We have a 5 and 2 yr old with us.
We are trying to figure out a spot to visit Laos and are having some trouble picking a area.
Our itinerary is fairly loose on the exception that we have to be in Sihanoukville on March 9th for a event.
Depending on where we want to go in Laos will decide our itinerary for Cambodia.
We either want to enter into Laos after leaving Siem Reap or do Siem Reap then go to Sihanoukville for a few days and go up the coast line of Vietnam and enter into Laos at a different spot.
We have looked into going to Si Phan Don from the SIem Reap area but all of the reviews have a theme of a horrible bus ride with a questionable transfer. THis with a 2 and 5 yr old does not sound appealing. And where others have asked about private vehicles making that journey, there is no information.
So unless there is a better means to Si Phan Don, we are looking at other options. It does appear to be a great spot for a family tho.
So if we were to enter into Laos somewhere while going up the coast of VIetnam and could allocate 5 days to somewhere in Laos, where would people recommend for us to go to and where to cross from? with four of us, we are trying to avoid any flights if possible due to costs but renting private vehicles is in our budget.
So I guess the question is, considering that we are a family, have 5 days we would like to allocate to Laos (yes we would like more time in Laos but cest la vie....), are trying to avoid internal flights, where would you go to if you had these stipulations?
The Si Phan Dan area via different route?
Luang Prabang? seems quite a party area, naturally there is more to it then that but we're not much into basing a trip around partying anymore lol
Vientiane? been to many big cities... looking for family activities...
Plain of Jars?
Our time line is open, we can leave Cambodia as early as the afternoon of the ninth and as long as we are in the Han Oi area by March 26th to do Halong bay and area we are open to any routes.
But with the time we have I think that 5-6 days in Laos is all we can do!