Like many places in Southeast Asia, traveling with children in Laos can be a lot of fun as long as you come prepared with the right attitudes, physical requirements and the usual parental patience.
Amenities geared towards children – such as high chairs in restaurants, child safety seats for vehicles, or nappy-changing facilities in public restrooms are virtually unknown in Laos. Thus parents will have to be extra resourceful in seeking out substitutes or follow the example of Lao families (which means holding smaller children on their laps much of the time).
Outside of Vientiane day-care centre are likewise unknown, though this is rarely a problem. The Lao adore children and in many instances will shower attention on your off- spring, who will readily find playmates among their Lao peers and a temporary nanny service at practically every stop.
Baby formula and nappies (diapers) are available at mini markets in the larger towns and cities, but for rural areas you’ll need to bring along a sufficient supply.
For the most part parents needn’t worry too much about health concerns though it pays to lay down a few ground rules – such as regular hand-washing – to head off potential medical problems. Children should especially be warned not to play with animals encountered along the way since rabies is disturbingly common in Laos.
Sights & Activities
Younger children usually don’t find historic temples and French colonial architecture of Luang Prabang and Vientiane inspiring as their parents do, but traveling with children does tend to give you a different perspective to what you might be used to. In Luang Prabang the waterfalls at Tat Sae and Tat Kuang Si can amuse most kids for days. Boat trips are u well-received too.
Most children also take to the unique Hindu-Buddhist sculpture garden of Khuan outside Vientiane. The also has a few more mainstream act such as swimming pools and ten-pin bowling alleys. Elsewhere, the Plain of Jars is the kind of fantasy exploration most prone to.
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