We're a family of 2 adults and 2 young kids (3 and 5 years old) and are planning to see Laos for a week in late December 2013. We are thinking of flying from Bangkok to Luang Prabang for 4 days, then fly to Vientiane for another 3 days before we fly back to Bangkok. I'm looking at the Discovery Airpass as an option.
Can you suggest places to visit with 2 littlies on tow? Are there any good day trips that are kiddies friendly?
Also, should we do our currency exchange in Laos or in Bangkok?
Thanking the forum community in advance.
Just did southern Laos with 3 young children (19 months, 4 and 6 years). Only traveled south of Ventiane, if you want to get inspiration check my blog http://www.howtotraveltheworldwithchildren.blogspot.com/
This might not be useful if you plan only to go to Northern Laos but if you have question about Ventiane and the south, feel free to contact me.
I still plan to write a full post on practicalities - more to come (although writing is not always compatible with travelling with 3 young ones)
Thanks! I just posted my practical tips and tricks, check it out, you may find the one or other useful information.
We stayed 2 days in Vientiane, the city is small and compact. On your itinerary I would suggest to add one day in the North and retrieve one in Vientiane. You will still have plenty of time to enjoy the city! We stayed in Vayakorn House, a basic hotel that offers good value for the money. It is located very centrally. The rooms are rather big and very clean. We had a twin with extra bed for the kids. No breakfast included, but you get the best croissants at "Le croissant d'or", 100 m down the street (and you can trust me on that one, I am French).
3 days is fine, you'll have plenty of time. There's a large park alongside the Mekong river. It is really nice, many families go there to relax. There's a rusted slide and some half-broken equipment in the park, but you might consider bringing a ball to play - that's probably safer.