Five Fun Things the Whole Family Will Love Doing in Laos

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If you’re thinking about where to take the kids, theme parks and cruises likely come to mind. There’s no doubt that these kinds of experiences can be fun for the whole family, but have you ever thought about planning a true vacation adventure?

That’s exactly what you’ll get when you plan your next family vacation in Laos.

Skeptical? It’s true that Laos is a popular place for seasoned travelers and backpackers, but as it turns out, it’s a great place for kids too!

Make sure everyone grabs their Laos eVisa, pack your bags, and ensure the youngest members of your family have a great time with these tips.

Go Fishing

Did you know that fishing can make you a better person? Just a few benefits of fishing include:

  • Getting exercise and staying fit.
  • Eating the fish you catch is a good source of nutrition.
  • It can reduce stress.
  • It’s a great way to unplug.

Of course, kids don’t usually care about any of that stuff. They like to fish because it’s fun! And it’s way more fun when you’re fishing somewhere you’ve never been before.

Many farms in the area allow fishing, and there are some great natural areas to fish too. It doesn’t even matter if you catch anything. The kids will love spending time with the rest of the family, throwing their lines into the water.

Play at Buddha Park

It’s surprisingly easy to feel cooped up when you’re on vacation. You may spend a lot of time in airplanes, in cars, and tiptoeing inside museums. If the kids need to burn off a little energy, plan a stop to play at Buddha Park.

Close to the Lao-Thai border, this amazing park was built in 1958 and features over 200 statues. The kids will love running around the sculptures, looking for their favorite one. With sculptures of Hindu and Buddhist deities, they may just learn something too.

Make sure you don’t miss the large concrete dome in the center of the park. Trek to the top and get a birds-eye view of the surrounding area.

Visit the Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary

If you’ve got a few animal lovers on your hands, stopping at the Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary is a must. Even adults and children who are hesitant around animals will love seeing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat instead of behind the bars of a zoo cage.

You can choose between half day tours and full day tours where you actually get to spend quality time with the elephants and interact with them, all the while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding jungle and mountains. You can bathe the elephants, feed the elephants, and even take selfies with them!

Swim in the Kuang Si Falls

Getting the itch to do a little swimming? If you and your family don’t mind doing some hiking before taking a dip, you should plan to swim in the Kuang Si Falls.

Located in Northern Laos, it features pale turquoise blue water that splashes into sculpted limestone pools, which makes for some great photo opportunities.

Changing areas are available, so you don’t have to hike to get to the pools in your swimsuit. Rope swings and trees make jumping into the water even more fun.

Just make sure you only swim in designated areas. Some pools are considered sacred by the locals, so it’s important to be respectful—another lesson that’s great to teach the kids while traveling.

Stay up Late at the Luang Prabang Night Market

If you’ve got older kids, or if you don’t mind keeping the younger ones up a little later than usual, the Luang Prabang Night Market makes a great stop on any Lao vacation.

It gives you and the kids a great opportunity to interact with some of the locals. It provides a more authentic, enjoyable shopping experience than the crowds you’ll mingle with in other retail districts, and everyone is sure to find that perfect handmade keepsake to take home. Not to mention, there is a ton of delicious and interesting delicacies to try.

Just make sure you bring your own bags. Plastic is a huge issue in Laos, so using your own bags will be appreciated by the locals.

Don’t think you have to leave the kids at home just because you want to plan an adventure vacation in an interesting corner of the world, like Laos. It turns out, this beautiful country has plenty to offer even the youngest travelers!

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