With it’s slow pace, rustic nature and amazing scenery, Laos should be on your list!
The combination of adventure, nature, culture and relaxation, it ticks all the boxes for a
meaningful family holiday.
We made our way to the country of Laos via sleeper train from Bangkok, Thailand, which was
an amazing adventure within itself. The train arrives just over the border and road vehicles
then become the way forward as the train line ends.
Arriving after a 150km, 5 hour drive from the capital Vientiane, we enjoyed watching the
sunset over the Karst mountains from our swimming pool at the Riverside Boutique Hotel.
Local kids played in the river and jumped courageously from the bridge while people
played music on the riverbank of the Nam Song.
The week was spent split between adventure and relaxation. We drove by hired moto across
and through mountains, crossing the bridge and making new friends as we strolled through small
villages and watching children walking to school in their crisp white shirts and blue skirts.
We climbed hills to explore caves with hidden bunker history, which are now places of worship.
We jump from trees into the bluest of lagoons and make friends everywhere we go. Shy smiles
turn to conversation as my children naturally break the ice when meeting new people.
Saying hello in Laotian is always a nice start. Sitting in cafes where Friends reruns play,
we sip freshly squeezed juices and watch people exploring the town by hot air balloon.
Bamboo bridges seem to float above the river as a way of crossing from one world to another.
Vang Vieng in the perfect little town to explore by pushbike before the heat of the day sets in.
With a child cushion on the back, my daughter and I wave hello to our new friends as we head to
market to discover new fruits to enjoy. On the way back we grab a banana pancake
covered in condensed milk made fresh on the street.
We have only known the storeowner for a few
days but we feel like old friends, which seems to be the honest charm of Vang Vieng.
Bron Leeks leads the adventurous team at Smithsholidayroad.com where she shares her families adventures with a focus on wheelchair access and inclusion. Based in Melbourne, Australia and exploring far and wide.