Why should airports do anything for the goons who bring small children on a plane ride? We parents are asking for trouble just by setting foot in the airport, and now we also want play areas. First we expect preferential treatment like early boarding, and now THIS.
To be clear, I'm not complaining that airports don't always have fantastic play areas and kid friendly zones. It's true that, by choosing to fly with tots, I'm signing up for a certain amount of misery. However, given the choice, sometimes I'd be willing to pay another $10 on my ticket if it means I'll be routed through a fun place where my kids can get their wiggles out, rather than a yucky, smoke-filled airport with no seating and dirty floors. It's hard to find enough information to make these decisions, however, so I started a blog to help my fellow travelers. Please let me know what you think!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Luang Prabang Airport, Laos (0 stars)

To be fair, Luang Prabang is not a hot destination for people with little ones... it's a backpacker haven and a wonderful area, but we were the only travelers with kids that I saw the entire time.  For this reason, one wouldn't expect anything kid-friendly in the airport.  I just want to let parents know that this is one place where you'll need to bring the coloring books and play-doh, and if you're planning to change diapers you'll want a fresh waterproof mat each time... bathrooms weren't all that clean.

The good part about this airport is, it's very close to the town and you don't need to get there super early; not much happening means short times spent in security.  However, it's also true that the flights don't always leave on time, so be prepared for some waiting.  We visited this airport in the spring of 2009.

Here's the review:

Are there one or more play areas?  nope

Is there one in every terminal, after passport control?  n/a

Is the play area conveniently located?  n/a

Is there information about the play areas available online?  no, but here's the website, you can see pictures of the terminal:  http://www.luangprabangairport.com/

Are maps clearly labeled to make finding the play areas easy?  n/a

Are there one or more nursing areas?  no

Description:  none further needed!