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Previous, during and after my travel to Laos I have heard some really good stories from people about their visas for Laos. It’s a cool way to while away a hot afternoon.

The majestic three-tiered Kuang Si Falls, located about 30 kilometres south of Luang Prabang, flow into dozens of pools along their journey down a hillside. Locals sell handmade items such as mulberry paper, brightly coloured silk scarves and handmade ceramics. Along Th Sisavangvong, stalls assemble each night (from 5pm), illuminated by glowing golden lights.

Days are steamy in Luang Prabang, which makes the idea of a night market even more appealing. Unfortunately neither of the museums did me much good — I’ll have to read a book for that one I think! But Lao history was still kind of a mystery to me as I was leaving!

You know, normally by the time I leave a country I feel like I have such a deeper connection to its story and to its past — for example in Cambodia and Vietnam. And all for a whopping 50,000 kip — or six dollars. I had this strange sensation as I lay there in a sarong on a bamboo matt in the middle of the Laotian countryside, listening to the rain drops hit the palm trees — a kind of This is Your Life Alex Baackes moment.

As I laid in the open-air pavilion and submitted myself to the sometimes-brutal massage, it started to pour rain. We giggled nervously walking through a path in the woods until we came upon an un-marked stilted wooden house. We wandered the grounds cautiously, not sure where to go, when a monk finally took pity on us and gestured in the correct direction.

Still using our rental bikes, we drove just out of town to a forest temple tucked away down a semi-rural road. While there is no signage and the park is relatively small, it’s definitely a pleasant place to walk around, marvel at the endearing oddity of the human spirit and take some photos. So how dare these backpackers accuse it of lacking tangible charm or notable Things to do shouldn’t missed in Laos to do!

After all, the guidebook described it as downright pleasant! Because I like to root for the underdog, and I was sick of hearing people talk smack about how boring,\” completely skippable\” and basically shit\” my future favorite city was. Oh and did I mention you have your own outside rain shower?

If you want to have the jungle to yourself and watch gorgeous sunrises and sunsets from the balcony of your treehouse, then this experience is for you. Oh yeah and you may even be luck enough to spot a family of Gibbons when you’re there! The Gibbon experience is a chance for you to be the kings of the jungle, ziplining your way from hilltop to hilltop and staying the night in your own tree house high above the ground.

Okay so a little bit of a misleading title but make of it what you will.