION   THAT   WHERE   ALUNA   THAVONSOUK   IS   CONCERNED.  AMAZINGLY  JUGGLING  HER  TWO  CAREERS,   BEING  A  FAMOUS  LAOS’  POP  SINGER  AND  THE  MANAGER   OF  THAVONSOUK  RESORT,  THIS  IS  A  VERY  UNIQUE  LADY.

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he long road in the career of the alluring R&B singer (S\UH;OH]VUZV\RJVTWSL[LS`KPɈLYZMYVT[OLV[OLYZ since she divides her time between her career as a popular singer and her work as general manager for Thavonsouk Resort - her family-run business located in the picturesque tourism-oriented town of Vang Vieng in Laos. It took her a great number of years before she discovered herself and decided what she really wanted to do in life. The success of her career is obviously proving that she made the right decision to follow her dreams with enthusiasm and guile. After graduating in Australia, she ended up working as a new graduate before she realized that it wasn’t what she dreamed of. Instead of taking a break from work to further her study like her other friends, she KLJPKLK[V[HRLH[YPWHSVUL[VºÄUK»OLYZLSM It happened one day in Paris when she took a bus to town. She noticed that everyone she saw was humming, making rhythms with simple music instruments before she came to realize that the city was celebrating Fete de la Musique. During the festival, she enjoyed watching a number of her favorite artists playing live on stage. That moment was so inspiring that it ignited her dreams to become a musician. Brought up in a family where every member had a strong musical passion, Aluna was certain that she could make a KPɈLYLUJLPU[OLT\ZPJPUK\Z[Y`PUOLYOVTLSHUK/LYÄYZ[HSI\T was released in 2005, beautifully showcasing her unique voice, which made her a rising star. Following her immediate success, she performed several tour concerts in Laos and neighboring countries. This gave her the opportunity to see her motherland in a wider perspective.

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Singing gives me a chance to see the beauty of Laos with my own eyes

she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Singing gives me a chance to see the beauty of Laos with my own eyes, to meet up with other Laotians. At some point, I traveled to Attapeu, which is the southernmost part of the country and Phongsali in the northernmost district of Laos, which both were such memorable trips for me.â&#x20AC;? Some of her trips were so inspiring that she launched The Journey to Part II - a pocket book telling of her story during H KH` [V\Y JVUJLY[ HM[LY OLY Ă&#x201E;YZ[ album. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was such an awesome trip, meeting new people who were so generous in many ways,â&#x20AC;? Aluna told with her eyes brightly sparkling with pure happiness. She had nothing to give those people back, so she wrote a song for them, Kwam Rusuk Bok (Feeling can tell), which was featured in the original soundtrack for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sabaidee Luang Prabang Part IIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is a Thai movie. 0[ÂťZ KPÉ&#x2030;J\S[ [V Ă&#x201E;UK HU`VUL ^OV JHU ILJVTLHUHÉ&#x2C6;HISLTLNHZ[HYPU3HVZ awarded a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lao Music Awardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and also becoming a young executive of a resort in the same time. Aluna can leave her limelight image behind whenever she wants to help serve food at her resort. Nothing can stop her putting her enthusiasm and hospitality to work at the resort.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Becoming a manager changed my life,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to wear those high heels or apply heavy make-up when I work H[[OLYLZVY[:VTL[PTLZ0Ă&#x201E;UK[OH[UVVUL can recognize me as a singer when I'm working as a waitress at my resort, since I am not so concerned with how I look. For me, I divide my careers completely so that I can do both with perfection.â&#x20AC;? When she was asked about her thoughts towards her 32-room resort, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead of adding more rooms, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather maximize our service and remain the same or even decrease the number of guest rooms so that our guests can enjoy untold pampering during their stay at our hotel,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We tend not to focus on expecting those high-end customers at our resort. However, when thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better infrastructure, such as the railway, modern amenities nearby such as a golf course, or convenient transportation such as [OL KPYLJ[ Ă&#x2026;PNO[ [V =HUN =PLUN ^OPJO HYL all expected to be completed within the next 7-10 years, Thavonsouk Resort will KLĂ&#x201E;UP[LS`ILYLHK`[V^LSJVTLOPNOWYVĂ&#x201E;SL customers,â&#x20AC;?-PUPZOLKVÉ&#x2C6;(S\UH In the next ten years, Thavonsouk Resort will be seeing itself as a world-class resort that features luxurious pool villas overlooking the picturesque Song River and the mountainous terrain of Vang Vieng, according to this talented singercum-rising-executive.

