Wattay International Airport is about three kilometres (approximately a five to ten minute drive) from the centre of Vientiane. Taxis are available, though most hotels will provide transport to and from the airport.

Ground transport

There is a meter taxi service in Vientiane. There are also ‘tuk-tuks’, but the fare must be bargained in advance. 50,000 KIP is the usual starting point for most trips around central Vientiane. Cars and drivers are also available for hire.


Tipping is not required in Laos, except at upscale restaurants where around 10 per cent is usually appreciated.