Georgiabill From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 636 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3996 times:
I am hoping some of our airliners members from asia could tell us what is going on as far as commercial aviation in Laos and Cambodia. Are tourists welcome? What visas are required? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
SQ452 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3974 times:
Great places to visit. I have only been to Siem Reap Airport (REP) on MI (Silkair) from SIN. I hear Laos is great too and Vientianne is accessible on TG from BKK I know.
REP was under renovation when i visited in 2002, and from what I understand it has been completed. Not a huge hub airport, but the list of airlines and destinations serving it has increased in recent years.
I know Siem Reap Airways operates an A320 now, and an airline in Laos operates an A320 as well.
But, in whichever way you decide to go, you will have to connect from someplace in Southeast Asia most likely, and BKK is the best airport in terms of options to that part of the world.
Centrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3599 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3962 times:
A few times a year, NGO gets a JTB chartered Kampuchea Airlines 757. It is very popular.
I know that it is extremely popular with the Japanese tourists. So popular that a Japanese woman set up an "omiyage" (gift) center that makes "Ankor wat" shaped cookies for Japanese tourists to take back to Japan as gifts. She is rolling in "dough". (sorry)
Laos is a different story. Lao Aviation, Thai, Vietnam, China Southern and Cambodian International serve Vientiane Wattay Airport.
Quoting http://www.asia-discovery.com/Laos_tips.htm: A valid transit, tourist visit, business, diplomatic, or service visa is required. All foreigners may enter and depart Laos via Wattay Airport, or Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, the Mekong border crossing with Nongkai, Thailand.
A visa can now be obtained upon arrival at the airport and other official entry points. However, certain regulations are applied.
Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
Spinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3934 times:
Both places are very open to tourism. My friends leave today for both Cambodia and Laos. They live in Japan and teach English and both of these places are popular as travel destinations as they are very affordable developing countries. Most people begin travel to these countries via Bangkok as a starting point. They invited me to meet them in Bangkok and travel with them this summer and I'm kicking myself for not doing it.
Paparadzi From Malaysia, joined Jan 2005, 202 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3920 times:
Quoting Levent (Reply 2): Flights to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) leave from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and are operated by Bangkok Airways/Siem Reap Air, Thai Airways, Air Asia and Jetstar Asia.
And Malaysia Airlines (MH) as well.
Rules are made for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools.
Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3911 times:
When going through immigration in Cambodia, chances are big that the officer will try to get more money from you. The tourist visa is USD20. If he insists on getting more, tell him you want to speak to his supervisor. That will shut him up.
Thailand and Cambodia are studying the possibility to launch a combined visa, so that tourists can visit both countries without further hassles.
The ASEAN countries are actually looking at visa-free travel within the region but that will probably only be for ASEAN nationals.