Visiting Asia with children is something a lot of families are now choosing to do. The Laotian people are very friendly towards children, more so than in other foreign countries, and you’ll find plenty of hotels, attractions, and events that cater purely for them. You will also experience local staff going a step further with wanting to help you and your little ones. Below are some tips on how to prepare for your first trip to Laos.
1. Be Realistic
If it’s your first trip abroad with children, it’s important to be realistic about how much you can fit into your trip. Setting a strict schedule won’t work with young children, and you don’t want to end up frustrated because you missed your afternoon activity due to a meltdown. Leave a few days where you have nothing planned too as you may end up discovering things that everyone wants to do when you arrive.
2. Book a Child-Friendly Hotel
Child-friendly hotels can be found all over Laos, even in the less visited areas. For an example of what to look for, take a look at this hotel in Vientiane capital. It offers suite rooms that are ideal for young families, as well as international dining, which is perfect for picky eaters. Other hotels will be happy to offer adjoining rooms if they have them available, while some of the smaller establishments will be open to adding extra beds to a room. Just make sure to ask before you arrive to avoid disappointment.
3. You May Need Vaccinations
Depending on which part of Laos you visit, you may need vaccinations before you travel. Speak to your doctor at least two months before your trip, so you can ensure everyone is inoculated in time. It’s also a good idea to pack some malaria medication. Deet is a good preventative topical, but you’ll also want to ensure your children wear long clothes, especially around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most prevalent.
4. Check Your Visas
Most Asian countries require you to have a visa before they’ll let you enter, and don’t be surprised if the price of these is the same for children as it is for adults. Visit the Laos embassy in your home country for more information about this, or check out the embassy website. The guidelines vary depending on where you are located with some citizens able to get a visa on arrival, and others needing to get one in advance of the trip.
5. Get Your Kids Involved
Before you book your trip, ask your kids what they want to do when they are there. Your children will love feeling like they played a part in the planning, and will definitely be excited about choosing an attraction to visit or excursion to go on. Teach them a little bit about the history of Laos before you travel and explain about the cultural differences, so it isn’t such a shock when you arrive. You could also watch a film set in the country or teach them a few basic words.
Have you traveled to Laos with your children? Let us know about your experience in the comments.