On this trip, we traveled to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Laos. When we finished our travels in the region, we had each family member make a top 15 list (because we had so many great experiences, we couldn’t limit ourselves to just 10).
The southeast Asian country of Laos is sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam with Cambodia to the south. It would make sense to add this country to an itinerary when exploring the neighboring countries.
So should you travel to Laos?
As a family of 5, it is not always easy to find budget accommodation. We did pretty well in Laos. Sometimes our 3 girls shared a double bed. Other times we didn’t get A/C. We don’t mind if the rooms are old or poorly decorated, but we look for clean rooms. All of the rooms we stayed in had western toilets and hot showers. Here is a run down of the places we stay in Laos.
Our family managed on US$100/ day.
We arrived in Luang Namtha after a long van ride from Luang Prabang. We found a guesthouse on the main road and headed to the night market for dinner.
We had planned to take the slow boat from Luang Prabang to the border town Huay Xai before leaving Laos.
Actually, we originally planned to come into Laos in the north and take the slow boat to Luang Prabang, which is what most people do. But we were in Bangkok when we were ready to leave for Laos and wanted to explore Northern Thailand after, so it made more sense to start in the south and end in the north.
We had a lovely time in the historic district of Luang Prabang. We spent 10 days mostly chilling out and enjoying the beautiful mix of French and Laos in this once colonial town.
For a long time Vang Vieng, Laos, was known as THE party place for young backpackers. Bars lined the river. Backpackers could tube through beautiful scenery, swing on rope swings, slide down water slides, and get really drunk.
After 5 days on Don Kohn we were ready to move on. We had planned to spend a month in Laos, but our schedule was only loosely laid out.
We wanted to go to Vang Vieng next. This would involve more than 24 hours of travel. Continue reading