Getting from Luang Prabang to Phu Quoc can be a bit of a hustle. It’s pretty impossible to find direct flights from anywhere in Laos to the Vietnamese island, and traveling by bus or any other transportation by land can be a nightmare to say the least.
If you’ve ever travelled in Southeast Asia you would know that domestic flights with some of the budget airlines like Air Asia, Vietnam Airlines and Cebu Pacific can be just as cheap as taking the bus or train if you just do your research and look for the cheapest days to travel. With that in mind, you can still travel internationally by flight on a budget, if you don’t mind spending a few hours on airports waiting for connecting flights.
This is how we saved a lot of money flying from Luang Prabang in Laos, to the island Phu Quoc in Vietnam!
We looked up the cheapest flight out of Luang Prabang, to anywhere in Vietnam. It’s usually really cheap to fly to between big airports, so we weren’t that surprised when we found that the cheapest flight out of Luang Prabang was to Hanoi in Vietnam. Before we booked the ticket, we looked up the price of a domestic flight between Haoin and Phu Quoc with a budget airline, and needless to say, it was pretty cheap.
If we would’ve booked a joint ticket with both flights included we would’ve paid around 500 USD for the both of us. But by booking two separate flights (and spending the night on the airport in Hanoi) we only paid 300 USD in total. The first flight was the international flight, so it was a little bit more expensive but we paid around 200 USD for the both of us. The domestic flight between Hanoi and Phu Quic was pretty cheap, and we only paid 100 USD for the both of us. So by booking our own connecting flights we saved 200 USD.
Another thing we did to save even more money, was to book the latest flight possible out of Luang Prabang, and then the earliest flight from Hanoi to Phu Quoc. We then spent the night on the airport and saved the money we would of paid for a hostel that night.
So here is a roundup on what to think about when booking flights!
- Compare the costs of booking joint tickets and booking your own connecting flights. It’s usually much more cheap to book your own connections. Just make sure you have at least 3 hours between the flights.
- If your traveling internationally, look up the cheapest flight to anywhere in the country your going to and then connect with a domestic flight.
- We always use Skyscanner when searching for flights, it’s a really good website that compares the price between different airlines (including all the budget ones in Southeast Asia)
- Lookup the different holidays and special events in the country you’re going to. The airfare can double up if you choose to travel on the wrong day.