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Go deeper underground and visit the many wondrous caves in the area around Vang Vieng, where you can navigate secret corridors and gaze in wonder at the unusual rock formations of stalagmites and stalactites formed over thousands of years in the deep realms. From the main cycle trails, you’ll spot intriguing signs pointing down bumpy tracks, indicating caves in the area. If such a sign is followed, like magic, you will encounter a young guide who knows routes through the caves like the back of his hand and will guide you [OYV\NO[OLKHYRULZZ^P[OHÅHZOSPNO[[VHWWLHY at the other side, occasionally pointing out huge spiders lurking in the darkness! A few of the caves have underground lakes and some open up into impressive lagoons where you can swim. Obtain a THWPU[V^U[VÄUKV\[[OLZWV[Z

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Guangzhou, China Kunming, China Jinghong, China

Hanoi, Vietnam

Luangnamtha Oudomxay Houeisay Xiengkhouang Luang Prabang Chiangmai, Thailand

VIENETIANE

Udonthani Danang, Vietnam Savannakhet

Pakse

Bangkok, Thailand

Siemreap, Cambodia

Phnompenh, Cambodia Internation Route Future Route Domestic Route Code Sharc Route Airport

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Singapore


INTERNATIONAL ROUTES TIMETABLE Valid from 25 Mar 2012 to 27 Oct 2012 FLT No

Days

Routing

Dep

Arr

AC

STP

VIENTIANE - BANGKOK - VIENTIANE QV414 QV415 QV415 QV4571* QV4575* QV424 QV425 QV425 QV4570* QV4574*

Daily 247 1356 Daily Daily Daily 247 1356 Daily Daily

VTE  BKK VTE  BKK VTE  BKK VTE  BKK VTE  BKK BKK  VTE BKK  VTE BKK  VTE BKK  VTE BKK  VTE

QV312 QV920* QV322 QV921*

Daily Daily Daily Daily

VTE  HAN VTE  HAN HAN  VTE HAN  VTE

QV921 QV920

Daily Daily

VTE  PNH PNH  VTE

QV512 QV522

2457 2457

VTE  REP REP  VTE

QV535 QV545

247 247

VTE  SIN SIN  VTE

QV515 QV525

136 136

VTE  SGN SGN  VTE

QV817 QV827

Daily Daily

VTE  KMG  KMG  VTE

07:30 16:15 16:40 13:50 21:50 09:35 18:55 18:55 11:45 19:55

08:35 17:50 17:50 14:55 22:55 10:45 20:40 20:05 12:55 21:05

320 AT7 320 734 734 320 AT7 320 734 734

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

320 320 320 320

0 0 0 0

320 320

0 0

AT7 AT7

PKZ PKZ

320 320

0 0

AT7 AT7

PKZ PKZ

320 320

0 0

AT7 AT7

0 0

AT7 AT7

0 0

AT7 AT7

0 0

AT7 F70 AT7 F70

PKZ 0 PKZ 0

15:15 18:10 09:35 19:50

F70 AT7 F70 AT7

0 0 0 0

09:25 14:20 11:05 16:00

AT7 AT7 AT7 AT7

0 0 0 0

MA6 MA6

0 0

12:30 15:05

AT7 AT7

0 0

12:00 15:35

MA6 MA6

ZVK ZVK

VIENTIANE - HANOI - VIENTIANE 15:15 19:35 17:25 09:40

16:25 20:35 18:35 10:45

VIENTIANE - PHNOMPENH - VIENTIANE 11:30 17:30

13:00 18:50

VIENTIANE - SIEMREAP - VIENTIANE 06:30 10:05

09:25 13:00

VIENTIANE - SINGAPORE - VIENTIANE 15:40 20:40

19:40 22:40

VIENTIANE - HOCHIMINH - VIENTIANE 08:30 13:30

12:30 17:30

VIENTIANE - KUNMING - VIENTIANE 07:20 10:50

09:50 11:20

LUANGPRABANG- CHIANGMAI - LUANGPRABANG QV635 QV645

23567 23567

QV818 QV828

247 247

QV633 QV643

