New land, new rules. Before going to any new place, it is essential to get the overall view of how the transportation works in that place first. If you are planning a trip to Laos, here are some Lao transportation tips that you must need to know.

Tuk Tuk and jumbo

If you have been to Southeastern Asian countries before, you will feel very familiar with tuk-tuks. It is a very convenient and cheap way to travel around the city. Jumbo is the three-wheeled tuk-tuk which is smaller and has room for just around six people at a time.


Songthaew is a very cheap way to travel around. A songthaew is a mini convert bus with two rows of wooden chair put along two sides of the bus. However, on a long distance trip, you should anticipate being tired and exhausted because of the bad road and being exposed to the heat of the day.

Mini Buses

This way of transportation is more popular for a long distance trip, from different provinces or village. It is more comfortable than the normal songthaews, therefore, if you can’t handle the discomfort of songthaews, a minibus is a perfect alternative.


Ferry along Mekong River.

Mekong River is one of the most attractive and worth-trying activities while traveling to the Indochina countries like Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam. You can witness the beauty of the nature and a rich cultural life of the people living along the river. To travel along the Mekong, you should book a ticket to a ferry. It will give you a chance to have a closer look into the life of locals and enjoy the scenic landscape.


If you are going to travel to far-away destinations within the countries or of other countries in the region, there are some options available for you:  The Lao Airlines, Lao Air, and Lao Central Airline. Among these, Lao Airline is believed to give the best service with a reasonable price.