touring Northern Laos: family accommodations

With around 20 hours on busses and tuktuks and over 10 hours on boats, you can imagine we also experienced a range of accommodations during our week touring Northern Laos.  2014-06-07 Northern Laos accommodations by Melissa CrossettSome of the guesthouses we stayed at were a little rough, but thankfully, the accommodations got progressively nicer each night of our trip.

Day 1: In Oudomxay we stayed at a nice guesthouse that was the only place we stayed with air conditioning the entire trip.  The girls enjoyed having a real shower with water pressure and hot water (as we all did!) The room had two twin beds and we made up beds on the floor for the girls using the extra blankets in the room as well as our blow up mattress and cushions from the chair covered  with sarongs.2014-06-07 Northern Laos accommodations by Melissa Crossett-2Day 2: In Phongsali after a very long bus ride, we checked into the guesthouse Ryan had stayed at the month before.  However, the upper level rooms where he had stayed previously were all full, so we were left with a lower level room.  Our room was tiny and there were two twin beds and no floor room.  So we had the girls share one, and Ryan and I shared one.  Let’s just say, it was a rough night.  The beds were rock hard, the bathroom stunk pretty badly, the sheets were sandy, and a 7 month pregnant woman and a full grown man don’t fit very comfortably in a small twin sized bed!2014-06-07 Northern Laos accommodations by Melissa Crossett-3 2014-06-07 Northern Laos accommodations by Melissa Crossett-4The girls, however, slept well, and we were excited that they did well sharing a bed for the first time, opening our options for the future.

Day 3: Our second night in Phongsali, we moved to a different guesthouse that had three twin beds.  Wohoo!  Ryan and I each had our own bed, and the girls shared again, except for during their naps.  Bonus: the sheets were cleaner and the bathroom didn’t smell as badly, though you had to be careful not to hit your head on the sink when trying to reach the toilet.  On the way out, Ryan trapped a cockroach under the cup in the bathroom as a surprise for the next guests!2014-06-07 Northern Laos accommodations by Melissa Crossett-52014-06-07 Northern Laos accommodations by Melissa Crossett-17Day 4: In Muang Khua we again found a guesthouse with a three twin bedroom.  Perfect!  Only challenge this time was the hotter weather now that we were out of the mountains.  Overall, we slept pretty well that night.2014-06-07 Northern Laos accommodations by Melissa Crossett-6 2014-06-07 Northern Laos accommodations by Melissa Crossett-8 Day 5: In Muang Ngoi, we stayed at a bungalow facing the river with its own little balcony.  The balcony was a nice place for Ryan and I to hang out while the girls slept.  Here it was another hot night, and we were back to sharing a twin bed, but we still sleep alright.  2014-06-07 Northern Laos accommodations by Melissa Crossett-112014-06-07 Northern Laos accommodations by Melissa Crossett-9(not sure how she ended up with the comforter on in that temperature!)

Day 6: The last night of our journey, we stayed in some beautiful bungalows in Nong Kiau.  The room was huge, had a wonderful bathroom with a rain style shower head and very hot water.  The challenge here, was twofold: the bugs and the heat.  There was a beautiful mosquito net on the king bed, but you couldn’t feel the fan through it.  So you had to choose between getting eaten by mosquitos, or sweating the night away.  The kids slept on small mattresses on the floor that were in the room already.  Very convenient.

2014-06-07 Northern Laos accommodations by Melissa Crossett-12 We chose to use the mosquito net, but in the end I got very little sleep because of the heat.  It’s hard to sleep when you just can’t stop sweating. 2014-06-07 Northern Laos accommodations by Melissa Crossett-14 2014-06-07 Northern Laos accommodations by Melissa Crossett-13The large balcony was a great feature of these bungalows.2014-06-07 Northern Laos accommodations by Melissa Crossett-15Our tour of Northern Laos was definitely an adventure for our family in every department, but we’re so glad we took the trip and enjoyed so much of it.  We were so happy with how well the girls did with the whole trip, and love it that they can share a bed when needed.  After a week on the road, it was nice to get back to our own rooms, fans, and screened windows!

Where do your kids sleep when you travel?  Really, I want to know!

part 1 touring Northern Laos: packing light

part 2 touring Northern Laos: Phongsali

part 3 touring Northern Laos: down the Nam Ou River

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