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Fly direct from Singapore to Laos with Scoot

I spent a lot of time travelling in 2016, but one of the countries I was quite excited to visit was Laos – I’d never considered visiting Laos before as a long weekend getaway option because even though Laos is just 3 hours away from Singapore, you could not fly direct from Singapore to Laos until Silkair started flying to Vientiane and Laos in 2016.

I was invited on the inaugural flight from Singapore to Laos and spent 5 days in Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and I think it’s a place you definitely need to visit before everyone and their mothers discover it.

(Funnily enough, my mum actually booked her trip to Laos 2 weeks after me, so you know, get clicking!)

I flew with Silkair in 2016 on a media trip. Scoot took over operation of Singapore-Laos flights from 1 April 2019 onwards.

Laos Vientiane Patuxai Buddha View
View of Vientiane from above

Why visit Laos for your next vacation?

When it comes to travel, Singaporeans are terribly predictable. Long weekend getaway? Pretty high chance it’s going to be Bali, Bangkok, Penang or if a little further, Taipei or Hong Kong. We’re pragmatic people and with a short amount of time, we like easy.

The Occasional Traveller is all about the easy – and I’ve been to each of these cities listed above multiple times myself – 5x each for Bangkok and Bali! But I’m also about veering off that trodden path when you can, and going somewhere a little different from where all the other tourists are going while still managing your precious holiday time.

Laos Vientiane Patuxai Jumpshot
Leaping over Patuxai in Vientiane

And now with direct flights to the two major cities in Laos, there’s really no reason not to visit anymore. And you need to get there before you start hearing too many Singaporean accents on the streets. I swear that Bangkok’s Chaktuchak market feels a bit like being at home…

Have a taster of Laos with this little video I made, and trip planning posts on what to do in Vientiane and what to do in Luang Prabang.

Scoot Flight Route Singapore to Laos

Laos Silkair Inaugural Flight Me
On the first flight from Singapore to Vientiane – first time my plane was greeted by water cannons! The plane stops for a while in Vientiane to let passengers off before heading to Luang Prabang.

Scoot has 3 flights to Laos on Mon, Thur and Sat and flies the loop Singapore > Vientiane (VTE) > Luang Prabang (LPQ) > Singapore. So you can fly directly up to Vientiane, and fly back direct from Luang Prabang, which is great if you plan to visit both cities.

Lao Airlines is its codeshare partner and has 3 flights to Laos as well on Wed, Fri and Sun, but it flies Singapore – Vientiane – Luang Prabang, which basically means you have to stopover in Vientiane getting to and fro from Luang Prabang.

Original Silkair route + timing (now defunct)

Mon / Thur / Sat
DEP 1320ARR 1515
DEP 1605
ARR 1700
DEP 1750
ARR 2205
Lao Airlines
Wed / Fri / Sun
DEP 1415ARR 1610
DEP 1700
Lao Airlines
Wed / Fri / Sun
NANADEP 0740ARR 0825
DEP 0930
ARR 1325

[NEW] Scoot Singapore-Laos Flight Schedule from 1 April 2019 onwards – note the earlier timing and change to SIN>LPQ>VTE>SIN

Mon / Thur / Sat
DEP 0900ARR 1110
DEP 1200
ARR 1300
DEP 1350
ARR 1800

The flight from Singapore to Vientiane is just under 3 hours, and Laos is 1 hour behind Singapore time.

Erm, where is Laos exactly?

Many people know that Laos is somewhere in South-east Asia but don’t have a sense of where exactly it is.

Laos Map
Excuse my terrible map – Vientiane is right on the border with Thailand separated just by the Mekong River, Luang Prabang is further north in the hilly region

Just remember that Laos is the only landlocked country in SEA – that means no beaches and coastlines, and that it’s smack in the middle of all the IndoChina countries and has borders with 5 countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Yunnan in China. Because of this close distance, you can see a lot of intermingling of these countries cultures all in Laos.

Best time to visit Laos

The peak season for Laos is in November and December because of good weather – it’s cool and dry during this period, particularly up in Luang Prabang which is hilly so it’s generally cooler than Vientiane. I visited in early November which was actually pretty nice – the nights were starting to get cooler though the days still felt pretty hot, and it wasn’t too crowded.

