Silk Air makes Laos a little more accesible for Australians

“Luang Prabang is the country’s standout destination, which is not surprising given its numerous attractions such as the atmospheric night-market, the fantastic dining options, and the many Buddhist temples filled with saffron-robed monks. Travellers are particularly entranced witnessing the monks make their pilgrimage through the village streets each morning to collect alms from devotees in the ancient ceremony called takbat.” The low number of Australian visitors, compared with Vietnam and Cambodia, can be partly attributed to the fact there are no direct flights from Australia to Laos. “We’ve noticed that access has historically made it harder for Australians wanting to visit Laos,” says Mark Lee, Laos Product Manager at Insider Journeys. “The absence of direct flights or same-day connections by major airlines, especially to Luang Prabang, has been a deterrent for Australian travellers.