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Laos is not a particularly suitable destination to take young children. Bus travel through the mountains can be quite demanding and kids often get motion sickness. Many of the attractions in Luang Prabang and Vientiane are geared more for adults. Some of the river excursions from Luang Prabang might amuse them for an afternoon, and elephant rides should really get them going. A combined vacation to Thailand and Laos together can work, with a flight directly up to Luang Prabang from Chiang Mai or Bangkok. There is also a lack of adequate medical facilities.

Inner Journey Expeditions (P.O. Box 2467, Parap, Darwin, Northern Territory, 0804, Australia; tel. +61 400/806 039; www.ije.com.au) offers specifically tailored family expeditions for families with older children.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.