AirAsia readies for Laos takeoff

AirAsia is to launch its inaugural flight into the capital of Laos, Vientiane, on 1 December 2007. The low cost airline will start with three direct flights per week to Vientiane from the LCC Terminal in Kuala Lumpur using its new Airbus aircraft.

Promotional launch fares start from RM39.99/US$12. Guests can book these fares before 31 October 2007 for travel between 1 December 2007 and 29 March 2008.

Situated on the Mekong river, Vientiane is an unassuming city reachable within two hours and 35 minutes flight from Kuala Lumpur. Laos has a tropical climate. From May to October, Laos records higher rainfll than the rest of the year, while enjoying a cool and dry season from November to February. French Colonial architecture alongside exotic Buddhist temples dominate the landscape of Vientiane. One of the famous landmarks of Vientiane is Pha That Luang, a must-see for all historical enthusiasts which was constructed in 1566. Aside from the trails of temples, Vientiane has much to offer the adventurous traveller. Within one to two hours from the city, one can indulge in a range of thrill-seeking activities such as kayaking, wild-water rafting, trekking through nature parks, and many others.

Another city to visit while in Vientiane is Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage city. There are many notable sites to explore in this city including the Kuang Si Falls, located south of Luang Prabang. Setting aside a half day or even one whole day for the waterfall is recommended to soak into this cascading wonder. One can also take a boat ride northwest of the city to visit the Buddha Caves and Whisky Village, where one can see how local Lao wine spirits are made.

Kathleen Tan, Regional Head of Commercial, AirAsia, said, “There is a latent demand for this route to be established from the first day we started the airline, and now to see us launching direct flights to Vientiane is like a missing jigsaw puzzle to be fitted into the AirAsia chapter. We are now a truly ASEAN airline, covering all the 10 countries serving over 80 routes within the region.”

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“We strongly believe that our amazing low fares will help to stimulate travel in Laos and its surrounding areas especially tapping the backpacking travelers looking for an adventurous trail through Indochina and Thailand. We are also very happy to be able to serve the Malaysians working in Laos who have been very excited with our announcement,” added Kathleen.
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