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Wednesday 9 January 2019

Scoot opens the doors to one of Asia's least-visited countries

Laos is one of the least-visited nations in Asia but budget airline Scoot aims to make it more accessible for all travellers.

Scoot is offering "new route" launch fares to Vientiane and Luang Prabang from today until January 22 starting from $189 from Perth, $199 from the Gold Coast and $209 each way from Sydney and Melbourne.

Bags and food are extra, of course, but these prices via Scoot's Singapore base do include taxes.

The thrice-weekly flights depart Singapore at 0900 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, arrive into Luang Prabang at 1110, and then on to Vientiane by 1300, and depart Vientiane at 1350 to arrive back in Singapore at 1800 (all local times – with no domestic flight available between Luang Prabang and Vientiane)

Scoot has timed its launch flight for April 1, just in time for an arrival for Lao New Year celebrations.

Lee Lik Hsin, the Scoot CEO, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Laos to our network. We are confident that the addition of Vientiane and Luang Prabang will boost Scoot’s proposition as a network carrier offering refreshing travel opportunities for those seeking authentic experiences off the beaten track."
Luang Prabang (below) is a UNESCO-protected town encircled by the Phou Thao and Phou Nang mountains. Visitors can take a hike, go caving or trekking, or sail on a relaxing sunset cruise down the majestic Mekong River.

Vientiane, the administrative capital, is rich in history with French influences obvious. Visitors can take a leisurely tour around town in a songthaew (open share bus) or visit Pha That Luang, the historic Bhuddist Temple dating back to the 1500s.

The three-times-weekly flights operated with Scoot’s A320 aircraft are due to commence on April 1. The routes were transferred from sister airline SilkAir, making Scoot the only airline offering direct Singapore-Laos flights from April 2019.

Luang Prabang and Vientiane are the first two of several new destinations Scoot will be adding to its network this year.

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