Location: Kuangsi waterfalls, LaosWe drove some miles west of Luang Prabang to get to these waterfalls, stopping off at various points of interest en route.
The locals market on the edge of Luang Prabang
The food is always fresh
We stopped at a Hmong community village. The school here is very basic indeed.
Many of the children are dressed in the Hmong ethnic costume and spend their days selling to tourists.
Everything is 'one dollar'
The houses are made of bamboo and palm leaves. They have to be replaced every three years and then the whole village turns out to help.
The Bear Rescue Centre is a charitable organisation which was set upto rescue asiatic black bears from the cruelty of illegal wild life trade
The Kuangsi waterfalls were a picturesque series of crystal clear cascades, some of which were used for swimming.
The head of the falls
Ock PopTok, east meets west, a centre for the Akha women from the Phongsaly province to train them in traditional artisanal skills which they can take back and use to benefit their home villages . The work here was expensive and of high quality.
The tuk tuk ride to dinner
Dinner was at the Dylen Sabai restaurant, set in a tropical garden on the banks of the river. we did our own cooking on a sort of fondue