We (myself, hubby and 5yo daughter) just returned from 5 days on Koh Laoliang over New Year's. It is a stunning island paradise and a great place to get off the grid of email/internet, and just focus on *being* for a short time. We found it invaluable, as most holidays have my husband tethered to his email several hours a day, thus no holiday for him usually. He was actually on full holiday while on Koh Laoliang.
The tents are roomy and comfortable, with power on (fan, light) for about 12 hours over the nights. There are no indoor structures on the island, but there is a lot of natural shade from the trees and the limestone walls. The bathrooms are dark and outdoors, so bring flip flops.
Mosquitoes are a small issue at dusk and dawn, and in the bathrooms. No surprise to SE Asia travellers. We didn't get any mosquitoes in our tent. Bring repellent for dinnertime, though.
The meals were very tasty and fresh, and my daughter, who is a very picky eater, managed to eat pretty well on the fish, chicken, rice and fruit. We also brought our own peanut butter and bread, all of which we used.
My husband and I started climbing on this trip, and it was really enjoyable. Our daughter could play on the beach with the other kids while we climbed and hung out.
And speaking of kids, this is a great family destination, especially for those who have done the backpacking thing in their child-free days, and are familiar with Southeast Asia. We were one of a half-dozen families on the island at the time we were there. In fact, the manager told us that families are becoming the most common visitors to the island.
Things to bring (besides the obvious stuff):
- snacks for the kiddies
- plenty of ziplock bags (for the snacks and your toiletries)
- rash guard shirts or dive skins for everyone (I have an allergic reaction to the plankton in the water in the Andaman area, they sting and cause an itchy rash, easily avoided with a shirt or dice skin)
- beach toys and other non-electronic activities for kids (crayons, paper, games, etc.)
- a nalgene water bottle for refilling
- coffee press and decent coffee grounds (so great to have this)
- a couple small towels
- a good medical/first-aid kit
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