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1 month in Laos with a 4 year old?

Posted by Ramalhoto on 26/12/2017 at 06:15

Hello, we are a family traveling for 4 months in South East Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand) from January till May. We are planning to stay 1 and half month in Vietnam and then head towards Cambodia, and then to Laos. Do you think is suitable to stay in Laos for 1 month with a 4-year-old?
We want to travel slow, so we prefere to stay longer in just a few places and make day trips. What would you guys advise?
Thanks a lot!

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Posted by amnicoll on 27/12/2017 at 01:36

Depends on what you want to see and do and on the food requirements of the little on

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Posted by Ramalhoto on 27/12/2017 at 11:08

Hello Amnicoll.

We want to travel slow (not to choose a lot of places, but stay longer in a few and make day trips if possible). We would like to stay in places where is suitable for family activities, adults and children.
The less we have to move and stay hours in buses or trains, the better.
Is a 4 year old, so she likes from city activities, to nature activities as well
We also want to choose places or contexts that jeopardize her safety.
Foodwise he eats what we eat, we just need to be carefull with food poisoning.

Thanks a lot!

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Posted by SoManyMiles on 1/1/2018 at 16:15 TF writer

In Laos, the larger cities such as Luang Prabang and Vientiane are suitable for kids and are excellent for slow travel as you describe. See a few Luang Prabang with kids tips in this article: https://www.travelfish.org/sight_profile/laos/northern_laos/luang_prabang/luang_prabang/3184

The big issue is travel distances between destinations -- long uncomfortable bus rides and no trains (yet). If you do plan on a month of Laos at several spots, you may have to budget for plane rides.

I would also suggest you plan to do Laos in January or February when the temperatures are pleasant and the air is clean. It gets incredibly hot in March-May and it's burning season. Laos has a lot less air-con spots to hang out in than say, Thailand and Vietnam.

Happy travels.

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Posted by amnicoll on 2/1/2018 at 00:59

Minor point but northern Laos up towards the Chinese border can be cold in Jan/Feb especially at night

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