Photo: Plenty to keep little hands busy.

Luang Prabang for kids

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Luang Prabang is a great holiday for easygoing parents and curious, adaptable children—but not children who must have access to modern distractions as you won’t find cinemas, malls or flashy theme parks here.

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We’ve seen many families with young kids enjoy a week in the town, finding plenty to do while not having to travel far. Luang Prabang is convenient to explore, with everything close and relatively safe. And Lao people are very family-oriented—it’s natural to have children around, and you’ll find that yours will be most welcome everywhere you go.

Kids are welcome in Luang Prabang. Photo taken in or around Luang Prabang for kids, Luang Prabang, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Kids are welcome in Luang Prabang. Photo: Cindy Fan

Kuang Si Waterfall is a must and kids will also be delighted with the bear sanctuary and Kuang Si Butterfly Park. Opened in early 2014, the butterfly park has netted gardens with a beautiful variety of local butterflies that kids can get up close to and observe. Swimming is possible at the falls, but it may be easier at restaurant beside the falls outside the park like Carpe Diem, where steps and handrail have been added to a calm natural pool.

About six kilometres shy of Kuang Si in Ban Muang Khay, Laos Buffalo Dairy farm rents, milks and cares for buffaloes from local villages. That milk gets turned into cheese and other dairy products, which can be enjoyed at their cafe—we’re guessing that ice cream and cheesecake will be a hit with both adults and kids, as will feeding the farm animals. Open daily ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,100 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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A selection of some of our favourite sights and activities around Luang Prabang.

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