Daily Daily

LPQ  CNX CNX  LPQ

13:10 15:05

14:10 16:05

LUANGPRABANG - JINGHONG - LUANGPRABANG LPQ  JHG JHG  LPQ

11:20 13:00

12:20 14:00

LUANGPRABANG - BANGKOK - LUANGPRABANG LPQ  BKK BKK  LPQ

07:30 10:20

09:10 12:00

LUANGPRABANG- SIEMREAP - LUANGPRABANG QV513 QV931 QV523 QV930

1356 Daily 1356 Daily

QV930* QV313 QV931* QV323

Daily Daily Daily Daily

LPQ  HAN LPQ  HAN HAN  LPQ HAN  LPQ

QV512 QV513 QV522 QV523

2457 1356 2457 1356  

PKZ  REP PKZ  REP REP  PKZ REP  PKZ

QV213 QV223

1357 1357

ZVK  BKK BKK  ZVK

QV515 QV525

136 136

PKZ  SGN SGN  PKZ

QV213 QV223

1357 1357

PKZ  BKK BKK  PKZ

LPQ  REP LPQ  REP REP  LPQ REP  LPQ

10:55 10:20 15:00 12:20

14:20 11:40 18:10 13:40

LUANGPRABANG - HANOI - LUANGPRABANG 14:25 17:10 08:35 18:50

PAKSE - SIEM REAP - PAKSE 08:25 13:20 10:05 15:00

SAVANNAKHET - BANGKOK - SAVANNAKHET 10:30 13:05

12:00 14:35

PAKSE - HOCHIMINH - PAKSE 10:55 13:30

PAKSE - BANGKOK - PAKSE 09:25 13:05


DOMESTIC ROUTES TIMETABLE Valid from 25 Mar 2012 to 27 Oct 2012 FLT No

Days

Routing

Dep

Arr

AC

STP

QV111

Daily

VTE  LPQ

09:15

10:10

AT7

0

QV101

Daily

VTE  LPQ

11:45

12:30

320

0

QV103

Daily

VTE  LPQ

16:30

17:25

AT7

0

QV112

Daily

LPQ  VTE

07:50

08:45

AT7

0

QV102

Daily

LPQ  VTE

13:30

14:15

320

0

QV104

Daily

LPQ  VTE

17:55

18:50

AT7

0

VIENTIANE - LUANGPRABANG - VIENTIANE

LUANGPRABANG - PAKSE - LUANGPRABANG QV513

1356

LPQ  PKZ

10:55

12:35

AT7

0

QV523

1356

PKZ  LPQ

16:30

18:10

AT7

0

VIENTIANE -OUDOMXAY - VIENTIANE QV501

246

VTE  ODY

10:30

11:20

MA6

0

QV502

246

ODY  VTE

11:50

12:40

MA6

0

VIENTIANE- HOUEISAY - VIENTIANE QV901

1357

VTE  HOE

11:00

11:55

MA6

0

QV902

1357

HOE  VTE

12:35

13:30

MA6

0

VIENTIANE - LUANGNAMTHA-VIENTIANE QV601

1357

VTE  LXG

12:00

13:00

MA6

0

QV602

1357

LXG  VTE

13:30

14:30

MA6

0

VIENTIANE - XIENGKHUANG-VIENTIANE QV401

13457

VTE  XKH

10:00

10:30

MA6

0

QV402

13457

XKH  VTE

11:00

11:30

MA6

0

VIENTIANE- PAKSE - VIENTIANE QV512

2457

VTE  PKZ

06:30

07:45

AT7

0

QV515

136

VTE  PKZ

08:30

09:45

AT7

0

QV201

1357

VTE  PKZ

07:40

08:55

MA6

0

QV522

2457

PKZ  VTE

11:45

13:00

AT7

0

QV525

136

PKZ  VTE

16:05

17:30

AT7

0

QV202

1357

PKZ  VTE

16:05

17:20

MA6

0

VIENTIANE - SAVANNAKHET-VIENTIANE QV201

1357

VTE  ZVK

07:40

09:55

MA6

PKZ

QV202

1357

ZVK  VTE

15:07

17:20

MA6

PKZ

PAKSE - SAVANNAKHET - PAKSE QV201

1357

PKZ  ZVK

09:25

9:55

MA6

0

QV202

1357

ZVK  PKZ

15:05

15:35

MA6

0

Remarks : All times are local times 1 = Monday 2 = Tuesday 3 = Wednesday 4 = Thursday

5 = Friday 6 = Saturday 7 = Sunday

* QV4570/ QV4571/ QV4574/ QV4575 Operated by THAI AIRWAYS * QV920/ QV921/ QV930/ QV931 Operated by VIETNAM AIRLINES 02 Pangkham Rd, P.O. Box 6441 Vientiane , Lao P.D.R For more information please contact Lao Airlines Tel: +856 21 212016, 212051-54 Fax: +856 21 212056, 212058

www.laoairlines.com



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