Laos surprised me as a very easy destination for young children and yet one that gave us many opportunities for gentle adventure and new experiences. See below for some of the magical moments that made our first foray into Asia as a family so memorable."
Alice, ETG Family Travel Expert
EXOTIC BUT NOT OVERWHELMING
1. Le Bel Air Resort
The lush gardens and infinity pool at this charming colonial style hotel are a real oasis – making it the perfect relaxing base for a family to return to after a morning exploring the delights of Luang Prabang.
2. Morning at the Market
Delve into Luang Prabang’s morning market in the company of your guide to spot everyday vegetables juxtaposed with wildly unique jungle ingredients. Meet the friendly stallholders and try a warm mung bean coconut rice-cake or slurp some fresh hand-rolled noodles. Neither hectic nor huge, this market is just like the rest of LP: vibrant but relaxed.
3. Baci ceremony
The Baci Ceremony is designed to celebrate big life events and bring good luck. Participation in this uniquely Lao ritual, which involves the symbolic tying of silk thread around the wrist and sharing a Lao feast, is a gentle, moving and fun way to celebrate the start of your holiday
4. Mandalao Elephant conservation
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime-experience at this elephant conservation project, unique in Laos – an intimate opportunity to get to know a rescued baby elephant while you take a hike up a cool mountain stream.
Here’s a chance to try out one of Laos’ favourite pastimes – a great way to have fun and interact with the Lao people. Your guide will explain the rules to you and locals will give you tips and tricks!
6. Kuang Si Waterfalls
These spectacular waterfalls are easily reached by a scenic drive through the countryside outside Luang Prabang. The cascade of turquoise pools is ideal for a refreshing dip before a tasty picnic lunch in this picturesque natural landscape.
7. Kamu Lodge
Take a cruise down the Mekong to reach this riverside eco-lodge, a lovely place to get a feel for rural life. The setting is tranquil but there is lots to keep the family entertained - try your hand at rice farming, gold panning and Laos archery or take a tour of the small Kamu village nearby.
The boat trips were excellent. The evening of petanque and beer, followed by hot pot dinner was outstanding (including the unplanned sharing of cheap Chinese whiskey with a group of Chinese). And our guide, Mr Som Ock, in Luang Prabang was really special. His knowledge was excellent, he listened carefully and fine-tuned his information to our particular interests and understanding. We would nominate him for an award..”
Susan, ETG Customer