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In Vientiane - 2 Questions About The Airport

Tue Nov 21, 2006 6:52 pm

Good afternoon all,

My girlfriend and I are staying in the blissfully relaxing and laid-back Vientiane for a few days.

I would like to visit Vientiane Airport (VTE) for a couple of hours in the next day or two. I have two questions:

1) Would I require a plane ticket from VTE to gain access to the terminal? I don't have a ticket (travelling overland).

2) Is there any location while landside in the terminal to see the movements?

Thanks a lot.

James.
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RE: In Vientiane - 2 Questions About The Airport

Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:24 pm

I arrived to VTE on an international flight (from LPQ via PKZ) and transferred to a domestic flight to LPQ back in March. This is what I remember...

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
1) Would I require a plane ticket from VTE to gain access to the terminal? I don't have a ticket (travelling overland).

International flights use the new building and domestic flights are located in the old building. You can access both buildings without a ticket up until security. No views from those areas, though, IIRC.

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
2) Is there any location while landside in the terminal to see the movements?

I think there might be some room for that. Are you going to LPQ, too? At least there you have a good view of landing and departing flighs.
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RE: In Vientiane - 2 Questions About The Airport

Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:48 pm

I flew from VTE to LPQ earlier this year, the domestic terminal is fairly open to walk around, but has nothing inside it, it's very old fashioned in a 50s/60s communist era way, so worth a look! It's a very quiet airport, very few flights there, I took a Lao ATR72. The ternminals are small, so you should be able to see 'around' them, just watch the police just in case  Wink

I hope you're enjoying Vientiane, I thought it was friendly, laid back place. I went overland from Bangkok, then flew onwards to Luang Prabang
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RE: In Vientiane - 2 Questions About The Airport

Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:18 am

Having been several times at VTE between 1996-2005 I can say following:

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
1) Would I require a plane ticket from VTE to gain access to the terminal? I don't have a ticket (travelling overland).

No, you won't. No problem to get around the International and Domestic airport building as such.

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
2) Is there any location while landside in the terminal to see the movements?

On the first floor in the domestic terminal (take the stairs which are in front after entering the building). There is a viewing area but the windows are not very clean. If you come here by own transportation from the City, take the last turn right before arriving at the terminal building. You will have an overview on the runway, tarmac and the Lao Air Force area. There might be the An74, some old QV AN4 and Mil Mi8's. However, be careful while doing so as they don't like you taking pictures in this area.

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RE: In Vientiane - 2 Questions About The Airport

Thu Nov 23, 2006 2:48 pm

Hi folks,

Thanks for your replies.

I decided to visit VTE for a couple of hours late yesterday afternoon/early evening.

Surprisingly, its international terminal was bright, modern, spacious and organised. But more unexpectedly, it possessed two remarkably good observation decks on the third floor. Of those, only one was open, from which I had an excellent view of the runway, 1 stand (the others were partially obscured by roofing), the A.T.C.T., the taxiways and some parked aircraft in front of the Lao Air hanger.

In contrast to VTE's international terminal, its domestic one was dark and quite unappealing. I didn't much explore it, but I will tomorrow: I'll be flying VTE-LPQ (my girlfriend and I just booked it). Alas, it'll be on the AT7 and not one of its Chinese M machines, but hey: it'll be great.
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RE: In Vientiane - 2 Questions About The Airport

Thu Nov 23, 2006 11:27 pm

Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 2):
50s/60s communist era way, so

It was communist in 1975 pretty much.

Before that it was Royal Laos. I bet the Royal Air Laos colors would have been a pretty scheme today
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RE: In Vientiane - 2 Questions About The Airport

Sat Nov 25, 2006 5:55 am

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 4):
In contrast to VTE's international terminal, its domestic one was dark and quite unappealing. I didn't much explore it, but I will tomorrow: I'll be flying VTE-LPQ (my girlfriend and I just booked it). Alas, it'll be on the AT7 and not one of its Chinese M machines, but hey: it'll be great.

I remember having used this terminal as International terminal back in 1996/7. The current International terminal only opened around 1999-2000. Before, the terminal which is now used for Domestic flights was the international one and on the right side (when entering) there was an even smaller building which was used as domestic terminal! Similar for LPQ, the terminal being used was a very small beton building only!
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RE: In Vientiane - 2 Questions About The Airport

Sat Nov 25, 2006 8:18 pm

Hi again,

The observation deck in the international area was temporarily closed on the 24th. Perhaps some official was visiting?

The glass windows in the domestic terminal afforded good views, both landside and airside.

We thoroughly enjoyed our flight from VTE to LPQ with QV on the MA60. The scenery was amazing! So green, so lush. It took 40 minutes at FL140. The aircraft was comfortable and pleasant.

From where we're staying in Luang P, about 5 min walk from the main area, the approaching aircraft, QV MA60/AT7 and Bangkok AT7s, fly low, perhaps at 500ft.

I'm so glad that my girlfriend and I have the opportunity to travel together for 3 months each year.  Big grin

Our remaining flights between now and Feb 9th are:

22nd Dec: BKK-SIN
1st Jan: KUL-PNH
9th Jan: REP-KUL
7th Feb: HKT-BKK
9th Feb: BKK-AUH
10th Feb: AUH-LGW

Do you know what the viewing is like airside and landside at both PNH and REP?

Thanks again!
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RE: In Vientiane - 2 Questions About The Airport

Sat Nov 25, 2006 9:47 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 7):
Do you know what the viewing is like airside and landside at both PNH and REP?

Can't remember at PNH. From the domestic terminal there is a decent view and maybe between the two terminals. REP is a very small airport which offers view outside the terminal which aren't that bad.
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RE: In Vientiane - 2 Questions About The Airport

Sun Nov 26, 2006 4:43 am

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
My girlfriend and I are staying in the blissfully relaxing and laid-back Vientiane for a few days.

Hey man!

Enjoy your trip, but do take some time for your girlfriend too...

Cheers mate!

Slan for now!

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