Lounge Review? The VIP Airport Lounge – Luang Prabang

by joeheg

Flights to Luang Prabang in Laos are greatly reduced from levels before COVID. The country was closed to tourists for a long time and international travel is still recovering. Nowhere is that more evident than the number of closed lounges in the airport.

We arrived at Luang Prabang Airport 75 minutes before our scheduled departure on Lao Airlines. This was plenty of time to explore. First I went upstairs to see the “temporarily” closed Bangkok Airways lounge, which is (was?) part of the Priority Pass network.

Also on the 2nd floor is a Lao Airlines lounge.

When it was open, the lounge served passengers from several international carriers.

There’s a VIP lounge on the 2nd floor, but it was also closed.

All of the flights boarded from the gates on the ground floor. In the waiting area, there’s a gift shop, snack bar and a Duty Free store.

However, if you wanted to splurge, the VIP Airport Lounge was open.

For $10 you could get a drink and relax. The food offerings have been eliminated.

I didn’t bother to look inside but someone in our group checked it out.

He described it as a room with some chairs and a table along the wall with a few cans of soda and bottled water.

Final Thoughts

Only one VIP room at the Luang Prabang Airport remains open, which is a big change from when there were two airline lounges serving passengers from several airlines. Tourism to Laos is still recovering from the pandemic. Who knows how long it will take to get back to the levels in 2019? However, this also means there are fewer crowds and it is a great time to check out this beautiful location. Even if it means you have to sit in the terminal to wait for your flight.

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