Everything is in the title, I would like to save all the tiles from a LAScatalog in one las file. I don't want to store all the tiles in one folder, just one file (because I found it more convenient for the organization of my storage device).

Is there a better way than a dirty loop loading the tiles and merging with rbind.LAS?

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Yes, at least two better solutions.

The first one applies if your entire point-cloud is not too big i.e. it fits in memory (which is what you plan to do reading all files). You can simply read all files as one.

ctg = readLAScatalog("folder/")
las = readLAS(ctg)

This is pretty similar to your solution but all the rbind.LAS job is done internally at the C++ level in a much more memory efficient way.

The second solution is much better and works even if the merged point-cloud does not fit in memory by streaming the points into a single output file. See the chapter about retiling in the lidR book. The idea is to retile but with a chunk size larger than the whole collection. Something like that should work:

opt_output_files(ctg) <- "folder/singlefilename"
opt_chunk_buffer(ctg) <- 0
opt_chunk_size(ctg) <- 10000
singlefile_ctg <- catalog_retile(ctg)

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