Laos is a wonderful country to experience the family travel adventure. Signing up for the Laos family tour gives a perfect opportunity to get a mix of activities and culture to give the kind of memories that won't be forgotten by your children. You will get to swim in waterfalls, see the monks at the temples, plant rice in the fields, ride an elephant, and climb to the top of Mount Phousi.
Here are a few of the highlights to experience on the Laos family tours:
After arriving in Luang Prabang on the first day it is possible to appreciate the laid-back pace of life. There are plenty of temples located throughout town that are worth exploring, while a walk along the riverside is also a great way to start the Laos tours.
Travellers in Luang Prabang will notice the low amount of traffic which makes it really easy to navigate the city with small kids around. Once the late afternoon arrives, it is worth taking a guided tour the local night market, which gets very busy and great for shopping for handicrafts and other gifts, as well as to sample the local cuisine.
A city tour of Luang Prabang is perfect to introduce the little ones to the Buddhist culture with temples to visit like Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong which makes it possible to see the monks go about their daily chores. A visit to the National Museum, which was a former Royal Palace, is great to see first hand cultural and religious artefacts.
For the most active adventure with the children, you can visit Mount Phousi and climb the near 300 steps to reach the hilltop and fully appreciate the stunning views of the city down below.
A great time for the entire family is the Living Land Rice Experience which makes it possible to follow in the footsteps of a farmer and get to know their daily chores. Any children will appreciate the opportunity to try out the different farm work and will soon find out that ploughing by hand isn't as simple as it looks.
Also, a visit to the Living Crafts Centre is perfect for those wishing to learn more about traditional techniques related to crafts and textiles.
After a long day of watching the local people go about their daily routine, you may want to relax at the Kuang Si Waterfall and swim in the clean, turquoise pools to cool down from the intense heat of the day.
A further great day out is a 1-day mahout experience which is easily organised by a Laos travel agent. This makes it possible to learn more about the elephants, which includes an introduction lesson, such as approaching and handling these gentle giants. Once the lessons have been completed, you get the chance to climb on board the elephant and take a tour that passes the stunning scenery of the jungle and riverside. Later in the day, a trip to the relatively close Tad Sae Waterfall gives an opportunity to cool down and go for a swim.
After an enjoyable stay in Luang Prabang, your tour itinerary can include travelling to Xieng Khuang which is most famous for the magnificent scenery of the historic Plain of Jars. The trip over the mountains to Xieng Khuang can take in the region of 8 hours, which is broken up by making stops at several authentic villages to appreciate the life of the local ethnic minority people.
The Plain of Jars is a massive archaeological site that has a huge number of stone jars that date back some 2000 years and range in size from the small pots at 70 cm to others standing at 3 or 4 metres. A tour of the region will also include visiting local villages.
Vang Vieng is a small town and is easily reached after completing a very scenic drive. This town has the stunning scenery which is located in a peaceful section of the Nam Song River. Tourism has increased in this region for its great local activities and unspoiled landscape. A great way to start your stay in Vang Vieng is by booking a boat tour along the river that takes place in the evening to fully appreciate the sunset. For the adventurous families, there are plenty of caves and caverns in the local area that are just waiting to be explored, including Tham Jang.
Your next destination is likely to include the sleepy Lao capital of Vientiane which is entirely different to the hustle and bustle of most other capital cities in Asia. A quick city tour with the family can include visiting the Hor Pha Ke museum to learn more about the country's past and the Wat Sisaket monastery with its vast collection of Buddha statues. This temple is one of the most striking in the city and is well worth exploring to see the thousands of Buddha statues at miniature size.
Also, the Presidential Palace is nearly, which visitors are not able to visit inside, but will have the opportunity to appreciate the architecture that has taken influence from the region's colonial past.
Laos travel packages can also include a visit to COPE, which aims to help victims impacted by landmines. The visitor centre gives in-depth information on the issues related to the unexploded bombs in the region that are left over from the Vietnam War.
A short distance from the capital is Buddha Park, which can make a great day trip for the children with its quirky, wonderful and weird mixture of statues. The travel distance to the park is about 25 km, so won't take too long to reach by vehicle. A few of the great statues to see include Shiva with its many arms of swords, a massive reclining Buddha at 40 metres in length, and the skeleton thin Buddha's.