Is it safe to travel with a 9 month old baby during next week


We will be traveling with our 9 month old baby next month for 1 month business trip. Firstly I would like to know how safe it is with such a small baby. If it hit that difficult and can be managed with some precautions, then what are those? In that case can we rent a small house so that cooking for baby will be easy? And how is the budget to stay in Laos for one month?

Thank you.

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Jul 10, 2015
by: Duangpy

Hi there,
How safe is it to travel in Laos with small toddlers?

I would say traveling in Laos is generally quite safe with or without small children. I actually can't think of what might make it unsafe, unless you're a risk taker yourself.

The only thing I can think off is that it might be a little inconvenient when you have to carry the little kid around in the heat which it can be a bit too much for your little one when you go out on streets or outside buildings. However, the weather is supposed to be cooler in the next month or so when there is more rain.

If you plan to take a baby stroller, you might want to take into account the fact that most footpaths here are not that stroller or wheelchair friendly so are most buildings. And for that you might experience difficulty navigating. I'm not saying it can't be used, it can, but don't expect smooth footpaths. I would suggest taking a baby pouch as well if you have one, this will save the hassle.

Other than that I guess you just need to take the same precautions as you would at home or other places.

Oh, when travelling with small child especially a cute child, be ware that some locals, especially females, might stare, smile or even approach and try to touch your child or even squeeze his/her cheek, don't be scared off. Just put a friendly smile on your face and walk away if you feel uncomfortable. They will do no harm, they just show their friendly gesture in the way that might not be familiar to you.

For the house question, yes sure you can rent a small house, however, it might be a bit hard to find a house for just one month stay. Most owners look for a longer term rental (at least 6 month to 1 year). But FYI, a small 2 bedroom villa starts from around US$500 per month. Price vary from areas to areas.

Alternatively there are a lot of service apartments available in Vientiane, you can find somethings from a few hundred to US$1,000+. Again this can vary.

If you'd like to do a bit of research on house, this might be a good starting point There are a few more similar websites. Try google "house rentals in vientiane laos".

Other living expenses budget, emmm... it really depends on your lifestyle (you eat out or cook you own meals, where you shop for your food etc).

To give you an idea, an average local family (two adults and one child) who cook their own meals most of the times, eat out in average restaurants once a week and shop for ingredients for their cooking at local wet markets instead of supper markets (there aren't real supper markets here anyway) would spend about US$400-US$600. This includes fuel (around $100)


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