beach babe – featured image 14

Heaven on Earth... If such a place exists I place my bet on the Nature Reserve called Cabo de Gata on the South-Easternmost tip of mainland Spain. Not only is it full of secluded coves and beaches, it is also a place which is totally laid back. No high rise hotels, and no sun beds for rent. Entirely my cup of tea!

 

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Featured image 13 – Go Wild in Laos

KUANG SI Waterfalls is located roughly thirty kilometers south of Luang Prabang in Laos. And yes – it is a place where dreams come true!

Grown men and women throw themselves off the slanting tree trunks, and most let out a small jungle roar before they hit the water. It’s fun! And I would even say addictive, judging by the amount of times people repeated their jumps.

You’d think a place like this would be full of tourists. However, although there were quite a few people by the waterfalls, they were spread out. And there are no groups, only independent travelers searching for serene beauty and a hefty adrenalin rush.

It took us about 45 minutes by tuk tuk to reach the Kuang Si waterfalls. The road there is winding, but also absolutely gorgeous. We passed through some interesting little villages, some belonging to the traditional Hmong people. And our driver waited patiently for us outside the nature park where you’ll find the water fall. There’s a small entrance fee to pay – something like 20.000 kip if I remember correctly. (It’s amazing how fast I forget the conversion rates, but I believe it’s something like fifty pence.)

We paid our driver $20 for the day, and he agreed to stopping several times along the way so that we could get out and explore and photograph the villages. All in all, I would say that the trip to the Kuang Si waterfalls was the highlight of our stay in Luang Prabang.

Fancy seeing another side of Laos? Check out the ever present monks!