Pack a light jacket for the cool mornings and nights during this time, but you’ll need a good sweater when it gets colder – it apparently snowed for the first time in Luang Prabang last year, but that’s pretty exceptional!

Laos Luang Prabang Kuang Si Swim
Still warm enough to swim in November! A tad chilly when the wind blows, but we had pretty bright sunny days all around

January and February are also good months for IndoChina region in general. Laos gets most happening in April when its Laos New Year and they celebrate something similar to that of Thailand’s Songkran water festival – you can expect everywhere to be quite booked up and crowded then!

Laos essentials to know


Laos uses the Kip – you’re unlikely to find anyone in Singapore who will change that currency for you, not even at the airport! Your next best bet is the USD which is also accepted quite widely in Laos – ask for small change if possible. If you go to Thailand a lot, you can try using Thai Baht. Remember to change your Lao Kip back before heading back to Singapore (unless you’re planning to go again of course!).

The rough exchange rate when I was there worked out to about roughly 60,000 Kip to SG$10, or about 80,000 Kip to US$10.

Kip can be a bit confusing because some of the numerals on the notes are in Lao, so you often have to do a bit of flipping around to find the correct number. Sometimes you’ll pay in USD and get Kip in change.

SIM Card

I had a Lao Telecom SIM Card with 5GB of data for 60,000 Kip – that’s 10,000 for the SIM card and 50,000 for 5GB/30days worth of data. Connection and speeds were quite decent overall.

What to wear

As in the video – both downtown Vientiane and Luang Prabang are pretty walkable cities where most of the sights are not too far apart, so a good pair of walking shoes is essential.

There are lots of temples to visit, you need to have your knees and shoulders covered and take off your hat when you visit. It’s useful to bring around a scarf or sarong, though they usually have some at the entrances of most temples if you forget. They are quite strict about his covering up rule, some more so than others, do follow as a sign of respect for their culture.

Laos Vientiane Sisaket Shades
Cover your shoulders and your knees and you’re usually good to go when visiting temples in Laos. Best to have footwear that’s easy to slip on and off because you may have to take out your shoes if you go inside a temple!

Big ups to my fellow media and bloggers on the trip! Check out #SilkAirMarvelLaos (LOL the hashtag I know) on instagram for more of our antics in Laos – we had a ball of fun hanging out together :)

Have you been to Laos? Tell me what I should check out or see my other Laos posts to plan your own trip:

Mark Wang

Friday 18th of November 2016

Cope looks interesting.. Will start planning for a Laos trip!!

Jaclynn Seah

Friday 18th of November 2016

Get planning and good luck! Go whether you win or not :)

Daniel Ong

Thursday 17th of November 2016

I would love to visit Cope in Vientiane. I've always wonder why the US choose Laos, how are they going to cope with such high number of unexploded explosive.

Jaclynn Seah

Friday 18th of November 2016

Have a look at my latest Vientiane post which talks a bit about Cope and bombs in Laos - long story short it's because they were trying to cut off supply routes to the North Vietnamese in Laos during the Vietnam war time!

Peter Lee

Wednesday 16th of November 2016

I love to visit the Buddhist temples and can't wait to soak in the wonders of nature at Luang Prabang!

Jaclynn Seah

Wednesday 16th of November 2016

it's a beautiful place! I particularly loved the Mekong River cruise :)

Gohs Chengying

Tuesday 15th of November 2016

hope to visit Luang Prabang

Jaclynn Seah

Wednesday 16th of November 2016

It's a great place to start exploring Laos!


Tuesday 15th of November 2016

This is really timely, I was planning to go to Laos in Mar'17. Hoping to travel Lua Prabang ang Vietienne for a 7-8 days journey, do you think it would be too long?

Jaclynn Seah

Tuesday 15th of November 2016

Ooh this particular contest is for December travel though, just so you know!

7-8 days is pretty comfortable actually if you like to take things easy. If you like a more hectic schedule you may be able to squeeze in another place - a popular spot is the Plain of Jars, or maybe Vang Vieng?